NEW FOR 2015
Begonia grandis ‘Sparkle and Shine’ Developed here from the diminutive B. sinensis -sized Riz Reyes/Dave Demers collection ‘Nanjiang Silver’, and building upon its silver spotting and spattering, but in a much larger, full-sized package, with solid red leaf reverses, and white flowers. We also have the counterpart ‘Bells and Whistles’, also full sized with claret undersides, but with more typical pink flowers.
Eucomis zambesiaca ‘ZZZebra’ A sprightly streaked and striped variegated strain of this petite species, named and kindly shared with me by Ellen Hornig, who originally received it from Judith Tyler- amazing that the first (to my knowledge) variegated Eucomis should take so long to become available. Tender-ish, but a perfect container size for those north of 7b.
Kniphofia ‘Wet Dream’ O.K., outre, but it does get to the point. We’ve been selecting pokers for distinctive, glossy flowers for quite a few generations now, but haven’t had much idea of hardiness, beyond out own Zone 7. This past winter was perfect for culling out tender pokers. This selection was unfazed, and, indeed, has thrived, flowering freely and bulking up quickly with lustrous flowers on 3-4′ stems proudly held well above narrow foliage, August into September/October. Remarkable with Salvia uliginosa. At least Zone 6
I suspect my Sanguisorba infatuation may be waning, as I only brought one back from the UK this past autumn (Or perhaps I now have them all?) Cant resist adding to the fray, though, with some distinctive, in house selections:
Sanguisorba ‘Chorus Line’ Long legs and feather boas! Of the obtusa/hakusanensis persuasion with pendulous tassels of flowers , deeper in color than ‘Pink Brushes’, though softer than ‘Lilac Squirrel’, and readily distinguishable from all others as this plant reaches a towering 6′. (Embarrassingly, just rolled this out as ‘Big Pink’ without bothering to check if the name had been allocated, which, of course, it had.)
Sanguisorba ‘Drama Queen’ A study in kinetic motion, like a Calder piece, with pendulous six inch white tassels swaying atop willowy 6′ stems, June to September. We provide no supplemental irrigation to established plants, and in 6 years has never ever, not even once, required staking. I think this is the best of all available tenuifolium types.
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Humpty Dumpty’ A seedling here from ‘Fat Domino’ with remarkably ovoid flowers, so large that they will, like its namesake, take a great fall, as they are too large for its stems to support, and the whole plant will splay apart. It is a remarkable subject for cut flowers, though, for, as with the species, it produces a constant succession from summer to frost. This is very similar to ‘Black Adder’ which Chris Ghyselen kindly gave me, and which I’ll also have available.