Monday, 23 October 2017

Dietes bicolor

Dietes bicolor
A South African Iris relative with extremely striking round creamy flowers with three bold orange and black blobs towards the centre. The plant gradually forms a dense evergreen tussock, very like a Libertia, with the flowers held on wiry sems above.
Dietes bicolor
Although this plant is happy in a wide variety of conditions it will need a very sheltered well-drained site in the UK or a large pot, brought inside for the winter. The parent plant has overwintered fine in a terracotta pot in an unheated tunnel for many years now, but I haven't planted any outside yet.
£8



Scrophularia calliantha

Scrophularia calliantha
A very choice member of this often rather weedy genus from Gran Canaria. It has relatively large (2cm) pouch shaped flowers – lemon yellow within contrasting with relatively large rich red petals. The resemblance to the related Phygelius is quite noticeable in this species. The foliage is lush rich dark green.
Scrophularia calliantha
Untried in the UK but almost certainly tender, requiring a frost-free greenhouse in winter but flowering throughout so worth it. Any well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
£8



Canarina canariensis

Canarina canariensis
A tender herbaceous climber from the Canary Islands similar to a Codonopsis but with big red and orange striped bell flowers.
Canarina canariensis
Winter growing but not frost tolerant so needing a cool greenhouse
£8