Monday, 19 December 2016

Salix gracilistyla Mt.Aso

Salix gracilistyla Mt. Aso
Maybe the idea of a pink flowered willow sounds a bit kitsch but I promise you this one carries it off very tastefully indeed. This is a naturally occurring form of gracilistyla (not chaenomeloides as was originally thought) and can be quite a substantial shrub in time, very much like its relative the black willow (melanostachys) but with greyish twigs and leaves.
 Salix gracilistyla Mt. Aso
An easy and adaptable willow in any retentive soil in sun or part shade
3L pots ~ £10



Cardiocrinum cordatum Red Vein

An unbelievably easy and adaptable plant here on the nursery, especially given how dry it gets here in the summer. They've grown quickly and easily even in small pots and one even flowered after only 2 years from seed.
Cardiocrinum cordatum Red Vein
The rosette of glossy red-veined cordate leaves is the most ornamental feature in spring but the long, slightly flattened pale green/cream flowers are well worth checking out. These are produced on a 40 - 60cm tall stem in summer. Like other Cardiocrinum, the mature bulb splits after flowering to make several smaller bulbs which should flower a few years later.
Cardiocrinum - almost certainly cordatum
No doubt would be at its best in moist woodsy shady sites, but like I say, remarkably tolerant here in my normal compost even in dryish shade.
1L pots ~ £8