Verbascum (Cotswold Group) Gainsborough
Lonicera japonica Chinensis
Hedera algeriensis Gloire de Marengo
A beautiful evergreen self clinging large climber introduced from North Africa around 1833. Grown primarily for its distinct dense extra large triangular or ovate dark green and grey-green leaves margined with creamy-white leaves and ability to climb unaided on most surfaces. The flowers are not the most attractive but are followed by bunches of black berries that are a favoured source of winter food for many birds which also use the dense foliage and think growth as winter protection. Can be used in a mixed planting on a wall or frame as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can be grown in a large pot. Wherever you plant it it will benefit from something to grow up. I have seen it successfully used as ground cover but be warned it will climb up and eventually smother anything vertical in its path! When growing in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 5-6 month applied in the late spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.
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