A friend of mine manages a small garden center locally. This winter she is closing it down completely to give the place a good clean – and wanted to sell off the few remaining plants before this happened. Always one to help out a friend – I thought I had better go shopping.
I got – 7 small cannas, 2 hostas (Pacific Blue), Sarcocca confusa (Sweet box), Malva “Park Rindell” – which is a rather excellent bright pink. Some ivy for another friend and the three tall perennials at the back of the picture – which may be my shopping mistake!
I had seen them earlier in the year at the garden center – and they are a tall slender sort of plant – which will give a bit of height to the border. I got them because I thought they would provide a good infilling clump of height in the summer probably for the bog garden. They are called “Lythrum Salicaria Mordern Pink”
Yes – that’s right – a member of the loosestrife family. I did a quick check on the Internet – as the plant label had no sun/shade preferences and could only find a few references to it – but the most worrisome was here – on a page called “12 plants to avoid at all costs”.
So if anyone in the UK has ever grown it – please let me know!
Backlit Sambucus nigra “Black Beauty”