CLUNY HOUSE GARDENS SEEDLIST 2015
Cluny House is a wooded garden that faces north-east, gets very little mid-day sun and tends to keep the moisture in the soil for a longer time than normal. None of our plants are protected during the winter and no herbicides or insecticides are used. Have fun choosing which seeds you want and remember that it is always worth trying something new. H = height, S = spread.
HEMSLEYANUM: Herbaceous climber; good for scrambling and twining through shrubs, making more stems each year. Light purple flowers, of typical monkshood shape, are borne in hanging clusters in summer to early autumn. Good foliage all season. Sun/partial shade; well-drained soil. H: 3m S: 50cm
VULPARIA [wolf’s bane]: Upright perennial with spires of creamy-yellow, hooded flowers on branching stems in summer. Leaves are dark green and deeply divided. May need staking. H: 1m.
RUBRA: From mid spring to early summer, bears oval racemes of small white flowers, 3 - 5cm long, followed by spikes of shiny red, spherical berries, on slender green stalks. H: up to 45cm S: 30cm.
RUBRA f. NEGLECTA: The white berried form of the above.
ANEMONE LEVELLI: Perennial woodland plant with white flowers with deep green and serrated foliage H: 50-60cm.
AQUILEGIA Graceful, clump-forming perennials, grown for their mainly bell-shaped, spurred flowers in spring/summer. Great for bees! Most prefer well-drained soil in open, sunny site.
A: Mix of blue and white tall aquilegias.
B: Tall chocolate flowers.
C: Deep purple flowers.
D: Pure white flowers.
ARISAEMA Spring or summer-flowering, rhizomatous or tuberous perennials, cultivated for their attractive, sometimes unusually shaped spathes, the simple, lobed/palmate leaves and slender, sometimes striking spadices. Dense clusters of spherical to oblong red berries in autumn, before plant dies down. They are best grown outdoors in partial shade.
ELEPHAS: Chocolate brown and white spathe with a spectacular vertical chocolate spadix in the shape of an elephant’s trunk.
JACQUEMONTII: Pale jade-green spathe, faintly striped white. H: 70cm.
PROPINQUUM A: Spathe 10-15cm, dark purple or green, with white or purple stripes.
PROPINQUUM B: Extra large form: As A but up to 1.6 metres.
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CAMPANULA BARBATA [The Bearded Bellflower]: A typical scree plant; non-invasive. Lavender-blue, hairy bell flowers on stalks up to 30 cm.
PUNCTATA: (Spotted Bellflower) Creeping rhizome with showy bell-shaped spotted pinky-white and hairy flowers. Sun or partial shade in summer up to 30cm.
GIGANTEUM: Giant Himalayan lily with magnolia coloured flowers and green stems. Flowers later than “Yunnanense”. H: up to 3.5m
GIGANTEUM var. YUNNANENSE: Giant Himalayan lily with yellow-white flowers and reddish brown stems. H: up to 3.5m
CLEMATIS TANGUTICA: Late flowering sulphur yellow lantern like flowers with thick petals. Large fluffy seed heads suitable for drying. Hardy.
CODONOPSIS TANGSHEN: Herbaceous perennial climber with twining stems and fleshy,
toothed, mid-green leaves. Bell-shaped yellow to olive-green flowers, with purple veins
and spotted inside, are produced in summer. S: 2m.
DAPHNE MEZEREUM: Deciduous, upright shrub with narrowly-oval, dull grey-green leaves.
Very fragrant, purple pink flowers are produced in late winter/ early spring on bare stems,
followed by red fruits (seeds are poisonous). Height: to 1.5m
DECASNIA FARGESSI: [Blue sausage fruit] Deciduous, upright, semi-arching shrub with attractive blue-green leaves. Bears drooping panicles of yellow-green flowers in early summer, followed by striking blue fruits in autumn. Its open, airy habit allows under planting. Sheltered position, full sun to part shade in moist, fertile soil. H: to 4.5m
DIERAMA PULCHERRIMUM: (Angel’s Fishing Rod) clump-forming perennials with long,
narrow leaves and slender arching stems bearing nodding, bell-shaped rosy-purple flowers in
GRANDIFLORA [Yellow Foxglove]: Evergreen perennial. Creamy-yellow, trumpet flowers in summer, on open, upright spikes above a rosette of soft, broad leaves. Sun or part shade. Will grow in gravel or open woodland. Hardy. H: 75cm.
