Plants of the Week: 30.09.13 Late summer colour

Euonymus alatus var. apterus – The Nuttery

plants of the week

Euonymous alatus var. apterus

Commonly known as the burning bush or spindle tree this Euonymus from China and Japan gives great autumn colour as its leaves turn from green to dark pink and red. It has bipinnate leaves and leaflets that are also pinnate. At Sissinghurst we have one situated at the end of the Nuttery path in front of a yew hedge, it creates a wonderful effect when seen against the early autumn sun.

Boltonia asteroides – White Garden

Plants of the week

Boltonia asteroides

Commonly known as the false aster. This herbaceous perennial is native to Missouri, USA. This is a great plant to use for naturalizing where extra height is needed as it can grow up to 6ft and spread up to 4ft given the right conditions and will also attract butterflies in the garden. The flowers look like a daisy flower with petals ranging from white, pink and lilac with a yellow centre. The linear leaves are lanced shaped and greyish-green. Needs to be staked.

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ – Rose Garden

anemone

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

A hardy perennial with great single white flowers tinged with pink on the underside of the petals. Its fine qualities have won it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It enjoys well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Be prepared to lift and divide clumps as it likes to spread reasonably quickly. Here we grow it with Agapanthus and Allium (the Anemone emerging and spreading just at the right moment to hide the fading Allium leaves).

Tricyrtis formosana ‘Stolonifera Group’ – Delos

trycertis

Trycertis formosana ‘Stolonifera Group’

Commonly know as the toad lily. These star shaped flowers with mottled purple/ mauve and white petals with a yellow base always looks great and is best appreciated close up. The stigmas form a solid triangle shape protruding out of the centre of each flower. This will perform in moist partly shaded areas and look impressive amongst ferns.

Cuphea cyanea – Cottage Garden

Cuphea cyanea

Cuphea cyanea

Commonly known as Cigar flower. The flowers are red and yellow tipped cigar shaped flowers which have sticky hairs at the end. It should grow into a large shrub, up to 2m high, in its native habitat. But in the UK’s cooler conditions it grows to about 60cm, and may even die back completely in the winter as it is not frost hardy. Flowers from June through to the first frost.

Cleome hassleriana- Rose Garden

cleome hassleriana

Cleome hassleriana

Commonly known as Spider plant. The common name refers to the extraordinarily long stamens protruding from the large scented flowers, and both these and the long seed pods later in the season give the flowers a very spidery appearance. The exotic appearance of this half hardy annual can be used to give extra height or as spot planting to give some extra interest between July – September.

Jon Fenlon

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