Ground Clematis

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I always thought that clematis was a climbing plant, but this variety Clematis recta ‘purpurea’ is an unusual variety in that it is a bushy plant that bursts out of the ground in spring with smoky-purple elliptical young leaves that gradually turn to green, with a purple cast, as they age. Then it is covered in fragrant little white star-shaped flowers. The autumn sees these delightful seed-heads with what look like tiny white feathers.

Phlomis Russeliana

This plant hails from Turkey where it grows in the wild. It flowers from May – September with multi tiered bi-coloured flowers. Russeliana is in honour of Dr Alexander Russell (c. 1715 – 1839), author of a natural History of Aleppo.

I like the intriguing structure of its faded multi-storey flower spikes which add a new dimension to the garden in the autumn and winter months.

 

Flower Portrait: Pasque Flower

The pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris, is a beautiful spring flower, traditionally a sign that Easter has arrived. The silky buds open to light purple, cup-shaped flowers which mature to develop a star shape. As the flowers develop, ferny foliage starts to appear at the base of the stems, which continues to look good after the flowering season has finished.

Pasque Flower

Pasque Flower