Crinodendron hookerianum (Lantern Tree)
- Usually Flowers : May, June, July, August
Stunning, evergreen with toothed, elliptic, dark green leaves. Pendant, crimson to deep carmine-pink flowers, mostly as lantern-shaped buds, along stems. May to August. Ht.5mt.(16ft.). Grow in sun or part shade and moist, fertile, well-drained acid soil. Good for woodland gardens. Protect in cool greenhouse or conservatory in cold areas.
Cyclamen hederifolium Ivy Ice
- Usually Flowers : October, November
Perennial with large, flattened tubers, and variable, triangular to heart-shaped, patterned, dark green leaves. Flowers, sometimes scented, in shades of pink, rose or white. Mid and late autumn. Ht.13cm.(5in.). Grow in part shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Good for underplanting trees or shrubs. Mulch in areas of prolonged frost.
Lathyrus vernus (Spring Pea)
- Usually Flowers : April, May
Low growing, compact clump with dark green leaves. Short racemes of scented, blue-purple. pea-like flowers in clusters. April to May. Ht.40cm.(16in.). Foliage dies down after flowering. Grow in sun or light shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Good for front of boders and containers.
Sisyrinchium striatum Aunt May
- Usually Flowers : June, July
Fan-shaped clumps of striped cream and greenish-yellow sword-like leaves. Upright spikes of pale yellow flowers. June to July. Ht.45cm.(1.5ft.). Semi-evergreen. Grow in sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Good for borders and gravel gardens.