Flowers here from December to June. Never really dormant! A real miniature for a raised bed or pot bearing nearly white flowers, sometimes pale pink, with silver-grey veins. Plain or marked orbicular leaves and naturally small tubers.
This is a very even, dark-leaved form from the Czech Republic, given to us by the late Essie Huxley. Originally collected in the Crimea and given species ranking by Russian botanists its present status remains indeterminate.
A beautiful variant of the normally spring flowering species. Recently discovered in Israel this variety begins flowering in Autumn and will occasionally repeats in spring. Lovely silvery patterned leaves and large white flowers with pink "noses". Few only.
This is the uncommon white form of the species with dramatically twisted petals on long stems and large heart-shaped leaves, an elegant spring flower for shaded woodland conditions. An rare offering not to be missed.
Fragrant, yellow flowers in terminal clusters in early summer, these are followed by fleshy, red fruits. Upright, deciduous shrub growing to 60cm with mid-green, lanceolate leaves. Probably the best of the yellow flowered species in cultivation. Native of China in the northern Shensi region.
Daphnes are grown for their beautiful and intensely fragrant blooms which are usually produced in winter or spring. This European species is a fragrant, usually pink-flowered, deciduous shrub. The blooms appear along its bare branches in early to mid winter, followed by bright red, fleshy fruit. Seed rarely offered because the're usually eaten by the birds!
An exceptionally beautiful species from the Canary Islands. It makes a pure white, narrow spathe and a yellow spadix above several divided, fresh green leaves on a plain green stem. Unlike most of the other members of the arum family it has a strong, fruity, sweet scent. An very rare and exclusive offering.
Stunning thistle-like perennial with deeply cut, variegated foliage and long lasting, intensely blue flowers. Species from Spain and Pyrenees with a number of excellent strains in cultivation. This probably the best.
A very graceful and beautiful species from the spiky oak forests of eastern Turkey. Elegant, glaucous-green flowers with narrow, blue-green scattered leaves along its tall stems. Sharply winged seed capsules extends the delight.
An extremely rare plant from the SW flank of the Greek Peloponnese. Gorgeously crisp, large, yellow bells on 25cm stems with bright green foliage. An lovely treasure and what’s more its easy! Spring Flowering
A variable and widespread species common to both Eastern Turkey and Iran. A choice little plant with large, fat, waxy bells in tints of bronze, lemon, garnet and olive green. Neat grey-green, twisted leaves.
Lime-tinged, yellow bells. Near F. carica, with which it grows, but taller, at 20cm. or so, and with narrow, linear, bright-green leaves. Endemic to the extreme south western region of Turkey, near to and on the Marmaris Peninsula. A very rare offering.
Thought by some to be intermediate between F. carica and F. pinardii others punt for F. elwesii being in the mix. Whatever its origin its new and very pretty with slightly recurved longish bells in yellowish-green variously striped and marked in brown. A rare species not to be missed out on.
Ex Jim Archibald collection and to quote him re the parent plants - "Iran, Gilan/Ardabil, E of Khalkhal. 1900m. Alpine turf & moist gulleys. An intriguing form of this F. crassifolia relative from the Talesh range, near the border with Azerbaijan. Geographically, close to the Azerbaijan Talysh endemic F. grandiflora but different to it. Distinct as well from the cultivated, central Elburz forms, which grow about 300km. to the SE. Broad, glossy green foliage & big, pendant, pale-green bells with a variable, ghostly brown chequering or tinge. This has not been in cultivation before but this is a wet range & it does not seem to be unduly difficult."
A rare native to southern Turkey adjacent to the NW corner of Syria and little known in cultivation. Slim, tubular, almost black bells, often with a touch of emerald-green on the outer petals, borne on tall stems.
Arrestingly beautiful with its large, square-shouldered bells in subtle shades of reddish-mauve and grey on tall stems. An occasional white form may have found its way into this offering. Easy in the garden or pots.
Broad, yellow to greenish-yellow bells, lightly flecked with black and reddish brown with winged seed heads as an added bonus. Tall American species closely related to the highly variable F. affinis, maybe sunk into it.
An impressive shrub-like species with large, glossy, dark-green leaves divided into three overlapping toothed leaflets held above substantial semi-woody stem. Chartreuse green, cup-shaped flowers in later winter which remain in excellent condition for several weeks. A tough evergreen that will do best in an open fairly sunny position.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1993
Picture of Helloborus argutifolius by Frank Vincentz
This is a beautiful plant with a unique combination of flower and foliage and a true aristocrat of the genus. Open-cupped, dove-grey and pink flushed flowers are held on short spikes over exquisite foliage. The leaves are smooth or have a few small, widely spaced teeth, dark green and deeply veined and laced in cream and silver with purple-tinged backs. A rare native to the island of Majorca, this is one plant to all in love with at first sight.
A medium bearded species endemic to the Gargano peninsula in northern Apulia, Italy. Bears two scented flowers in mid spring, commonly a rich violet form, but combinations of yellow, white and violet occur. Parent plants with white standards, pale violet patterned on white ground falls with a lemon beard. Rare in the wild but a fertile and vigorous in cultivation.
A very rare bearded iris from western Turkey, especially around Denizli and Mugla. It is variable in colour, either blue or yellow; with a white beard. We are offering seed from the blue form, which is a pale pearly blue suffused with darker blue in the center of the falls, hafts veined dull violet, beard white tipped yellow. It is so named because of the very conspicuous inflated purple spathes and bracts which subtend the flowers.
Vigorous evergreen rhizomatous perennial to 30cm in height, with copious dark green leaves and very fragrant, pure white flowers with pale yellow throat in winter. Rare albino form of the normally purple to lilac flowering Algerian Iris. Rare chance for some seed.
Up to 6 large, exquisitely marked pale-blue and white flowers bloom amid the shiny, channelled foliage. This species belongs to a large group of iris commonly called Junos but more correctly they all belong to the subgenus, Scopiris. Grows wild in the stony foothills of the Pamir Alai and a triumph of rare beauty! They are not for beginners and strictly only 1 packet per order.
Stems of about 1.5m. whorled with lanceolate leaves carry umbels up to 20, large, nodding, flaring bells on long pedicels. The colour is usually yellow to orange-yellow, speckled inside with black-purple. Bold and beautiful American species rarely offered.
Wonderfully vigorous and reliable group growing upwards of 2m in suitable conditions. Strongly erect stems are clothed in scattered narrow leaves and can carry as many as 15 thickly sculptured trumpets. These are widely flaring at the mouth and sometimes mildly rolled back and can range from deep gold to buttery yellow often flushed polished mahogany on the exterior.
This beautiful, soft-pink trumpet lily, considered one of the gems of the genus, has from 1 to 5, fragrant, broadly funnel-shaped flowers borne on slender stems. In the wild it grows on summer wet, cool, shady slopes so acid, humus-rich soil in woodland is recommended. Native to southern Honshu, Japan where it is known as Sasa-yuri or the Bamboo Lily. Rare offering and a only a few packets to go.
One of the most highly prized Chinese species reaching and sometimes exceeding 2.5m and bearing between 5 and 25 large pale, creamy-white, open-faced trumpets. These are buttery-yellow in the throat and stained pinkish-purple on the reverse of the petals. Scattered, narrow, light green leaves and purplish bulbs. A few packets on offer.
A very choice and distinctive species bearing early in the season beautiful shell pink to lilac-mauve hanging bells that are more reminiscent of a fritillaria than a lily! Another of Frank Kingdon Ward’s discoveries from Manipur, the area of north eastern India once called Assam. Named in honour of his wife Jean (nee Macklin). Up to 75cm in height bearing at most 6 or 7 flowers in good humus rich soil. A true gem.
A Euro-Siberian turkscap lily. Stems to about 1.5m, whorled with dark leaves, carry speckled, pendant flowers in pale pink to maroon in early summer. Long history in cultivation and one of the best garden plants in the genus.
Superlative white form of the Turk's Cap Lily. Its waxy orbs of bone-white luminesence making a snowfall in summer.
Many people have asked us how to grow martagons well: Add plenty of humus to the soil when planting, cover with leaf mould and be patient, as they're slow to get going. Don't disturb the bulbs. As with all lilies, be careful not to splash the stems, leaves and flowers when watering to avoid disease
A wonderful lily with a gripping story of its introduction into cultivation. Ernest “Chinese” Wilson found it in 1903 clinging to rocky precipices in torrent driven gorges of Western Sichuan. Large white trumpets, rose-purple without and a canary yellow throat on long arching stems to 2m covered with scattered leaves. Each producing an overwhelmingly sweet perfume that arrives, without fail, during those heady days of an Aussie Christmas!
A very rare offering from Japan, this lily does best in an acid well-drained soil with some shade. The flowers are wide-open trumpets of lovely soft pink, sometimes with a few darker spots in the centre and sweetly perfumed. One of the most beautiful lilies and one of the earliest to flower, ours were open in late November.
A majestic trumpet lily with erect stems, to over 3m high, densely clad in many, narrow, dark green leaves & carrying a compact head of about 12, long trumpets. These can range in colour from soft yellow to creamy green.
One of the most impressive of all shade garden plants this ravishing beauty bears large, satiny, disk-shaped flowers of the truest shade of blue in late spring and early summer.
Himalayan Blue poppies are not difficult to grow, but they are only suitable for particular sites: Acid or slightly acid soil, which is moist but well-drained and enriched with leaf mould or humus to prevent stagnation; in a partially shaded site with shelter from cold, dry winds. Cool, damp summers are a big plus but hard to find in Australia except perhaps Macquarie Island! The seed is easy to raise and will provide a lot of plants to play with but check specialist sites for finer details.
Tall flower spike with a tassel of infertile violet or blue flowers at the top with yellowish tubular fertile flowers packed into the bottom section. Curving grey-green leaves. Similar to M. comosum and M. weissii and now all of these are considered separate from the muscaris and moved to their own genus, Leopoldia. This species is native to Iran and a rare offering.
Flowers in dense racemes, tubular-campanulate, 6-8mm long, deep blackish-blue with white apex, mouth open and flaring. Two to four, narrow, channelled leaves curling on the ground below a very dense and quite large flower head.
Native of Turkey, in steppe country at 900-1100m. Coll. LST 424
The most sought after of all the wild daffodils and like no other. Irresistible, brilliant yellow, long, narrow, pendent, trumpets with fully reflexing petals. Likes it cool & moist. Image supplied by Ian Young.
Delightful species with 2 to 3 pale yellow or cream, pendulous flowers with strongly reflexed petals on 30cm stems. A rare offering from Spain and Portugal requiring a cool site in sandy, acid soil to do well.