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 herbaceous species growing to about 6ft so plant it among the shrubs near the path where you can get a proper look at it.
Clematis ianthina
Also comes in purple - known as ianthina. Best chosen on the nursery
2L pots  ~ £12.00




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 ~ £9





Salvia chamaedryoides


Salvia chamaedryoides
An absolutely gorgeous little Salvia from Texas or 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 quite cold tolerant and if it likes you it can eventually make quite a sizeable patch.
1L pots ~ £6.00