Dwarf species, endemic to the Balearic Islands, bearing big, rosy red flowers over smooth, grey-green, almost metallic foliage, crimson beneath. Breath-taking when in flower, and equally superb when not.
A spectacular feature of the cedar-forest of the Moroccan Middle Atlas mountains. Smooth foliage & large rose-pink flowers. Absolutely temperature hardy but really needs cold winters & warm, dry summers. Ex Tom Mitchell coll. Rare Offering.
Large, bowl-shaped, white flowers, which in this case, are rimmed with a pink, conferring a beautiful, diffuse, picotee effect. Jim Archibald considered this disjunct Sicilian population perfectly distinct from the Greek plants. Being taller, and with a different leaf structure.
Previously offered as P. mascula ssp russi we now believe this to be incorrect. Native of Syria and western Lebanon, bearing large, soft-pink flowers, opening early on tall stems as the foliage unfurls.
A deciduous shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 3 m (9ft) producing masses of golden yellow, bowl-shaped, single flowers from late spring until mid summer. A handsome deciduous shrub with marvellous deeply dissected leaves, needs no maintenance, and the bare stems allow for planting of small plants underneath. Best in full sun/part shade in good soil.
Native to Greece where it is found in isolated colonies in the Peleponnese, Attica, Euboea and Andros. Big, sumptuous, crinkly, white flowers with red and yellow stamens over bold, blue-green foliage. A gorgeous thing!
An impressive foliage species grown for its massive rosettes of downy, silvery leaves. Spikes of yellow flowers appear in the second year but should be removed quickly to prevent the plant from dying. However one or two plants could be allowed to flower and set seeds, if self-sown seedlings are desired. Excellent at the front of the border where the foliage can be seen and appreciated.
Clary Sage is widespread in Greece and Turkey but this collection by the late Jim Archibald from the foothills of Nur Dag in Southern Turkey must rate as one of the best. It makes attractive mounds of broadly lanceolate, crinkly, grey-green leaves from which spring enormous columns of lilac-blue, white-lipped flowers surrounded by pink, white and green bracts.
A high altitude plant commonly known as Iron Wort, and in the Balkans, as Mountain Tea. Low growing, perennial plant native to the Balkans where is used since ancient times as a panacea. Tea made from it's flowering tops is very popular in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey and Albania where it is held in high esteem. An attractive perennial making a low silvery mound bearing clusters of small creamy-yellow flowers along willowy stems in summer.