Gentian verna

From the Telegraph, 27th April 2002, an article reproduced in full, written by Ursula Buchan. What can I say, I have dinner to make (the photographs are mine at least). How to grow: Gentiana Ursula Buchan's guide to the queen of all alpine plants Gentiana verna: exhilarates the heart and mind MENTION the word "gentian"…

Anemone sylvestris

A rather beautiful flower, stained pink on the reverse against pure white, and with golden-yellow anthers, blooming in late spring and followed by woolly seed heads. Dark green, maple like foliage, lobed and slightly hairy beneath, on a plant that reaches between 30-50cm. Well drained soil in sun or part shade, slightly alkaline conditions are…

Anemone de Caen, bicolour

  A rather lovely (that word again!) spring-flowering plant with shallow bowl-shaped flowers in shades of red, blue-violet and white and as here, painterly - in two tones - appearing from March to April above the deeply divided, fresh green leaves. These pretty poppy-flowered anemones make charming cut flowers. Ideal for a sheltered, sunny site.  

Rosa Mutabilis

The first rose in my garden to flower, this delightful Rosa chinensis Mutabilis. This variety rivals 'Old Blush China' for its excellence as a garden shrub. Its pointed copper-flame buds open to single copper-yellow flowers of butterfly daintiness, soon turning to pink and finally almost crimson. Given a warm sheltered position near a wall it will…