Wednesday 13 March 2013

Plant ident 23/01/2013 - More leaves

1. Phlomis fruticosa (aka Jerusalem Sage; Lamiaceae family). It has sage like leaves and exotic yellow flowers in the summer. It likes full sun and can be found in the Long Border.

2. Trochodendron aralioides (Trochodendraceae family) is the only species of this genus. I had this in my evergreen ident but here is more info about it: a big evergreen tree like shrub, native to Japan, Korea & Taiwan. It is intriguing in that it has been known to exist as an epiphyte. It doesn't like to be pruned! This is probably due to the lack of the usual vessel elements found in plants (e.g. the xylem that usually carries water through a plant).

3. Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Adoxaceae family). Their individual leaves look like shiny patent leather with velvety paler undersides. A large shrub found by the lower moat pond.

4. x Fatshedera lizei 'Variegata' (Araliaceae family)

5. x Fatshedera lizei

6. Sasa veitchii

7. Schleffera taiwaniana
A hardy tropical plant with compound palmate leaves. It remains outside in the Exotic Garden over winter.

8. Prunus laurocerasus 'Castlewellan', another one that came up in my evergreen plant ident. This is a large shrub found in the Long Border. It has beautiful marbled leaves, but gardener James pointed out that due to its habit, it was a shame that the interesting patterned side tend to face upwards, rather than outwards so that it can be appreciated more.

9. Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' (Aquifoliaceae family), the big domed one at the end of the Long Border on the East side. (The leaf is the one on the right in the photo).

Single leaf of Prunus laurocerasus 'Castlewellan' & Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King'

10. Viburnum davidii (Adoxceae family). The leaf is the one in the middle in the photo below, with distinctive deep ridges. A shrub that has beautiful metallic blue berries. I have to say that the best specimen that I have seen of this is at Wisley gardens near the front.

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