12 OF POLLY’S FAVOURITE PLANTS

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1 Malus do­mes­tica ‘Worces­ter Pear­main’

An early to mid-sea­son eat­ing ap­ple, par­tic­u­larly noted for its beau­ti­ful blos­som. 4-8m. AGM*. RHS H6, USDA 5a-8b†.

2 Pul­satilla vul­garis

Pretty pur­ple or white flow­ers fol­lowed by wispy seed­heads that look great in ar­range­ments. 20cm. AGM. RHS H5, USDA 4a-8b.

3 Cy­do­nia ob­longa

Some years a late frost catches the glo­ri­ous blos­som and stops fruit­ing, but in glut years Polly loves to make quince ice cream. 4m. RHS H5, USDA 5a-8b.

4 Helle­borus x hy­bridus Harv­ing­ton red

This helle­bore makes a good cut flower once the seed­heads have formed, es­pe­cially if the tips of the stems are seared. 40cm. RHS H7, USDA 4a-9b.

5 Tulipa ‘Black Hero’

This dou­ble late tulip is a heav­ier, head­ier ‘Queen of Night’ with long-last­ing blooms. 60cm. RHS H6.

6 Paeo­nia mlokose­witschii

Black­lands has a whole block of this ex­quis­ite peony. It makes a won­der­ful if short-lived cut flower for events, although it won’t stay the course in bouquets. 50cm-1m. AGM. RHS H6.

7 Tulipa ‘Virichic’

A lily-flow­ered tulip with bold-pink pe­tals with a green flash up the cen­tre. 50cm. RHS H6, USDA 3a-8b.

8 Fri­t­il­laria per­sica ‘Bi­color’

The bulbs of this dra­matic and un­usual frit­il­lary are both eye-wa­ter­ingly ex­pen­sive and deeply de­sir­able. 60cm-1m. RHS H7, USDA 5a-8b.

9 Thal­ic­trum ‘Elin’

A ma­jes­ti­cally tall um­bel with un­beat­able fo­liage and beau­ti­ful flow­er­heads that’s per­fect for the cut­ting gar­den. 2m. AGM. RHS H4.

10 Malus ‘Ever­este’

This crab ap­ple of­fers the de­lights of red buds open­ing to white blos­som fol­lowed by yel­low-or­ange fruits that per­sist into win­ter. 4-8m. AGM. RHS H6.

11 Erysi­mum cheiri ‘Giant Pink’

Richly coloured wall­flower with ex­tra-large blooms that’s a wel­come ad­di­tion to spring cut-flower dis­plays. 60cm. RHS H5.

12 Cen­tau­rea ‘Jordy’

An el­e­gant peren­nial corn­flower for the cut­ting gar­den; sup­port with pea sticks to pre­vent flop­ping. 45cm. RHS H4, USDA 3a-8b.

BREEDER TULIPS

1 ‘Queen Alexan­dra’, 2 ‘Roi Soleil’, 3 ‘Fairy Nymph’ (af­ter break­ing), 4 ‘La Joyeuse’, 5 ‘Jules Favres’, 6 ‘Je Main­tiendrai’

BRO­KEN TULIPS

7 ‘Ma­bel’, 8 ‘Columbine’, 9 ‘Bessie’, 10 ‘Ab­sa­lon’, 11 ‘In­sulinde’, 12 ‘The Lizard’

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