The variety is fully hardy down to minus 15 degrees Celsius, the colder winters in the north east can damage top growth, however new growth will emerge from the base in mid Spring. Willmottianum named by the great plant collector E H Wilson after Miss Ellen Ann Willmott a celebrated English gardener (1860-1934)
The shrub has an open branched habit and slender bristly mid green stems, the purple margined leaves are mid to dark green turning red in Autumn.This is one of those irritating shrubs, which does in fact survive in our Aberdeen garden. Problem is it takes so long to get going after the Winter, the plant just does not have the time to develop to the flowering stage. I did leave it in the same sunny position for a couple of years before giving up on it.
However I potted it up using John Innes compost, ensuring good drainage.I over Wintered the plant in the unheated greenhouse. where the growth started much earlier, and by the time I placed the plant in a sunny position at the beginning of May whilst still in its pot, the growth was lush. The plant flowered beautifully from the first week of August through till mid October. I will now not be without this little beauty of which the jury is out as to whether it is in fact a shrub or a perennial. For me, its a shrub!
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Soil – Any well drained fertile soil
Position – Full sun
Height – 90cm/3ft
Whats in the garden today Thursday 7th April.
Ribes Sanguineum White Icicle. I look forward to this shrub starting to develop the flowering buds at the end of February each year.
The Daffodil Jetfire brightens up the border on the 31st March. The soft green leaves of the Alchemilla Mollis in early Summer will give a very pleasing effect alongside other perennials and a few annuals.
The Erythronium Lilac Wonder, a very pretty addition to the woodland area, planted last Spring. Flowering on the 1st of April this year, it has opened earlier than the yellow variety Pagoda. However Pagoda does strike me as being more robust and I suspect has a longer flowering period.
Here the very bright and attractive Heather, Erica Carnea Rosantha only planted last Autumn, looks like it will be a very welcome addition to the Heather bed.
Mahonia Japonica, A welcome sight in the woodland on the 1st of April. Flowers are said to have the fragrance of Lily of the valley.
The common Ribes Sanguineum with its pale pink flowers always gives a delightful show in late March through till the end of April. The embankment which we now call our woodland area had quite a few of this particular shrub when we moved in twenty six years ago.
Apparently they had been planted 15 years before we moved in, making them over 40 years old now. They had become very woody and a few died of naturally, this is the last one standing.
The early Spring garden just has to have at least a few Hellebores.
Polyanthus catching the Spring sunshine in the front garden.
Every year without fail we plant tulips in tubs. I really like this one, but as always with Tulips and Daffodils for that matter I never take note of their names.