Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Silphium

A great genus close to the sunflowers that, although often very tall, produce a very compact rootstock and are best displayed among low-growing plants.

Silphium terebinthinaceum
Silphium terebinthinaceum
This and S.laciniatum produce among the biggest, most luxuriant leaves of any hardy border perennial.
Silphium terebinthinaceum
In this case they are huge and heart-shaped (like a Colocasia or Anthurium?) to 12ins across.
Silphium terebinthinaceum
The flower stem is more slender and smooth than laciniatum.
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Silphium simpsonii
Silphium simpsonii
A smaller species with simple green leaves and golden flowers
£8



Silphium laciniatum
Silphium laciniatum
Leaves to 2ft long and impressively lobed, like some huge tropical fern. The stiff bristly upright flower stem is a bonus.
Silphium laciniatum
Easy in any fertile, retentive soil, and best at the front of the border where its stature can be appreciated. Perfect for prairie-style plantings.
£9




Thursday, 4 July 2019

Sandersonia aurantiaca

Sandersonia aurantiaca
An exquisite diminutive relative of Gloriosa with delicate orange or yellow lantern-shaped flowers in summer on slender semi-climbing stems.
Sandersonia aurantiaca
From southern Africa, this is very nearly hardy given a dry winter and a warm sheltered spot. Otherwise an easy pot plant for a frost-free greenhouse.
£10



Wednesday, 3 July 2019

More Euonymus


Euonymus occidentalis
Euonymus occidentalis
A modestly sized species with rich red/maroon flowers and good quality deciduous foliage. The fruits are pink capsules with orange seeds.
Euonymus occidentalis
I've been very impressed with the quality of this American species - perfect for mixed woodland plantings.
£16



Euonymus obovatus
Euonymus obovatus
Another North American species - this time a low and creeping, with pale greenish pink flowers followed by pink warty capsules opening to reveal orange seeds
£10



Lindelofia anchusoides

Lindelofia anchusoides
Or L.longiflora - the naming of this plant seems very confused. Anyway, an unaccountably little grown Cynoglossum-like plant with intense azure flowers over dense clumps of leaves. Not at all coarse
Lindelofia longiflora
Hardy and easy in a sunny well-drained place
£8