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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

Alpine Campanulas: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 17 Jul 2009 at 10:13 PM

Campanula poscharskyana 'Pinkins'. Image: ©GardenPhotos.comDetails of one of the last new plants I spotted at the recent Hampton Court Palace Flower Show have come in, it was nestling in a crevice, on a rock face, at the back of the Alpine Campanulas exhibit in the Plant Heritage Marquee and after recovering from the ardours of the show Sue Wooster, of Alpine Campanulas, has filled me in on the background. It was one of the prettiest new plants at the show.

Campanula poscharskyana 'Pinkins' is a clear pink form of this well known and widely grown Campanula species. It features a long flowering season and is also well behaved and not too vigorous.

Reaching no more than 15cm/6in in height, the trailing stems about 15-23cm/6-9in long are lined with deep pink stars each with a white eye. The only similar variety around at the moment is 'Lisduggan Variety' which is uncomfortably vigorous and whose flowers are a rather mauvish pink; ‘Pinkins' is a lovely pureCampanula poscharskyana 'Pinkins'. Image: ©Sue Wooster/Alpine Campanulas colour.

It's a versatile plant, totally hardy and very drought tolerant, and although it's best in full sun it will also thrive in partial shade.

‘Pinkins' was discovered by the former National Collection holder, Peter Lewis, amongst a batch of seedlings of a number of Campanula species. It was selected out, grown on, and assessed, and when it was found that it retained its colour and habit about fifteen years ago Peter named it for his Sealyham terrier. He passed it on to Sue Wooster of Alpine Campanulas when her collection was granted National Collection status in 2005.

Campanula poscharskyana 'Pinkins' is available from Alpine Campanulas, though as only small stocks are carried at present it is not listed on the website.

Just waiting for the details on one final new Hampton plant - then I'll be able to give you the full list of all this year's newcomers. 


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