Monday, 23 September 2013

Iris gracilipes

Iris gracilipes
Neat grassy tussocks (quite ornamental in themselves) sprout multitudes of small but perfectly formed mauve flowers in June. A terrific little Evansia, related to I.cristata and verna but much much easier to grow and flower.
Iris gracilipes
Seems more than happy so far in well-drained shade but I have the feeling it'll be quite adaptable elsewhere.
Another one of those plants I grow here that I look at and think Why on earth isn't everyone growing this?
10cm pots ~ £6




Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio
A terrific tall slender species that always attracts attention with its cryptically coloured nodding flowers. Easy and perfectly hardy around here and, though I've not tried it, probably worth trying to naturalise in rough grass. It can run about a bit underground, popping up here and there so I recommend planting it among herbaceous perennials or low shrubs that are done flowering for the year.
10cm pots ~ £5




Commelina robusta

Commelina robusta
A stunning North American species similar in many ways to the popular but tender C.tuberosa, with bigger flowers, and a rather sprawling habit that makes it perfect for growing among plants that need a bit of jazzing up late in the season. Late to emerge (June) but flowers continuously from mid summer until bitten back by the frost.
Commelina robusta
Give it as much sun as possible and a retentive fertile soil, and maybe give it a protective mulch (though I'm not really convinced it needs it).
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