Puschkinia scilloides

[Puschkinia libanotica ■ R sicula Adamsta scilloides) Striped Squill (UK) This exceptionally attractive small hardy bulb suits many sites in the garden, from naturali?ing In low, fine grass to planting in rock gardens or alongside narrow borders at the bases of walls. The mid-green, strap-like leaves are surmounted by arching stems, bearing up to six, silvery-blue, bell-shaped. 12mm 0&in) long flowers during spring" Height: t3-20cm (5-8in) Spread: 7 5-1 Ocm (3-4itl) Cultivation: Any light garden soil and a position in sun or partial shade

Primula denticulata ts an amenable plant that mingles happily with many other spring-flowering types, such as Anemone blanda the Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum). Daffodils and Primroses.

Primula vialii needs careful positioning in a garden, as its distinctive flowers are best not forced to compete with other low-growing plants It is best given a bed or corner to itself.

Puschkinia Flowers

(Ramonda pyrenatca]

Right: Puschklnia scilloides

This attractive bulbous plant produces silvery-blue flowers in spring on arching stems It tolerates sun or partial shade. and, once planted, can be left undisturbed for many years.

Ramonda myconi

(Ramonda pyrenatca]

A hardy, dainty-flowered, rosette-forming rock-garden plant with evergreen, deepgreen, crinkled and rusty-haired leaves. The 2 5-4cm (1 -1&tn) wide, lavender-blue flowers with golden stamens are borne in late spring, several to a stem. Height: 1Q-15cm (4-6in) Spread: 20-25cm (8-10rn) Cultivation: Well-drained [eafmould-enriched garden soil and a cool position on the north side of a slope suit it best Do not allow the soil to dry out. It is also good for planting in rook crevices or between peat blocks. Propagation: During autumn or early spring, sow seeds in a tray of a loam-based compost and place il in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into small pots and replace them in the frame Plant them out into the garden when they are well established Alternatively, take leaf-cuttings in mid-summer They take about six weeks to produce roots. Pot up immediately assure success Plant the bulbs in autumn, 5cm (2ln) deep, and leave them where they are for many years. Propagation: After flowering and when the foliage has died down, lift and divide congested clumps. Remove and dry the bulbs, replanting them in autumn.

Above Ramonda myconi

A distinctive alpine plant that prefers not to have moisture covering its leaves Ramonda is therefore often happier planted at a slight angle on a slope or between rocks, where it will freely produce its blue flowers.

Puschkinia scilloides displays such soft-coloured towers that they can be blended with many other rock garden plants. The vivid mauve fiowers of Vbla labradonca are highlighted by puschkinia's flowers.

Ramonda myconi with its wrinkled ijusty-coloured leaves and blue flowers, is so distinctive that it is best given plenty of space to reveal itself. A background of washed shingle helps to show it off even better

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