A very lovely low-growing shub with fresh green foliage and relatively large clear pink flowers in summer.
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
A delightful N.American woodlander forming a carpet of tiny leaves on creeping stems with a sprinkling of clear blue 4 petalled flowers in spring – at its best creeping among mosses and other small woodlanders in semi shade under deciduous trees without too much competition. Great ground-cover for Erythronium.
I’m not quite sure why anyone grows G.officinalis when they could have this a lovely fresh green plant making upright stems to about 3ft with spikes of really deep rich violet pea flowers at the tips. Easy and accommodating in a wide variety of conditions.
It runs about a bit underground but not to the extent that it takes over. I grow it among other largeish perennials and shrubs and it pops up here and there making a lovely contrast. Well worth having, not like those weedy wishy-washy officinalis types. Ugh!
One of the rather smart Asiatic species forming a compact rooted perennial – not running. The leaves are dark green with a pale midrib. The inflorescences are the familiar greenery-yallery-Euphorbiary, but neat and tidy-looking. Very striking in an open situation among low perennials and alpines.
A striking form of this popular pale pangolin-looking trailing evergreen with distinct red tints both to the developing buds and the spent inflorescences.
Requires full sun and good drainage but fully hardy.
Possibly descendants of an old Washfield’s form.