Nurseryman’s favourites: February

Bob Brown, one of Britain's most talented nurserymen, chooses nine irresistible plants for late winter - Scilla mischtschenkoana Tubergeniana is just one of them. To find out more, look at the February 2010 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

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Scilla mischtschenkoana ‘Tubergeniana’
Mi-shenk-oh-ana (or something like that) is easier to say than spell. I’ve had a slowly expanding patch in awful clay soil for nearly 20 years. In January the first flowers appear at ground level and get spattered with mud but by February the flowers are taller, beyond the spatter zone. Utterly wonderful and cooperative, it won’t spread too much. Its flowers are lovely and would attract attention in any season.
 
HEIGHT/SPREAD: 15 x 15cm.
ORIGINS: Russia.
CONDITIONS: Anywhere except under evergreens. Plant it among a durable herbaceous perennial such as Michaelmas daisies, so you won’t dig it up by mistake.
SEASON: Mid to late winter.
 
To see eight more plants looking stunning this month, chosen by Bob Brown, buy the February issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED.
 
Bob Brown owns Cotswold Garden Flowers, a mecca for plant lovers, which stocks a huge range of rare and beautiful plants.
Photograph by Torie Chugg

 

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