Monday, 20 March 2017

Hesperochiron californicus

Hesperochiron californicus
A little-known but charming miniature perennial related to Phacelia and Nemophila, making pale rosy almost stemless funnel-shaped flowers over a neat rosette of leaves in spring. It emerges in late winter and disappears again in early summer.
Hesperochiron californicus
I’ve not had enough to experiment with until now, so been keeping it in the tunnel, but it might well be happy in a well-drained sunny spot outside, among small bulbs for example, with plenty of water in spring. Very pretty.
3in pots ~ £7



Primula elatior meyeri

Primula elatior meyeri
This is a lovely Caucasian form of oxlip with nodding heads of rich violet blue flowers on slender stems.
Primula elatior meyeri
From seasonally damp mountain meadows and light woodland - it wants plenty of light and moisture in winter and spring - not waterlogged or heavily shaded.
1L pots ~ £6



Cardamines

Cardamine glanduligera
Cardamine glanduligera
In my estimation the best and showiest of the Eurasian species with rich purple flowers and deeply textured foliage.
Cardamine glanduligera
A vigorous spreader in a retentive soil in part shade, and probably a bit too vigorous with choice woodlanders, but a splendid groundcover among shrubs and larger woodland perennials.
1L pots ~ £6




Cardamine kitaibelii
Cardamine kitaibelii
A much more slender and less vigorous species than glanduligera needing a little more care to keep it, but not difficult once happy. The heads of nodding flowers make this one of the most graceful of the Cardamines. Very few.
1L pots ~ £6



Aesculus californica


Sorry -  no pictures yet as mine are not old enough to flower.
This is a very large spreading shrub (or low spreading tree) and needs a lot of space - the flowers are fragrant, creamy or rosy white and held in solid ‘candles’. The foliage is neat and attractive and the bark is chalky white (especially good in winter after the leaves fall). Given an open sunny well-drained site this will be one of the most magnificent woody plants we can grow. Hardly ever offered and I have no idea why it isn't better known.
Aesculus californica and Calycanthus occidentalis
Young plants grown from conkers collected in California. Not flowered yet but will be fast growing once established.
5l pots ~ £15