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The red and yellow flowers on Abutilon megaponticum hang like bells on arching stems, although this is not the hardiest shrub I have known it to survive locally for up to 7 years so it's probably coped with lower than - 5c . A nice warm wall would help, or if you're in a coastal area you'd be fine. It is worth the effort as this is a real eye catcher always popular here at the nursery. Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot.
Aconitim Hemsleyaynum is a hardy twining climber, it's great for growing against a wall or fence that may need painting as it dies back to ground level in winter, if you grow it with Wisteria it almost looks as if the wisteria is in bloom all year! Although it is listed as 1mtr in width ,it can be trained across a much wider area. Note this plant is poisonous and gloves should be worn when handling it. Plants are supplied in a 1ltr pot.
Aconitum Hemsleyaynum – seed.
Aconitum Hemsleyaynum is a hardy twining, climber, it is herbaceous dying back to ground level in the winter, which makes it just the plant to grow over a surface that may need painting in the winter or early spring! It's steel blue flowers almost look like Wisteria, but are in bloom after Wisteria has finished in July - August. This plant is poisonous but well worth putting on a pair of gloves for! Each packet contains a minimum of 15 seeds .
Agapanthus ‘Blue Ice’
Not the hardiest of Agapanthus but well worth the effort of planting in a pot and bringing in for a little Winter protection ( which is what we have to do here!) or in milder areas it can be planted out and protected with fleece or mulch. A classy, cool customer with large flowers that are blue/mauve at the base changing to palest blue then white at the tips of each petal.These plants are supplied in 1ltr pots.
Agapanthus “Blue umbrella”
Agapanthus "Blue umbrella" is an evergreen agapanthus that is well suited to growing in a pot as it is not hardy it benefits from some winter protection. Although it likes to stay on the dry side in the winter make sure that it is well watered in the summer as this is when it makes it's buds for next years flowers! Plants are supplied in a 9cm pot.
Agapanthus “Navy blue” ( Midnight star)
Agapanthus Navy blue is a deciduous variety making it hardier than it's evergreen siblings , it needs full sun and as much shelter as possible to encourage it to produce it's elegant ( not surprisingly!) navy blue flowers , held on strong stems over green strap like foliage . Agapanthus like to be well drained in the winter but make sure they get enough moisture in the summer to form the flower buds for the following season. Plants are supplied in a minimum 1.5ltr pot
Agapanthus inapertus ‘Graskop’
Agapanthus 'Graskop' has almost black buds that open to reveal dark violet blue flowers, it is deciduous and hardy to nearly -15c and will thrive in average dampness in the summer but it really doesn't like to have a soggy bottom in the winter, lets face it not many of us do! so place it in a well drained area in full sun or it will be happy in a pot. Plants are supplied in a 2ltr pot.
Agapanthus mixed seed
This is a packet of mixed varieties of Agapanthus great for a container or sunny, sheltered spot. Agapanthus are not difficult to germinate , they germinate well in my linen cupboard! cover the seed and keep warm, at about 16c in spring, don't overwater seedlings. Each packet contains 30 seed minimum.
Agapanthus Silver baby
Agapanthus Silver baby produces lots of almost white flowers with pale blue edged petals, they have a fresh cool look and are held upright on strong stems at 50cms tall this Agapanthus has a good compact size. Evergreen, it may need winter protection with a dry mulch or fleece , well suited to pot culture, as with all Agapanthus keep it well drained in winter , but well watered in summer. Plants are supplied in a minimum 2ltr pot .
Anemone rupicola ‘Ruffled swan’
Anemone rupicola 'Ruffled swan' appears hot on the heels of it's sister 'Wild swan' with the same lilac backs to the petals that make the buds look completely lilac when the flowers close in the evening. Happy in most places in the garden that are well drained, this is a plant that really doesn't like to have a soggy bottom! Plants are supplied in a 1.5 - 2ltr pot.
AQUILEGIA ‘Ruby port’
Aquilegia ' Ruby port' has lovely deep wine coloured, double blooms held on dark stems, happy in sun or shade and most soils. It flowers in late spring / early summer. Slug proof and reliable it makes a great addition to the border. Plants are supplied bare root till mid April then in 1.5ltr pots. in 1.5ltr pots.
