Thursday, July 23, 2015


A variegated sport that appeared on my ordinary B.crispa some years ago. It is possibly not as hardy as the type.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Schizophragma fauriei - BSWJ1701

This superb Wynn-Jones collection from Taiwan has soft apple green foliage and Hydrangea like flowers in July.
It prefers it's feet in the shade, but flowers best in the sun.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Collected by Mikinori Ogisu in Sichuan this curious honeysuckle appears to be flowering in the centre of a green cup.
I have had some difficulty in giving it the right conditions, but
it now seems happy in a sunny moist spot.
It is perfectly hardy.

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.


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Araujia sericifera is an evergreen South American climber that survives most winters but is not completely hardy.
It flowers in late summer and is fruiting now.  It's common name is cruel plant as moths, bees and butterflies are often trapped by the secretion within it's flowers.

They seem to usually escape the following morning when the flowers re-open.