Friday, 15 July 2016

Aucuba himalaiaca dolichophylla

Aucuba himalaica dolichophylla
A slow growing and compact ‘spotted laurel’ up to about 4ft high with attractive narrow dark green foliage, lightly spotted with yellow. This is a male clone with striking dark red flowers in conspicuous branching sprays in early spring.
Aucuba himalaica dolichophylla
For exactly the same conditions as the common species but much choicer. Many thanks to Nymans for the original plant.
1L pots ~ £9



Lonicera sempervirens Cedar Lane

Lonicera sempervirens Cedar Lane
A brilliant species producing 3in long tubular vivid red flowers from early spring until well into summer. The foliage is not evergreen (contrary to the specific epithet) but is a rich soft purple when it first emerges, and the top-most pair form a dish around the flowers. Fully hardy and easy in a sunny spot on a wide variety of soils. Much better than x brownii, which for some reason is usually recommended over sempervirens.
Lonicera sempervirens Cedar Lane in a Pyracantha
Grow it in a Pyracantha and make an ersatz Embothrium!
1L pots ~ £12




Blechnum penna-marina alpina

Blechnum penna-marina alpina
A perfect little creeping evergreen fern – like our native deer fern but only 2-3ins high. The new fronds are copper tinted and the plant can cover a large area in time – ideal under and amongst moisture loving dwarf shrubs and larger alpines. Fully hardy.
(Now more correctly known as Austroblechnum)
1L pots ~ £7