Saturday, 30 July 2011

Clematis fusca

Clematis fusca
A really peculiar species with nodding urn-shaped flowers that look like they're made out of dark brown felt and with a silky white lining. Very odd.
This is a small scrambling semi-herbaceous species growing to about 6ft so plant it among the shrubs near the path where you can get a proper look at it.
Too large to post. Please enquire.
2L pots ~ £7



Clematis ianthina

A small climber similar to C.fusca but with thickly textured rather than fuzzy, purplish flowers.

Too large to post Please enquire. 

2L pots  ~ £7.00






Thursday, 21 July 2011

Strobilanthes nutans


Strobilanthes nutans
A really nice change from the better known, upright purple flowered species – this one trails over the ground and is seen at its best in a shady raised bed (or a hanging basket? Why not?) with it’s pure white, hop-like inflorescences dangling over the side. 
Strobilanthes nutans


Hardy so far here and unusually classy.
1.5L pots ~ £6





Saturday, 16 July 2011

Ribes x beatonii (previously x gordonianum)

Ribes x beatonii
A hybrid between the common pink flowering currant, R.sanguineum and the yellow flowered R.odoratum and to my mind better than either of them. The flowers are an unusual burnished peachy orange and complemented by glossy coppery tinted new foliage.
Ribes x beatonii
Very special. Apparently this hybrid should henceforth be known as R. x beatonii.
2L pots ~ £7



Monday, 11 July 2011

Sophora flavescens

Sophora flavescens
Now for something completely different...
A herbaceous species from China with pale yellow, somewhat monk's-hood like flowers on tall slender stems over elegant pinnate foliage. A cool airy alternative to Baptisia and Thermopsis. 
Sophora flavescens
Hardy and easy in ordinary garden soils and not in the least bit troublesome.
1L pots ~ £7





Salvia chamaedryoides


Salvia chamaedryoides
An absolutely gorgeous little Salvia from Texas or thereabouts, sprouting spikes of intense indigo violet over low ash-white bushes. It will, like so many species from this area, need the driest sunniest site you've got but is very cold tolerant and if it likes you can eventually make quite a sizeable patch.
1L pots ~ £6.00