Cotswold Garden Flowers

Sands Lane, Badsey, Evesham, Worcestershire

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MACLEAYA 'SPETCHLEY RUBY'

The seed heads are a very good ruby red Aug-Sep, preceded by red flowers and the normal figured grey leaves have a ruby undertone, 2m. Invasive (but maybe slightly less invasive than other types). Bobs Score=8.0.

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MACLEAYA CORDATA

Broad grey-green figured leaves, white flowers Jul-Sep, 1.5m. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MACLEAYA MICROCARPA 'KELWAY'S CORAL PLUME'

Coral leaves and flowers, Jun-Aug, leaves nicely figured, 2m. Easy. AGM. Lovely with apricot flowers and dark green and/or grey foliage. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MAHONIA x WAGNERI 'MOSERI'

Glorious winter-orange foliage is pinkish in summer, clusters of yellow flowers winter. Imagine it with Cornus 'Midwinter Fire'. Cut back when established.

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MANDRAGORA AUTUMNALIS

Large open bell-shaped purple-violet flowers for two or three months in winter sometime between Sep-Apr, rosette of large wavy-edged green foliage, large round yellow fruits Apr-Jun, 10x35cm. Poison. Not heavy unimproved clay, not wet places. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MANETTIA LUTEORUBRA

Twiner 3m. Tubular red-orange flowers Jul-Sep dark green foliage. Uruguay/Paraguay, supposedly hardy to Z7. Synonym Manettia inflata. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MANFREDA ELONGATA

Smart rosettes of soft rippled fleshy evergreen leaves hug the ground. Fabulous large delicate maroon-brown flowers with 7cm. long stamens May-Jun on 1m. stems. Theoretically hardy to Z7 (all of UK) but not tried by me yet. Synonym Agave elongata. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MANIHOT GRAHAMII

Hardy tapioca. Decorative arthritic palmate foliage, pendulous clusters of waxy red-tipped green bells. Sub-tropical woody-stemmed perennial, herbaceous in cold winters.

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MASSONIA ECHINATA

White honey-scented bottlebrush flowers nestle in the pairs of remarkable shiny rounded leaves, midwinter Dec-Mar, 2cm.

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MATHIASELLA BUPLEUROIDES 'GREEN DREAM'

Swoony jade-green bracted umbelliferous head Apr-Jun, 1m. The bracts go an attractive pink and persist till autumn. Good for cutting and drying. Monospecific Mexican genus, named after Mildred Mathias (Californian Plantswoman) discovered as late as 1954. Bobs Score=9.9.

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MATTEUCCIA STRUTHIOPTERIS

Ostrich feather fern, vase-shaped habit, 60cm. Any site but shade preferred. Older higher fronds do not spread, so remove stolons when young to stop later spread (if wanted). AGM. Good cut foliage. NOT a lime-hater. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MATTHIOLA INCANA f.ALBA

(Wild stock). Highly scented single white flowers over grey leaves (Mar)May-Jul, 50cm. Self-seeding native perennial, Easy. Much more perennial if the seed heads are removed. (It took me a long time to discover this as a nurseryman needing seed)! Bobs Score=7.0.

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MECONOPSIS 'LINGHOLM'

Perennial fertile blue poppy. This is the new objective nomination. (Apr)May-Jun(Jul) 65cm. Dank moist shady site, acid soil.

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MECONOPSIS CAMBRICA 'ANNE GREENAWAY'

Lovely double apricot-yellow or double orange flowers, almost sterile and therefore very long in flower May-Sep(Nov), 30cm. Easy. An old cottage variety from the Cotswolds. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MECONOPSIS CAMBRICA 'FRANCES PERRY'

Single red flowers Apr-Oct, 25cm. Seeds true and self-seeds. Grows anywhere but loves dank yards. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MECONOPSIS CAMBRICA double orange

Large fully double orange flowers Apr-Jul, 55cm. Easy and rarely self-seeds and then more or less true.

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MELIANTHUS MAJOR

Dramatic serrated grey foliage, chocolate- maroon flower spikes in favoured sites May-Jul, 1.2m Protect in very harsh winters by poking conifer prunings into the foliage. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MELICA UNIFLORA 'VARIEGATA'

Delicate pink and white variegated grass, dainty pale flowers May-Jul, 25cm. Shade. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MELICA UNIFLORA f.ALBIDA

Delicate white flowered grass for dry shade (white flowered form of wood melick), native, May-Jul, 30cm. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MERENDERA SOBOLIFERA clone 1

Full Pots. Stoloniferous, small off-white tattered crocus-like flowers earlier (Jan-Mar), 10cm. Rare. Hardy. Bobs Score=6.0.

