Garden Centre Geek – RHS Wisley Plant Centre

Lewisia cotyledon (above) Clematis alpina Frankie (above) Leucadendron Jack Harre Abutilon x suntense Flowering Maple Epimedium Orange Queen   I wanted to see see what was looking good at the plant centre at Wisley - I hadn't been there for several weeks and expected it to be filling up with new stock. I was not…

What do Red Rum, Tequila, Manhatten, Towering Inferno and slippers have in common?

Lupins - Masterpiece (purple) and Beefeater (red) - two outstanding, robust and free-flowering cottage garden plants from West Country Lupins (their website noted below). Strong of stem, these sturdy plants giving several weeks of flower in the early summer. Fantastic colour combinations in varieties such as Towering Inferno, Manhattan Lights, Persian Slipper, Tequila Flame and…

Pinks, lime and black… and a Musical

Four completely unrelated plants, though all catching my eye yesterday and each of considerable merit. Clematis alpina Diamond Anniversary, with creamy white tepals backed with a gentle webbed shading of pale purple. Early flowering, growing to 2m. A mediterranean spurge, Euphorbia Black Pearl, a compact form of Euphorbia characias, with black nectaries giving the plant…