Very few flowers are as dreamy as this. We have a sea of its ethereal powder sky blue flowers in the centre aisles of the vegetable garden where it is the most commented planting in the garden at its height in autumn. S.
We first got seed of this very rare plant 20 odd years ago from an Archibald collection in woodland near the Turkish Black Sea Coast. We grow it in quite dense dry shade under olive trees and next to a privet hedge. It has large handsome leaves in a loose rosette.
An Australian bred plant, 'Blaze' has all the virtues. It makes a rounded twiggy shrub which, from late spring until winter, has a succession of short spikes of deep crimson flowers. A light trim over during winter is the only care it needs.
Each variety of this series makes a compact shrub about 75cm tall by a little more wide. The whole is covered in short spikes of large abundant rich deep cerise flowers from late spring until late autumn.
Evergreen twiggy small shrub with mint scented foliage and abundant bright creamy white flowers from spring until autumn. Each variety of this series makes a compact shrub about 75cm tall by a little more wide.
Each variety of this series makes a compact shrub scented foliage and abundant brilliant red flowers from spring until autumn. about 75cm tall by a little more wide. The whole is covered in short spikes of large flowers from late spring until late autumn.
Salvia leucantha, in all its forms, is the most important Salvia species in our garden during late summer and autumn. This pure white variety is a star in a new rose garden Criss and I have just planted.
A dwarfer form of Salvia mexicana which we’ve had in the garden for over a decade. It makes well-foliaged shrubby growth to about a metre tall by a metre wide. As it is very vigorous it will do this in the first season.
A vigorous plant which in its first year has made a shrub 120cm tall by as much across. During summer and autumn it carries masses of glowing cerise flowers. During winter I shear and shape this plant to a round shrub about 80cm by 80cm.
Musk sticks aren’t lollies of choice for me although my grandchildren seem to enjoy them. This plant should be called musk stick pink. The musk flower, Mimulus moschatus, of my youth was yellowy browny orange from memory. Musk itself is brownish red.
Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ is a tough drought tolerant evergreen shrub flowering from midsummer until winter. The long arching sprays of violet and white flowers are very telling and there is good separation between flowers and foliage.
This new dwarf Sedum from California carries its large showy heads of deep pink flowers on a bushy 35cm tall by 40cm wide plant. This seedling of S. ‘Brilliant’ is the shortest of all the S. spectabile forms.
A member of the Iris family from Chile this plant is happy here in a sunny spot in the dry garden. S. striatum makes clumps of upright blue-green sword shaped leaves with stiff upright stems carrying soft lemon yellow flowers during late spring and early summer.