Monday, 15 August 2016

Lonicera hirsuta

Lonicera hirsuta
A honeysuckle from North America with broad green leaves and heads of golden flowers subtended by a pair of rounded bracts.
Lonicera hirsuta
A lovely and rare woodland climber.
3L pots ~ £8



Lobelia laxiflora angustifolia

Lobelia laxiflora
A spreading perennial with fresh narrow foliage topped in summer with tubular orange and yellow flowers.
Hardy here. It might suffer in a very cold year but otherwise a reliable border perennial. This has a reputation for running but I’ve not found it excessive.
1L pots ~ £7



Allium macranthum

Allium macranthum
A quite highly sought-after Asian species, superficially similar to A.cernuum but slightly larger and without the nodding flower stem.
Allium macranthum
It also needs cooler, moister conditions.  In this form the flowers are a soft purple.
10cm pots ~ £7




Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Pulsatilla bungeana

Pulsatilla bungeana
A very lovely Chinese pasque flower with the nearest blue flowers I've seen in the group.
Pulsatilla bungeana
Easy and hardy in 'alpine' conditions (freely drained but not parched soil and full exposure to the sun and air).
Pulsatilla bungeana
This is the parent plant in a garden in Ontario. Thanks to Rob & Sharon Illingworth for the seeds.
1L pots ~ £7



Vitex negundo Heterophylla


Vitex negundo heterophylla
A hardier Chinese species than agnus-castus that seems to flower over a longer period in summer so possibly better for ordinary garden conditions. The flower spikes are looser and paler and the leaflets are broader and paler.
Vitex negundo heterophylla
In the form Heterophylla, the foliage is attractively toothed and the whole effect is fresh and light. Can make a large shrub in a sunny spot.
2L pots ~ £8