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MICHAUXIA LAEVIGATA RCB AM-2

Large intricate white and buff flowers (passion-flower persuasion) on tall upright stems Jun-Sep, 1-1.5m. Prefers well-drained sites. Seed coll. R.Arpa, Vayots Dzor, Armenia.

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MILIUM EFFUSUM 'YAFFLE'

A grass with pale yellow leaves, each leaf has a gold central band. The leaves are more substantial than M.effusum 'Aureum'. Easy and tolerant of dry shade under trees where it is particularly effective in winter and spring. A form of a British native. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'ADAGIO'

Compact silver-grey foliage, pink flowers turn white Aug-Dec, 60cm. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'GOLD BAR'

Unlike Miscanthus 'Strictus' this is variegated from the beginning of the season with sparkley horizontal creamy-yellow bands. It is short and quick to clump up. 60cm. PVR in Europe - unlicensed propagation for resale prohibited.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'GRACILLIMUS'

Slender graceful grass to 1.5m, lovely flowers and colours in autumn. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'HINJO'

This is a really impressive plant. Dwarf vase-shaped densely cream-yellow cross-banded foliage from the outset of growth, pink-silver flowers Aug-Nov, 1m. Easy. Bobs Score=9.5.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'MORNING LIGHT'

A great beauty with graceful narrow white variegated leaves topped with pale crimson plumes which fade tan Aug-Nov, 1.3m. AGM. Bobs Score=9.5.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'VARIEGATUS'

Graceful creamy-white variegated grass, 1.5m, good flowers Aug-Dec. Sun or part shade. AGM. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'YAKUSHIMA DWARF'

Silvery flowers much earlier than other varieties Jun-Nov, short leaves with central white stripe, 70cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MISCANTHUS SINENSIS var.CONDENSATUS 'COSMOPOLITAN'

This is an exceptional grass like a hardy variegated Arundo donax. Broad leaves with creamy- white margins, red-silver plume flowers Sep-Nov, 1-2m. AGM. Bobs Score=8.5.

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MISCANTHUS x GIGANTEUS

Extra tall grass for architectural purposes. 4m. Easy in sun or light shade if not too dry. Will grow in running water. The vertical canes look good in winter. Previously wrongly sold as Miscanthus floridulus. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MOEHRINGIA MUSCOSA

Shade (even dry shade) tolerant fluffy evergreen plant with little sparkling white flowers over a very long season Apr-Nov, 15cm x 45cm. Balkans. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MOLINIA CAERULEA subsp.ARUNDINACEA 'KARL FOERSTER'

Upright grass turns pale gold in autumn, leaves 80cm, heads 2.5m. Easy. Bobs Score=6.0.

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MOLINIA CAERULEA subsp.CAERULEA 'VARIEGATA'

Super whitish grass leaves, purple stamens Aug, 45cm. My second most favourite grass. Easy even dry shade. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MORAEA BELLENDENII

Long-lasting yellow iris-like flowers Jun-Jul, 60cm. Good cut flower. Hardy in hot dry site. Bobs Score=6.5.

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MORAEA HUTTONII

Scented golden-yellow flowers with brown markings Apr-Jul, 75cm. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MORAEA LOUBSERI

Rare - discovered at a quarry site at Langebaan, SA. by John Loubser as quarrying started. Quarrying now stopped. Easy. Large violet or purple flowers with a blue-black beard May-Jun, one leaf only, 35cm. Borderline hardiness, easy.

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MORAEA LURIDA

Branched heads of showy yellow to cream flowers Jun-Jul, 30cm. Borderline hardiness, easy.

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MORAEA SPATHULATA

Scented clear yellow iris-like flowers May-Jun(Jul), 45cm. Hardy in hot dry site. SA. Bobs Score=6.0.

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MORAEA TULBAGHENSIS

Broad-petalled orange or yellow flowers with blue-green central 'eye' spots May-Jul, 35cm. Borderline hardiness, easy.

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MORAEA VEGETA

Full pots. Synonym M.juncea. Small puce iris-like flowers with yellow nectar guides May-Jul, 30cm. SA. Borderline hardiness, easy.

