Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Alba’ – the white Pasque Flower

  Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Alba' - a tough alpine plant, requiring sun and sharp drainage - and lustily resents being moved once established so pick your spot carefully! These beautiful flowers, with their heavily textured, fluffy-furry overcoats, are followed by striking seed-heads, extending the season of interest. There are cultivars in blues and reds too.  …

The Alpine House at RHS Wisley – a box of delights!

I love the Alpine House at RHS Wisley - a traditional glasshouse packed full of plants, their terracotta pots sunk into a raised sandy bench. Just the right height for a close look at these intricate and beautifully bright jewels. The Davies Alpine House at Kew - the clam shell - has cutting edge architecture…

The return of the snowdrop – Galanthus elwesii at Kew

Under the graceful ululations of the Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum) that is a joy of fine foliage, form and startling colour both in Spring and Autumn, something that must surely draw a gasp from every lucky passer by. Set within the bulky rockery of the Alpine Beds, adjacent to the Salvia Border and…