Thursday, 20 September 2012

Helwingia

Helwingia chinensis
Helwingia chinensis
A peculiar evergreen woodland shrub which makes its flowers on the upper surfaces of the leaves (the flower stem is fused to the midrib). This on its own makes it a botanical curio, but it is also a pleasant and intriguing species with dark glossy leaves, maroon tinged when young, and an attractive upright habit.
Helwingia chinensis
In good years, red berries will appear, also attached to the leaves. An excellent small to medium sized shrub, best in moist sheltered woodland. Hardy but better with shelter from too much sun and wind.
5L pots ~ £12




Helwingia himalaica
Helwingia himalaica
A slight variation on the above. 
Helwingia himalayensis
Equally nice but with leaves a little bigger and if anything, the new foliage is even glossier.
Hardy but best in moist sheltered sites. Hates freezing winds.
5L pots ~ £12




Monday, 17 September 2012

Iris milesii

Iris milesii
A really choice relative of I.tectorum and japonicum with tall branching sprays of remarkable, frilly, purple speckled flowers.

Easy on any sunny freely drained soil. Extremely nice.
field grown ~ £8




Ribes viburnifolium

Ribes viburnifolium
An unusual low spreading evergreen currant from California with neat rounded leaves and deep red flowers
Ribes viburnifolium
A low, spreading shrub for a sheltered sunny spot.
4L pots ~ £12




Saturday, 15 September 2012

Bomarea


Bomarea edulis
Bomarea edulis (aka hirtella)
A fabulous species - basically a climbing Alstroemeria with umbels of bell-shaped flowers on and off through the summer until the frost. In autumn, the green fruits split to reveal bright orange seeds.

Bomarea edulis fruits
Possibly the hardiest Bomarea – the parent plant has gone from strength to strength completely unprotected in our semi shady woodsy raised bed, climbing through a dwarf Prunus. A stunning herbaceous climber to about 6ft.
1L pots ~ £10




Bomarea salsilla
Bomarea salsilla
A more delicately built species with coral pink flowers on twining stems. I've not tried it outside yet but it should be hardy enough in a sheltered spot with the tubers planted deep.
1L pots ~ £10




Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Iris fulva

Iris fulva
A legendary Iris (is that too strong a word?) from the deep south of the USA with flowers as close to red as any. This species is cold hardy but does have a reputation for needing more heat than we typically get in the UK. Nevertheless these seedlings have proved quick to flower here and very vigorous. For shallow water in full sun, so that it heats up quickly in spring. Thoroughly recommended.
lifted roots ~ £8


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Digitalis micrantha

Digitalis micrantha
Basically exactly like a tiny version of D.lutea - very cute
1L pots ~ £6




Eomecon chionanthum

Eomecon chionanthum
The Dawn Poppy - an Asiatic relative of the American Blood Root (Sanguinaria) that flowers on and off through the summer. This is one of those unusual plants that wanders about on long rhizomes but without swamping other plants. It just comes up amongst them here and there. Adaptable but best in moist woodsy conditions. Ideal for colonising under trees and shrubs.
1L pots or lifted from the ground ~ £6