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December Flowers and Christmas Greetings from Downside Nurseries

Schizostylis Plants: Pink Princess & Cindy Towe, Salvias Royal Bumble & greggii Caramba with Corynephorus canescens Spiky Blue

The soft Pink Princess and vivid red Cindy Towe Schizostylis plants make a beautiful addition to late summer and autumn gardens, producing clumps of spiky, rich-green foliage and spears of star-shaped flowers that are reminiscent of a wide open crocus. Flowers September to December. The Pink Princess Kaffir Lilly’s long thick foliage is topped with narrow spikes of upright soft pink petalled flowers, icy pink when in bud. H&S 40x40cm

The Royal Bumble Salvia is a small evergreen sub shrub with small aromatic ovate foliage and dark stems.  Blood red flowers in summer and autumn above deep green foliage –  a strong bushy plant ideal for the middle of the border.

Salvia greggii  ‘Caramba’ “Autumn Sage” is an evergreen shrub with attractive bright red flowers, providing a splash of colour against mid-green foliage edged in white. It is not quite hardy throughout the UK, but will cope well with winters southern areas.

The Corynephorus canescens Spiky Blue is an ornamental, hardy perennial grass grown for its attractive foliage that forms neat cushions in shades of blue and green.  Delicate flower spikes are borne in summer.   It grows to approx 25-30 x 25 cms (10-12×10”)

Note about Salvias and the ‘new’ RHS hardiness ratings:  these two salvias are hardy and our other varieties include Penny’s Smile and Peter Vidgeon.  Under the new RHS hardiness reclassification scheme, they are given H4 and H5 ratings. Here’s a link to the plant classification at the RHS, though as this is relatively new, it will be some time before we are able to provide all the matching details for you

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