Six On Saturday From RHS Garden Wisley

Deep blue Iris reticulata
Deep blue Iris reticulata

1. This isn’t one of the more commonly grown dwarf winter irises, possibly Iris reticulata ‘Fabiola’, but I stand to be corrected. The dark blue and white falls have a flash of yellow.

Winter border with evergreen and deciduous trees
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Ice’ and Erica arborea var. alpina f. aureifolia ‘Albert’s Gold’

2. The winter garden. The green blue foliage of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Ice’ made a great contrast with the yellow of Erica arborea var. alpina f. aureifolia ‘Albert’s Gold’. In the background, deciduous plants with winter interest included Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry) with its reddish bark; orange flowered Hamamelis (witch hazel); and various kinds of Cornus (dogwood). Flowering heathers were added for ground cover.

Double hellebore with pale pink flowers
Helleborus hybrid double

3. A double, pale pink hellebore hybrid. If you prefer singles, I recently shared a gallery of spotted hellebores here.

Red, green and silver patterned begonia
Begonia leaves

4. I’m not a fan of Begonia, (although I am fond of Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera) which doesn’t sound like a real Begonia) but their boldly patterned foliage really caught my eye in the Glasshouse. This one was labelled ‘Begonia from Java’. While I was admiring the begonias, some ladies to the right of me were whispering about how much they disliked their garish colours. Seeing plants in a semi-tropical landscape last year has made me think of them differently. In Britain, ground cover plants don’t need to try too hard to stand out. In Key West, they don’t stand out, no matter how bold they might be.

Bromeliad covered bed, viewed through a window
Looking through the window at The Giant Houseplant Takeover

5. The Giant Houseplant Takeover prompted our visit.

Pink and white semi-double Hepatica
Hepatica semi-double

6. I was disappointed that the flowering hepaticas in the Alpine House were encased in glass, looking outwards to the sun. I took shots through the window of this lovely little semi-double plant and the double below. I rarely get a chance to see hepaticas in flower and they fascinate me.

Double hepatica
Hepatica with pompon-like double flowers

I’m sharing this as part of The Propagator’s Six On Saturday.  The people who take part are knowledgeable, enthusiastic real-life gardeners who share seasonal plants from their own gardens, although six from a recent visit to a garden are also welcomed.

43 Replies to “Six On Saturday From RHS Garden Wisley”

  1. I LOVED those “garish” and was thinking about how much I would like to have them in my shady yard garden. They would provided a much-needed splash of color.

  2. What a lovely post, so full of interest.

    My favourite has to be the beautiful double hellebore (I’m currently in love with them), rapidly followed by your photograph from the winter garden. The vibrant colour of Erica arborea ‘Albert’s Gold’ is quite stunning.

  3. There’s a very similar Hepatica on Paul Christian’s Rare Bulbs site, for £45. Shame they need the glass screen even so. Not a fan of Begonia, hmm. You prompted me to look at Dibley’s website, looks like B. sizemoreae may be back on sale. B. luxurians did really well planted out in the garden last year too. You haven’t encountered the right begonias yet. Wish Wisley was nearer.

    1. I wish it was nearer to me too. This was only my second visit. I checked out the Rare Bulbs site and saw another Hepatica from the glass case, a double, or at least something very similar.

  4. Wisley looks very interesting – you’ve found so much to see even in this miserable wet February. The iris and hellebore are lovely, and the begonia is very eye catching.

    1. It is a great garden. The only other time I visited was in the summer, when I was very taken by the long herbaceous borders. The garden seemed bigger in the summer, perhaps because of all the vegetation blocking some of the views.

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