Sunday, 11 September 2011

Geranium malviflorum

Geranium malviflorum
A less common but much better relative of the familiar G.tuberosum - this has much larger flowers of a rich violet mauve. Like G.tuberosum it comes up in winter, flowers in mid spring and disappears again in summer - ideal ground-cover for summer-growing herbaceous plants and deciduous shrubs.
Drought tolerant but good even on retentive heavy soils.  
2L pots ~ £6






Fuchsia procumbens

Fuchsia procumbens
A fascinating little species from New Zealand (almost all other Fuchsia are Latin-American) with a creeping habit and bizarre little green and yellow flowers with violet anthers, peeking up from among the rounded leaves.
Fuchsia procumbens fruit
In a good year you’ll also get edible cranberry-like fruits.
Normally considered very borderline in cold-tolerance, the parents of these plants have come through the last few winters in mid Sussex without trouble. Best in rather dry shade in my experience.
sold out - more next summer

Fuchsia procumbens - reverted Wirral probably
Also available - a grey leaved form - almost certainly a reverted version of the variegated form (apparently correctly known as Wirral - which bodes well for its hardiness.) Exactly the same in all respects as the above but the foliage makes an interesting change
sold out - more next summer