Monday, 9 May 2016

Phyteuma nigrum

Phyteuma nigrum
The Phyteumas are a funny-looking group in the Campanulaceae, with dense heads or spikes of small glossy curly tubular flowers instead of the usual open bell flowers more typical of the family.
Phyteuma nigrum
In this case the flowers are deep blackcurrant black in dense spikes on a 4-8 inch stem over a simple rosette of leaves. An easy and unusual European alpine suitable for any sunny well-drained spot.
3in pots ~ £5



Rhodotypos scandens

Rhodotypos scandens
This vaguely Rubus-like shrub is in fact most closely related to Kerria but in this case the flowers are fresh pure white with only four petals and the fresh green leaves are attractively textured. A very lovely arching shrub for almost any conditions. The shiny black seeds are also a feature in late summer.
3L pots ~ £14




Two Unusual Aquatics

Saururus chinensis
Saururus chinensis
A curious, somewhat aroid-like aquatic perennial making a leafy colony in shallow water or wet mud. This is a better looking plant than the more common S.cernuus - the inflorescence is a creamy white spadix, but with a conspicuous white bract. Hardy and vigorous but much better behaved than its other relatives, Houttuynia and Anemopsis.
1L pots ~ £8



Sagittaria graminea
Sagittaria graminea
A pretty miniature 'arrow-head' with narrow spatula-shaped leaves, and submerged linear leaves. The simple three-petalled flowers are produced through the summer (nb. the upper picture shows male flowers, the lower, female).
Sagittaria graminea
Hardy and vigorous and ideal for colonising an area of shallow water or wet mud. Although short in stature, this plant does multiply freely by stolons.
(I bought the original plant as graminea but it could well be S.platyphylla)
bare-rooted plants ~ £4 each



Buddleja salviifolia

Buddleja salviifolia
A South African species, but don't let that put you off - this is a surprisingly hardy shrub for a sheltered sunny wall. The violet-scented purple flowers are produced in late spring among good quality felted foliage on a medium-sized shrub.
Buddleja salviifolia foliage
Prune it periodically in summer to keep it compact.
3L pots ~ £12




Chamaecytisus

Now included in Cytisus - this is a group of very pretty small shrubs ideal for raised beds and rockeries, growing with alpines and bulbs in full sun. Unlike most of the familiar brooms, these are not leafless in summer.

Cytisus purpureus
Chamaecytisus purpureus
With rosy mauve pea flowers for a few weeks in spring and glaucous trifoliate leaves. For any well-drained soil in sun.
Chamaecytisus purpureus
If anybody knows the whereabouts of the white (albus) or dark purple (Atropurpureus) forms of this species I'd be very interested to know. It's possible they've slipped unnoticed from cultivation.
sold out for now


Cytisus Lilac Lady
Chamaecytisus purpureus Lilac Lady
Apparently a hybrid of purpureus and praecox. Generally very like the former but a more compact shrub with denser, smaller leaves and pale violet flowers. Needs exactly the same conditions
sold out for now

Cytisus hirsutus
Cytisus hirsutus
A lovely small arching shrub with fresh lemon yellow pea flowers over a long period in spring and soft pale green leaves. Well drained sunny soils
1L pots ~ £7