Sunday, 30 August 2015
Friday, 28 August 2015
Autumn snowflake. Nothing like the more familiar spring and summer snowflakes with which it used to be classified, except that they have pale nodding flowers. No more than four inches high with very fine glossy almost evergreen foliage. Flowers mostly in August and September.
A very pretty and hardy little bulb – easy in a well-drained sunny spot without too much competition.
10cm pots ~ £5
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Monday, 10 August 2015
An attractive medium sized umbellifer from the USA. The foliage is a good dark lustrous green and the flower heads are fresh yellow. Known as Golden Alexanders in its homeland in reference to the rather invasive European Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) - the American plant has however shown no signs of being a nuisance. For any half decent soil in sun or part shade.
2L pots ~ £8
Plants that produce flowers of true blue, without even a hint of purple, are quite rare and this is one of the easiest - making clear cobalt blue pea flowers of good size over a long period. The clover-like foliage is also attractively marked and it makes a good ground cover in a sheltered spot, and especially with some shade.
Not terribly hardy but the parent of these plants has survived in a narrow border up against the north-facing wall of a house in East Sussex through the last 10 years. Generally frost erases the top growth every winter but it comes back strongly in time to flower in late summer/autumn. Alternatively it can be started under cover and used for summer bedding or hanging baskets.
1L pots ~ £6