Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Ornithogalum reverchonii

Ornithogalum reverchonii
A choice species from Spain and Morocco with pure white flowers and long grey leaves. More demanding than most European species – needing excellent drainage and some protection from the worst of the weather, but not at all weedy.
£8



Iris attica

Iris attica
A soft yellow form of this exquisite miniature bearded Iris.
Needs a well-drained soil in full sun with other small plants.
£8



Lathyrus bauhinii

Lathyrus bauhinii
Like many vetchlings, it’s very hard to describe the colour of these flowers - turning from creamy to soft pink to dusky mauve. An exquisite pastel combination.
Lathyrus bauhinii
This is a low creeping species - lovely with early bulbs in rough turf and gravel.
£8



Peucedanum verticillare

Peucedanum verticillare
One of the absolute best garden umbellifers, making sturdy upright wine-red stems to well over head height, with whorls of good quality angelica-like foliage and heads of greenish umbels.
The new foliage is glossy coppery red.
Peucedanum verticillare
Best in moist soils but adaptable.
Sadly this is a monocarpic species but it seeds about without becoming a problem
£8



Petasites paradoxus

Petasites paradoxa
Despite some initial scepticism I can report that this is a well-behaved perennial that, unlike other Petasites, does not spread. This seems to be because it doesn’t form long fleshy rhizomes - just a compact rootstock.
Petasites paradoxa
The heads of pale flowers appear before the leaves in winter and early spring and the leaves are broad, not huge, and white beneath. Quietly lovely with spring bulbs – best in a moist semi shady site.
£8