Monday, 10 August 2015

Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea
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




Parochetus communis

Parochetus communis
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.
Parochetus communis
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