Monthly Archives: March 2016

Antirrhinum majus Floral Carpet 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

Floral Carpet Series are very compact and bushy annuals to 20cm tall, with erect racemes of two-lipped flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red and white

Common Name: snapdragon Floral Carpet Series
Family: Plantaginaceae
Color flower: Pink, Red, White and Yellow 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: 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

Verbena ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’ (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

‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’ is a spreading perennial, grown as an annual to 20cm, with neat oblong leaves and flat heads of light orange-pink flowers which fade to creamy-yellow

Common Name: vervain ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’
Family: Verbenaceae
Color flower: Cream, Pink, Yellow and Pale Orange 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: Spreading / Branched
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, leafhoppers and aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Best grown in moist but well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants

Tropaeolum majus Alaska Series (v) AGM


Tropaeolum can be annuals or perennials, bushy, trailing or climbing by twining stems, with simple or palmately lobed leaves and showy funnel-shaped flowers with five long-clawed petals and often a spur

Alaska Series are bushy, spreading annuals to 30cm tall, with rounded leaves speckled and splashed with creamy-white, and single flowers to 6cm wide, in shades of cream, yellow, orange and mahogany-red

Common Name: nasturtium Alaska Series
Family: Tropaeolaceae
Color flower: Cream, Orange, Red or Yellow in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by caterpillars, flea beetles and blackfly
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Best grown in poor, well-drained soil in full sun, if the soil is too rich foliage will be produced at the expense of flowers
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Crocus ‘Ladykiller’ AGM


Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring

‘Ladykiller’ is a perennial corm flowering with the leaves, the flowers with deep blue-purple outer tepals edged white; inner tepals white marked with dark blue at base

Common Name: crocus ‘Ladykiller’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Blue, Purple and White in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a gritty, poor to moderately fertile soil
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ AGM


Bergenia are evergreen rhizomatous perennials with leathery, rounded leaves and dense, erect clusters of bell-shaped pink or white flowers in spring

‘Silberlicht’ is an evergreen perennial forming a low clump of leathery, oval leaves, with erect, red-tinged stems bearing clusters of white flowers often ageing to light pink; prominent red calyces

Common Name: elephant’s ears ‘Silberlicht’
Family: Saxifragaceae
Color flower: White and Pale Pink in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Foliage may be eaten by slugs, snails, vine weevil and caterpillars
Pruning: Remove faded flower spikes
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Dislikes hot, dry conditions but tolerates poor soil and exposed sites.
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Low Maintenance, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Coastal

Geranium maderense – nice and wonderful flower


Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

G. maderense is a robust but short-lived evergreen perennial or biennial to 1.5m, with attractively dissected leaves to 20cm in length and large panicles of purplish-pink flowers 4cm across, with darker centres

Common Name: giant herb robert
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Spring, Summer and Winter
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in well-drained soil in either sun or shade in frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-based compost with added sharp sand in bright filtered light. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of new leaves and flowers
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Mediterranean Climate Plants

Geranium wallichianum ‘Wisley Jewel’


Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

‘Wisley Jewel’ is a spreading perennial with neat, divided foliage and bowl-shaped, mauve-pink flowers 3cm wide in summer and early autumn, the rounded petals paler at the base and slightly veined

Common Name: cranesbill ‘Wisley Jewel’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies
Pruning: Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in any moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best but shade is tolerated
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs