Arisaemas are in short supply this year but we do offer some of the more ornamental, but rare, Japanese species such A. heterophyllum, A. ternatipartitum and A. yamatense. Our range of hardy orchids, including Cypripedium and Epipactis and several unusual Japanese species, however, has increased. We have stocks of a number of near-flowering size Frosch hybrid Cypripediums. These have proved very popular - its seems quite extraordinary that these easy to grow hybrids are often crosses of some of the most exotic and difficult to grow plants. They are probably a year or two off flowering but we often find a few flower in their first year. They include ‘Emil’ and ‘Hank Small’ which are similar to C. calceolus and C. parviflorum. Cypripedium species will be listed in our supplement published in the autumn. We again have a reasonable number of two unusual colour selections of Epipactis palustris that proved popular last year.
There are fewer Crocus but do list a few more spring flowering Colchicum, including the unusual Colchicum cretense. Many of the extensive range of Erythroniums, are grown from seed collected in the wild. Numbers, however, are limited and it would be helpful to list substitutes. We also have a few of the AGM hybrid E. ‘Rosalind’. Interesting Fritillaria include F. alfredae subsp. glaucoviridis, F. drenovskii and F. eduardii together with the unusual F. japonica var. koidzumiana and the newly introduced F. whittallii ‘Green Light’.
We are building up stocks of Juno iris but include a good purple form of I. rosenbachiana and two new hybrids ‘Chocolate Spray’, a yellow bucharica cross with dark markings and ‘Shocking Blue’, a dark willmottiana x magnifica hybrid. A few rarer species may be listed on the website. Our Lily prices reflect the size of bulbs we send out, with most likely to flower in their first season. They are not the small offsets often offered elsewhere that need to be grown on for two or three years. The various forms of L. monadelphum continue to be popular and we have added a number of Nomocharis.
There is once again a very wide range of Trilliums including a number of species not listed in the RHS Plant Finder, such as T. decumbens, T. foetidissimum, T. lancifolium, T. maculatum and T. reliquum, together with the rare T. decipiens, T. ludovicianum and T. underwoodii and the unusual Japanese species T. smallii. As with all our Trilliums these are not fresh divisions but established pot-grown plants. Due to the slow pace of multiplication we may not be able to offer such an extensive list for many years to come. The Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum is seed grown stock that has been selected individually. It may not be quite as good as the Edinburgh form but at this price it is great value. Do remember, however, that it must be grown in full shade.