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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Hardy Plant Society – New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 16 May 2009 at 08:41 PM

Geranium phaeum 'Mottisfont Rose'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comChelsea exhibits from The Hardy Plant Society are always fascinating with so many unusual plants grown by members of the Society brought together on one intriguing exhibit. Two new plants on their exhibit (Grand Pavilion, E12) stand out this year.

Geranium phaeum ‘Mottisfont Rose' is a new form of a very familiar species. Found in the world famous rose garden at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire by two Hardy Plant Society members, its attractively rounded flowers are mauve pink with a distinct white eye. As stock is bulked up, it will be avalable from Birchwood Plants in Hampshire, the nursery run by the two members who found the plant.

Actaea pachypoda 'Pewter and Pearls'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comFrom member Kevin Hughes, who also runs his own nursery as well as the plant centre at Heale House in Wiltshire, comes the first silver leaved Actaea. This is one of the American woodland species, A. pachypoda, which usually features neatly toothed, rose-like leaves, puffs of creamy flowers and then white berries. This form features foliage with a distinct silvery sheen adding a whole new level of sophistication to this invaluable woodlander and bringing a little light into shady places. It's been named, very aptly, ‘Pewter and Pearls'. In due course it will be available from Kevin Hughes's Plants nursery near Salisbury.

Also on the stand is Geranium sylvaticum ‘Hilary, also featured on the exhibit from Hardys Cottage Garden Plants.



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