Monthly Archives: February 2016

Conophytum obcordellum


Conophytum are dwarf succulent perennials forming clumps of “bodies” comprising a pair of very fleshy leaves, united in the lower part, with solitary daisy-like flowers appearing from the central fissure; the leaves usually shrivel after floweringC. obcordellum is a mat-forming succulent with greyish, ellipsoid leaf-pairs and white flowers 1.5cm across in late summer
Common Name: obcordellate cone plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a mixture of two parts each sharp sand and loam and one part leaf mould, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water sparingly when in growth and keep completely dry at other times. No additional fertilizer is needed
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

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Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’


Aconitum can be herbaceous perennials or biennials with lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of showy, hooded flowers

‘Bressingham Spire’ is an herbaceous perennial to 90cm, with deeply divided, glossy dark green leaves and erect spikes of hooded, violet-blue flowers in late summer and autumn

Common Name: monk’s hood ‘Bressingham Spire’
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Dark Blue in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: Cut down old flowering stems when flowering is finished
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in moisture retentive, fertile well-drained soil in partial shade but will tolerate most soils and full sun. Staking may be necessary
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium AGM


Chiastophyllum is a mat-forming succulent perennial with broad, fleshy leaves and racemes of small bell-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer

C. oppositifolium is a prostrate evergreen perennial to 20cm, with large, fleshy, ovate leaves and branched, arching racemes of small, bright yellow flowers on brownish stems

Common Name: lamb’s tail
Family: Crassulaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Can be damaged by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover or Rock Garden

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (v) AGM


Chlorophytum are evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with linear or lance-shaped leaves and slender arching stems bearing loose racemes or panicles of small, starry white flowers, in some species also bearing plantlets

‘Variegatum’ is a rhizomatous perennial forming a clump of narrow, evergreen leaves to 45cm in length, with white marginal stripes. Small white flowers are borne in arching racemes, usually with plantlets in the inflorescence

Common Name: variegated spider ivy
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow under glass or in a frost-free enviroment. Tolerant of wide range of conditions
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

Verbena ‘Moon River’ (G)


Verbena can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with toothed or pinnately lobed leaves and small salver-shaped flowers in spikes, panicles or corymbs in summer or autumn

Verbena (G) are species which are separated in the genus Glandularia by some botanists

‘Moon River’ is a bushy, spreading bedding verbena with finely dissected leaves and violet-purple flowers in summer and autumn

Common Name: vervain ‘Moon River’
Family: Verbenaceae
Color flower: Purple in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Damage by slugs may be a problem
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants

Phlox subulata ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ AGM


Phlox may be evergreen or herbaceous, mat-forming or erect perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and salver-shaped flowers in terminal clusters

‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ is a compact, mat-forming evergreen perennial to 10cm tall, with small, linear, rich green leaves and bright deep pink flowers 3cm wide from late spring

Common Name: moss phlox ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’
Family: Polemoniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Phlox eelworm may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning necessary
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun, or in dappled shade in low rainfall areas
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Oxalis enneaphylla ‘Sheffield Swan’


Oxalis can be annuals or perennials, with fibrous, bulbous or rhizomatous rootstocks, palmately divided leaves and funnel-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that mostly close in dull weather and at night

‘Sheffield Swan’ is a compact rhizomatous perennial with rounded, pleated, blue-green leaves composed of several narrow leaflets, and widely funnel-shaped white flowers 2cm across, with a pale green eye, opening in late spring and early summer

Common Name: sorrel ‘Sheffield Swan’
Family: Oxalidaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Grey/Silver in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Damage by slugs and snails may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained in full sun. Can also be grown in a container in an alpine house
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants