PERENNIALS FROM BIDE-A-WEE: RANUNCULUS RANUNCULACEAE to RUDBECKIA ASTERACEAE

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RANUNCULUS RANUNCULACEAE
acris 'Flore Pleno' AGM
. Not just a buttercup! Wiry 18inch stems are topped with abundant double yellow button flowers in early summer; a well behaved plant that is the perfect companion for a blue Iris sibirica, on a moist soil in full sun. £3.00
GARDEN ORIGIN

constantinopolitanus 'Plenus'. Large tightly doubled yellow buttercup flowers with a green centre in early summer. Compact, growing at most 8ins, for moist soil in full sun. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

RHEUM POLYGONACEA
Look beyond the rhubarb crumble for here is a genus giving both good foliage and flowers, in a range of sizes to suit your plot. All require a humus rich soil; cutting back and feeding mid season will reinvigorate.

'Ace of Hearts'. Bold heavily veined heart shaped leaves green on the upper surface deep blood red below, with 4ft pale pink flower spikes in early summer. £6.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

Rheum kialense. Bold spreading heart shaped foliage, with 8in stems carrying flowers white fading pink, a plant for the front of the border. £5.50
W. CHINA

palmatum 'Atrosanguineum'. Dark red buds emerge in early spring, which gradually open to produce large red jagged edged leaves, with a tall 6ft pink flower spike produced in early summer. £6.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

palmatum tanguticum. The bold jagged foliage emerges red gradually turning green with dramatic 6ft flower spikes. £6.50
GARDEN ORIGIN

tibeticum. Bold lime green foliage appearing in early spring, Creamy flower spikes May/June, sun well drained humus rich soil, 6ft

RHODIOLA CRASSULACEAE
rosea
. Rose Root, a knobbly woody rootstock with pink buds, which burst forth in spring to give fleshy grey green foliage that terminates in acid yellow green flowers, growing 14ins for full sun in a well-drained soil, previously known as Sedum Rhodiola. £2.50
NORTHERN EURASIA, KOREA JAPAN, N E. NORTH AMERICA

wallichiana. Fine succulent foliage retreating to a tree trunk like woody rootstock in winter, growing to 12ins in full sun and well-drained soil. £2.50
KASHMIR, NEPAL, SIKKIM, XIZANG

RODGERSIA SAXIFRAGACEAE
podophylla AGM
. A variable species but the form I grow has large palmate leaves that emerge in the spring as deep bronze. Ultimately forming a bold mass of bronze foliage above which plumes of frothy white flowers are produced in mid summer, with good autumn colour growing to 4ft for moist fertile soil. £4.50
KOREA, JAPAN

pinnata `Superba` AGM. Bronzed tinted glossy palmate foliage that creates a wonderful architectural form, growing over 3ft, with bright pink flowers in summer for moist shade.
ORIGIN NOT RECORDED

ROSCOEA ZINGIBERACEAE
beesiana `Alba`
. From the top of a thick clump of upright stems creamy yellow flowers are produced in mid to late summer, for rich moist soil in sun or partial shade, 12ins. £4.00

purpurea. Green ginger like foliage produces sumptuous orchid like purple flowers in mid to late summer, for rich moist soil in sun or partial shade, 14ins. £4.00
EASTERN HIMALAYAS, SIKKIM

RUDBECKIA ASTERACEAE
`Bravado`
Very large pink daisy like flowers in late summer, growing to 24ins, for well drained fertile soil, in full sun. £3.75
GARDEN ORIGIN

`Goldquelle` AGM. NEW FOR 2004 Double golden yellow flowers, in late summer, that resembles Dahlias, growing up to 4ft high. An easy plant in full sun and a fertile soil. Something for those that like their plants loud and brassy. £4.00
GARDEN ORIGIN (1951)

‘Herbstsonne’. Large yellow sunflowers step atop 8ft stems, in mid autumn through to the first frosts a real ray of sunshine for the autumn border assorting well with blue asters. Thriving in fertile soil in full sun. £3.75 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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