Monthly Archives: September 2015

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Waterperry Gold’


Heliopsis are robust perennials with stiff, erect stems; opposite, lance-shaped leaves and showy rich yellow to orange flowers similar to sunflowers

‘Waterperry Gold’ is a clump-forming perennial to 1.2m tall, with ovate leaves and deep yellow, semi-double flower-heads which age to light yellow, opening over a long period from early summer to early autumn

Common Name: North American ox-eye ‘Waterperry Gold’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Slugs may be a problem
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. May need support
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

Fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’


Fuchsia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees, rarely perennials, with opposite or whorled leaves and usually pendent flowers with conspicuous tubular calyx, 4 spreading sepals and 4 erect petals

‘Pink Marshmallow’ is a lax deciduous shrub with large serrated leaves and very large double flowers, with long pale pink tube, reflexed, green-tipped pale pink sepals, and pink-veined white petals

Common Name: fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’
Family: Onagraceae
Color flower: White, Pale Green and Pale Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids, capsid bug and vine weevil may cause problems
Pruning: Pruning group 6
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Under glass can be grown in either a loam-based or loam-less potting compost in bright filtered light with moderate humidity and good ventilation. When in growth apply a liquid balanced fertiliser monthly. Keep just moist over winter. Overwinter indoors
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Rebutia mentosa subsp. mentosa


Rebutia can be solitary or clustering cacti, with globose or shortly cylindrical, ribbed or tuberculate stems, and showy funnel-shaped flowers

R. mentosa subsp. mentosa is a cactus with simple or clustering stems to 10cm tall, 6cm diameter, bearing central spines to 3cm, and comb-like radial spines; flowers rosy-purple, 3.5cm across

Common Name: yellow crown cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Color flower: Pink and Purple in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to mealybugs early in the growing season
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Under glass, grow in standard cactus compost in full light, with low humidity. From spring to summer, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 3 or 4 times
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Rhodohypoxis baurii ‘Susan Garnett-Botfield’

Rhodohypoxis are small clump-forming herbaceous perennials with tufts of hairy, narrowly lance-shaped leaves and solitary star-shaped, white, pink, red or purple flowers in summer

‘Susan Garnett-Botfield’ is a compact perennial to 10cm tall, with narrow, hairy leaves and 6-petalled, pale pink flowers 2-3cm wide, in summer

Common Name: red star ‘Susan Garnett-Botfield’
Family: Hypoxidaceae
Color flower: Pale Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to glasshouse red spider mite and thrips when grown in an alpine house
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet; can be grown in pots in an alpine house
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Chirita sinensis AGM


Chirita can be annuals or evergreen perennials, erect or prostrate in habit, with fleshy stems bearing hairy leaves and solitary or clustered, axillary flowers in summer and autumn

C. sinensis is a small, tender perennial forming a flattened rosette of thick, evergreen, elliptic leaves, sometimes with silvery veins. Small clusters of tubular white flowers 2.5cm long with purple lobes and yellow markings in summer and autumn

Common Name: Chinese chirita
Family: Gesneriaceae
Color flower: Purple, White and Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, humus-rich, gritty soil in partial shade
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Fun idea for your garden

Fuchsia procumbens


Fuchsia can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or trees, rarely perennials, with opposite or whorled leaves and usually pendent flowers with conspicuous tubular calyx, 4 spreading sepals and 4 erect petals

F. procumbens is a wide-spreading, mat-forming shrub with small, heart-shaped leaves and solitary, erect, pale orange flowers, the reflexed sepals deep purple with a green base, and the red-tipped stamens with blue pollen

Common Name: trailing fuchsia
Family: Onagraceae
Color flower: Green Pale Green, Pale Orange and Dark Purple in SummerPurple and Dark Orange in Autumn
Hardiness: old H3 (may need winter protection)
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Susceptible to glasshouse whitefly, vine weevil, capsid bug, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: Pruning group 6; cut back to the base in frost prone areas
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Outdoors grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil full sun or partial shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds and provide a deep winter mulch. Under glass, grow in loam-based potting compost (JI No3) or loamless potting compost, in bright filtered light with moderate humidity. Water freely in growth and keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Ground Cover

Rebutia steinbachii AGM


Rebutia can be solitary or clustering cacti, with globose or shortly cylindrical, ribbed or tuberculate stems, and showy funnel-shaped flowers

Rebutia steinbachii is a clustering cactus with squat-globose stems bearing near-black spines to 2.5cm long, and bright red or magenta flowers 3.5cm across

Common Name: Steinbach’s crown cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Color flower: Purple and Red in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to mealybugs early in the season
Pruning: No pruning necessary
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Under glass, grow in standard cactus compost in full light with low humidity. From spring to summer, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 3 or 4 times; keep completely dry at other times
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants