One of a handful of true blue ﬂowering onions. The intensity of colour varies from brilliant blue to pale blue with a darker stripe, these are borne in large dense umbels on tall stems in mid spring. From Turkestan and a rare offering.
Large globes of long-lasting lilac-purple florets on tall stems. One of the finest of the large ball-headed alliums and one of the best new garden introductions. Originates from the hot dry lands of Afghanistan and Tadjikistan.
From "high up in the most awesome shelves of the limestone Alps of Piedmont," this is "the glory of its race" according to Farrer. Close clumps of fine foliage & 15cm. stems carrying umbels of erect (not drooping as in A insubricum) sugar-pink flowers.
Each umbel is a huge starburst of numerous pale-purple, green tinged blooms held on pedicels of unequal lengths. Added bonus of beautiful, broad blue-green leaves. A close relative to the well-known A. schubertii, differs in being more compact and is fully cold hardy. Native of Uzbekistan and a very rare offering.
Large, bright purple spherical umbel on 60 cm stems with neat upright greenish leaves. These are tall, stately flowers that make an elegant architectural addition to the early summer garden. This is the first time we have been able to offer seed of this plant.
A rare and striking allium bearing a large, loosely spherical cluster of star-shaped florets in rose-pink as big as a soccer ball! Flower head has upwards to 200 florets, each on its own individual pedicel and these vary in length. The overall effect is like a frozen fireworks display.
Tall spires of loosely spaced bells in spring. The lower ones are a rich caramel hue and top half are the most brilliant ultramarine. This particularly good form is from Sicily and is bone hardy in our hot dry summers.
Tight heads of deep, inky-black, crumpled bells in loose clusters on medium tall stems. tidy leaves but big flower spikes and is one of the chunkiest of all of the species. Strangely and mysteriously beautiful.
Numerous stems of large, starry, pink flowers arranged in loose, upright umbels. Flower colour in this species ranges from white through to rich purple and this offering is the most uncommon shade. Beautiful, vigorous and long-flowering, this is a great statement plant for the late spring garden.
A fairy lantern that bears pendant, translucent, ruby-pink open-mouthed bells on 30 cm stems in late spring. This particularly fine population from San Luis Obispo Co. has produced plants that were awarded a PC in the UK in 1995.
An exquisite fairy lantern with purple-rose nodding flowers. Pink tinged, broadly winged seed pods are an extra bonus. Limited to the western foothills of the central & southern Sierra Nevada Mts., California. Rarely offered endemic but appears relatively easy to grow.
Very large, deep bowl-shaped flowers that satiny, golden-yellow and zigzag lined red-brown inside with large red-purple anthers. Late flowering, billiant species which extends the season. Rare offering
A vigorous, climbing vine bearing intensely golden-yellow, bell-shaped flowers of great substance throughout late summer, followed by the feathery tufted seed heads. Useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth can be removed each spring to a few pairs of buds near ground level. Native of northern China.
A rare chance for some fresh home-grown seed of one the most distinct and desirable dwarf spring-flowering species. Chalice-shaped, white flowers appear with emerging narrow leaves, each segment striped on the exterior with bronze-purple.
Typically pale lilac-blue with a white throat and a scarlet, trfid stigma. The outer petals can be silvery or buff with violet lining at the base. Found only in Adana Province in Southern Turkey, where it grows in open woodland or scrub in a small area NE of Duzice. A very rare offering and only a few packets.
Little-known member of the Biflori Series found only from high up in the western Troodos Mountains. Flowers from pale to deep lilac-blue, usually in the form of a thumbprint, with white inner petals and brilliant red-orange stigmas. Very rare offering.
Confined to a very small area in the Talysh mountains of Iran this is one of the rarest of crocus. Autumn flowers, similar to Crocus kotschyanus but these are flushed pale pinkish-purple at the tips and often veined with purple. A rare offering and only a few packets available.
Inconspicuous buds open to reveal one of the most dramatic spring flowering crocus. Outer petals are buff with various degrees of striping and the inner ones are a sumptuously rich purple. Large flowered, garden-proven species from Italy.
Large, deep bluish-purple, goblet-shaped flowers, early in the spring, with darker tips to the petals. This is the Italian mountains representative of the Crocus vernus complex and very rare in cultivation.
Waisted, lilac-blue flowers, silvery or buff outside, with white zones above their yellow throats & trifid, orange-red stigmas, in spring. Similar to both C. adanensis and C. antalyensis. Ex the type-collection, HKEP 90-34, the location of which has been kept a secret. Very rare offering and only a few packets available.
This species is very similar to C. hederifolium but with larger, coarser leaves and larger, vertically ascending ﬂowers in autumn. Needs some protection in cold areas. True stock grown in isolation. Rarely offered
An uncommon species found scatered across the Balearic Isles and in a few isolated stations in Mediterranean France. Beautifully marbled, silver-clouded, heart-shaped leaves with beetroot red undersides. Faintly veined, sweetly fragrant, pure white flowers in spring. Naturally small tubers. Dislikes strong sunlight.
A very recently discovered pure white flowering form lacking the dark basal blotch of all the other previous introductions. Round, unmarked, dark green leaves and large flowers. From Israel and the Golan Heights.
The very best of the winter flowerers with its chubby pink or white flowers lighting up the bleakest day. Never fails to bring cheer to the season and great with snowdrops, early bluebells, daffodils and hellebores. Good in containers, in the rock garden or as woodland drifts. Long flowering period and will self sow.
A stunning selection guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning gardener. Bone hardy, large pink flowers in winter and silvery pewter leaves, some with a deep green edge or central “Xmas tree” markings.
White flowering forms of C. coum are very rare in the wild and this Silver Leaf strain was developed from a single plant selected from a batch of nursery-grown seedlings raised by the late Kath Dryden and subsequently named for her husband. Crème de la Crème!
A superb selection with wonderful contrasting dark glowing pink flowers over silver leaves with a faint green ribbon on the perimeter. Derived from Kath Dryden's gift of seed back in the 1990s and a much valued treasure.
The most eastern variant of C. coum and a most distinct race. Originally sent from Moscow Botanic Garden and labelled from Abschasica. Overall, these plants throw larger pointier flowers and have heart shaped, boldly patterned leaves.
A great new strain bearing chubby, snowy-white flowers with the typical pink nose. These are born over stippled and variously marked orbicular leaves. A wonderful tribe of winter flowers brightening up many a dark corner.
A rare species from Crete and the neighbouring island of Karpathos. Purple-backed, heart-shaped leaves are clouded and netted in diffuse patterns of silver and pewter. Bears elegant, snow-white flowers with a twist on tall stems similar to C. balearicum, but of a better substance and shape. Some have a subtle infusion of pink. Naturally small tubers need to be planted away from direct sunlight.
This species provides an infinitely variable range of leaf forms and patterns. These plants vary from an overall wash of pewter or silver to a strongly silver large central pattern. No two plants are the same! A rare offering in Australia. Few Only
An outstanding species, the ivy-leaf cyclamen is very robust and hardy and can adapt to a range of conditions. Large white or pink flowers on tall stems non-stop throughout late summer and autumn. Its beautifully marked leaves make a great ground cover for the rest of the year. Great starter plant for the novice seed raiser.
This strain originated in the garden of EA Bowles who selected a few plants because of their double silver shield, one within the other. Over the years some variation has crept in, so that the flowers can be either pink or white and the shield make be dark with a silver edge. Most of the offspring will have the double shield but some roguing out may be necessary. Overall the leaves are on the silvery spectrum and very lovely.
Derived from the original material collected in the Taygetos Mountains, in the Peloponnese, close to Sparta, and named for a Greek Hero from the ancient city. Deeply serrated, silvery leaves picked out in darker shades which futher accentuates this pattern. Flowers can be pink or white. First time offered in Australia. Few Only.