CLUNY HOUSE GARDENS SEEDLIST 2012
Postal sales of seeds have now stopped but 2012 seeds are still available at Cluny.
Cluny House Gardens 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.
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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 late summer to early autumn. Good foliage all season. Sun/partial shade; well-drained soil. H: 2m 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.
ALBA [Doll’s eyes]: Clump flowering perennial with irregularly pinnate leaves. White flowers are borne in spherical racemes. White berries with a black eye on red stalks are produced in early autumn. H: 90cm S:45cm
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. Most prefer well-drained soil in open, sunny site.
BUEGERIANA: Dwarf variety with dainty flowers in May and June. The petals are purple and the corolla soft yellow.
CANADENSIS: In early summer, slender stems bear several semi-pendent flowers, with yellow sepals and red spurs, above lobed and divided foliage.
FLABELLATA: In spring bears bell-shaped, soft blue flowers with fluted petals and a short spur. Needs semi-shade and a moist soil. H: 15cm. S: 10cm.
FLABELLATA (EXTRA LARGE): As above but with larger, taller flowers in early spring. Long flowering. H: 25cm.
KUHISTANICA: Origin of seed from BG Gotenburg. Tall yellow Aquilegia from Tadschikstan. H: 25–30cm.
VULGARIS HYBRID – CHOCOLATE COLOUR: Tall Aquilegia with chocolate flowers. May not come true but worth a try!
VULGARIS HYBRID – WHITE COLOUR: As above with white flowers.
ARISAEMA Spring or summer-flowering, rhizomatous or tuberous perennials, cultivated for their attractive, sometimes unusually shaped spathes,the simple, palmately 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.
PROPINQUUM A: Spathe 10-15cm, dark purple or green, with white or purple stripes.
PROPINQUUM “Nest of Cobras”B: As above, good clumping form.
PROPINQUUM C: Spathe greenish with white stripes usually held above the leaves.
PROPINQUUM D: Tallest form reaching 1.6m with a very dark spathe.
TRIPHYLLUM: Green or purple spathes, hooded at tips. H: 15-60cm.
PROCUMBENS: Matt forming trailing snapdragon with creamy yellow flowers in late spring through summer. H:10cm. S:0.1-0.5m
MAJOR Pink form: [Masterwort] Pink pincushion perennial flowers lasting from June to August. Excellent for cutting and drying. H:0.5m.
BARBATA [The Bearded Bellflower]: A typical scree plant; non-invasive. Lavender-blue, hairy bell flowers on stalks up to 30 cm.
PUNCTATA: [Spotted Bellflower]: Hardy perennial with large white flowers with purple spots H: 30cm. S: 40cm. Flowers July to August.
TRACHELIUM [Nettle-leaved Bellflower]: Native wildflower with open bell-shaped blue-purple flowers in late summer. Enjoys woodland conditions. H:75cm
GIGANTEUM: Giant Himalayan lily with magnolia coloured flowers and green stems. H: up to 3.5m
GIGANTEUM var. YUNNANENSE: Giant Himalayan lily with yellow-white flowers and reddish brown stems. H: up to 3.5m
CONVOLVULACEA ALBA: Delicate herbaceous tuberous perennial climber for dappled shade. 7 –8cm luminous white star-like flowers in late summer.
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.
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.
LUTEA: Clump-forming perennial. Pale yellow flowers in early and midsummer. H: 60cm.
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.
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, purply-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
ASCLEPIADEA [Willow Gentian]; Clump forming herbaceous early autumn flowering perennial with beautiful blue 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.
HALENIA ELLIPTICA [Spurred gentian]:
A biennial relative of the gentian, from the meadows of China; forms upright stems with masses of small, graceful pale blue or white flowers in late summer. Needs a cool, damp position in light shade, protected from strong winds. H: 50cm.
DUCHARTREI: Wonderful turkscap lily with white flowers delicately veined in pink-purple. H: 35-80cm.
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.
OXYPETALUM var INSIGNE: Highly desirable dwarf Himalayan lily with 1-2 large, pendent, bell-shaped, purplish-greenish to pink flowers. Prefers a cool, semi-shaded spot in well-drained, humus-rich soil. H: to 30cm
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 ALBA: White form of the above.
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.
HORRIDULA: The prickly blue poppy! Monocarpic poppy with tissue paper cobalt blue flowers and prickly stems. For rock gardens H: 20cm to 1m.
NAPAULENSIS: Striking yellow multi-flowered monocarpic poppy. H: up to 1.5m.
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.
PELTOBOYKINIA WATANABEI: From Japan; hardy perennial for woodland or semi- shade. Has glossy scalloped leaves, reddish-tinted when young and, in early summer, bears panicles of small, pale creamy yellow bells. Humus-rich soil. H: 30-60cm.
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.
CAERULEUM subsp. CAERULEUM F. ALBIFLORUM: Hardy herbaceous perennial, a white form of Jacob’s Ladder. H: 0.5–1m.