DISPORUM SMITHII [Fairy Bells]: Liliacea, closely related to Tricyrtis. A small 20cm stalk with white flowers in spring and orange fruit in early autumn. A woodland plant.
ERYNGIUM ALPINUM [Sea Holly]: Hardy herbaceous perennial with impressive blue flowers
in July and August. Excellent for the back of a border enjoying full sun. Great for flower
arrangements and drying. H: up to 0.75m.
CALIFORNICUM: (White): Clump-forming, spring-flowering tuber produces semi-erect, mottled basal leaves. Slender stalks bear up to three creamy-white flowers with reflexed petals and yellow eyes. Needs moist, well-drained soil. Will slowly multiply if left alone in light woodland, semi shade or deciduous-shade type bed. H: 15-35cm.
REVOLUTUM: Bulbous perennial with wavy-margined, deep green leaves (15-20cm), strongly mottled dark brown. In spring, slender upright stems produce pendent, purple-pink flowers (4-7cm). H: 20-30cm. Ideal for shady position.
QUINQUECORNUTUS: Open, deciduous shrub with lanceolate leaves. In autumn the spherical, 5-winged pink fruit, to 1.5cm across, split to reveal seeds with bright orange arils. H: 1.6m. S: 1.6m
FRITALLARIA MELEAGRIS: (Snake’s head Fritillary) European bulbous perennial to 30cm in
height, with lance-shaped, greyish-green leaves and bell-shaped purple or white flowers.
ASCLEPIADEA [Willow Gentian]; Clump forming herbaceous early autumn flowering perennial with beautiful blue or white trumpet shaped flowers on delicate spikes. H: 40cm
LUTEA: Erect, unbranched perennial. In summer has whorls of yellow flowers in axils of greenish bracts. H: 1 - 1.2m. S: 60cm
IMPATIENS SP: Himalayan annual. Pale yellow flowers, maroon spotting on throat, with curved spur borne on erect stems from mid-summer to first frost. H: to 1m
A. Tall typical yellow large daisy flower type Ligularia. Enjoys damp conditions. H: to 2m.
B. Ex Chadwell. Daintier yellow multi flowers. Height and conditions as above.
MACKLINIAE: Dainty, nodding, wide-bell-shaped flowers, white inside and stained rose-purple outside. H: 20 - 40cm.
MARTAGON: A purplish red Turk’s cap lily, 1m tall. Good for naturalising.
MARTAGON var ALBUM: As above but white.
PYRENIACUM: Yellow Turk’s cap lily up to 1.2 m tall.
MAGNOLIA WILSONII: Superb deciduous tree or shrub. Fragrant, nodding, cup-shaped, white flowers (10cm) with crimson stamens in late spring/early summer. Hardy.
BAILEYI [Himalayan blue poppy]: Deciduous perennial. In early summer, saucer-shaped, sky blue to rose-lavender flowers, 8 – 10cm across, with yellow stamens, are borne singly on bristly stalks, sometimes clustered towards the tops of the stems. H: up to 1.2m. S: 45cm.
BAILEYI A: As Baileyi but with pinky-blue fluffy flowers.
BAILEYI B: As Baileyi but a form with spikey leaves.
BAILEYI HYBRID: As above with larger leaf than species.
BAILEYI ALBA: White form of the above.
BAILEYI “HENSOL VIOLET”: Purple form of Baileyi.
GRANDIS: Erect, herbaceous perennial has rosette of toothed, hairy, mid-green leaves at base of stout stem and bears slightly nodding, cup-shaped, deep blue flowers in early summer. H: 1 – 1.5m. S: 30cm.
