Baptisia - Bulbinella
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Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' £4.50
Differs from others in having smoky violet-purple flowers and dark-flushed stems. Slow to propagate. Subtle and distinct.
Beesia calthifolia DJHC 98447 £4.50
Spreading clumps of cordate leaves, bronzy green as they emerge and becoming marbled as they age. Lots of little white flowers on 30cm+ stems in summer, rather like the related Actaea, but it’s the foliage that makes it so special. Effective either in the woodland garden or a pot.
Begonia ‘Benitochiba’ AGM £4
It’s the foliage you want this for, palmate leaves with red-green major veins, metallic pink in between. A small rex type, but hardy-ish, coming through hard winters in pots in our unheated shade tunnel. Very late into growth.
Begonia 'Candy Floss' BWJ 7858 £4.50
Lots of pink flowers over bold hairy leaves. 30cm or so. Strongly deciduous and apparently quite hardy. For humusy soil in shade. Tuberous and late to come into growth. Few
Bellevalia dubia £3.75
Diminutive muscari-relative. Light blue buds open milk chocolate with a cream edge. Spring.
One of the last spring bulbs to flower. The flowers flare like a bluebell, white with light blue tips, in an open bluebell-like inflorescence. 10-15cm tall, for sun. Just great.
Bergenia ciliata ‘Wilton’ £6
Ordinary ciliata has hairy dinner plates for leaves and wonderful pale pink flowers in February. This is hairier, much hairier, soft and strokable, not bristly. People ask ‘what’s the difference?’ until they feel it.
Bergenia emeiensis £4.50
A little sweetie from Western China, white flowers from pink calyces and small leaves. Compact and under 30cm in height.
Bergenia ‘Godfrey Owen’ £5 NEW CULTIVAR NAME
One of those purpurascens hybrids which colours well in winter, but conforming neither to the rich red nor the dark red-purple stereotype. Rather it is a subtle and unusual brown-purple. The flowers are a decent slightly purplish pink, in dense heads. It spreads freely. Selected by Margaret Owen in the frozen wastes of Shropshire, and named (like the snowdrop, the iris and the nerine) for her late husband. A good plant, which sadly didn’t get into the Wisley trial, and which we’re told has never been offered for sale, hence the need to establish the name here.
Bergenia ‘Overture’ £4.50
Intense magenta flowers on red stems. The upwardly inclined leaves are excellent for winter colour - as always, exposure to cold and light intensifies this.
Bergenia pacumbis CC3616 £4.50
Related to ciliata; big shiny leaves edged with hairs and pink flowers very early in spring while the leaves are still small.
Bergenia ‘Pink Ice’ £5
Robin White’s clear pink flowered emeiensis hybrid brings the poise of that species to a somewhat stouter plant. Beautiful yet hardly ever seen – I don’t know why.
Bergenia purpurascens ‘Irish Crimson’ AGM £5
Fantastically good upstanding foliage, very rich red in winter. Nice deep red-purple nodding flowers. Not a fast runner. One of the stars of the Wisley trial.
Bidens aurea ‘Hannays’ Lemon Drop’ £5
We’ve grown this tall, spreading, remarkably hardy South African daisy for more than 20 years, yet have rarely listed it. Here goes... 1m or taller by the end of the season, the flowers are more like a small (but not very small) single dahlia than a daisy, in a smart colour scheme, warm yellow at the base of the petal, getting a bit paler as you go out, with distinct white tips. It’s very long flowering, August to October. Seen in a nursery pot, it looks alarming, running round and round, yet it makes relatively open clumps in the ground, and seems not to be wildly invasive (the excellent Val Bourne, in a piece in the Telegraph a few years back, came to the same conclusion).
Blechnum chilense £5.50
A very handsome large fern, evergreen with tough, glossy pinnate fronds. Bold and somewhat spreading, 1m or so in height. Hardy in southern and western areas, pretty good even in the Midlands, it seems, especially if mulched. Acidic or neutral soil.
Blechnum wattsii £6
A smaller (60cm) Australian counterpart of the previous fern, more definitely for shade, and much less grown so its hardiness is not well known - OK here.
Bletilla 'Brigantes' £6
Slightly more slender than its parent striata, this vigorously spreading hybrid has both pink and yellow in the flower.
Bletilla striata £4
An easy, large flowered, clump forming hardy orchid - what could be nicer? Bright green, pleated leaves and vivid pink flowers, dying back to tubers in winter. Recommended for humus rich partial shade, but can thrive in full sun or heavy soil.
Bletilla striata var. japonica f. gebina £4
And again, this time white flowered with a pink flush inside.
Bomarea edulis £4.50
A herbaceous, climbing Alstroemeria relative which can reach 2m or more in a season, with tubular dull red flowers, yellow and green inside, in late summer. Dies down to cucumberish tasting edible tubers, which need protection from intense frost.
Bulbine glauca £4
Tussocks of long, narrow succulent leaves; 30-50cm spikes of bright yellow flowers over a long season. Takes frost, but not over-much. Away from the coasts, overwinter in the cool greenhouse on the dry side. The tendency of Bulbine flower spikes to hang out makes them very suitable for sloping rocky or quarry plantings. I noticed a narrow hanging basket full of a different species in Cornwall last year – surprisingly effective. Thanks to Prof, Dick, who grows it on the South Devon coast.
Bulbinella nutans £4.50
A winter growing South African bulb, with dense spikes of flowers, cheerful bright yellow in this form, reaching 40cm in early spring, over long traily shiny green leaves. It’s remarkably frost tolerant if grown on the dry side, and enjoys a dry summer bake.
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