Saturday, 14 May 2011

Felicias

Felicia rosulata
Felicia rosulata 
As a normally very sensible friend recently commented on Flickr - these are indeed 'adorable'.
Previously known as Aster natalensis, these have proved easy to please in a sunny well drained spot, and although said to benefit from a dryish winter (coming from East Africa, this is to be expected) they have so far been better if not too parched. Completely unfazed by the last few winters' onslaught.
An easy alpine and should be better known.
1L pots ~ £5





Felicia uliginosa
Felicia uliginosa
Very different - this is a creeping species with needle-like foliage and soft lavender daisy flowers. Just as hardy and easy to grow. Uliginosa means 'of wetland' or something like that, so probably best not too dry.
1L pots ~ £5





Asclepias exaltata & verticillata


Asclepias is another group of plants I have a major thing for. None except A.incarnata and perhaps the more tender A.tuberosa and curassavica are at all well known in the UK but all have a certain something about them. Certainly they don't look like anything else in the garden.
Asclepias exaltata
The flowers of A.exaltata are not vividly showy but are exquisitely crafted in jade and ivory and dangle elegantly on long filaments from the tips of the 2ft stems.

Very much a part of the prairie/woodland edge communities in the eastern US - these are completely frost hardy and easy to please on any fertile retentive soil in sun or part shade.
1L pots ~ £7




Asclepias verticillata
Asclepias verticillata
A very different species with extremely fine grassy leaves on upright stems. Rosy white flowers in summer. A very light fresh effect. Completely hardy to 2ft tall, on any ordinary soil in sun.
1L pots ~ £7