Friday, 8 May 2015

Horminum pyrenaicum - two forms

Horminum pyrenaicum
A choice Pyrenean alpine making lush rosettes of crinkly leaves with one-sided spikes of rich dark purple flowers in spring. Good for planting in a crevice between rocks, Like many true alpines, although they need good drainage they don't cope well with drought.
1L pots ~ £7



Horminum pyrenaicum alboviolaceum
Horminum pyrenaicum alboviolaceum
A form with white flowers tinged with violet at the edges. Very pretty.
1L pots ~ £7




Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Xanthoceras sorbifolium
A rare and highly sought-after small tree or medium sized shrub from Central Asia. As the name implies it has pinnate (Sorbus-like) leaves and in spring it produces handsome clusters of good sized white flowers, turning pink with age. Easy and hardy in a sunny well-drained spot and an excellent choice for poor chalky soils. The photo is the first flowering on a four year old seedling. The plants on offer are a year younger but big enough to plant out in the garden.
2L pots ~ £12 (very few)