Monthly Archives: June 2015

Campanula cochlearifolia var. alba


Campanula may be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with bell or star-shaped, often blue, flowers in late spring or summer

C. cochlearifolia var. alba is a creeping rhizomatous perennial to 10cm tall, making a compact mat of small, rounded leaves, with bell-shaped white flowers in summer

Common Name: white fairies’ thimbles
Family: Campanulaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Slugs and snails may be a problem
Pruning: None required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, but not dry soil in, ideally, full sun or partial shade. Good for walls or banks
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Miscanthus sinensis ‘China’ AGM


Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen grasses with tufted or spreading habit, erect stems bearing arching, linear leaves and terminal panicles of silky spikelets in late summer or autumn

‘China’ is a deciduous grass forming a clump to 1.5m tall, with narrow, arching olive-green leaves and panicles of silky flowers in early autumn, which are brownish-red when young, ageing to pink and silver

Common Name: eulalia ‘China’
Family: Poaceae
Color flower: Grey/Silver, Pink and Red in Autumn
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet
Garden characteristics: Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’ PBR (Gallery Series) (D) AGM


Dahlia are tuberous rooted perennials with pinnately divided leaves and showy flower-heads, double in many cultivars, in summer and autumn

‘Gallery Art Deco’ has flowerheads 10cm diameter, the outer florets light orange-yellow, the inner florets orange, all deep red on the reverse

Common Name: dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow, Pale Orange and Dark Red in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Aphids, leaf miners, glasshouse red spider mite and slugs are common pests. Earwigs sometimes damage blooms. Capsid bug and caterpillars are occasional pests
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering. Cut back to near ground level in the autumn, before lifting and storing for the winter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter and general purpose fertiliser, in full sun. Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushy plants and stake. Water freely in dry periods. Lift and store tubers in autumn to replant or use as a source of cuttings in spring
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Patio/Container Plants

Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’ AGM


Pulmonaria can be herbaceous or semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials with terminal clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring, and often strikingly patterned leaves developing in summer

‘Sissinghurst White’ is an herbaceous perennial to 30cm, forming a clump of heavily white-spotted ovate leaves, with leafy stems bearing a terminal cluster of pure white flowers opening from pink buds

Common Name: lungwort ‘Sissinghurst White’
Family: Boraginaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and White in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Remove old leaves after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in humus-rich, fertile, moist but not waterlogged soil in full or partial shade
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildlife Gardens

Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ AGM


Juniperus can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs or trees with aromatic, scale-like or sharply pointed awl-shaped leaves, and small globose fruits

‘Nana’ is a compact mat-forming evergreen conifer to 75cm in width, with dense, prickly, grey-green, awl-shaped leaves

Common Name: decumbent juniper ‘Nana’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, juniper scale and caterpillars
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Grow in any well-drained soil. Junipers need little if any pruning. Useful in hot sunny sites. Good ground cover
Garden characteristics: Architectural, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Rock Garden

Kniphofia rooperi – is it really a plant?


Kniphofia may be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with linear or strap-shaped leaves and erect stems bearing a dense raceme of tubular, usually pendent flowersK. rooperi is an evergreen perennial to 1.2m, with long, arching angled leaves and dense rounded spikes of tubular bright red flowers fading to yellow, in autumn
Common Name: Rooper’s red-hot poker
Family: Asphodelaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Autumn
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can be damaged by slugs and snails. Thrips may cause mottling of the foliage
Pruning: Old flower stems can be cut down after flowering. Trim back old winter damaged foliage in spring
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in a sandy soil that has been enriched with humus, but any deep, moist but well-drained soil will do. Good drainage in winter is essential. Full sun is best; can tolerate partial shade but flowering is reduced
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

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Euryops acraeus AGM


Euryops can be annuals, herbaceous perennials, evergreen sub-shrubs or shrubs with simple or divided leaves and daisy-like flower-heads

E. acraeus is a rounded, dwarf evergreen shrub to 30cm in height and width, with narrow, intensely silvery-blue leaves and many bright yellow daisies, each about 25mm in width in late spring and early summer

Common Name: mountain euryops
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Trim lightly after flowering to restrict growth
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow in sheltered shrub border, rock garden or raised bed in a well-drained soil full sun. Trim lightly after flowering to restrict growth
Garden characteristics: Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Rock Garden