Saturday, 19 July 2008

Clematis 'Piilu'

Rose-lilac flowers from May to September

Aster amellus 'King George'

Clump forming perennial with large violet-blue flowers from July to September.

Hardy herbaceous

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Astilbe japonica 'Radius'

Bright red flowers above dark green foliage. Flowers from July; plant in sun to light shade. Prefers a rich and moist soil in a shady location

Height: 60cm, spread 60cm.

Hosta x tardiana 'Sleeping Beauty'

Heart shaped, glossy, glaucous blue leaves with creamy margins. Pale lavender flowers from July to August.

Height 45cm, spread 45cm.

Thick, slug resistant foliage. Not.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Crocosmia 'Zeal Tan'

Large deep tan-red flowers from August to October.

Rose 'Warm Welcome'

Scented, climbing rose with orange blooms. Present from Dad.

Height: 2.1m

A gift. You should never look a gift horse in the mouth. However, you should never encourage gift plants. Bright and cheerful.

Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom'

Vigorous evergreen climber, with scented pale pink flowers.

Pieris japonica 'Carnaval'

compact shrub with small green leaves that are edged white and turn pink in winter. In spring it has bright red new growth following ivory white flowers.

Height: 1.5m, spread: 1m

Crocosmia 'Emberglow'


Bright red-orange flowers in July-August, which contrast with dark stems.

120cm x 40cm

Loropetalum chinense 'Fire Dance'

Bushy shrub with red-purple leaves and red spider-like flowers.

Height: 90cm; spread: 90cm.

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'

Upright, early flowering perennial, poducing streaked orange flowers with dark brown centres. Flowers from early summer, repeating.

Heaight: 90cm, spread: 60cm.

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Hardy, clump former with blue-mauve flower spikes in summer. Herbaceous.

Height: 50cm, spread: 45cm.

Well drained, fertile soil in sun or partial shade.

Cyrtomium fortunei

Evergreen fern with erect pale green fronds.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

Low bushy shrub with bronze-purple flushed leaves. Bell-shaped, black red flowers from May to June.

Height 1m, spread 60cm.

Evergreen. Hardy.

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

A loosestrife.

Reddish purple leaves with slightly pendent star-shaped yellow flowers with a small reddish brown centre.

Height 90cm, spread 60cm.

Flowers June to July.

Herbaceous. Hardy


Thursday, 3 July 2008

Malus 'John Downie'

Small, upright tree with pink-budded white blossoms in May.
Heavy crops of large orange-red autumn fruits.

Height and spread: 5m x 3m

Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku'

In spring the leaves are a pinkish green with a pink margin, turning a rich green in summer and then canary yellow with orange highlights in autumn. The bark on all its younger shoots and branches a conspicuous coral red.

Saxifraga 'Pixie'

Masses of starry, rose-red flowers held above evergreen mounds of mossy foliage.
Flowers early to late spring.
Height and spread: 8cm x 30cm.

Dicksonia antarctica

Tree fern with large evergreen fronds.

Height and spread 3 x 3m.

Rhododendron 'Sneezy'

Rosy red flowers with black speckles in May.

Height and spread: 1m.

Lime free soil, pH 4 to 7.

Catalpa bignoniodes 'Aurea'

Deciduous, spreading, bright yellow leaves.

Buddleja davidii 'Black Knight'

Large panicles of deep violet-purple flowers from July to October. Attractive to butterflies.

Height and spread: 2 to 3 m.

Cut back previous season's growth to within a few inches of old wood in March.

Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea'

Decorative stems of bright yellow/green.

To get the brightest stems, plant in full sun and remove a third of the stems back to ground level each spring.

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Rich wine purple foliage, with deep pink, feathery flower plumes in late summer.

Height and spread: 2.4m x 2.4m.

Can be pruned hard in spring.

Skimmia japonica Rubella

Evergreen shrub with panicles of red buds in winter, which open into small, white, star-shaped flowers in spring.

Height spread: 60cm x 90cm in 5 years.

Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchard'

Flowers from early summer to early autumn; mauve pink flowers with cream stamens.
Pruning group 3: cut down to 75cm in February/March.

Height 2.4m; flowers 10-15cm diameter.

Astilbe thunbergii 'Straussenfeder'

Coral pink flowers on arching side branches.

Prefers a moist to wet soil.

Flowers July to August

Clematis 'Madame Edouard Andre'

Deep purple, open flowers with striking yellow centres.

2.5m x 1-2m in well drained, humus-rich soil.
Cut back stems to 75cm in early spring; fertilise in early spring and in summer.

Clematis 'Black Prince'

Very dark purple, nodding flowers.
Hard prune February to March

Of sentimental value; a gorgeous deep purple reminiscent of rich velvet. Shyly nodding flowers, the plant scrambles through the lilac, decorating the summer dullness of the shrub with its delicate display.

Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'

Finely cut small leaves; saucer shaped large blue flowers flushed red, with a white centre.

Height: 30-45cm, spread 60cm.

Flowers April to July

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Clematis 'Marie Boisselot' (Mme-le-Coultre)

Hardy climbing perennial, flowering from May to September with white flowers and cream stamens.
Pruning group 2 - do not cut too low down the plant, removing dead and weak stems down to a healthy pair of buds or shoots.

Grows up to 3m.


Scirpus zebrinus (Zebra rush)

Variagated foliage, banded white and green.

Nymphaea pygmaea helvola

Canary yellow flowers less than 5cm, flowering June to September.
Planting depth 30-60cm; spread 30cm.
Olive green leaves marked with streaks and blotches of brown.

Iris 'Sparkling Rose'

Sibirican iris, sun or part shade;
Height 60cm; flowers May - June.

Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford'

100cm x 60cm
Flowers August - September
Glossy chocolate maroon foliage - gorgeous purple underleaf
Shady position in moist, fertile soil

Zantedeschia 'Picasso'

Keep frost free in winter.
Needs moisture, semi-shade or full sun.
Keep bulbs dry in winter

Kniphofia 'Bees Lemon'

Flowers summer to early autumn, height 80cm x 60cm