last updated 20/10/2014

CERCIS chinensis 'Avondale' 
This recent introduction must be the most floriferous of all the Cercis. Masses of bright pink flowers clothe the naked stems in early spring. Very sturdy upright habit and slow growing by comparison with C. canadensis. Rich dark green heart shaped leaves. Grafted plants so will flower from the first year. A well drained sunny site will reward with the best flowers. These are fabulous plants this year!

CERCIS chinensis 'Don Egolf'
In 1984, seed was sent from cultivated plants in Yunnan, China to the US National Arboretum. Having observed the resultant plants for 5 years, one stood out as being slow-growing, compact, floriferous and sterile. It was eventually released in 2000, having been named in honour of the late Dr. Donald Egolf who was a highly regarded shrub breeder at the US National Arboretum. The twigs, branches and even the trunk will be clothed in bright red-pink flowers in early spring before the leaves. Where space is at a premium, this is the perfect small bushy tree for a hot, well-drained sunny site. 

CERCIS reniformis 'Oklahoma' 
A fantastic recent selection with masses of dark pink, almost purple, flowers. Again, the same comments apply as for Avondale. The photo shows the rich bronze flushing through the young growth, as well as the glossiness of the heart-shaped leaves.

CERCIS reniformis 'Texas White' 
This is one of my very favourite small trees with pure white flowers. Essentially a white version of above, with the same other features.

CERCIS siliquastrum 'White Swan'

CHAENOMELES speciosa 'Moerloosii'

CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Boulevard'
Conifers have had a bad press of late, which is a shame I think, since it is so valuable to have a framework of evergreens within any garden, giving structure and protection in the winter. I just love "proper-sized" blue conifers - and this is a classic! Gorgeous shaggy blue-grey foliage but not so big as to cause a problem.
Actually, perhaps I should be honest and admit that my son propagated these...!

"Winter Sweet" Waxy yellow flowers with conspicuous red centre, in winter on bare stems. Delicious fragrance. These seed origin plants will take a few years to flower.
Note that I also have some very substantial open-ground plants that have already flowered, or will flower this winter. These are very special plants, having been lovingly grown from carefully selected seed sent to us specially from Japan where the range of colours available apparently eclipses that which we have in this country.

CHIMONANTHUS praecox 'Grandiflorus'
As I write, the "Wintersweet" have been an utter joy again this winter. Flowering their hearts out through the darkest days of the year, they pick superbly to scent the room. This form has a larger yellow flower with a lovely burgundy red centre. Vegetatively propagated plants to flower from a young age.

CHIMONANTHUS praecox var. luteus 
This grafted form will flower straight away! Waxy flowers as above, but pure clear yellow. The scent of this gorgeous winter flowering plant is irresistible.

CHIMONANTHUS praecox 'Sunburst'
Coming Soon!

CHIMONANTHUS praecox 'Trenython'
Again grafted for early flowering. A rare cream flowered form which originated in Cornwall.
Coming Soon!

CLEMATIS cartmannii 'Moonbeam'
I originally bought this plant at a show, in a tiny pot, as an alpine. Experience proves that it would need to be a large alpine bed to accommodate it! However, the principle is sound; there is no reason why this delightful plant cannot be allowed to scramble through shrubs or over hard features as well as more traditional uses against walls and fences. The rich green deeply divided foliage is attractive in itself, and a wonderful foil for the myriad small primrose yellow flowers produced in such abundance in early summer. Truly delightful.

CLERODENDRON trichotomum 'Purple Haze' 
As the species, with the added bonus of a warm purple haze through the young leaves.

CLERODENDRON trichotomum var. fargesii 
A fantastic large shrub for autumn interest; very fragrant white flowers enclosed in maroon calyces appear in August, to be followed by metallic blue berries, still within the colourful calyces.

CLETHRA alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'

CLETHRA alnifolia 'September Beauty'

CLETHRA tomentosa 'Cottondale'

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