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.