Floral Marquees: spring blooms on display

Our spring plant picks in the Floral Marquees captivated the spirit and gave lots of spring inspiration

Justicia rizzinii (syn. Jacobinia pauciflora)

With fiery-coloured, tubular flowers produced freely during winter and spring - this neat shrubby evergreen plant makes a great choice for a cool conservatory, greenhouse or sunny windowsill. Growing to around 60 cm tall, it may also survive the mildest winters outside. Shown by Paradise Plants.

Senecio candidans Angel Wings (‘Senaw’)

Lovers of silver-leaved plants will be excited by this recently introduced and most impressive perennial, said to be hardy and grown in sunny, well drained or dry positions. Its bold leaves can reach 20cm long and have a soft downy feel. Plants can also be kept indoors. Shown by Eleplants Nursery.

Clematis macropetala ‘Wesselton’

Early-flowering clematis are often overlooked but with its charming nodding flowers of glowing mauve-blue, produced in profusion in March and April, this fine selection is perfect for scrambling up a cool wall or fence. Shown by Priorswood Clematis.

Erythronium californicum ‘White Beauty’

A delightful bulbous perennial that is ideal for a lightly shaded place in moist but well-drained soil. This plant produces large and fleshy leaves with elegant white recurved petals with yellow flecks. In time it spreads to form low clumps with plants dying down by mid–summer. Shown by Tale Valley Nursery.

Corydalis temulifolia ‘Chocolate Stars’

An unusual early interest perennial, with bronze-purple tinted foliage that contrasts with sprays of curious pinkish-blue flowers. Larger than most other Corydalis, the leaves age to green as the year progresses. Give it moist well-drained conditions in light shade. Shown by Millwood Plants.

Narcissus (new unnamed cultivar 1253)

Cornish nurseryman Ron Scamp bred this impressive new split corona daffodil and, earlier this year, at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Show, he won the CGS Plantsman Award. The original breeding was done in 2006 and has proved to be very strong in plant trials. 

Narcissus ‘Mesa Verde’

Also shown by Ron Scamp and currently under trial at his Cornish Nursery was a beautiful new daffodil cultivar, developed in California by Narcissus breeder Bob Spott. Its elegant, nodding and most importantly green flowers are sweetly scented.

Pandorea pandorana

This charming but seldom seen climber is best grown in a cool conservatory in a large container, where it will repay you with showers of ivory-white tubular blooms in March and April, although in mild locations it may grow well on a sunny but sheltered wall. Shown by Tynings Climbers. 

Begonia ‘Silver Spirit’

Bred and shown by Dibleys Nurseries, this fine begonia, with its vibrant purple, pink and silvery-white leaves makes a handsome houseplant, growing to around 75cm tall and can even be used outdoors during the summer. Sprays of pink flowers add to its appeal in August and September. Keep it in a lightly shaded place and bring indoors once the nights get cooler.

Zaluzianskya ovata

This charming compact shrubby perennial reaches around 15cm high and is grown for its sweetly scented starry flowers in spring and summer that are pinkish in bud but open to white. It is strongly perfumed in the evening and is ideal for a rock garden or alpine container, as long as it has good drainage and a sunny, sheltered site. Its silvery evergreen foliage is also aromatic and held on rather brittle stems.

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