GRANDIS HYBRID: As above but with larger blue flowers.
NAPAULENSIS: Striking yellow multi-flowered monocarpic poppy. H: up to 1.5m
STAINTONII: Monocarpic poppy with red/white/pink flowers on a 2 to 3m stem. Flowers later in the season.
SUPERBA: Wonderful monocarpic poppy with grey-green hairy leaves and stems and beautiful pure white flowers. H: 1.8m
VILLOSA: Delicate yellow and beautiful perennial poppy. Grow in shade in humus-rich soil. H: 0.5 – 0.75m.
NOTHOLIRION BULBULIFERUM: Bulbous perennial. A member of the lily family
Which, in summer, bears 10 – 30 funnel-shaped, pale lilac flowers, to 4cm long, with green tips. H: to 1.5m. S: 15cm.
VEITCHII: Herbaceous perennial 45cm tall with pink to pale magenta flowers. WOODWARDII: As above with single deep-rose pink flowers in spring.
DELAVAYI: Upright, sparsely branched, deciduous shrub (tree peony) with dark green leaves, blue-green beneath; bears horizontal to nodding, single, cup-shaped, rich dark maroon flowers, 10cm across. Height: 2m. Spread: 1.2
PODOPHYLLUM HEXANDRUM syn. EMODII [Himalayan May Apple]: Perennial with pairs of lobed, brown-mottled leaves bears white or pink flowers in spring, followed by fleshy, red fruits in summer. Prefers semi-shade and moist, humus-rich soil.
H: 30– 45 cm. S: 30 cm.
POTENTILLA ATROSANGUINEUM: Striking plant with silvery-green foliage and deep red flowers. Suitable for a sunny border. H: 0.5m
ALPICOLA (White): Compact, deciduous perennial. Produces two or three whorls of scented, pendent, funnel-shaped flowers on slender stems in early summer. Shade or part shade in humus-rich soil. Hardy. H: 15 - 50cm. S: 15 - 30cm.
ALPICOLA (Mix): As above but in pink, white, yellow or purple.
BELLIDIFOLIA: Tight globose head of 7-15 bluish-purple bell-shaped flowers. In Himalayas grows in rocky, mossy damp spots. H: 10-20cm.
CANDELABRA MIX: A mixture of different damp loving candelabras.
CALDERIANA: Umbels of dark purple flowers with a darker centre borne on farinose stems 5 to 20cm high. Requires good humus and damp semi-shade.
CAPITATA var SPHAEROCEPHALA: Globular heads of deep purple flowers held on 10-25cm farinose stems above attractive grey green leaves.
CHIONANTHA: Violet-purple or white flowers in early May. Prefers deep humus-rich soil. H: up to 40 cm.
CHUNGENSIS: Vigorous candelabra. Fragrant, pale yellow/orange flowers, H: to 80cm.
CHUNGENSIS ORANGE: As above but taller and in good orange.
COCKBURNIANA: Coppery-red flowers in late spring. H: 45cm.
CONCHOLOBA: Small, hairy-leafed; sky blue flowers in a tight head. Ht: 15cm.
DEFLEXA: Beautiful dark purple funnel-shaped flowers with 20c, long hairy leaves. Height: 40cm
ELATIOR[Oxlip] Umbels of small, fragrant, tubular yellow flowers in spring. H: 30cm.
FLACCIDA: Conical umbels of pendent, funnel-shaped flowers in lavender-blue to violet. Height: up to 50cm.
FLORINDAE: Late summer bog primula with large heads of bell-shaped orange/red flowers. H: 80cm.
IOESSA: Umbels of fragrant, pendent mauve-pink or white flowers. H: 15cm.
JAPONICA: Red-flowered candelabra suitable for damp patch. H: 30-60cm. S: 30cm.
JAPONICA ‘Alba’: White flowered candelabra as above.
MOLLIS: Loose heads of rose-pink flowers with yellow centres. H: 15cm
MUNROI: Umbels of delicate scented purple flowers. H: to 30cm.
