Super Trouper II

Super Trouper Another chance to wonder at the intensity of the colour in this rose - molten lava and fiercely glowing embers. That kind of thing.

Mango Popsicle

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle' and Lythrum 'Robin' I'm experimenting with colour combinations and this is one I might try to recreate with tulip varieties when I come to look at container displays later this year. I am not a big fan of the red hot poker, in the more traditional guises at least, but this mango…

A touch of the Lady Hamiltons

Lady Emma Hamilton, an English Rose from David Austin Make no mistake, the impact of this rose is just as strong as Super Trouper, but it is saved from being at all garish by the dark foliage, plum when fresh, and the gold centre to each of the flowers. The young buds are flashed with…

Sunglasses advised

Novelty Rose of Year 2010 Super Trouper If you are looking to ramp up the voltage in your garden this year, Super Trouper might just be the thing. A neon orange rose, exceptionally free-flowering and with a light scent and healthy foliage. Named Novelty Rose of the Year by the 'trade' in 2010 - though despite this…

White Lightning

Passiflora caerulea White Lightning After the rain, thunder and accompanying light show earlier this evening, this seemed appropriate - in name at least. An unusual flower and very likely all the component parts play some role in the life-cycle of this vigorous climber. This pale cultivar (Constance Elliott is another) is on the wrong side…

Phantom

Laser-cut silhouettes of Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' Billowing clouds of Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' A magnificent shrub, Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' has huge conical white flower heads, tapering clouds up to 45cm long. The flower bracts the are pale green in early summer, turning white from July to August, finally darkening to pink before falling in September. For largest possible…