True blues

Tip: plant a multi-stemmed birch (Be­tula pen­dula or B. utilis), Ja­panese flow­er­ing cherry or pa­per­bark maple to cre­ate a minia­ture wood­land ef­fect where space is lim­ited

Country Living (UK) - - Meet The Urban Artisan -

The first green shoots of ca­mas­sias are start­ing to emerge now, a prom­ise of treats to come. I’ve never grown these mois­ture-lov­ing North Amer­i­can beau­ties but am in­spired to do so by Stella Ex­ley of Hare Spring Cot­tage Plants, who will ex­hibit hers for the first time at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Plant bulbs in the au­tumn for the fol­low­ing year or, if you can’t wait, or­der pot-grown plants from Stella (£5 for a 9cm pot; £7 for 2 litre) and col­lect from her at the Cardiff, Har­ro­gate, Har­low Carr or Malvern spring flower shows (07792 376805; hare­spring­cot­tage­plants.co.uk).

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