Thursday, 26 September 2019
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
I have no idea why these American mallows are not much more widely grown
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.
Hardy and adaptable but best grown among low-growing plants as it doesn’t seem to cope well with competition
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.
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