Monthly Archives: January 2015

Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii – sunny and bright flowers


Rudbeckia may be annuals, biennials or rhizomatous herbaceous perennials, with simple or pinnately divided leaves and large daisy-like flower-heads with yellow or orange rays surrounding a prominent conical diskR. fulgida var. deamii is a clump-forming, erect herbaceous perennial to 60cm, with oval, dark green, roughly hairy leaves and black-eyed bright yellow daisies to 7cm in width from late summer to mid autumn
Common Name: Deam’s coneflower
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Slugs may damage young growth
Pruning: Deadhead faded flowers
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Easy to grow if given full sun or partial shade and a moderately fertile soil that is moist but well-drained; a good choice for improved clay soils
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Prairie Planting or Wildlife Gardens

Heuchera ‘Strawberry Swirl’


Heuchera are more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of small, tubular flowers, often with colourful calyces

‘Strawberry Swirl’ is a clump-forming perennial with ruffled, angular, green leaves lightly marbled with silver, and tall loose sprays of small pink flowers

Common Name: heuchera ‘Strawberry Swirl’
Family: Saxifragaceae
Color flower: Pink in Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to vine weevils and leaf eelworms
Pruning: Remove faded flower spikes
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral soil in sun or partial shade. The woody rootstock tends to lift out of the ground so mulch annually or lift and replant
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Cestrum parqui – bright and sunny plant!


Cestrum can be shrub or scrambling climbers, with simple, evergreen leaves and tubular or salver-shaped flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, followed by red or black berries

C. parqui is a deciduous or semi-evergreen medium-sized shrub, with lanceolate leaves to 12cm in length. Flowers tubular, 2.5cm in length, yellow-green and fragrant at night. Fruit an ovoid brownish berry

Common Name: willow-leaved jessamine
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: Green and Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Pruning group 6
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full light with good ventilation and shade from hot sun. Water freely in summer and keep just moist in winter. Can be grown outdoors in a sheltered site
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Mediterranean Climate Plants

Antirrhinum majus Kim Series , mixed


Antirrhinum can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with simple leaves and tubular, 2-lipped flowers which may be solitary or in terminal racemes, in summer and autumn

Kim Series are dwarf annuals with erect racemes of flowers in shades of crimson, light red, pink, orange, yellow and white.

Common Name: snapdragon Kim Series
Family: Plantaginaceae
Color flower: Orange, Pink, Red, White or Yellow in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: old H3 (may need winter protection)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong the flowering display
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Grow in a sunny position in well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants

Simple and nice Asclepias curassavica


Asclepias can be evergreen or deciduous perennials or subshrubs, with simple, entire leaves and umbel-like clusters of small, distinctively shaped flowers followed by paired fruits containing seeds embedded in silky fibres

A. curassavica is an upright evergreen sub-shrub with lance-shaped leaves and umbel-like terminal clusters of orange-red flowers 2cm across, in summer and autumn, sometimes followed by erect, ovoid fruit 6-8cm in length

Common Name: bloodflower
Family: Apocynaceae
Color flower: Orange and Red in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get glasshouse whitefly under glass
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in fertile well-drained loamy soil in full sun in frost-free area. Under glass grow in loam-based compost. Reduce watering after flowering and keep almost dry in the winter
Garden characteristics: Sub-tropical or Patio/Container Plants

Wonderful Eschscholzia californica ‘Appleblossom Bush’ (Thai Silk Series)


Eschscholzia can be annuals or perennials, with finely divided leaves and solitary, long-stalked, poppy-like yellow, orange or red flowers, followed by conspicuous long seed-pods’Appleblossom Bush’ is an annual to 30cm tall, with finely divided, blue-green foliage and semi-double cream flowers heavily flushed with pink and streaked with red
Common Name: California poppy ‘Appleblossom Bush’
Family: Papaveraceae
Color flower: Cream, Pink and Red in Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Will thrive in poor, well-drained soil but they need full sun for the flowers to open. Can be grown as a drought-tolerant container plant. Good for exposed or coastal areas
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’


Ilex can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees with often spiny leaves, small white flowers (male and female usually on separate plants) and, on female plants, showy berries in autumn

‘Golden Gem’ is a low-growing, compact dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit with small, golden yellow leaves. Flowers and fruits sparingly produced

Common Name: Japanese holly ‘Golden Gem’
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids, scale insects and holly leaf miner may be a problem
Pruning: Pruning group 1
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in a well-drained soil in a sunny position
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants or City/Courtyard Gardens

Rosa Bonica ‘Meidomonac’ in Your Garden


Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Ground Cover roses are low, spreading shrubs with small, glossy leaves and clusters of single or double, occasionally slightly fragrant, flowers in summer, usually repeat-flowering

Bonica is a bushy, spreading small shrub with copious dark, glossy foliage and large sprays of slightly scented, semi-double, pink flowers 6cm in width repeating from summer to autumn

Common Name: rose Bonica
Family: Rosaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage
Pruning: Pruning group 19 (roses)
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in full sun with moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring and a balanced fertiliser again in early summer. Tolerant of poor soil and suitable for low hedging
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Hedging/Screens