Monday, 3 April 2017

Salvia deserta


A rather posh version of the meadow clary from China, with upright plumes of vivid violet blue flowers for months in summer over rosettes of crinkly grey green leaves. 

Very hardy and reliable. For well-drained soils in sun.
1L pots ~ £7




Viola douglasii

Viola douglasii
An extremely choice species from California with rich golden flowers, black at the centre, and with deep red reverses to the petals. The foliage is finely cut.


In the wild this is a species of open grasslands and needs sun and free drainage. Thus far on the nursery they've been easy to grow and have made slow but steady progress
10cm pots ~ £7



Calceolaria pavonii

Calceolaria pavonii
A remarkable species from Chile. The flowers are typical for the genus - yellow and slipper shaped, but in this case with quite broad pale green sepals behind. The whole flower is over an inch across and the effect is vaguely daffodil-like. Flowers appear over a long period in summer.
Calceolaria pavonii
This is quite a big soft bushy sprawling plant, reputed to be hardy in mild locations in a well-drained sunny spot or dry semi shade. I haven't risked it outside here yet because there isn't much shelter.
1L pots ~ £7