Cyclamen hederifoiium

(Cyclamen neapolitanurn) Baby Cyclamen (USA) An easily-grown, long-iived. free-flowering and extremely hardy corm-bearing plant, this cyclamen has deep green leaves, red beneath and with silvery markings above. The variable, mauve to pink, 2-5cm (1in) long flowers appear from late summer to early winter. There is also a white form. Height: 10cm (4in) Spread: 10-15cm (4-6in) Cultivation: Humus-rich, well-drained soil in light, dappled shade suits it best. Plant the corms in late summer, where they can be left undisturbed for many years. It is a long-lived plant and even old corms produce flowers. Propagation: The corms do not produce offsets, so they must be increased by sowing seeds in late summer, thinly and in pots of ioam-based compost. Place the pots it a cold frame or against a wall When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them off into individual pots of a loam-based compost. Do this as soon as their second leaves appear When they are strong and well-grown, plant them into their final positions.

Cyclamen hederifoiium is ideal for naturalizing in bare Edraianthus pumilio is ideal for a scree bed. where its soil beneath trees, planting on banks, or in a rock foliage blends with small stone chippings. Even garden. If left undisturbed, the plants eventually create when grown in a stone sink, it can be given a large drifts ot colour similar background

Erythronium dens-canis

Dog s-tooth Violet (UK and USA) This hardy corm-bearing plant for wild gardens has broad lance-shaped leaves blotched with brown or grey During spring, it displays pink-purple nodding six-petal led 5-7 5cm (2-3in) wide flowers with reflexed petals, resembling those of the Turk's Cap Lily. Liliurn martagon Several forms are available, including Lilac Wonder' (pale purple) and Purple King' [nch purple) White and pink forms are also available Height: 15cm [6in] Spread: t0-15cm (4-6in) Cultivation: Moisture-retentive but not totally saturated soil is needed Semi-shade and a north-facing slope are desirable Set the corms in position in late summer, where they can be letl undisturbed tor several years to produce a lovely display Propagation: The quickest way to increase this plant is by removing offsets in late summer, when ihe leaves have died down. Place them in a nursery bed for three or lour years to develop Into plants large enough to be set in the garden Growing from seed takes five or more years to produce sizeable plants During this period, keep the nursery bed free from weeds and well watered

Endymion hispanicus

(Sciila campanulata Scilla hispancaj Spanish Bluebell [UK] Spanish Bluebell Spanish Jacinth Bell-flowered Squill (USA)

A dominating plant, ihis bluebell has broad strap-like leaves and blue, pink or white bell-shaped flowers, suspended from upright stems, which appear from spring to midsummer Several varieties are available, including Excelsior [deep blue) and Myosotis1 (clear blue) Height: 30cm (1ft) spread: l5-30cm (6-8in) Cultivation: Fertile, moist but not boggy soil and an open or slightly shaded position are best. It is most suited to a moist wild garden Propagation: Self-sown seedlings appear it the seeds are allowed to fall on surrounding soil. Alternatively, lift and divide clumps annually replanting them immediately as Ihe bulbs do noi have outer skins and soon become dry and damaged The bulbs do not store well, shrivelling if kept too dry

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