Thursday, May 21, 2015


Hibbertia aspera is a neat, lax evergreen climber that will quickly cover a sunny wall. It has buttercup yellow flowers in May but will not survive a very cold winter.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Aristolochia manshuriensis is a hardy climber with heart shaped apple green leaves and large flowers like a yellow brown saxaphone or a dutch-man's pipe. A  superb Crug farm collection  from South Korea.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Forming a neat mound 30cm high this Thalictrum has been flowering solidly since February.
It originates from Turkey and likes to be in  dry shade - what more could you ask of a plant?
I will try to propagate it for next year, A gem from Evolution Plants,

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Juno Irises have a reputation for being tricky to grow.
 I have only ever attempted two varieties that are supposed to be fool proof and they have done well in a sunny dry spot underneath a  thirsty evergreen shrub.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


 Lonicera elisae is a hardy and very reliable winter flowering shrub.
 Supposedly it is fragrant but the weather is usually too cold then to catch the scent. 
Unlike Lonicera x purpusii, it flowers on completely bare wood. Should it come out in June it would be hardly noticed but is a welcome sight here in February and March.

Friday, February 27, 2015


An erect evergreen shrub from Australia that I have grown here against a wall for over thirty years.
It is well over 4 metres high and has scented white flowers every February.

Sunday, February 01, 2015


This is a newish evergreen climber with attractive foliage and reddish stems.
It is clearly vigorous but there does seem to be some doubts as to it's hardiness.
I have yet to test it with a cold winter.
It has delicately fragrant, waxy bell-shaped flowers from January to March.
Try it in a sunny sheltered site.