PULVERULENTA: Deep red-purple strong growing candelabra. H: 60 cm-1m.
SIKKIMENSIS: Pendent clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Mixed forms can be white, pale yellow or bright yellow and up to 80cm tall.
VIALLI: In summer, bears several upright spikes of bright red buds, opening to pale violet. Needs cool position in part shade; humus-rich soil, moist, but well drained.
H: 35cm, S: 15 cm
WALTONII A: Pendent, dusky pink to wine red flowers with a cream-mealy face. H: 50cm.
WALTONII B: As above but with yellow flowers.
PRUNUS SERRULA TIBETICA [Tibetan Cherry]: Tree with white flowers and red berries
RAMONDA MYCONI: Superb wall or alpine house plant. Pink flowers above large furry flat green leaves.
MOYESII: Vigorous, arching rose bears faintly scented, single, dusky-scarlet flowers, 5cm across, with yellow stamens in summer. Long, red hips in autumn. H: 4m. Spread: 3m.
OMEIENSIS: Chinese large shrub rose with creamy white 4 petalled flowers in May. Hips pear shaped and can be yellow or scarlet.
ROSCOE ALPINA: Tuberous plant with very attractive purple flower up to 20cm. Has an orchid
looking appearance. Does not enjoy hot sun or dry conditions!
SAXIFRAGA PARNASSIFOLIA: Vibrant yellow saxifrage with leaves like a Parnassus Grow in full sun
ASTERIAS: (Starry Catchfly) Hardy perennial. Heads of mauve/red flowers in dense umbels on strong, sticky stems above a rosette of bright green foliage. H: 60-90cm.
SMILACENA ‘P.COX’: Hardy perennial. Arching stems with oval, light green leaves produce terminal sprays of feathery, white flowers from spring to mid-summer, followed by fleshy, red fruits. Semi-shade and moist, humus-rich, soil. H: 75 - 100cm S: 45cm.
DELAVAYI: Elegant perennial bears large panicles of nodding, blue flowers with prominent stamens from mid- to late-summer. H: 1.5m. S: 60cm.
UNKNOWN SP: Very tall up to 2.2m yellow flowered with large grey-green leaves. Flowers August-September. Woodland edge and plenty of space.
TRILLIUM Excellent spring-flowering woodland plants-well worth waiting for! As their name implies, they have three of everything: three large leaflets, often beautifully mottled, three sepals and, at the centre of the leaves, the flower with three petals, sometimes long and narrow and sometimes broad and showy. Once established each thick rhizome gradually multiplies, eventually giving fine clumps. Good plants for shade, to part-shade, in leafy soil. This seed has been stored in the ice-box of a fridge since cleaning to help germination.
CHLOROPETALUM var. GIGANTEUM: Flowers purplish-pink to white above grey-marbled foliage. H: 30-45cm.
CERNUUM: Beautiful hidden white pendant flowers with recurved petals. H: to 40cm.
ERECTUM: Maroon flowers hang on short stems above the leaves. H: to 50cm.
ERECTUM DARK FORM: as above but with darker flower.
GRANDIFLORUM: Later flowering white Trillium, very showy. H: 40cm.
OVATUM: Solitary, pure white flowers fade to a deep purplish-rose. H: 25-40cm
SULCATUM: Burgundy or rich red with recurved petals. H: to 40cm
VASEYI: Rich velvety maroon, scented flowers with long, recurved petals. H: 40cm
Herbaceous perennial for woodland or semi-shade. Flower yellow-green but grown for hairy rounded foliage topped during the summer with red fruit in tight clumps. H: 40-60cm.
TROLLIUS YUNNANENSE: Clump-forming perennial. Broadly oval, deeply-lobed leaves. Buttercup-like, bright yellow flowers in late spring or summer. Hardy. Best in moist soil. Height 60cm Spread 30cm
A mix of NIGRUM and CHAIXII ALBUM. Long flowering perennials (June –October) with spires of purple-eyed white flowers or yellow flowers. H: up to 90cm. Excellent plants for bumble-bees and seed eating birds.
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