Monday, 26 August 2013

Eriogonum grande rubescens

Eriogonum rubescens grande dark form
A charming curio from California. (Thanks again Dennis.) Dense clusters of rosy flowers on disproportionately long, wiry, branching, green stems.
Eriogonum grande rubescens
The leaves are a small rosette with a fine coat of white silk.
Eriogonum grande rubescens
Hard to describe but reminiscent, to me at least, of a very choice Limonium (Sea Lavender).
For hot dry conditions and easily replaced from seed if the winter sees them off.
1L pots ~ £6

Mertensia pterocarpa yezoensis

Mertensia pterocarpa yezoensis
A superb little mountain woodlander from Japan with foliage almost exactly like a tiny Hosta sieboldiana (very glaucous) and in good condition all summer. The sky blue flowers are mostly produced in spring but apparently occasionally later on too. Keep cool and moist but not wet in sun or semi shade.  Very rare.
1L pots ~ £7

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sussex Prairies Plant Fair

Sussex Prairies plant fair
Once again we will be at Sussex Prairies on Sunday, September 1st. This is the only fair we do at the moment (us not having a van as yet, and it being just down the road from the nursery) but it's good hectic fun and a great opportunity to chat to fellow plant nuts.

Sussex Prairies itself is famed for its immense Prairie plantings (lots of grasses and giant herbaceous perennials in huge drifts) set around a geometrical pattern of broad grass fairways. For the fair there are also sculptures to look at (and buy) and a huge selection of specialist nurseries, including some from the continent.

Please feel free to contact me in advance if you would like to reserve some plants to pick up at the fair.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Zaluzianskya ovata orange centred form

Zaluzianskya ovata two forms
For those who don't know it, Zaluzianskya ovata is a small herbaceous perennial commonly sold for rockeries, front of the border, bedding or hanging baskets (which gives you some idea how easy going it is). The main attraction is the flowers which, as with night scented stocks, open in the evening and fill the air with fragrance. (In the day time all you can see is the wine-purple backs of the petals.)
This form is exactly the same except that (you guessed it) each flower has a bold orange blob at the centre, which I think, makes them much more eye-catching, and the foliage seems better too - more compact and a darker green. The picture shows both types side by side so you can compare.
For sunny well-drained sites, and usually fairly cold hardy but take cuttings if in doubt.
Sold out for now

Monday, 5 August 2013

Rudbeckia maxima

Rudbeckia maxima
An extraordinary tall species without the overwhelming bulk of so many of the sunflower fraternity. The large upright glaucous paddle-shaped leaves make an attractive cluster at ground level through the spring, then the very tall (anything up to 10ft tall!) flower stems appear in late summer, each with a classic black and gold cone flower at the tip.
Rudbeckia maxima
If you grow it among taller plants the basal leaves tend to be spoiled so best placed among low growing plants at the front of the border, or as an isolated specimen, perhaps in a (not too dry) gravel garden.
For any retentive soil in sun.
Vigorous young plants in 1L pots ~ £6