This is totally different in both leaf colour and outline to the other Panicums that we’ve listed in previous catalogues. Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ makes clumps of stiff upright stems clothed in blue leaves.
This penstemon, which was found growing in Sissinghurst Castle gardens is a clear, clean pink. Smaller in all its parts than most garden penstemons it is a tough, long flowering, front of the border plant. 40cm x 40cm.
A very rare Phlomis grown from seed collected by Olivier Filippi in Southern Turkey and imported by us from his nursery a few years ago. It’s made a neat rounded shrub well clothed by relatively small, oval, grey green leaves with lighter undersides.
Pittosporum tobira is a fine coastal plant resistant to salt winds. It is also happy inland and will grow in sun or shade. This new low growing form, Pittosprum tobira ’Wheelers Dwarf’, makes a neat round evergreen shrub to about a metre in height and a little more across.
A fabulous form of this native grass with arching mounds of evergreen foliage, blue and graceful. Typical upright stems of flowers bluish in bud ageing to straw. Cut back to about 15cm immediately after flowering. 100cm x 100cm. Sun or at most very light shade.
One of the wonders of the plant world, the Californian Tree Poppy has huge pure white flowers with a rich yellow central boss (The flower has been likened to a giant poached egg) on top of stiff branches clothed in handsome large grey cut leaves.
We have lined a broad brick path, which leads to a beautiful old garden seat, with ‘Mozart’ which is a fairly new variety. I think it is by far the best rosemary I have ever seen. The glossy dark green leaves, on upright stems, make a perfect foil for the deep blue flowers.
‘Pointe de Raz’ is a better plant than the normally seen R. ‘Prostratus’ as it has deeper blue flowers. It makes a dense low groundcover and is excellent for trailing over walls. Will grow 35cm tall by 100cm across.
This stunning new Salvia is a seedling of S. ‘Alegria’ which is itself a hybrid between S. microphylla and S. dichlamys. ‘Alegria’s Child’ carries flame pink flowers in dark calyces on 30cm stems held well above a leafy plant some 120cm tall by as much across.
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.
A fast growing groundcover with aromatic silver-grey foliage. Growth is in horizontal layers topped with lavender blue flowers in spring. It is widely used in Californian gardens both private and public because its foliage so densely covers the soil.
This was a standout plant at the nursery grower’s trials last December. Masses of rich burgundy flowers are carried over dark green glossy foliage. A shrubby plant making eventually some 50cm tall by 80cm across.
This Salvia has a tidy habit and is very free flowering. It features sparkling violet-purple flowers from December to late April. It was discovered in the Devon (UK) garden of former holder of the National Salvia Collection, Christine Yeo.
A greatly improved variety of S. guaranitica. Its dark blue flowers are carried on black stemmed spikes from mid-spring until late in the autumn. Can be grown in light shade but is best in full sun where it will grow up tp 120cm tall with a spread of 90cm.
Newly imported, this is similar to Salvia greggii both in growth and needs but is a hybrid between S. greggii and S. microphylla. Makes a twiggy shrub covered with the most captivating of light lemon flowers for most of the warmer months.
This is one of the most telling of all the summer/autumn flowering salvias. It was the most admired plant in our garden last season. We are always besieged by inquiries to purchase the plant when it flowers in the autumn.
We imported this from Olivier Filippi’s nursery in the South of France. It has all the virtues of the species and carries long stems of soft salmon-pink, cream throated flowers which age over time to a creamy peach-pink.
An ornamental variety of the culinary sage making an evergreen sub shrub with large intensely silver-grey leaves. Salvia ‘Berggarten’, which rarely flowers, is one of the finest of all grey foliage plants, rarely if ever having a down season. Sun loving and drought tolerant.