PERENNIALS FROM BIDE-A-WEE: OMPHALODES BORAGINACEA to ORIGANUM LAMIACEA

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OMPHALODES BORAGINACEA
cappadocica `Starry Eyes`
. NEW FOR 2004 Forming a dense carpet of bold foliage, above which are held sprays of star like flowers, each petal, lavender blue but centered dark blue, giving the impression of a star. Plant in well-drained humus enriched soil, in full or partial shade, another good doer from the borage family. £4.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

verna `Alba`. NEW FOR 2004 . Ice white flowers as early as late February and on through spring, over near evergreen foliage, spreading by runners, and growing at most 6ins, plant in well-drained humus enriched soil, in full or partial shade. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

ONOPORDUM ASTERACEA
acanthium
. `Scotch Thistle`, although hailing southern Europe. A biennial, that in its first year establishes woolly basal foliage over a taproot, in the second year a pyramidal form growing up to 8ft is topped with a candelabra of mauve flower heads. Any soil in full sun, but wet conditions must be avoided. £2.50
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OPHIOPOGON CONVALLARIACEAE
planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ AGM
. Inky black ribbon like evergreen foliage, with sprays of mauve flowers in summer followed by small black berries. For moist fertile soil in light shade, unfortunately spreading very slowly growing at most 8ins. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

ORIGANUM LAMIACEA
Majorum
, strictly a culinary herb, but the genus includes some excellent foliage plants, that all require fertile well-drained soil.
vulgare `Aureum crispum`. Small crimped oval leaves, golden yellow, growing up to 6ins with pink flowers during the summer, partial shade prevents leaf scorch. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

vulgare `Country Cream`. A low plant of no more than 8ins with foliage delicately margined cream, looking good with bold succulent foliage of Sedum `Ruby Glow`. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

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Plant classification
Family, e.g. ROSACEAE in red bold capitals
Genus, e.g. FILIPENDULA in green bold capitals
Species, e.g. ulmaria in bold lower case
Culivar, e.g. `Aurea`, in single quotation marks

 

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