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MORINA LONGIFOLIA

Thistle-like leaves which amaze me by smelling like cheap detergent when crushed, spires of delicate striking deep pink and white small hanging trumpets over a long season Jun-Nov, 40cm. Easy. This is long-lived and gets better and better every year. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MORINA PERSICA

Whorls of scented tubular creamy flowers turn red after fertilization Jul-Oct intermittently, divided spiny foliage, 60cm.

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MORUS NIGRA

Mulberry. Craggy tree, flavourful red fruit ripens black August, 5m. Mine fruited first when 5 years old. AGM. Bobs Score=9.0.

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MUKDENIA ROSSII

Big pale glaucous leaves preceded by early heads of white flowers from pink buds - lovely as they appear from the ground Feb-Apr. 1m but takes a few years to get this big, moistish shade. It sounds very "Port Arthur". Bobs Score=7.0.

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MUSA BASJOO

Large-leaved dwarf hardy banana, inedible short red fruits after dramatic Jul-Sep flowers, 2m. In cold winters remove old leaves and wrap up stem. Looks best planted in groups. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MUSCARI 'BLUE EYES'

Spikes of intense blue flowers without any of the purple that dilutes the blue in other kinds Mar-Apr, 20cm. Wonderful. Potful. Bobs Score=9.0.

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MUSCARI 'JENNY ROBINSON'

Enchanting powder blue flowers with pale green sterile flowers at the top Mar-May, 12cm. Easy. Similar to Muscari armeniacum 'Valerie Finnis' but with broader less untidy foliage. Often called Muscari neglectum 'Baby's Breath'. Bobs Score=8.5.

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MUSCARI 'SKY BLUE'

Collected near Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, N Caucasus in 1969. Probably a hybrid between M. neglectum x M. pallens. Sky-blue flowers with a pink flush as they fade, topmost (sterile) flowers almost white Mar-May, 18cm. Picture from Martin Philippo.

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MUSCARI ARMENIACUM 'BLUE SPIKE'

Large long-lasting scrunched up double blue flowers with green overtones Apr-Jun, 18cm. Easy. Leafs in Aug. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MUSCARI ARMENIACUM 'CHRISTMAS PEARL'

Extraordinary to find grape hyacinth flowers in November and through the winter. Very early (if ordinary) and very welcome scented blue flowers Oct-Apr, 18cm. Easy. AGM. It needs a cold autumn to start the flowers. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MUSCARI ARMENIACUM 'VALERIE FINNIS'

Delightful powder-blue flowers topped by sterile flowers which are pale green at first, Mar-May, 12cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.5.

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MUSCARI AUCHERI 'WHITE MAGIC'

Full shapely white flowers Mar-May, 18cm. Easy.

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MUSCARI AZUREUM

Pale pure blue flowers with open campanulate mouths not pinched ones Feb-Apr, 15cm. Easy. AGM. Synonym Hyacinthella azurea. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MUSCARI AZUREUM 'ALBUM'

Pure creamy white scented flowers with open campanulate mouths not pinched ones Mar-May, 15cm. Very attractive and, of course, very easy - even dry shade. Bobs Score=7.5.

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MUSCARI BOTRYOIDES 'ALBUM'

Known since 1596 and probably a hybrid of garden origin. Heads of white flowers with green flush Mar-May, some doubling occurs in mature bulbs, 18cm. No seed, no seeding problems. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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MUSCARI COMOSUM 'PLUMOSUM'

Feathery heads of purple flowers usefully late (May-Jun), 18cm. Easy and good for picking and sterile and non-seeding. Bobs Score=8.0.

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MUSCARI MACROCARPUM

Spikes of highly scented deep yellow flowers (Feb)Mar-Apr, 15cm. Potful.

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MUSCARI MACROCARPUM 'GOLDEN FRAGRANCE'

Highly scented dusky purple buds open as greeny-yellow flowers in a large spike, relatively long-lived flowers Mar-May, 15cm. Easy in sunny site. Potful. PVR - propagation for resale prohibited.

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MUSCARI PALLENS

Reckoned by those in the know (not me - yet) to be the most beautiful grape hyacinth. Delicate translucent pale blue and white campanulate flowers from brown stems Mar-May, 18cm.

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MUSELLA LASIOCARPA

Like a shrubby hardy banana. Large leaves and golden artichoke-like flowers, 2m.

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MYOSOTIDIUM HORTENSIA

Chatham Island forget-me-not. Very large shiny pleated leaves (astonishingly windproof), very blue flowers May-Jun, 55cm. Exposed windy cold NORTH wall or pot culture in shade (pot on and feed). Bobs Score=9.0.