Below we would like to highlight some of our new introductions for the coming season and other plants that we have always being growing but never really gave them the prominence they deserve.
Lythrum Pink Tails
Clematis viticella Alba Luxurians
Lythrum ‘Pink Tails’ is a charming selection of loosestrife with soft pink flowers. Lythrum flower for many weeks and are wonderful in a wild garden setting where they are very happy near water in sun and part-shade.
Clematis viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’. This is a fine late-flowering Clematis with large white flowers sometimes with hints of lilac and often with very distinctive green tips. We have this growing through our apple trees and it is always an attention grabber in summer. We don’t often have it for sale.
Panicum North Wind
Agapanthus ‘Twister’. Stalwarts of the summer garden, Agapanthus thrive in virtually any good sunny spot. They are especially good in coastal gardens and on slopes where their fleshy roots can cope with some drought, or in containers. There are many varieties, and Agapanthus ‘Twister’ is a fine compact specimen growing to around 60cm tall with bi-colour blue and white trumpet flowers which give mass plantings extra depth. Very effective edging driveways or paths.
Switch grasses are classic late-flowering grasses, doing very little until the heat of summer wakes them up in late June or July. However, they are always worth the wait, as the get better and better as the year goes on and last deep into winter. Panicum ‘North Wind’ is a particularly arresting variety. A strong upright habit, silver green foliage which turns wonderful bronzy autumn tones and glorious frothy pink flowers. This is a fantastic grass mass planted in a border or in a procession along a hot sunny wall. A good informal screen around a patio for summer barbecues.
Echinacea Orange Passion
Phlox Rosa Pastell
Echinacea are staples of US prairie-style borders where their large purple flowers and lasting seedheads mix beautifully with late season grasses in open sunny expanses. Over the years many hybrids have been cultivated offering all sorts of colour deviations. Echinacea ‘Orange Passion’, as the name suggests offers strong orange colouration with less pink than varieties like E. ‘Sundown’. Echinacea ‘Green Twister’ is a particularly unusual form with spoon-shaped recurved petals which are pink at the centre but green at the tips.
Phlox are ever-popular for their large panicles of often fragrant summer flowers. They come in a wide array of colours and are indispensable for any self-respecting cottage garden. We’re always trying out new introductions and this year will have Phlox ‘Rosa Pastell’, and lovely pale pink variety, and P. ‘Sweet Summer Wine’ which is a rich violet-red. However, if you’re not a cottage aficionado, and just can’t get into Phloxes, how about something very different? Phlox ‘Blind Lion’ is fragrant and floriferous, but a world away from soft pastels, with its bristley-looking purple black flowers and purple-tinted leaves. Popular with flower arrangers.
Phlox Sweet Summer Wine
Phlox Blind Lion
Rodgersia Crug Cardinal
Rodgersia Crug Cardinal. Large green palmate foliage with sprays of pink flowers in spring, lasting well. This is an ideal plant for the edge of a pond or damp border or to add exotic foliage effect to a partly shaded area.
Disporum aren’t often on the list of spring performers, but they’re a real “what is that?!” plant for woodland shade. Disporum megalanthum is a very nice one we haven’t offered recently with dramatic deep purple stems and glossy green foliage. Clusters of nodding green-white flowers contrast beautifully. They form a very luxurious clump in time, potentially up to a metre in height, and are evergreen in milder winters and sheltered locations.