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Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Hyacinth” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all… Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis

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Salvia officinalis

Scientific name: Salvia officinalis Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Sage” “common garden sage” “sauge” Plant Type: Semi-evergreen sun-shrub Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun best – light shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average – loam Moisture: Well drained, dry – drought tolerant, avoid winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 2-3′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Very aromatic, finely… Continue reading Salvia officinalis

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Thymus vulgaris

Scientific name: Thymus vulgaris Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Thyme” “English thyme” “common thyme” “wild thyme” Plant Type: Semi-evergreen subshrub or perennial Conditions: Zone: 5-9 Light: Full sun only Exposure: Sheltered, may require some winter protection Soil: Sandy-gravely soil, no clay Moisture: Well drained – dry, drought tolerant but enjoys some watering Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6-12″ H &… Continue reading Thymus vulgaris

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Crocus sativus

Scientific name: Crocus sativus Synonym: Crocus sativus var. cashmirianus Family: IRIDACEAE Common names: “Saffron crocus” “blood of Thoth” “St Valentine’s rose” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial corm Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy loam, doesn’t like clay Moisture: Well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Linear leaves usually with a… Continue reading Crocus sativus

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Gaultheria x wisleyensis ‘Wisley Pearl’

Scientific name: Gaultheria x wisleyensis ‘Wisley Pearl’ Synonym: Gaulnettya wisleyensis , Gaulnettya ‘Wisley Pearl’, Gaulthettya wisleyensis Family: ERICACEAE Common names: “Wisley pearl gaultheria” Plant Type: Evergreen shrub Conditions: Zone: 7-9 Light: Part sun – light shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Slightly acidic humus rich Moisture: Moist – average well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 3′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Elliptic to elliptic-oblong,… Continue reading Gaultheria x wisleyensis ‘Wisley Pearl’

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Ballota pseudodictamnus

Scientific name: Ballota pseudodictamnus Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “False dittany” Plant Type: Evergreen sub-shrub Conditions: Zone: 7-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed Soil: Average – handles poor rocky soil, prefers less clay Moisture: Well drained – drought tolerant Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 12-24″ W 12-18″ Leaf and Stem shape: Soft fuzzy rounded, white-hairy leaves and stems Flower: Small… Continue reading Ballota pseudodictamnus

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Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s Purple’

Scientific name: Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s Purple’ Synonym: origanum ‘Hopley’s Purple’ Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Marjoram” Plant Type: Evergreen perennial Conditions: Zone: 7-10 Light: Full sun best Exposure: Sheltered, enjoys lots of heat Soil: Better in poor soils, rocky gravel Moisture: Well drained – dry, handles drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 18-24″ W 30″ Leaf and Stem shape: Loose clump of… Continue reading Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s Purple’