Plants­man’s favourites

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Contents -

Plantswoman Fleur van Zon­n­eveld se­lects her ten best plants for April

Many alpine plants have the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing picky and dif­fi­cult to grow, but that couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth for this Pyre­nean snow­bell. Like most moun­tain­ous plants – we once saw it grow­ing at an al­ti­tude of 2,000m in the Alps – it prefers good drainage, but grows well in our clay soil. Its rounded, ev­er­green leaves re­sem­ble coins – hence its name, which comes from the Ital­ian soldi, mean­ing money. The flow­ers look like brush heads stand­ing perk­ily on thin stalks above the round leaves. It’s an ex­cel­lent plant for the rock gar­den. AGM*. Height 20cm. Ori­gin Pyre­nees. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun and part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H6†. Sea­son Spring.

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