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10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

27th March 2020 IN Guides
10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

Spring plants abound at this time of year and are glorious! Here are some of our favourite slightly more unusual treasures - perfect for any spring garden (and available to be sent out now while we are still operating our packing and delivery service all over the UK)

 

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

1. Anemone nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’

A lovely little low-growing wood anemone with pale blue single flowers that have silvery backed petals. They will readily spread, creeping around other shade-loving plants providing extra elegance and beauty. A great addition to any wild or semi-wild area.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

2. Buglossoides purpurocaerulea

A brilliant and more unusual ground-covering perennial with the brightest gentian-blue flowers. It will thrive even on poor sandy soils providing it is kept out of the strongest sunlight. Try planting it around spring flowering bulbs like Narcissus or late summer flowering Colchicum.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

3. Cardamine quinquefolia

Flowers from late winter, through spring and then promptly disappears below ground. These low, but robust little plants will happily smother a shaded area with flower before letting other more fair-weather friends, like Hosta, steal the show through late spring and summer.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

4. Erysimum pulchellum

A fantastic little wallflower that will form a dense wooded mat of foliage. The brightest of yellow flowers entirely cover the whole plant in spring providing intense colour in any alpine bed or raised trough in full sun.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

5. Fritillaria verticillata

One of my favourite bulbs. This fritillaria stands upright and at the top, hanging just below curling tendrils are nodding bell-shaped creamy flowers. Liking full sun and a well-drained soil, this particular species has very attractive seedheads too.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

6. Geranium malviflorum

A floriferous geranium that behaves much like a wood anemone, dying down in summer. It will run freely in most soils and will put on a showy display in sun or semi-shade alike. For a lovely contrast, try growing amongst yellow flowers of Euphorbia or something similar.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

7. Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'

The summer snowflake (flowering in spring) is as striking as it is graceful. Amongst tall strappy foliage stand stems of pure white bell-shaped flowers with delicate green markings on the tips. Plant amongst tall herbaceous perennials that are only just starting to emerge whilst these are attracting attention.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

8. Pachyphragma macrophyllum

A much under-used woodland ground-cover perennial. As the snowdrops finish, the delightful white flowers of this plant can create an almost wedding confetti-like effect under trees and shrubs for a good month or more, before fresh green leaves emerge providing a weed-supressing carpet throughout summer.

10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

 9. Uvularia grandiflora

If you’re looking for a subtle show-stopper, this could be it. From arching stems (almost Soloman’s seal like) hang golden yellow flowers with pointing twisted petals. They require a fertile soil and when happy will form good strong clumps. And even after flowering has finished the foliage is not unattractive. Definitely well worth a go. 

 10 of our favourite more unusual and glorious spring plants

10. Vinca major var. oxyloba

Good strong ground-cover plant that attracts attention from its other periwinkle varieties with its long starry deep purple flowers. Evergreen and able to cover a large area quickly if needs be.

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