PAUCIFLORUM: Pale yellow trumpets in early/ mid-summer. H: 40cm.
PAUCIFLORUM subsp. HINCKLEYI: Fine fern-like, musk scented leaves and narrow, tubular, apricot flowers with orange-pink markings. H: 40cm.
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 (Yellow): As above but in yellow.
ALPICOLA v. VIOLACEA: As above but in pale purple.
ANISODORA: Maroon, pendent bells. Special candelabra for semi-shaded, permanently damp spot.
AURANTIACA: Brick-orange candelabra with red stems. Height: 40cm.
BEESIANA & BULLEYANA MIX: A mixture of purple and orange later flowering candelabras held on 60cm stalks.
CANDELABRA MIX: A mixture of different damp loving candelabras.
CHIONANTHA: Violet-purple or white flowers in early May. Prefers deep humus-rich soil. H: up to 40 cm.
CHUNGENSIS: Vigorous candelabra. Fragrant, pale orange flowers, H: to 80cm.
COCKBURNIANA: Coppery-red flowers in late spring. H: 45cm.
CONCHOLOBA: Small, hairy-leafed; sky blue flowers in a tight head. H: 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.
FLORINDAE: In summer, large heads of pendent, bell-shaped, sulphur-yellow flowers. H: 80cm.
FLORINDAE: As above but in orange/red.
INVOLUCRATA M/C 23: Purple flowers on a slender stalk in late spring/ early summer. H: to 30 cm.
INVOLUCRATA: As above with white flowers.
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.
MATTHIOLI [Alpine Bells]: Clump-forming perennial with nodding umbels of deep pink flowers in late spring/early summer above a basal rosette of long-stalked, rounded-heart shaped leaves. H: to 25cm.
MOLLIS: Loose heads of rose-pink flowers with yellow centres. H: 15cm
PULVERULENTA: Deep red-purple strong growing candelabra. H: 60 cm-1m.
SECUNDIFLORA: Pendent pinky-red, funnel-shaped flowers. H: 30-45cm.
SIKKIMENSIS: Pendent clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Mixed forms can be white, pale yellow or bright yellow and up to 80cm tall.
SMITHIANA: Bright yellow candelabra. H: to 50 cm
TIBETICA: Purplish pink flowers with a yellow eye. H: to 12cm.
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.
WATSONI: Tubular blue-violet flowers in a dense umbel. Farinose on leaves and stems. H: 15-30cm.
YARGONGENSIS: Similar to P. involucrata with purple flowers and a white ringed yellow eye. H: to 30cm.
PRUNUS SERRULA TIBETICA [Tibetan Cherry]: Tree with white flowers and red berries, but best known for its magnificent red-bronze, peeling bark.
SCABIOSA COLUMBARIA (Small Scabious): Clump-forming perennial. In summer, bears heads of small blue/ pale lilac flowers with pincushion-like centres. Wildflower, good for bees. Hardy.
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
NUTANS [Nottingham Catchfly]: Loose whorls of pinkish flowers on stiff stems; its night-scent attracts insects/moths. Wildflower/rock garden. H: 40cm.
SOLDANELLA MONTANA [Mountain tassel]: Evergreen, mound-forming perennial bears fringed, pendent, bell-shaped, lavender-blue flowers in early spring. H: 10cm. S: 15cm.
SMILACENA ‘P.COX’: 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. Hardy. H: 75 - 100cm S: 45cm
AQUILEGIFOLIUM A: Erect, clump-forming perennial. In summer, strong stems bear terminal sprays of delicate, fluffy flowers of shades between white and mauve. Cool, moist soil in light shade or sun. Fully hardy. H: 1-1.2m. 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.
TRICYRTIS LATIFOLIA: Toad Lily with yellow flowers and purple spots flowers June-
September. H: 40-50cm. Spreads when happy.
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.
CAMTSCHATCENSE: Lovely white Asiatic Trillium with green bracts. H: 30cm
CHLOROPETALUM var. GIGANTEUM: Flowers purplish-pink to white above grey-marbled foliage. H: 30-45cm.
ERECTUM: Maroon flowers hang on short stems above the leaves. H: to 50cm.
GRANDIFLORUM: Later flowering white Trillium, very showy. H: 40cm.
OVATUM: Solitary, pure white flowers fade to a deep purplish-rose. H: 25-40cm
RUGELII: Beautiful hidden white pendant flowers with recurved petals. H: to 40cm.
SESSILE: Mottled leaves; deep red flowers with long, narrow petals. H: 25-45cm.
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
Aptly named the "Scottish Flame Flower" this herbaceous climber bears startling crimson-red flowers in summer, followed by bright blue fruits surrounded by deep red calyces. Hardy. Needs sun and well drained soil, with roots in shade. H: to 4m
VIOLA CORNUTA [Horned Violet]:
Vigorous sky blue or crisp white perennial pansy. Cut back whenever messy; blooms again in a few weeks. Height: 15cm.