Monday, 17 June 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
The main reason though for their being so popular around here is that they grow so well on chalky soils.
I'm offering a few of the more rarely seen species.
A wonderfully big lush exotic shrub, and essentially a tree-like version of the common (and unfairly despised) V.davidii. Both species have among the very best evergreen foliage of any hardy shrub, and are well worth growing even without the flowers, which are the usual small rosy white, or the berries, which are intense blue with red stems. You will need male and female plants to get fruits but davidii will pollinate cinnamomifolium apparently.
5L pots ~ £15
A neat evergreen with small rounded very glossy leaves with a distinct wine red cast. The flowers are the usual small pinkish white affairs, followed by bloomy black berries. Very adaptable and easy.
3L pots ~ £12
An evergreen species grown for the unusual greyish cast to the foliage and panicles of creamy flowers in summer.
Bloomy black fruits. A rare large shrub – excellent on chalk.
sold out - sorry
A very high quality and strangely little-known evergreen species. Perfectly formed bell-shaped white flowers are produced in spring on red stems. The foliage is glossy green but also has a distinct red tint and turns rich maroon in winter. Overall the shrub has a graceful layered spreading effect. Excellent in every way.
sold out - sorry
Suitable for most ordinary garden situations but especially good on chalk.
sold out for now
Monday, 10 June 2013
Stupendous tall Iris with beautifully crafted yellow ‘flags’ on rigid upright stems well above the narrow strappy green leaves (easily hidden among other perennials).
For open sites on fertile moist soils ideally but very tough. Basically they’ll grow anywhere Agapanthus or Kniphofia succeed.
5L pots ~ £10
Amsonia hubrichtii hybrid
None of the Amsonias are exactly garish but all have a real beauty that is well worth a close look. The tubular flowers are a soft but clear blue over willowy foliage. Hubrichtii itself (which I hope to have for sale next year) is a bit of a classic, with extremely fine narrow foliage turning intense golds and oranges in autumn, but it is on the small side and can be hard to please. The hybrids we have are larger overall but with the same narrow foliage and good autumn colour. An easy border perennial.
1L pots ~ £6
A big wide branching perennial mainly grown for the fruits, like elongate mutant blackberries, in late summer, by which time the entire plant will have developed a rhubarb-pink hue.
Earlier on it’s a big lush green thing decorated with spikes of creamy flowers. It looks well with other large herbs, such as Datisca or Zantedeschia, or Ligularia. Grows quickly in any moist fertile soil in sun or part shade.
3L pots ~ £8