Paeonia daurica mlokosewitschii
Grows wild in the centre of the Caucasus, a plant of exceptional beauty. In early spring the buds and young leaves are a rich pinkish-bronze. As they turn to soft grey-green the buds gradually open to full beauty, perfect bowls of cool lemon-yellow, filled with golden stamens in May. 61 cm. We do not sell these plants less than 5 years from sowing. Both these paeonies are among our most choice plants signed copies of limited editions
Helleborus Argutifolius Corsicus
One of my favourite plants. In spring it sends up weed-resistant clumps. Many stiff stems bear handsome claw-like foliage of cool jade-green. In winter these tend to fall out like the spokes of a wheel to make way for the new shoots. By January every stem is topped by clusters of apple-green cups. Flowers from January to June. 61 cm.
Sweet Cicely. I recognise this handsome feathery-leafed umbellifer by the occasional white splash on some of the leaves which are both sweet to taste and have the flavour of aniseed. Try adding them to a bowl of hot plums, or to salads, while the large crunchy seeds are edible too. Has attractive white cow parsley-like flowers. 1 m. For herb or wild garden.
Shade | Kirengeshoma palmata
Needs humus-fed, lime-free soil in semi-shade among ferns and hostas. From late summer to autumn, heavy clusters of fat swelling buds open shuttlecock-shaped flowers about 5 cm long, pale butter-yellow, of thick waxen texture. Irregularly cut maple-like leaves clothe dark purple stems which bow under the weight of flowers. Needs shelter from wind. K. palmata koreana group differs only in its slightly more upright habit.nn91 cm.
Aruncus | Aruncus dioicus
A superb plant. Forms a large clump of elegant light green foliage above which rise great, creamy plumes of tiny flowers in mid-summer. Interesting seed-heads. Needs rich soil. 122-183 cm.
Shade | Trillium grandiflorum
The Wake Robin, the best known and easiest to grow Trillium. It makes a showy, dome-shaped plant of ribbed and shining leaves which set off the large, pure white funnel-shaped flowers poised above them. A wonderful shade loving plant, slow at first until established. Height 38 cm.
Persicaria virginiana Compton's
Collected by James Compton in Szechwan, China. Another eye-catching foliage plant for cool conditions. Bronze-tinted, branching stems support a mound of large, oval, pointed leaves marbled in shades of jade and moss green, overlaid with fine brown veins, which dissolve into a broad central, chestnut-brown V sign. Great contrast among ferns, tiarellas and heucheras. 90 cm.
Plant of quiet dignity. Curiously grey narrow leaves ascend erect slender stems, topped with spires of close-set small white flowers, longlasting. Finally makes good seedhead of round brown capsules. July-September. 91 cm.
From Tibet is very similar to the Japanese hybrid anemones, flowering a little earlier. Large and handsome in leaf, petals rounded, pale pink within, dark on reverse, one of the best. 122-152 cm.