Thursday, 26 September 2019

Asphodeline taurica

Asphodeline taurica
As much a foliage plant as one grown for its flowers. The plant makes very eye-catching rosettes of extremely narrow pale grey leaves, complemented by a spike of slightly rosy white flowers in summer. A very tasteful species needing excellent drainage and full sun
£8




Herbertia lahue

Herbertia lahue
A gorgeous little summer flowering Iris relative producing attractively marked violet flowers on short stems just above the ground. Although this is widely distributed in the USA it’s of doubtful hardiness and may need protection, but I recommend trying it in short turf – a technique that works remarkably well with many ‘tender’ bulbs
£6



Callirhoe


I have no idea why these American mallows are not much more widely grown

Callirhoe digitata
Callirhoe digitata
One of the best plants I sell – a very slender 4ft tall upright species with extremely narrow glaucous leaflets and stems. Intense wine pink mallow flowers are produced over a long period in summer.
Callirhoe digitata
Hardy and adaptable but best grown among low-growing plants as it doesn’t seem to cope well with competition
£7



Callirhoe involucrata
Callirhoe involucrata
An amazing species – I have no idea why this isn’t very very popular. Produces long leafy stems that trail out over several feet in all directions and up into neighbouring plants producing a sprinkling of intense pink mallow flower all summer.
Callirhoe involucrata
In winter it retreats back to a compact buttercup-like cluster of leaves and the old stems can be cut away, so not even slightly invasive
£7