Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Phlomis lanata

Phlomis lanata
A dwarf version of the well-known Jerusalem Sage. The flower heads are a similar (but I think better) dusky gold colour and the foliage is of much the same fuzzy grey green, but everything about the plant is neater and better shaped than the larger species. 
Phlomis lanata
This is another plant previously thought to be too tender for most gardens, I've found it very easy to please so far, given full sun and free drainage. Height ultimately about 2ft, 4ft across.
£12

Notocactus (now Parodia) magnificus

Notocactus magnificus
I have a few babies of this magnificent cool-growing species ready to go in 3in pots. 
Mature plants are more or less spherical, up to 10ins across, sea green with dense bands of straw-coloured prickles along the ridges. Lemon-yellow flowers are produced regularly.
Notocactus magnificus
Not hardy, but doesn't need much heat - just frost free and dry in winter.
£6

Rubus acuminatus

Rubus acuminatus
Surely the most un-bramble-like bramble you've ever seen, and one of my absolute favourite shrubs of any kind. A small evergreen shrub that neither scrambles nor suckers. To me it looks a lot like Ribes laurifolium, but the nodding white flowers are typical Rubus.
Rubus acuminatus
Adaptable but best in woodland shade with shelter and moisture. Many thanks to Barry Clarke for letting me have cuttings of this one.
£18

Lonicera syringantha

Lonicera syringantha
A medium-sized shrubby species with heavily fragrant rosy pink trumpet-shaped flowers in spring. The foliage is neat and grey-green. Easy and adaptable – one of the best fragrant shrubs.
£16


Aloe descoingsii

Aloe descoingsii
A gorgeous miniature succulent from Madagascar that forms a solid mass of 2in brownish green rosettes, topped in early summer by slender spikes of vivid scarlet urn-shaped flowers. 
Aloe descoingsii
Definitely NOT FROST HARDY, though happy overwintering dry in my barely frost-free greenhouse. An easy and dependable houseplant.
£8