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Parrotia subaequalis

New to cultivation in the West, with its UK retail launch here at PGP in 2011, this Chinese species makes an upright tree 4-10m tall in the wild, with foliage that turns from green with purple margins to wine-red, then orange and finally orange-red in autumn; far more vivid than its cousin. Bark is superior too being green, beige, black and peeling off to white-green.

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Paulownia kawakamii

A very unusual and highly endangered species from Taiwan; probably the finest species in flower. Very fast growing, drought tolerant, small deciduous tree best in full sun. Long panicles of large, lilac-blue foxglove-like flowers, heavily spotted inside, are borne on the bare branches in May. Typically huge leaves have an interesting sticky hairiness.

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Paulownia tomentosa W769

Brought back from the brink by Pan Global', this is the extra vigorous, large growing form Wilson originally introduced from W. Hupeh, China, which reached a whopping 26m at Westonbirt before its death in 1990, far bigger than is normally associated with this species. It also grew at Colesbourne, where this material was derived. Typical big leaves and lilac foxglove flowers.

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Philadelphus 'Casa Azul'

Philadelphus 'Casa Azul'

This was found as a seedling in my garden, growing between two Mexican parents. The ultimate size is not yet known but so far it appears to be a shrub to perhaps 2m. Particularly sweetly scented, cup shaped white flowers with a subtle central purple-red stain are borne in profusion in early summer over narrow, dainty foliage on exceptionally arching stems.

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Philadelphus coulteri

Philadelphus coulteri

Another of the virtually unheard of Mexican species, yet one of the most attractive. This one makes an arching shrub, so far to about 1.8m in my garden, with big, flat, scented white flowers in summer. A particular feature is the whitish-grey hairy underside to the leaves. Most rare and frankly rather desirable.

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Philadelphus delavayi f. melanocalyx B&L 12168

Much sought after, this form of this already superb species has dark-purple calyxes behind the pure white petals. The flowers are sweetly and heavily scented and are produced in dense racemes in June. Makes a large deciduous shrub for sun or semi-shade. This is a particularly fine clone with graphite tones in the new growth. Easy and hardy.

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Philadelphus maculatus 'Mexican Jewel'

Philadelphus maculatus 'Mexican Jewel'

A fine selection of this small, hardy, deciduous shrub from the high mountains of Mexico. Intensely sweet, unarguably bubble-gum scented white flowers with red-purple centres borne in June. This superior clone was collected and named by Martyn Rix, that fine botanist and altogether nice chap from Devon. The scent from this eclipses any other species.

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Philadelphus maculatus 'Scented Storm'

Another selected form of this hardy, deciduous shrub from the high mountains of Mexico, this time with small cross shaped flowers. Intensely sweet, unarguably bubble-gum scented white flowers with red-purple centres borne in June. Reaches about 2m tall with arching stems and small slim leaves. Best in lean soil in sun to keep growth compact.

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Philadelphus madrensis F&M 326

Most (all?) stock of this species in UK cultivation is in fact P. maculatus. Here we have the real thing, that we found in Durango State, Mexico, which differs in its pure white flowers and lightly toothed foliage. Masses of extremely sweetly scented white flowers in early summer on a shrub to only 1m in the wild, though in cultivation will probably reach 1.5 to 2m.

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Philadelphus mexicanus 'Rose Syringa'

Philadelphus mexicanus 'Rose Syringa'

A highly desirable semi-evergreen species deserving the shelter of a wall or protected corner. Beautiful exquisitely fragrant creamy white flowers with a purple central blotch fade to soft yellow, borne in June/July. This can become magnificently large, growing like a climbing rose over lesser things, or up walls if supported. A parent of 'Belle Etoile' etc.

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Philadelphus palmeri

Philadelphus palmeri

From the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains in NE Mexico and neighbouring Texas and Arizona, this very rare little evergreen 'Mock Orange' makes a small shrub with arching branches up to about 1m high, with sweetly scented white flowers in June. For sun or semi-shade in most soils.

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Philadelphus purpurascens

Philadelphus purpurascens

A most desirable species of 'Mock Orange', rarely seen, forming a shrub to about 2m with arching branches covered in clusters of sweetly scented white flowers with contrasting purple calyces in June. This is similar to P. delavayi var. melanocalyx but the calyces are slightly more of a red-purple than any of the clones I have of the former. Easy and hardy.

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Phillyrea angustifolia

Phillyrea angustifolia

A medium sized, compact evergreen shrub for a sunny site and drought tolerant with it. Slender dark green foliage and large amounts of small fragrant, cream flowers in clusters along the branches in May and June. Ideal for seaside gardens but hardy and easy inland. Related to the olive but hardier and giving a similar mediterranean feel.

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Phillyrea angustifolia 'French Fries'

Phillyrea angustifolia 'French Fries'

Originally released here, this is my own selected form from a collection made in southern France with exceptionally narrow, very pretty foliage. A medium sized evergreen shrub with large amounts of small, fragrant, cream flowers in clusters along the branches in May and June. Very drought tolerant. It is, I believe, the true forma rosmarinifolia.

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Phillyrea latifolia

Phillyrea latifolia

A very characterful small evergreen tree for Mediterranean effect. A rounded, dense, bushy tree or large shrub, enhanced by the small, black-green, leathery foliage contrasting with pale beige bark. Small white flowers in spring are borne profusely. Much used in period plantings. Hardy and drought tolerant. It's difficult to describe quite how good this is.

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Phlomis 'Toob'

This came to me as P. angustifolia, which is a synonym of P. fruticosa. Its true identity is unclear; it needs a name, so I've given it one for the wonderful foliage texture it possesses, having soft grey-green leaves longitudinally in-rolled to show very pale grey undersides. Yellow flowers in early summer. A small evergreen shrub for sun and drainage.

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Phlomis bourgaei NJM 10.007

Collected in SW Turkey near Kalkan at 664m alt, this unusual species has broad green foliage in winter. In the Med' summer heat twisted, thickly golden-brown-hairy leaves replace the winter leaves after the yellow flowers have appeared in June, but in the UK we keep the broad winter leaves and get either grey or sand yellow tints. For sunny well drained sites.

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Phlomis bourgaei NJM 12.008 (new)

Collected in SW Turkey near Sariyer at 678m alt, this unusual species has broad green foliage in winter. In the Med' summer heat twisted, thickly golden-brown or pale grey hairy leaves replace the winter leaves after the yellow flowers have appeared in June, but in the UK we keep the broad winter leaves and get either grey or sand yellow tints. For sunny well drained sites.

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Phlomis bourgaei NJM 12.015

Collected in SW Turkey near Sinneli at 1100m alt, this unusual species has broad green foliage in winter. In the Med' summer heat twisted, thickly golden-brown-hairy leaves replace the winter leaves after the yellow flowers have appeared in June, but in the UK we keep the broad winter leaves and get either grey or sand yellow tints. For sunny well drained sites.

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Phlomis bourgaei NJM 12.020

Collected in SW Turkey on Alaca Dag at 1100m alt, this unusual species has broad green foliage in winter. In the Med' summer heat twisted thickly golden-brown-hairy leaves replace the winter leaves after the yellow flowers have appeared in June, but in the UK we keep the broad winter leaves and get either grey or sand yellow tints. For sunny well drained sites.

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