Author: newplants.photos

Hypericum ‘Miracle Night’

Hypericum ‘Excellent Flair’ started me off on something of a passion for the H. inodorum type hybrids. There are many of them, mostly I believe bred for the cut flower trade but a couple of handfuls of varieties are to be found as hardy plants for sale in plant areas around the UK. Each year there seems to at least one new one, this year the one that has caught my attention is H. ‘Miracle Night’. Coming on the market as it does in late Summer it has Autumn – Fall – Halloween written right through it. The dark...

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Tumbling Heucherella – ‘Plum Cascade’

‘Plum Cascade’ is a new variety of Heucherella. No surprise that it’s a trailer. The profuse starry flowers were a nice surprise, and they have kept coming for the last five months. I have it in half shade, planted in a metal manger type window ‘box’ with Carex and Selaginella. The three plants have co-existed well even in the hot weather. It’s worth deadheading the ‘Plum Cascade’ to keep it tidy and the flowers coming. Thankfully Heucherellas don’t seem to get the rust that tends to clobber my...

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Storming along – Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’

A tiny percentage of new plants have anything really special to offer. Most are just a matter of branding or some slight difference from what already exists, however occasionally a plant that will be around for a while comes along. Geum Totally Tangerine’ has clicked with gardeners and has a future, another Geum that has impressed me and I know has performed well for other keen gardeners is G. ‘Scarlet Tempest’. In 2016 my plant flowered right through Summer and into the Autumn and in 2017 it is already full of flower and looking very promising. It is a...

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Buddleja ‘Dreaming Lavender’

I was brought up to be sceptical. When I see catalogue shots of plants exploding with flowers (think Dutch) I imagine an armful of blossoms being gathered and then skillfully inserted to make the focus plant look amazing, I’m sure it happens. The first photos I saw of new dwarf Buddleja like ‘Buzz’, ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Chips’ series made me very suspicious, too good to be true. I’m sure some of those shots must have been, let’s say enhanced.   Having been close to Buddleja through photographing the National Collection just recently I have been tempted into adding a number...

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Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia ‘Amistad’ not really hardy but dead easy to over-winter, just keep it dryish and free from frost. Mine looked miserable in the early Spring but some water and a feed and off it went, now covered in flowers. The almost black bracts are gorgeous, and the bluish purple flowers like the bloom on Summer plum a top value...

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