Plants­man’s favourites

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - CONTENTS -

From win­ter kale to wil­low, plantswoman Fleur van Zon­n­eveld se­lects her favourite plants for De­cem­ber

Dis­cov­ered by the plants­man and plant col­lec­tor Dan Hink­ley in the Wo­long Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve in Sichuan, China, this ev­er­green ground­cover has nar­row, dark-green leaves that are marked with sil­very white veins and looks a lit­tle like a ghostly tinted Vinca mi­nor. Over time, it will form a car­pet and climb in other plants and can also be trained up a sup­port. For­tu­nately, how­ever, it’s not as in­va­sive as ivy. It works well when com­bined with small-leaved hostas and helle­bores. AGM*.

Height 40cm. Ori­gin China. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun to full shade. Har­di­ness RHS H5, USDA 5a-10b†. Sea­son of in­ter­est Year round.

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