Monday, 20 March 2017

Cardamines

Cardamine glanduligera
Cardamine glanduligera
In my estimation the best and showiest of the Eurasian species with rich purple flowers and deeply textured foliage.
Cardamine glanduligera
A vigorous spreader in a retentive soil in part shade, and probably a bit too vigorous with choice woodlanders, but a splendid groundcover among shrubs and larger woodland perennials.
1L pots ~ £6




Cardamine kitaibelii
Cardamine kitaibelii
A much more slender and less vigorous species than glanduligera needing a little more care to keep it, but not difficult once happy. The heads of nodding flowers make this one of the most graceful of the Cardamines. Very few.
1L pots ~ £6



Aesculus californica

Aesculus californica
This is a very large spreading shrub (or low spreading tree) and needs a lot of space - the flowers are fragrant, creamy or rosy white and held in solid ‘candles’. The foliage is neat and attractive and the bark is chalky white (especially good in winter after the leaves fall). 
Aesculus californicus
Given an open sunny well-drained site this will be one of the most magnificent woody plants we can grow. Hardly ever offered and I have no idea why it isn't better known. Young plants grown from conkers collected in California. 
5l pots ~ £21