Monthly Archives: January 2016

Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’


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

‘Purpurascens’ is a tall deciduous grass with long, narrow, purple-tinged leaves and pinkish, silky flower sprays in late summer, soon becoming silvery and turning to fawn in autumn and winter

Common Name: eulalia ‘Purpurascens’
Family: Poaceae
Color flower: Grey/Silver and Pale Pink in SummerPale Brown in Autumn and Winter
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Purple in 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 ‘Harvest Samantha’ (Sin/Lil)


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

Single-flowered Lilliput dahlias are dwarf plants to 40cm tall, with single flowers to 3cm across, and are well suited to container cultivation

‘Harvest Samantha’ grows to 70cm in height, with single, deep rose-pink flowers 5.5cm across

Common Name: dahlia ‘Harvest Samantha’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn or Summer
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

Hemerocallis ‘Cartwheels’


Hemerocallis may be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with narrow, strap-shaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers on erect stems in late spring or early summer

‘Cartwheels’ is a compact perennial forming a clump of narrow, erect leaves and stems to 75cm, with a succession of golden-yellow, starry flowers up to 15cm in width, with spreading segments, and opening in the afternoon

Common Name: daylily ‘Cartwheels’
Family: Hemerocallidaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Can get aphids and hemerocallis gall midge; late flowering cultivars, such as this, are less troubled by gall midge
Pruning: Remove spent flowers and remove dead foliage as required.
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil preferably in full sun. Copes well with heavy clay. May need watering in spring to early summer in dry conditions to ensure flowering
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Prairie Planting, Coastal or Low Maintenance

Limnanthes douglasii AGM


Limnanthes are low-growing annuals with pinnately divided leaves and cup-shaped, 5-petalled flowers in summer and autumn

L. douglasii is a spreading bushy annual to 15cm in height, with finely divided leaves and open bowl-shaped yellow flowers with white-tipped petals, in summer and autumn

Common Name: poached egg flower
Family: Limnanthaceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Spreading / Branched
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants or Wildlife Gardens

Narcissus ‘Bravoure’ (1) AGM


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Trumpet daffodils grow to 50cm, their solitary flowers with the trumpet as long as or exceeding the perianth segments

‘Bravoure’ is a bulbous perennial to 45cm tall, with pure white flowers 12cm wide, the narrow trumpets deep yellow, fading to sulphur-yellow

Common Name: daffodil ‘Bravoure’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Anemonella thalictroides


Anemonella are small, clump-forming tuberous perennials with fern-like, divided leaves and small clusters of cup-shaped flowers in spring and early summer

A. thalictroides is a perennial making a spreading clump to 10cm tall, with divided, blue-green leaves and anemone-like white flowers 2cm wide in spring and early summer

Common Name: rue anemone
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage from slugs
Pruning: No pruning required.
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in part shade. Tubers may rot in very wet soils.
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

There are a big variety of anemones. They can be different colors and shapes.


 

Calibrachoa Superbells Pink ‘Uscali11’ PBR (Superbells Series)


Calibrachoa are tender woody-based perennials usually grown as annuals, mostly trailing in habit, with simple leaves and petunia-like, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long periodSuperbells Pink is a compact, bushy or slightly trailing plant to 25cm tall, with deep pink flowers, yellow in the throat, from late spring to autumn
Common Name: calibrachoa [Superbells Pink]
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Trailing
Habit: Can get aphids, slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: A sunny, sheltered site is essential for the best flowers
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

 

The best Calibrachoa seeds


Production Tips for Growers: Million Bells Calibrachoa

 

Wonderful Calibrachoa

 

 

Fuchsia ‘David Savage’ (d)


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

‘David Savage’ is an upright, bushy plant with semi-double flowers, the tube and sepals bright pink, the petals very pale lilac with deep pink veining

Common Name: fuchsia ‘David Savage’
Family: Onagraceae
Color flower: Pink and Pale Purple in Autumn and 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: Aphids, capsid bug, fuchsia gall mite, glasshouse red spider mite, glasshouse whitefly and vine weevil may cause problems
Pruning: Pruning group 6
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Can be grown outdoors in moist, fertile soil. Plant the base of the stem 2cm below the soil surface and provide a deep winter mulch and shelter from cold drying winds.
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants