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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

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

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

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

 

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Dianthus ‘Anders Kath Phillips’


Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrantPerpetual flowering carnations are half-hardy evergreen perennials grown under glass for cut flowers and for exhibition. Given temperatures above 10C, they can flower all year round, the blooms to 10cm across, sometimes scented’Anders Kath Phillips’ is an evergreen perennial with grey-green leaves and pale, creamy-yellow flowers with each petals finely edged with deep purple
Common Name: carnation ‘Anders Kath Phillips’
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Color flower: Dark Purple and Pale Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Slugs and aphids may be a problem
Pruning: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertiliser in spring
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants


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Matthiola Cinderella Series , mixed


Matthiola can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs, with simple or lobed leaves and dense terminal racemes or panicles of fragrant, 4-petalled flowers

Cinderella Series are grown as annuals or biennials to 25cm in height, with oblong, greyish leaves and dense panicles of sweetly scented double flowers in shades of purple, mauve, pink or white, in late spring and summer

Common Name: stock Cinderella Series
Family: Brassicaceae
Color flower: Pink, Purple and White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to aphids, flea beetles and cabbage root fly
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in a sunny, sheltered bed where the soil is well-drained and neutral to slightly alkaline. This Series is also compact enough for growing in a container. The photo shows the cultivar ‘Cinderella White’ in this Series
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’


Hakonechloa is a deciduous perennial grass forming a compact tuft of arching stems bearing linear leaves, with arching flower panicles in late sumer and autumn

‘Aureola’ is a neat, clump-forming deciduous grass to 30cm, with narrow, arching, green-striped, bright yellow leaves, often reddish-tinged in autumn and early winter. Flowers insignificant

Common Name: golden hakonechloa
Family: Poaceae
Color flower: Brown in Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Yellow Red in Autumn and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back old, flowered stems and dead foliage at the bases in late winter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in most moist, humus-rich, well-drained fertile soils in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

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Pelargonium Rosais


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowersDouble-flowered Ivy-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen perennials of trailing habit, with fleshy, palmately lobed leaves and clusters of showy double red, purple, pink or white flowers from early summer to autumn

Rosais is a bushy plant to 30cm with bold foliage and trailing stems to 50cm; semi-double rosy-pink flowers with purple markings on lower petals

Common Name: pelargonium Rosais
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants