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Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (new)
A hybrid of B. australis and B. alba, with racemes of smokey-violet pea flowers in early summer on charcoal coloured stems over blue-green foliage. Drought tolerant once established. Height 1m. Sun.
Spikes of deep indigo pea flowers in early summer over blue-green foliage. Height 1m. Sun and rich soil.
A scarce new Chinese introduction proving very amenable to cultivation. Glossy heart shaped leaves, shining and bronzed in spring and with striking veining. Starry white flowers on 40cm spikes over a long summer season. Semi-shade to shade, even handling a fair amount of sun. Will self sow gently if happy.
Begonia 'Mishmi Silver'
New from Arunachal Pradesh, Far NE India, is this as yet unidentified species. The leaves on the horizontal stems have an olive-green background but are heavily silvered between the veins and have dark red undersides. Reaches to 30cm high with pale pink flowers in summer. Hardiness unknown, so experiment if you like, or over-winter it inside.
Begonia 'Torsa' (new)
A hybrid of a Bhutanese species and B. grandis, this has much of the latter species visual appearance, but produces much larger, thicker textured leaves up to 48 x 35.5cm. The latter are most handsomely net-veined in red beneath and are held on red-banded green stems, topped in late summer by pale pink flowers. Hardy in the ground, like B. grandis.
Begonia emeiensis (new)
One of the hardiest of all Begonia, this Chinese species makes bold clumps of broad, slightly silvery-green, shallowly lobed foliage that even shows some iridescence in the right light. Large pale pink flowers. Very hardy, given a shaded moist site and well drained soil, preferably high in open organic matter. Mulch over for greater winter protection, but you shouldn't need it.
Originally collected in Chiapas, S. Mexico, this is a very large leaved species of monumental proportions, with leaves up to 1m across on petioles of the same length! Without warmth and tropical humidity they are a little smaller. Large panicles of pale pink flowers, then pink seed capsules. Splendid in a pot stood in shade in summer; brought inside in winter.
Begonia grandis subsp. sinensis 'Snowpop'
A new white flowered form of this hardy Begonia species named here at Pan Global'. The subsp. sinensis has smaller, prettier leaves than the commoner subsp. evansiana and in this form they have particularly attractive red veining underneath. Masses of small white flowers in late summer/early autumn above the leaves. For semi shade in humusy soil. 45cm.
Begonia heracleifolia 'Nigricans' (new)
One of the finest Begonia for spectacular foliage; each large, deeply and sharply lobed palmate leaf is up to 38cm across and boldly and randomly marked with greenish-black, turning greener as they age. These are held on red speckled petioles up to 36cm long and pale pink flowers are borne on stalks up to at least 70cm tall. A great houseplant, or outside in summer only.
Begonia josephi (new)
From NE India, this Himalayan species has peltate foliage, either simple or with two strong pointed lobes on the upper half of the leaf. Some are green below, others with red tints. Under the right shading the leaves can show very good iridescence. Pure white flowers. This has a little hardiness, but mulch well if you want to try it outside over winter.
Begonia koelzii NJM 12.077 (new)
A new species, very recently described, though originally found by Kingdon Ward in Manipur. One of the most splendid foliage Begonias with very large, palmate, heavily dissected leaves on red spotted petioles. Pink flowers in late summer. Makes a very bold clump up to 50cm high by 75cm across. Possibly hardy outside with a mulch but untested as yet.
Begonia palmata 'Tye Dye'
A Michael Wickenden collection from the wild, this extremely handsome introduction has large deeply lobed olive green leaves, heavily marked with silver and red tinted under. Velvety to the touch. Reaches 40cm with small pink flowers seen in summer. Hardiness unknown, so experiment if you like, but possibly fairly tough.
Begonia pedatifida 'Apalala' (new)
An exceptional foliage form of this very hardy Chinese species, named here, with the broad leaves exceptionally cut into multiple, often overlapping, sharply pointed lobes. Large lightly scented pure white flowers in mid to late summer. Fully hardy outside in even the very coldest winters in rural Gloucestershire, forming a splendid clump. Well drained, open, humus rich soil in part shade, mulched in winter if you're scared.
Begonia silletensis var. mengyangensis (new)
Big, sumptuous, glossy, bright green foliage up to 27 x 27cm and highly fragrant pure white flowers in spring, up to 15 per inflorescence. The whole plant up to 50cm tall, this is suited to pot culture in the UK, overwintered frost free. An endemic of the very far south of Yunnan, China, growing in riverside shaded habitat.
Begonia sp. U614 (new)
Introduced from Arunachal Pradesh and distributed incorrectly as B. sikkimensis by Michael Wickenden, this highly attractive probable new species has wonderfully deeply lobed and lacerated foliage in shades of silvery grey and green, with a deep red underside and white flowers. Reasonably hardy outside with a winter mulch, though superb in a pot too.
Begonia xanthina x hatacoa (?) (new)
Exceptionally good silver and green foliage; deep green net-veining with solid or splotched silver in-between, red washed under, on a plant to approx. 50cm tall. Pale yellow flowers. Possibly has some hardiness if mulched well, but safest potted and overwintered frost free until you have enough to play with.
Bergenia 'Eden's Magic Giant' (new)
Sculpted pink flushed shiny green foliage turns red in winter. Vivid deep-pink flowers March-April. Forms a good ground covering patch. Tolerant of very dry conditions in sun or semi-shade. One of the very finest modern cultivars and a far cry from the old insipid Bergenias you and I are not fond of. Height 45cm.
Bergenia ciliata 'Wilton'
Beautiful palest pink flowers in spring, slightly later than usual, helping to avoid frost. Attractive bristly, deciduous leaves grow to a huge size, are hairier than the norm and are slightly different in overall texture, turning red in autumn. Height to 30cm. Sun or semi-shade and shelter.
Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop'
Delicate daisies with lemon yellow, strikingly white tipped petals in late summer. Height 150 cm. Sun, sheltered site.
A rarely seen Japanese endemic woodlander with maple-like light green foliage and delicate heads of smallish yellow-green flowers on hairy stems above the leaves in spring. Height 40cm. Humusy shade/semi-shade.
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