30 PLANTS FROM DURNAMUCK
1 Erica cinerea f. alba ‘Alba Major’ A prostrate evergreen shrub with bright-green foliage and short racemes of white flowers from July to September. Spreads to 40cm. 30cm. RHS H7†.
2 Alonsoa warscewiczii Slender, wiry purple-tinged stems are packed with bright-scarlet flowers from June until October. 50cm. RHS H4.
3 Inula hookeri Fine-rayed yellow daisies, 6cm across, at the end of summer. Can spread rapidly on rich, moist soil. 75cm. RHS H6.
4 Pinus mugo Compact, slow-growing conifer with a rounded habit. Needs sharply drained soil in full sun. 1m after ten years. RHS H7, USDA 2a-7b.
5 Kniphofia ‘Toffee Nosed’ Tough, grey-green foliage and slender spires of apricot flowers, from June to August, that fade to cream. 1m. AGM*. RHS H5.
6 Osteospermum ‘Nairobi Purple’ A spreading plant with dark-purple flowers that have a silvery sheen on the reverse of the petals. Flowers all summer in full sun. 20cm. RHS H3, USDA 9b-10a. 7 Rhodanthemum hosmariense Neat domes of finely cut silvery foliage that is covered in white daises throughout the summer. It needs a hot and dry situation. 25cm. AGM. RHS H4.
8 Allium beesianum One of the few truly blue-flowered members of the onion family. Narrow, grass-like leaves with petite, dangling flowers at the end of August. 15cm. AGM. RHS H5.
9 Chelone obliqua An upright herbaceous perennial with compact spikes of tightly packed, dusty-pink flowers. 80cm. RHS H5, USDA 5a-9b.
10 Olearia ‘Talbot de Malahide’ One of the hardier forms of the genus that tolerates high winds and sea spray. Tough foliage and sprays of daisy-like flowers in late summer. 2m. RHS H3.
11 Myosotidium hortensia Good in a sheltered, shady spot. Glossy, emerald leaves and spring flowers like enormous forget-me-nots. 45cm. RHS H4.
12 Agapanthus seedling A gift from Graham Gough of Marchants Hardy Plants, selected for its purple-blue flowers and slender stem. 40cm. RHS H4.
13 Fascicularia bicolor The rigid, toothed leaves of this bromeliad turn scarlet at the base when mature and cradle a tight head of bright-blue flowers. 40cm. RHS H3.
14 Celmisia semicordata seedling Grown from seed brought from Inverewe with silvered leaves topped by white daisies. Needs good drainage. 30cm.
15 Salix lanata An unusual form of willow that has rounded, woolly, silvery leaves. It is slow-growing but will eventually form a rounded shrub. 1.2m. AGM. RHS H7.
16 Peltocalathos baurii A rarely seen South African relative of the buttercup with rounded, fleshy leaves and brightyellow flowers that resemble a large celandine. 50cm. RHS H7.
17 Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ Sturdy, rapidly clump-forming hybrid with dark violet-blue flowers in late summer. 80cm. RHS H4.
18 Helichrysum hypoleucum Rare South African sub-shrub with small, felty-grey, heart-shaped leaves and flat yellow flowers June to August. 50cm. RHS H3.
19 Crassula sarcocaulis A bushy succulent resembling a small tree, with tiny, star-shaped, pink-and-white flowers in late summer. 60cm. AGM. RHS H3.
20 Watsonia ‘Tresco Dwarf Pink’ Lance-shaped leaves and upright stems of pink tubular flowers. Hardy only in very mild parts of Britain. 50cm. RHS H3.
21 Eupatorium purpureum An imposing, clump-forming perennial with domes of purplish-pink flowers from late summer into autumn. 2m. RHS H7, USDA 4a-9b.
22 Phygelius x rectus Somerford Funfair Wine (= ‘Yapwin’) In mild areas an evergreen suckering shrub with stems of showy, magenta flowers in summer. Herbaceous in cold areas. 75cm. RHS H5.
23 Astelia chathamica An evergreen perennial that forms clumps of silvery, sword-shaped leaves. Panicles of small greenish flowers appear in late summer. Prefers shade. 1m. AGM. RHS H3.
24 Crocosmia x crocosmioides ‘Castle Ward Late’ A reliable German cultivar with pleated, sword-shaped leaves and bright-scarlet flowers in August. 90cm. RHS H4.
25 Persicaria amplexicaulis Taurus (= ‘Blotau’ ) Slender stems of deep-red flowers June to September. Less vigorous and more compact than other forms. 90cm. RHS H5.
26 Thamnochortus insignis Upright, slender, dark-green stems marked with golden sheaths give a striped effect. 1.5m. AGM. RHS H3.
27 Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ A sturdy, reliable hybrid that quickly forms large colonies. Arching stems of deep-red flowers have a burnt-orange base. 80cm. RHS H4, USDA 5a-9b.
28 Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Coleton Fishacre’ The leaves are flushed with a copper sheen, which sets off the bright apricot-coloured flowers. A floriferous hybrid that flowers from July to September. 60cm. RHS H5.
29 Galtonia candicans A bulb that produces spires of white, waxy flowers and grey-green foliage in August. The cool, fresh white is a refreshing counterpoint to the bright colours of the midsummer garden. 1m. AGM. RHS H4, USDA 6a-10b.
30 Eucomis bicolor Thick stems packed with purple-edged, star-shaped flowers topped with a rosette of leafy bracts such that the plant resembles a pineapple. Needs well-drained soil and full sun. 60cm. AGM. RHS H4.