Friday, June 27, 2014

DESMODIUM CALLIANTHEMUM

I have grown this Desmodium on an east facing wall for quite a few years.

It's magenta  flowers appear reliably in June and are set off by neat green foliage.
It has reached about 8' high.




Thursday, June 12, 2014

LATHYRUS NISSOLIA

The grass vetchling, a tall erect
annual flowering in my meadow now
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OXYTROPIS GRACILIS, PASITHEA CAERULEA AND SOPHORA DAVIDII



Oxytropis gracilis is a charming Canadian native flowering now. It appears to prefer a dry spot and seems easily grown.


Pasithea caerulea has grasslike leaves and comes from Chile. It grows to about 60cm and seems to be tolerant of drought.



Sophora davidii is a deciduous shrub from south west China. It forms a neat rather prickly mound and has blue and white pea flowers in late May and June.




Friday, November 22, 2013

Holboellia latifolia?




This seems to be a form of Holboellia latifolia.
It is a robust evergreen climber growing here on a south facing, but exposed wall. It was unharmed by the winter of 2010. The scented flowers appear in May followed by, apparently, edible fruit. So far I have not been hungry enough, or brave enough to try them.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

CAMPYLOTROPIS MACROCARPA AND LESPEDEZA IN OCTOBER


These wonderful shrubs have arching pea foliage and flower in late summer.

If pruned hard they will re-grow from the base. Grow them all in a dry sunny spot.



The Campylotropis makes a much denser shrub and would be ideal at the front of a border or hanging over a raised bed.

The Lespedezas will grow taller, probably reaching 5 -6'. They will need support or another plant to grow through.

Friday, August 16, 2013