Crambe Cordifolia. How satisfying is it when a plant which you think may be borderline, and you don’t really expect it to flourish ends up being outstanding.
Keeping your expectations in check makes the pleasure of success all the more pleasurable. Crambe Cordifolia was planted in the round garden fifteen months ago.
This perennial grows to around seven feet tall. A single stem arises from the very large dark green leaves creating a huge canopy of small sweetly scented white flowers in June/July, although you may find flowering starting a little later in Aberdeen and continuing to bloom into the month of August.
I like the position where we have ours planted, it appears to be at the very back of the main border in the back garden, it is in fact a level above, in the round garden. This positioning allows the not so very attractive leaves and stem to be concealed.
Our Crambe was purchased from Crocus mail order fifteen months ago. Planted in Spring in a position that is very free draining, the plant clearly did take a good hold producing the large green leaves which the slugs unfortunately seem quite fond of. No flowering stem was produced in the first year. This year in Spring the leaves emerged and I cant say that I was feeling all that optimistic, I don’t know why this should be, there is nothing to suggest that the plant is tender or temperamental. Anyway by late May I had all but forgotten about it, leaves hidden completely out of sight by lush growth of foliage at either side of the plant.
Then in mid June I spotted the sturdy stem pushing its way through the foliage of other plants. The flowering stem is exceptionally sturdy, however in mid July it was leaning slightly and I felt it would be wise to give a little support.
I haven’t seen Crambe all that often, when I first came across it in a country garden I convinced myself that it was a form of Gypsophila, (its not) I am surprised that it is not more widely grown in this area as it is quite outstanding.
Well there you go I think you can gather I like our Crambe and before I forget, it is said to like very free draining soil, even the poor dry stuff which other plants may turn up their nose or should I say petals at..
Position — Full sun/part shade
See the Crambe at the back of the border , just to the left of the centre of the picture.
Hardy Geraniums, apart from the fact that I really like them, they also simply flourish in our cool climate here in Aberdeen. The one below Jolly Bee I particularly like, for the fact that it flowers from June through till early November, and what about that fabulous colour.
It really is a fantastic colour, but the reason I mention it today relates to the fact that it is no longer available. I wont go into it in any great detail but the reason for its withdrawal from sale all boiled down to the fact that it was said to be identical to an earlier introduction named Rozanne. Well anyway I said in an earlier post that you would be unable to get Jolly Bee.
I am not alone in thinking Jolly Bee is a better behaved plant, and look what I came across quite recently. A mail order nursery who if you order Rozanne will in fact send you Jolly Bee, Penlan plants Give them a ring, you will find the owner very helpful.
See how the blue of Jolly Bee in the front garden tones down the brightness of the Begonia Flamboyant
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