Friday, 18 February 2022

Begonia chitoensis

Begonia chitoensis
One of an increasing number of Begonias hardy enough to be grown year-round in the UK, this one has broad glossy green leaves and surprisingly large rich pink flowers from late summer until first frost. It really doesn't look like it should be a good garden plant but it has proved the most reliable hardy Begonia here on the nursery.
Begonia chitoensis
Hardy Begonias generally make very good woodland garden plants in the south-east of the UK, flowering late and not requiring vast amounts of water, unlike the hardy Impatiens and many other choice woodlanders, which may wilt or die if they dry out. 
£12

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Pyrgophyllum yunnanensis

 Pyrgophyllum yunnanense

Barely in cultivation – this rare hardy ginger is an easy and long-lived species in the garden, though slow to multiply. I’ve had it in the border here for 10 years. 

Pyrgophyllum yunnanense
A distinctive leafy clump-forming plant with yellow flowers, to about 12 ins tall. I grow it among woodlanders but seems adaptable. 
£15