Monday, 19 May 2014
A very unusual umbellifer, the umbels of flowers being condensed into a head surrounded by coloured bracts - in this case the whole inflorescence and the leaves immediately below it being heavily tinted with a rich reddish brown, which contrasts gorgeously with the soft green oval leaves.
A long-lived and easy perennial for a rich moist soil in sun.
As time goes on it just gets better and better
1L pots ~ £8
A most peculiar plant (known in its native land as Digger's Speedwell I understand) totally unlike any of the related Veronicas and Hebes - striking for both flowers and foliage. Also one of the very few Australian mainland plants that can genuinely be relied upon the grow almost anywhere.
I've grown it successfully on chalk near Lewes and heavy soils that flood periodically at Pool Meadow (where these pictures were taken). An easy evergreen perennial, best in sun. Runs a bit.
1L pots - £5