Sunday, 2 July 2017

Salvia disjuncta

Salvia disjuncta
This is a very distinct almost shrubby sage from southern Mexico with impossibly vivid scarlet flowers among rounded fresh green leaves. In a group with, one might say, almost too many ornamental plants, it really stands out.
Salvia disjuncta
I have received mixed messages regarding it hardiness. The top growth is destroyed by frost but the roots move about quite freely and given a good mulch it might well regenerate. At any rate it's easy from cuttings and is a good pot plant as long as it doesn't freeze through. For well-drained soil in sun.
£8



Soldanella villosa

Soldanella villosa
Probably the easiest Soldanella for the open garden, spreading happily in well-drained but moist semi shade. The nodding flowers are not as elegant as the true alpine species but are a good violet and nicely fringed.
Soldanella villosa & Andromeda macrophylla
Like many Primulas, it performs better with regular division and replanting in fresh soil
£5



Apios americana

Apios americana
An unusual herbaceous climber closely related to Wisteria. The dense clusters of pea flowers are an odd shade of terracotta and produced in summer.
Apios americana
It grows from long strings of (apparently edible) tubers which wander about underground over some distance but not enough to become a weed.
Apios americana
An easy and attractive hardy plant for any well drained soil in sun, best allowed to twine up through shrubs
£8