Monday, 13 September 2021

Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Xanthoceras sorbifolium
A rare and highly sought-after small tree or medium sized shrub from Central Asia. As the name implies it has pinnate (Sorbus-like) leaves and in spring it produces handsome clusters of good sized white flowers, turning pink with age. Easy and hardy in a sunny well-drained spot and an excellent choice for poor chalky soils.
£16


Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides
An absolutely gorgeous little Salvia from Texas and thereabouts, sprouting spikes of intense indigo violet over low ash-white bushes. 
Salvia chamaedryoides
It will, like so many species from this area, need the driest sunniest site you've got but is very cold tolerant and can eventually make quite a sizeable patch.
£8


Mirabilis longiflora

Mirabilis longiflora
A glorious night-scented species - the fragrance redolent of tropical evenings. (The very long-tubed white flowers are typical of plants pollinated by moths.) A low spreading perennial with rather sticky green foliage. I originally assumed it would need a dry winter but it is hardy and vigorous in the border at the nursery. 
Mirabilis longiflora
In colder, wetter climates it would also be fabulous in a big terracotta pot on the patio, right next to where you sit of an evening, where you can enjoy the scent with your prosecco and BBQ.
£8

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
A striking tall perennial in the pea family with attractive pinnate leaves and dense heads of violet flowers in summer – like mauve clover heads. The main effect though is in autumn and winter when the russet red stems and bristly seed heads stand over 6ft tall. 
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Completely weather-proof - an excellent feature in the winter border. Very hardy and adaptable.
£8



Euphorbia corollata

Euphorbia corollata
A white flowered Euphorbia - who knew? In this case fairly normal looking bushy spurge plants produce increasingly wide branching sprays of small pure white flowers in summer – more like a Gypsophila or a Linum perhaps. 
Euphorbia corollata
This species originates in Eastern North America so should be completely cold hardy. So far it has been easy and vigorous in a sunny spot. Not invasive.
£8


Correa Poorinda Mary

Correa Poorinda Mary
A very neat and unusual variety with rounded scurfy leaves on a low spreading shrub. The flowers are a rich bright pink with a brownish tinge. For those in the know it looks like one of the more unusual pink-flowered lawrenciana has been crossed with nummularifolia. 
Correa Poorinda Mary
Not much tested for cold but definitely fine in maritime gardens here in Sussex. Correas do well in dry semi-shade and well-drained sunny sites.
£17



Carthamus dianius

Carthamus dianius
A lovely big Centaurea type of thing with white flower heads (with just the slightest tint of violet in the anthers) over jagged lobed deep green foliage. 
Carthamus dianius
Unlike the more familiar annual safflowers (C.tinctorius) this is a robust perennial and despite being Spanish is a hardy evergreen. Should be much better known.
£8


Asphodeline taurica

 Asphodeline taurica
As much a foliage plant as one grown for its flowers. The plant makes very eye-catching rosettes of extremely narrow pale grey leaves, complemented by a spike of slightly rosy-white flowers in summer. 
Asphodeline taurica
A very tasteful species needing excellent drainage and full sun
£8


Aristolochia fimbriata

Aristolochia fimbriata
A South American subtropical species making short trailing stems (not climbing) with smart rounded pale veined leaves and good size brown, yellow-veined pitcher flowers. Dies down to a tuber in winter and survives well here if kept dry. 
Aristolochia fimbriata
Needs very well-drained soils in full sun – the same conditions as for hardy cacti for example.
£8



Allium macranthum

Allium macranthum
An Asiatic species with loose heads of large nodding rounded mauve flowers in summer. Easy in a moist well-drained soil in sun or part shade. 
Allium macranthum
Likes cool conditions.
£8