After the shocking cold of January 2010, the PGP garden took a serious hit to various marginally hardy exotics. However, many things recovered and the hardy plants went from strength to strength over the following months. Below are some of the highlights of the year.
Akebia longeracemosa adorns one of the hazel rod screens. A great new climber from Taiwan with exceptionally long racemes of flower, as its name would suggest. This came through the hideous cold of December 2010 damaged, but was in full vigorous growth by May the following year, so one could describe it as perfectly hardy enough, for most of the UK at least.
Salix exigua and Chionochloa rubra
Red Cabbage babies
Red Cabbage etc
Lysimachia barystachys 'Huntingbrook'
Lonicera pilosa F&M 256
Lobelia tupa etc
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Taurus'
Zanthoxylum ailanthoides giving shade in a tight corner
Crambe maritima etc
Early summer, with Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy', Salix exigua at the rear and various others including a tall form of Eryngium agavoides in the foreground
Self sown Onopordum acanthium dominate with their giant size.
Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze', Salix exigua and Artemisia
The garden in early summer
Firmiana simplex behind Hydrangea on sale
Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' & Carex testacea
Eucalyptus dalrympleana, planted at 1m high and 9m tall after 3 years in the ground!
Cenolophium denudatum self sowing in the car-park
Carrierea calycina. Apart from sporadic and inconsistent flowering in previous years, this fascinating and truly handsome rarity seemed to reach true 'adulthood' in 2010 with a full covering of blossom.
Alangium platanifolium. A great foliage plant, making a large shrub or small tree. Bone hardy and easy with gorgeous little 'ballerina' flowers under the branches in June. Rarely seen in gardens, for not good reason whatsoever.