Heuchera ‘Rachel’

22 Jul

Heuchera 'Rachel' (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Eventual Height: 40cm

Eventual Spread: 40cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Saxifragaceae

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its red/ purple leaves are chordate and  with shallowly lobed margins, up to 10cm across and 8cm long. It pale pink flowers are tubular, appear in sprays on wiry stems above its leaves.

Heuchera 'Rachel' Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ is commonly known as Alum Root, Coral Flower or Coral Bells.

The etymological root of the binomial name Heuchera was named for Johann Heinrich von Heucher, the 18th century professor of medicine and botanist at Wittenberg, Germany.

The Landscape architect may find Heuchera ‘Rachel’ useful as an effective low ground cover when planted en mass. If grown in full sun this plant requires a constantly moist soil to look good.

Ecologically, Heuchera ‘Rachel’ flowers are attractive to  pollinating insects.

Heuchera 'Rachel' Leaf (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ Leaf (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Heuchera ‘Rachel’ requires little maintenance. If desired flower heads and foliage may be removed if looking untidy. Large clumps may be divided in autumn.

Bulbine bulbosa

21 Jul

Bulbine bulbosa (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Bulbine bulbosa (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 35cm

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Sub Family: Asphodeloideae

Bulbine bulbosa is a deciduous perennial with a clump forming, upright habit. Its grey/ green leaves are narrowly lanceolate emerge from the base of the stem, up to 40cm long and 2cm broad. Its fragrant yellow flowers are star shaped, up to 2cm across, appear on vertical flower stalks, with the oldest flowers at the bottom. Each flower lasts one day. Its fleshy roots emerge from a corm at its base.

Bulbine bulbosa, commonly known as Bulbine Lily, Golden Lily, Leek Lily and Yellow Onion Weed, is native to east temperate Australia. In its native habitat it grows in dry forests and meadows and areas which become wet in the winter months.

The etymological root of the binomial name Bulbine is derived from the Latin meaning ‘a kind of bulbous plant’. Bulbosa is from the Latin meaning ‘having bulbs’.

The landscape architect may find Bulbine bulbosa useful as part of a perennial planting scheme, particularly when planted en mass. It is also suitable for prairie type planting schemes.

Bulbine bulbosa Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Bulbine bulbosa Flower (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Bulbine bulbosa flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Bulbine bulbosa prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will tolerate poor soils.

Bulbine bulbosa requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided after flowering.

Crinodendron hookerianum

18 Jul

Crinodendron hookerianum (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Crinodendron hookerianum (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 6m

Eventual Spread: 4m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Crinodendron hookerianum is an evergreen shrub with a dense, upright habit . Its dark green leaves are lanceolate with fine serrulate margins, up to 7cm long and 15mm wide. Its dark red flowers are lantern shaped, pendant and up to 25mm long. Its fruit is a capsule with up to 5 valves.

Crinodendron hookerianum Flower (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Crinodendron hookerianum Flower (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Crinodendron hookerianum, commonly known as Chile Lantern Tree or Lantern Tree, is native to Chile. In its native habitat it grows in humid shady places, usually near streams.

The etymological root of the binomial name Crinodendron is derived from the Greek krinon meaning ‘Lilly’ and dendron meaning ‘tree’. Hookerianum is named after Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785 – 1865).

The landscape architect may find Crinodendron hookerianum useful as a large evergreen shrub with attractive flowers suitable for acidic soils. Its flowers may be damaged by a late frost, therefore a sheltered position would be favoured.

Ecologically, Crinodendron hookerianum is likely to be attractive to humming birds.

Crinodendron hookerianum Leaf (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Crinodendron hookerianum Leaf (07/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Crinodendron hookerianum their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Crinodendron hookerianum prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It prefers an acid pH of soil. This shrub dislikes dry soils.

Crinodendron hookerianum requires little maintenance.

Magnolia wilsonii

17 Jul

Magnolia wilsonii (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Flowering period: Late spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 8m

Eventual Spread: 8m

Hardiness: 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Magnoliaceae

Magnolia wilsonii Flower (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii Flower (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii is a deciduous, large shrub or small tree with a spreading, rounded habit. Its mid green leaves are narrowly ovate with entire margins, up to 16cm long and 7cm broad. These emerge bronze/ green and become yellow in autumn before they fall. Its silvery gray bark is smooth. Its fragrant white flowers have deep red centres, are cup shaped, up to 10cm across and emerge from red/ purple shoots. Its red fruit are up to 10cm long 5cm long.

Magnolia wilsonii, commonly known as the Wilson’s Magnolia, is native to south east China. In its native habitat it grows as an understory shrub. Magnolia wilsonii is considered to be Endangered according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Magnolia wilsonii Leaf (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii Leaf (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

The etymological root of the binomial name Magnolia was named after Pierre Magnol, a 17th century French botanist. Wilsonii is named after Ernest Wilson (1876 – 1930), an English plant collector.

The landscape architect may find Magnolia wilsonii useful as a large, flowering specimen shrub. It prefers a sheltered position.

Ecologically, Magnolia wilsonii flowers are attractive to nectar loving insects. Its seeds are attractive to some birds.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Magnolia wilsonii their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Magnolia wilsonii Bark (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii Bark (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Magnolia wilsonii prefers moist, fertile, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil, although it prefers acidic soils.

Magnolia wilsonii requires little maintenance. If required, pruning should be carried out after flowering. Care should be taken not to damage the roots of this plant.

Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’

16 Jul

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 75cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Apiaceae

Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. The mid green leaves are palmate with doubly serrate margins, up to 15cm long and 15cm broad. Its fragrant red/ purple flowers are umbrella-shaped, bristly, up to 3cm across.

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' Flower (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ Flower (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

The species Astrantia major, commonly known as the Great Masterwort, Melancholy Gentleman or Hattie’s Pincushion, is native to Europe and western Asia. In its native habitat it is found in mountain meadows, grasslands, forests, clearings and beside streams. Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ is synonymous with Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’

The etymological root of the binomial name Astrantia is derived from the Latin astrum ’star’, referring to the star shaped flower umbels. Major is derived from the Latin meaning ‘greater’. Rubra is from the Latin meaning ‘red’.

The landscape architect may find Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ useful on the banks of riparian planting schemes including lakes an streams. It is also suitable for use as part of a prairie type planting schemes. It is a suitable perennial for us a part of a mixed herbaceous planting scheme.

Ecologically, Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ flowers are attractive to pollinating beetles and other insects.

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' Leaf (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ Leaf (16/06/2014, Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland)

Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ requires little maintenance. The flowering stems may be cut back as they start to turn brown to encourage further flowering. Large clumps may be divided in spring, although they may take some time to establish as they do not like to have their roots disturbed.

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