Plants in late July

This guide to the garden in late July is reproduced from the leaflet used by visitors to the garden.

We are currently in the process of re-labelling the garden, please bear with us as this will take some time. Meanwhile, we hope the selection below will be of interest. * Plants marked with an asterix should be available in the sales area.

Starting in the car park

Hoheria ‘Glory of Amlwch’ has masses of white scented flowers reminiscent of Philadelphus; it is actually a member of the mallow family from New Zealand. Semi-evergreen, it needs a sheltered spot in sun or part shade, and rich moist soil. The bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is related to the common Montbretia, but is far more desirable. Crocosmia are available in a wide range of colours and sizes, many of which are grown at Cally. Distinctive varieties include ‘Solfatare’ with bronzed leaves and yellow flowers, and the large flowered ‘Emily McKenzie’. A selection of ten or more varieties are normally sold as corms through our mail order catalogue. Hostas are foliage plants, but some have good flowers; a white form of *H. nigrescens grows in the car park, the lavender form at the top of bed 21, and the cultivar H.‘Tall Boy’ at the top of bed 18.

Turn right after entering the garden to walk along the south wall towards the house

Astilbe ‘Aphrodite’ has bright pink feathery plumes on compact plants; always in demand it is not currently available. *Anthemis ‘E. C. Buxton’ is a mass of pale yellow daisies, and is in the sales area, along with a new shorter variety ‘Lemon Maid’. Both are fast-growing and reliable, please see the new garden we have planted at nearby Cream o’Galloway open farm for proof! Oenothera odorata ‘Sulphurea’ is similarly useful, but must be allowed to seed itself. *Clematis x bonstedtii, a shrubby Clematis, is beloved by the butterflies, which cover the scented pale blue flowers.

East facing Wall

Hydrangea aspera ‘Macrophylla’ has large hairy leaves and lilac pink flower heads surrounded by white ray-florets. From the Himalayas, it needs rich moist soil. Growing below is Primula florindae ‘Red Forms’; normally yellow, this is a late flowering Primula with a delicious scent. Nepeta govaniana is a different sort of catmint with creamy yellow flowers to 5’, whilst further down the wall the stiff stems of *Sanguisorba ‘Big Tanna’ are topped with dark red flowerheads.

Beds 17-20

*Thalictrum ‘Hewitt’s Double’ (bed 17) is often described as a purple gypsophila due to its haze of lavender flowers. Needing a rich moist soil, there is also a white form *Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’. *Osteospermum jucundum (bed 20) prefers hot, drier conditions, but is reliably hardy with bright pink daisies flushed copper on the underside. *Adenophora liliifolia (bed 21) is simlilar to Campanula with spikes of purple bells, but much later flowering.

Beds 1-4

Veratrums dominate this part of the garden with stout flower spikes towering over large pleated leaves. *Veratrum nigrum (bed 2) is striking with maroon black starry flowers, a good contrast to fluffy white Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Alba’. Veratrum viride ( bed 1) has green flowers, and V. californicum has larger white flowers ( bed 4). Digitalis schischkinii is a perennial foxglove with rusty brown flowers ( top bed 4).

Beds 5-8

*Hemerocallis ‘Lullaby Baby’ has soft peach flowers that go well with the white striped leaves of Miscanthus sinense ‘Variegatus’ at the bottom of bed 5. The bright pink dwarf meadow sweet, Filipendula palmata ‘Nana’, alternates with *Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ up the path between beds 5 & 6. Kniphofia brachystachya grows in the frame opposite bed 8; the dark brown and yellow flower spikes smell of chocolate and vanilla. More colourful *Kniphofia (Red Hot Pokers) can be found throughout the garden and in the sales area.

South wall (east side)

*Impatiens tinctoria, growing to 4’, is hardy with a winter mulch; it’s large white flowers with a maroon blotch have a heavy sweet scent. Scarlet *Monarda ‘Adam’ has aromatic foliage typical of all bergamots, and is totally hardy. *Salvia involucrata, from Mexico, has bright fuchsia pink flowers, an exotic looking plant that needs a winter mulch.

Beds 13-16

*Cimicifuga racemosa ( bed 14) has tall spikes of fluffy cream flowers, but is perhaps more widely known for it’s use in herbal medicine. Originally used by the native American Indians, and known under the name Black Cohosh, it is now used widely for the active substance oestrogenic, a hormone like substance.

Beds 9-12

*Geranium soboliferum borders the path between beds 11 & 12. Low growing with bright pink flowers, it is also grown for pink and orange new growth in the spring; collected near Vladivostok. *Anemone ‘Hatakeyama’ (bed 10) is a new range of Japanese Anemones introduced by us from Japan. Unique in growing to only 12’’ high they are available in both double and single flower forms. *Stipa pulcherrima (bed 9) is a beautiful grass that dances in the breeze. Long trailing plumes are eyecatching in the evening sun.




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