Salvia nutans, Wildflower, Transylvania, Romania.

Rare and gorgeous plants feature in our planters at the GI stand

The Gardens Illustrated stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 featured some rare and show stopping plants

We like the planters on our Gardens Illustrated Chelsea stand to reflect what you’ll find in the magazine – rare and unusual plants that you’ll want to grow in your garden.

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This year Hortus Loci kindly provided the plants to include

GI planter

Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’
Salvia nutans
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Form’
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
Lunaria annua ‘Corfu Blue’
Geranium Rozanne
Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’

Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’

Iris on stand2

This iris featured in our May selection of Plantsman’s Favourites as chosen by head gardener Tom Brown – so we are delighted to have it included in our planter. Here’s what Tom wrote about the plant: If you have space for just one Siberian iris then ‘Silver Edge’ is hard to beat. Its abundant and large flowers are a rich blue colour and have a distinctive silver edge that gives them a real presence. They appear above grass-like foliage in May and June and are most floriferous if they are given a sun drenched position with a reasonable level of moisture during the summer. AGM.

Height 1m
Conditions Fertile, moist but well-drained soil; full sun.

Salvia nutans

Salvia on stand

This is an aromatic plant found of steep steppic slopes. It forms bluebell-like crowds that are visible from a distance. The flower clusters become erect in fruit. This particular plant was grown from seed collected under licence by Hortus Loci from a meadow in Romania and as such is pretty special and precious to have in our planters. In fact it is on the Romanian IUCN Red List as being a threatened species in the wild. If you’re at the show we do hope you have a chance to admire it.

Here is it growing wild in a Romanian meadow

Salvia nutans c. Richard Bloom

• With huge thanks to Hortus Loci for this gorgeous plant selection

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