Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants at Chelsea earlier in the year (Rob and Rosy stock several species, I’ve subsequently found).
|Amsonia hubrichtii in full autumn colour|
Today’s offerings, as you might expect from a plant fair in October, were distinctly shrubby, with the odd climber or tree thrown in for good measure. You might think this would be boring but, in that opinion, you’d be wrong.
I’m always a bit of a sucker for an attractive ilex, and the prickly pineapple holly, Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia' bears perfectly formed, glossy green leaves about an 3cm long by 1cm wide, bristling with spines. It’s a neat, compact specimen, with the young shoots exhibiting a slight purplish tinge.
|Ilex aquifolium 'Myrtifolia'|
|Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'|
|Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Waterwheel'|
|Frangula alnus 'Fine Line'|
|Sassafras albidum. Used to flavour rootbeer|
|What’s that smell? Probably Cercidiphyllum japonicum|