Monday, 19 May 2014

Brimeura amethystina

Brimeura amethystina
An extremely charming small relative of the bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) with flowers of a particularly delicate shade of pale blue (not amethyst!)
Brimeura amethystina
Very easy to grow and seems to especially like the same conditions as the bluebell, with some shade and not too dry.
10cm pot-fulls ~ £5




Bupleurum angulosum Copper

Bupleurum angulosum ex Copper
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.

Bupleurum angulosum ex Copper
A long-lived and easy perennial for a rich moist soil in sun.
Bupleurum angulosum Copper
As time goes on it just gets better and better
1L pots ~ £8




Derwentia (Parahebe) perfoliata

Derwentia perfoliata
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.
Derwentia perfoliata
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