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Galanthus nivalis 'Sandersii'

Ten years of seasonal plants of interest – 12 that flower or colour reliably year on year.

A lot of plants have caught my eye during the past decade while compiling a weekly profile on a seasonal plant of interest. Below are the consistently reliable…

Watsonia x longifolia

Elegance

Baking in the heat on a raised terrace with flower spikes hitting two plus metres in height this Watsonia x longifolia is an elegant sight. It can be…

Helichrysum aucheri

Sun lover

Helichrysum aucheri is in flower on the scree. Papery flower heads on 150mm stems. Collected in Turkey but native to greater Arabia. Grown in well drained soil and…

Set in soil at your own risk

A collection from China is growing opposite the pond lawn. Cacalia aff. delphiniifolia (aff. means ‘akin to’ used in plant nomenclature) loves an area of bare soil within…

Ligustrum delavayanum

One bright, one white

Looking for a splash of colour in the border? Trollius chinensis ‘Gold Queen’ could be the plant you are looking for. An herbaceous perennial growing to a height…

Stephanandra tanakae

A shrubby rosaceous success

Stephanandra tanakae a deciduous shrub with long arching growth. Native to Honshu Japan where it was seen growing on steep NE facing rocky cliffs at 920m. Here only…

Hemerocallis exaltata

A giant of the genus

The fashion to breed tighter more compact plants for modern gardens by passed this species from Japan. Hemerocallis exaltata is a vigorous herbaceous plant, the flower spikes reaching…

Styrax officinalis

A warm temperate success

Styrax officinalis; a deciduous shrub with the most attractive white flowers. These are produced on the current season’s shoots. Initially a spherical creamy bud that on opening reveals…

Corylus ferox

Not for shelling

Corylus ferox is a native to the Himalayas and NW China, found in association with Acer, Viburnum, Hippophae, Salix, spp. Seed was collected from a 6m x 5m…

Poppies at the RBGE

Rosa sertata

Hip hip………………………………

Moving away from mid-summer and there are signs that autumn may soon be with us. An ungainly specimen of Rosa sertata is producing hips. These are a deep…

Lilium formosanum var. pricei

Trumpeting

                  The mass planting of Lilium formosanum var. priceii in the peat walls is eye-catching. Two hundred or more trumpets…

Calceolaria integrifolia

Top o’ the mound to you

            Excelling in its position as dominant member of the tufa mound, the recently planted area in front of the alpine house, Calceolaria…

Gillenia trifoliata

Dancing white flowers

                  The delicate long light linear white petals making up the flowers of Gillenia trifoliata contrast with the red calyx….

Phacelia tanacetifolia. Photo by Tony Garn

A floral green manure

Phacelia tanacetifolia in full bloom on a patch of redundant ground is as rewarding a sight as you will see anywhere. Loved by pollinators due to the nectar…

Borage flowers. Photo by Tony Garn

Flavoursome addition to summer drinks

Hot days, shady spot in the garden, jug of refreshment on the table. The flowers of Borage, Borago officinalis are deemed an essential addition to long fruity beverages….

Eschscholzia californica. Photo by Tony Garn

Advantage anticyclone

Mediterranean and warm temperate species are taking advantage of this prolonged spell of hot dry weather to flower. We are observing an exceptional amount of flower on the…

Ligularia fischeri, at 9am. Photo by Tony Garn

Washing the garden

Sun wilt causes consternation when, on a warm day, leafy herbaceous stems flop. During the evening as the temperature drops the turgidity of the stems returns. The attached…

Philadelphus schrenkii. Photo by Tony Garn

The first square flower!

Tomato breeders eat your heart out; a naturally occurring square flower. Philadelphus schrenkii a native to Eastern and Northern Asia is flowering profusely in the Biodiversity Garden. Vigorous…

Red Thread July 2012. Photo by Tony Garn

Red thread on a green carpet

This wet summer has given us lush growth; it has also given ideal climatic conditions for the invasion of Red Thread, Laetisaria fuciformis, a fungal disease of turf…