Arbutus unedo compacta (The strawberry tree)
Arbutus unedo compacta is a evergreen shrub named the Strawberry tree after the red fruit it produces in the Autumn, edible yes, yummy well not exactly, in Portugal they use them to make a spirit called medronho. Small white flushed pink flowers are produced in Autumn as the fruit can take up to a year to mature both fruit and flowers can be on the bush at the same time. Best grown away from strong cold winds in full sun, it is tolerant of seaside conditions and city pollution, low maintenance it does not need pruning ( although you can if you wish) and will naturally form a multi stemmed tree. Plants are supplied in a 2ltr pot. These plants are no longer "compacta"! and although we will keep them as large as possible they will need to be pruned back for packing.
Arisaema ciliatum 25 seeds
One of the easiest Arisaemas to grow , in well drained shade, sheltered from strong winds. Soak the seed in water with a drop of washing up liquid for 24 - 48hrs before sowing the seed in warmth in the spring, cover with a layer of compost , they germinate well in an unheated greenhouse in a semi shaded place. Packet contents 25 seeds.
One of the most reliable and easiest Arisaemas to grow, umbrella shaped leaves held above purple/brown and whitence/green striped inflorescence. The leaves look especially beautiful after rain when droplets form at the end of each leaf creating the impression of a ring of crystals. Arisaema Ciliatum is stoloniferous producing lots of tubers that form a good clump. Plant in a spot sheltered from strong winds. Plants are supplied as tubers and can only be shipped when dormant or just started into growth. October - April.
Arisaema sikokianum is a plant for well drained shade , too much wet in winter and it will not be happy, but given the right conditions with added leaf mould if possible and this plant really is a wonder to behold, with it's dark spathe and matt, white, club-like spandix. It takes 5 years for the plants to become female and if you have a young male present then the flowers will be followed by red berries. The roots die back to the dormant tuber in winter . If you don't have a suitable outside conditions Arisaema sikokianum is well suited to pot culture and can then be brought into an unheated greenhouse for the winter but should not be allowed to completely dry out. Plants are supplied potted in 1ltr pots.
Astrantia ‘ Venice’
Astrantia ' Venice' is a strong growing Astrantia that has rich red flowers held on straight stems that don't need staking, slug proof , Astrantia 'Venice' won't disappoint! It will grow in any moist well drained soil in sun or even shade but it's flower colour will be paler in the shade, as in my opinion it's one of the brightest reds available it's a shame to loose any of it's amazing tone. Plants are supplied in 1.5ltr pots
Astrantia major ‘Buckland’
Astrantia major 'Buckland' is an easy , no fuss plant, disease and slug resistant, happy in sun or shade, it's pincushion white flowers are flushed with pink and held on strong stems. Astrantias make excellent cut flowers lasting at least a month in water. Buckland will form a good clump that can be divided in Autumn or spring. Plants are supplied in a 9cm pot.
Caltha palustris Alba
Caltha palustris Alba is the white marsh marigold, happy in boggy places in full sun, it can cope with a bit of shade, perfect for a pond edge, where it doesn't seem to be too bothered by slugs. Its white bowl shaped flowers have yellow stamens and are held over it's rounded shiny leaves. Plants are supplied in a 1.5ltr pot.
Campanula ‘Iridescent bells’
Campanula 'Iridescent bells' is a real 'Wow!' plant, from almost black buds, it's beautiful lavender bells are 7cms in length and just smother the plants in colour . Last year this plant flew off our stand at every plant fair we took it to! Plants are supplied in a 1.5ltr pot.
Want to impress your neighbours? get yourself a Cardiocrinum giganteum , when they come into flower they are a real wow plant. The white trumpet shaped flowers are purple at their base , held on a strong stem that grows rapidly up to 2mts ( or more if you're lucky!) followed by large seed pods.The leaves are mid green and heart shaped, it is best in a damp but not boggy spot , a bit of leaf mould mixed into the planting hole works well to keep it well drained especially in the winter. Shade or semi shade is also a must, oh yes this plant is monocarpic and the main plant will die after flowering leaving behind several bulbils that will take 5 yrs to grow to flowering size. Plants are supplied in a minimum 3ltr pot. Photo courtesy of Richard Cain , Penlan perennials.
