When Criss and I were last in England we went to Wisley. The Achillea trials were being held in Portsmouth Field next to M25. The roar of the traffic was so awful that we nearly turned back before we got to the trials.
This new variety is a tall growing agapanthus with large heads of white flowers flushed mauve. Each flower has a lavender edge around the petals. Handsome evergreen strap-like leaves make a handsome plinth for the flower stems. Happy in any sunny or lightly shaded spot.
A superb variety of shade loving groundcover. Its evergreen glossy dark purple almost black foliage makes a dense carpet in any shady spot which doesn’t parch during summer. Showy spikes of deep blue flowers on 25 cm tall stems are produced in spring.
This newly released Japanese windflower makes a fabulous display of cupped, bright pink, golden centred flowers from late summer until late autumn. Smaller growing than older varieties it does well in pots as well as in a protected area in the garden.
This newly released Japanese windflower is more compact than older varieties producing its cupped double pink flowers, each with a tuft of golden stamens, on strong 45cm tall stems from late summer until late autumn. Good in pots as well as a protected area in the garden. .
This Manzanita can be kept clipped to a metre tall, or allowed to become a 2m shrub. Producing pure white lily-of-the-valley flowers during late winter spring. Rarely offered in Australia. Drought tolerant when established and will grow happily in sun or light shade.
This renowned plant is the most often found Manzanita growing in Californian gardens where it is grown as an evergreen specimen shrub or a hedge. It can be kept clipped to a metre tall or allowed to grow to a 2 metres tall shrub.
From the dry western areas of the USA beautiful in all its parts from the burnished copper-bronze twisted trunks to its wonderful large grey-green leaves and exquisite lily-of-the-valley flowers. Thoroughly drought tolerant when once established.
Growing a mere 15cm tall but spreading up to 150cm, ‘Green Bay’ makes a dense carpet of small dark green leathery leaves. Nodding pink, lily-of-the-valley flowers are produced in late winter and early spring when the shrub has matured.