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BBC Gardener's World plant list - 17th April 2009


By peter


I’m quite pleased this week as after looking at other’s garden last week, I know I have one of the plants in my own this time :o) it’s a mixed blessing though, as although I have some photos, I know the plant succumbed to last year’s winter.

So, in this week’s show:

The two climbers that Toby was planting against the wall were:
Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)
Solanum laxum ‘Album’ (White potato vine)

The Star Jasmine is a popular one in GoY gardens and in the ‘Top of the Pots’, this week’s top climber ~ sorry :o) ~ is Spritzhenry who has both these plants (and fabulous pics) amongst nearly 700 plants!!

The plants that were featured at RHS Harlow Carr:
Rhododendron luteum which has only one photo!
Brunnera macrophylla which was recommended for blue colour in dappled shade.
Meconopsis x sheldonii (Blue poppy) which only features in Rydeboyz’ garden

Then we moved to RHS Hyde Hall:
Iris pallida subsp. pallida (Pale blue iris)
Echium pininana (Giant viper’s bugloss)

The plants that Toby planted in his evening garden:
Digitalis purpurea (Foxgloves) ‘excelsior mix’, ’Pam’s Choice’ and ‘Sraight up’
Hesperis matronalis ‘Albiflora’ (White sweet rocket)
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Convulvulus cneorum (Silverbush)
Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender)
Eryngium variifolium (Sea holly)

A lot of these had silver foliage covered with hair which apparently makes them good for warm areas – the hairs help stop the wind around the leaves, keeping moisture in. I planted a French Lavender when I first gave my garden a makeover, the plant is no longer in my real garden but it lives on in my GoY garden.

The Gazania seedlings Toby was potting up in the money saving tips were:
Gazania ‘Christopher Lloyd’

And right and the end Carol and Toby got to chooose a plant of the moment, Toby chose Auriculas but I prefered Carol’s Giant wakerobin which was awesome – who’d have thought a plant would need to camouflage its leaves!? Unfortunately there’s no photos on GoY of that one (yet).
Trillium chloropetalum (Giant wakerobin)
Primula auricula ‘Helen Barter’ (Green edged fancy auricula)

Right, off to the garden – the sun is now out and I’ve potting on to do. I hope you have a lovely weekend, and happy gardening :o)

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Thanks for listing the plants, Peter.
It is useful for reference. :o)

18 Apr, 2009


Yes thanks Peter i thought that Trilium was fantastic! am not too keen on the Auriculas prefer the common and garden Primrose myself, but it takes all sorts be a boring old world if we all liked the same wouldn't it?

18 Apr, 2009


Thanks from me awell Peter.

18 Apr, 2009


Just a word of warning to those of you in colder areas - the solanum is not particularly hardy. I'm waiting to see but I think I lost mine in this last winter. There is a purple-flowered one, S. crispum 'Glasnevin', that's a bit hardier

18 Apr, 2009

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