Cardiocrinum giganteum seed
Cardiocrinum giganteum are native to the Himalayas and westwards to Nepal , a truly stunning plant when in flower which as they are monocarpic they do only once, the main stem will then die but small bulbs will remain at the base and will mature to flower in 5 years. Seeds will take 7 years to reach maturity so this is a long term project but oh so worth the wait! sow seed as fresh as possible and cover with grit, they will need a period of warmth at 15c ( 3 weeks) , then 0-5c ( 3-6 weeks), then back into warmth till germinated, or you can just leave them out and let nature take it's course. Don't throw the seed tray away after 12 months as they may still appear after 2yrs. Packets contain 50 seeds - £2.50 Photo courtesy of Richard Cain , Penlan Perennials.
Carnivorous plant compost 3ltrs.
Carnivorous plant compost 3ltrs - Carnivorous plants need an acid low nutrient compost ordinary potting/ seed compost is not suitable. This is the stuff you need! suitable for Sarracenias, Dionaea ( Venus fly traps), Darlingtonia, Utricularias, Drosera ( sundews), Pinguicula and most other carnivorous plants , ( for Nepenthes see Nepenthes compost listing).
Ceanothus “Blue sapphire”
Ceanothus "Blue sapphire" is an evergreen shrub with small, very dark green leaves and strong dark blue flowers held on arching stems. It makes an excellent shrub for a large container as it can cope with dry conditions and it's spreading shape looks impressive when it hangs over the edge of a pot or wall. The young foliage is almost bronze it's so dark, making it an excellent background for the rich blue flowers.
Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum
You couldn't ask for a more elegant thistle! Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum is a tough clump forming perennial, happiest in full sun it will cope with a little shade , is rabbit resistant and makes a good cut flower. Cut back after it's first flush of flowers to encourage it to bloom again . Plants are supplied in a 9 cm pot.
Clematis ‘Hagley hybrid’
Clematis 'Hagley hybrid' is an easy reliable climber, it's soft pink flowers smother the plant from June till late September, as it is a fairly compact size, growing to 2mts in height, it is perfect for a container or growing up a fence.Happy in most places in the garden, even a north facing wall! in sun or semi shade, hard prune in February. .
Cortusa matthioli ssp Pekinensis
Cortusa matthioli sub species Pekinensis is a pretty little woodlander, happy in cool , damp, shade. It's magenta bells are held above soft round divided leaves, although it's flowering season is in spring I have known them to have another go as late as September if you're lucky! Plants are supplied in a 1.5ltr pot.
Corydalis 'Spinners' is a cross between Corydalis Elata and Corydalis Flexuosa it's delicate sky blue flowers are held above divided ferny foliage , happy in most soils alkaline to acid, in sun or shade, as long as it doesn't dry out! after flowering in the spring and early Summer Corydalis 'Spinners' will go dormant until the Winter when it starts to reappear. Plants are supplied bare root December - February . 1.5ltr pot March onwards. If plants are sent when in full growth it may be necessary to cut them back for postage.
Dicentra Spectabalis Alba ( Lamprocapnos spectabalis Alba)
Dicentra Spectabalis Alba / Lamprocapnos spectabalis alba is a hardy perennial that flowers early in the Spring, it's fresh, light green ferny foliage appears in early April or earlier if you're in a sheltered area. The arching rows of white hearts are well in flower by mid April and last until July, Although Dicentra spectabalis Alba is fantastic in the shade where it's white hearts glisten from the gloom, I have grown it in full sun here in damp west Wales and it has been very happy! Although this is a tough plant it does tend to have brittle stems that aren't suited to a very exposed , windy site, but most average garden conditions suit it and it will reward you with a good sized clump. Plants are supplied bare root October - April. 1.5/2ltr pots May - September ( Plants will be cut back May onwards to avoid basal damage to brittle stems)