Moody blues…

More bluebells you might think, but nearing this muted haze, you realise they are much, much taller, a massed planting of something different, flower-heads matched in height by umbels of cow parsley. Camassias. Now I see the point of these plants! One part of a walk through the various landscapes at the Royal Botanic Gardens…

Auricula Theatre

Calling into Kew this afternoon (I am making the most of my Hillier Gardens membership card), the plant centre had the most beautiful collection of auriculas, yours for £10 each, including Victorian clay pot! Difficult not to fall in love, sell the family silver and start a collection...

The Garland, Bridal Wreath, May Foam…

The garland spiraea or bridal wreath is a popular hybrid, widely planted for its profuse spring flowers an old alternative name is May foam. It is one of the larger spiraeas, ideal for growing towards the back of the border, where it can make a soft green background for other plants after its lavish spring…

Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis -  a vigorous, deciduous twining climber, suitable for growing on trellises, pergolas, and walls; also it can be trained as a standard - and the examples I have seen, in full flower with heads more than 4' across - magnificent. I'm reading from the RHS Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations for further information... The…

Clematis macropetala Propertius

  I don't remember this particular plant looking as lovely last year, but here it is, in a shadier spot with hints of sunlight picking out the detail. I've posted about other macropetalas (Jan Lindmark most recently), so I don't need to repeat any details about staminoids and tepals, fascinating though they are. Nor do…