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Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’

29 Jun

Paeonia 'Claire de Lune' (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 80cm

Eventual Spread: 80cm

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

Family: Paeoniaceae

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ is a large flowered deciduous herbaceous perennial. Its dark green leaves are biternate with entire margins up to five lanceolate leaflets and are up to 15cm long. Its leaflets are elliptic with entire margins and up to 11cm long. Its fragrant very pale yellow flowers have yellow stamens, are single, appear in the leaf axis terminally and are up to 13cm across. Its roots are tuberous.

Paeonia 'Claire de Lune' Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ is a cross between Paeonia lactiflora and Paeonia mlokosewitschi.

The etymological root of the binomial name Paeonia is named after Paeon, a Greek physician of the gods who, in mythology, was changed into a flower by Pluto.

The landscape architect may find Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ useful as part of a herbaceous planting scheme with its attractive large fragrant flowers. This perennial is not attractive to deer or rabbits.

Paeonia 'Claire de Lune' Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ prefers moist, deep, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will not tolerate dry soils.

Paeonia ‘Claire de Lune’ requires little maintenance. Once planted the roots of this plant should not be disturbed.

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Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’

28 Jun

Iris sibirica 'Perry's Blue' (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Late spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 90cm

Eventual Spread: 50cm

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

Family: Iridaceae

Iris sibirica 'Perry's Blue' Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with an erect clump forming habit. Its grey/ green leaves are lanceolate with entire margins and gradually narrowing to a point, up to 80cm long and 4cm broad at their base. Its blue/ pale purple hermaphrodite flowers are up to 7cm across, emerge from a branched stem which emerges from the base of the leaf cluster. Its fruit is a loculicidal capsule and up to 4cm long. Its roots are below ground rhizomes which allow this plant to steadily spread.

The species Iris sibirica, commonly known as the Siberian Iris or Siberian Flag, is native to Russia, east and central Europe and north east Turkey. In its native habitat it grows in damp woodlands and damp meadows.

Iris sibirica 'Perry's Blue' Flower Bud (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ Flower Bud (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Iris is derived from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species. Sibirica is derived from the Latin meaning ‘from Siberia’.

The landscape architect may find Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ useful as an attractive herbaceous perennial with pale blue flowers. It is suitable for planting in damp locations including boggy ground and stream margins.

Iris sibirica 'Perry's Blue' Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including bees.

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will tolerate wet soils.

Iris sibirica ‘Perry’s Blue’ requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in autumn.

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Hydrophyllum virginianum

27 Jun

Hydrophyllum virginianum (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrophyllum virginianum (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Dappled shade

Flowering period: Late spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

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

Family: Boraginaceae

Hydrophyllum virginianum is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a spreading habit. Its dark green leaves often have white spots, are pinnate with serrate margins and up to 5 leaflets, 15cm long and 10cm across. Its pale purple/ white flowers are up to 12mm long, appear terminally as dense cymes which are up to 5cm across and 10cm long. Its roots have rhizomes which aids its spread.

Hydrophyllum virginianum Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrophyllum virginianum Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrophyllum virginianum, commonly known as Virginia Waterleaf or Eastern Waterleaf, is native to east North America. In its native habitat it grows in deciduous woodlands and clearings.

The etymological root of the binomial name Hydrophyllum is derived from the Greek hydro meaning ‘water’ and phylum meaning ‘leaf’. Virginianum is derived from the Latin meaning ‘from Virginia, USA’.

Hydrophyllum virginianum Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Hydrophyllum virginianum Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Hydrophyllum virginianum useful as a deciduous ground cover perennial with attractive late spring to early summer flowers.

Ecologically, Hydrophyllum virginianum flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including bees.

Hydrophyllum virginianum prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Hydrophyllum virginianum requires little maintenance.

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