Thursday, 9 May 2013

Piptanthus nepalensis

Piptanthus nepalensis
A really striking shrub, notable not just for the acid yellow flowers, but also for the dark green foliage and, once the leaves drop in autumn, the rich lustrous black-green stems (a bit like the black bamboo, as my mate Richard pointed out the other day).
Hardy and adaptable but probably at its best with some shelter. Other members of this group (Laburnum, brooms etc) are real sun lovers, but Piptanthus nepalensis can look a little washed-out in too much heat and drought. It often looks its best in less exposed, cooler, and even semi-shady conditions.
Can be grown as a free-standing multi-stemmed shrub or trained on a wall.
5L pots ~ £14




Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Athamanta


Miniature umbellifers for sunny well drained situations, especially with alpines and low Mediterranean plants, bulbs etc. The leaflets are extremely fine and thread-like and make a neat tangle on the ground with the small white umbels above - like a tiny fennel. Perennial and not even slightly weedy.

Athamanta turbith?
Athamanta 'turbith'
Athamanta vestina?
Athamanta 'vestina'
There is some confusion here. I have labelled my plants by the names on the batches of seed they came in but I have yet to confirm their identity. My information suggests that A.turbith should be taller with slightly thinner leaf segments, which from the evidence at hand suggests that the names I was given are the wrong way round. (nb. vestina = turbith hungarica, so they are going to be very close.) Also, my 'turbith' are slightly older, which might explain their larger size.
Either way they're both jolly nice!



Athamanta 'turbith' : 
3in pots ~ £6





Athamanta 'vestina' : 
3in pots ~ £6





Monday, 6 May 2013

Viola pinnata

Viola pinnata
Viola pinnata
Pretty purple violet flowers produced in profusion among a clump of most un-violet-like fingered foliage. This is a European alpine species, almost never seen in cultivation to my knowledge, but which seems very happy indeed here in our sunny raised bed.
10cm pots ~ £5





Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thalictrum rochebrunianum

Thalictrum rochebrunianum
A fabulous tall species, related to delavayi but larger in all parts, and very fine. For moist cool sites, sheltered from drying winds. Grows beautifully here on the Wealden clay, among Acers, Hostas, Trollius and Dicentra.
5L pots ~ £12



The new growth and seed heads are good too.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum