Plants of the Week: 14.10.13 Late Season Colour

Plants of the Week

Plants of the Week

Nerine bowdenii ‘Fenwick’s Variety’-Rose Garden & Lower Courtyard

This larger flowered Fenwicks variety was raised at Abbotswood Garden in Dorset. The lily shaped flowers are produced on large structured stems in groups of roughly seven. The buds are bright pink but the flowers are a much softer shade of pink. The flowers are produced from late September to November. The strap shaped rich green foliage is produced after the flowers around February/March and will last until June. They should be planted in well drained soil and in a sunny position, try to keep them out of wind by placing them near a wall which will also help with warmth. The bulbs should be planted with the top just showing above the soil.

Nerine bowdenii 'Fenwick's Variety'

Nerine bowdenii ‘Fenwick’s Variety’

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group –White Garden

North America 1732. Clump forming perennial with divided green leaves. The long white bottle brush flowers are frequently produced from August to late October. The individual flowers are pure white with mauve petioles, the stem is a dark purple/brown which can give a great contrast against surrounding lush green foliage of nearby plants.

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group

Aster lateriflorus var. Horizontalis-Rose Garden

North America 1829. This Aster is unique for its tiny foliage which turns coppery purple in September/October. The small purple flowers stand proud above the white bracts which act as petals. The growth is very dense and twiggy with horizontal branching which keeps it low growing to about 1 – 1.5ft. It flowers well in full sun and prefers well drained soil, as it can suffer from powdery mildew and grey mould.

Aster lateriflorus var horizontalis

Aster lateriflorus var horizontalis

Astrantia major- Delos

Austria 1597. The showy bract is a pale green/white with mauve tips at the end of the bract and darker green veins running through out. The flower has a great shape. The compact umbels of green/white flowers stand out with there red/mauve centres. Can grow well in dappled shade conditions and gives great interest to a woodland area without looking out of place or exotic. Cut down to ground level after flowering in July to get fresh new growth and new flowers late in the season.

Astrantia major

Astrantia major

 

Calendula officinalis- Herb Garden

Common name – English Marigold. This is a great plant for brightening up any garden in the summer months with its bright orange flowers, light green foliage and stems. This can also be grown in a vegetable patch as the flowers are edible. Calendula officinalis is on the RHS plant list of great pollinators, so it should attract bees and butterflys to your garden.

Calendula officinalis

Calendula officinali

Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’ Rose Garden

Introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1966 as a result of the work of Dr. Donald Egolf, this deciduous shrub exhibits 3-lobed maple-like leaves, deep bronze-purple when young and re/ purple in autumn. The flower-heads in late spring have deep red buds surrounded by white/cream sterile florets with a pink tinge and purple stamens. The florets open in a pinwheel effect.

Jon Fenlon

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