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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.

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Silene 'Ray's Golden Campion': New from Plant World Seeds

Posted by Graham Rice on 24 Feb 2010 at 01:31 PM

Silene dioica 'Ray's Golden Campion',new,Plant World,Ray Brown. Image: ©Ray Brown/Plant WorldA spring combination of yellow foliage and vivid pink flowers may not be to everyone's taste but it certainly brightens up the spring garden. In essence, 'Ray's Golden Campion' is a neater, yellow-leaved form of the British native red campion, Silene dioica, and makes a lovely plant for a dark border where its unusual pale yellow leaves stand out vividly. The colour varies slightly from plant to plant.

Raised after many years of work by Ray Brown, who's developed so many exciting new plants over the years at his Plant World in Devon, Ray told me about its background.

"Years ago I bought a rather anaemic looking, pale-leaved, red campion at a Hardy Plant Society plant sale," Ray explained. "It was sterile and had a pretty weak constitution and burned in the sun. I grew this near ordinary ones and got no fertile golden seedlings at all or indeed any golden leaved plants. But the next generation threw up a couple of golden-leaved ones and these were the parents of the new strain.

"There are anomalies in growing it though.  A small percentage of plants still come up green, although these are easily weeded out, while some have male flowers and some have female flowers. The male ones are best as they flower constantly whereas the females flower like mad and then set seed, most of which comes up gold.

Silene dioica 'Ray's Golden Campion',new,Plant World,Ray Brown. Image: ©Ray Brown/Plant World

This looks to be a dramatic new addition to the spring shade garden bringing a new combination of vivid colours to dark places.

Using a similar approach, Ray has also created the purple-leaved Silene dioica 'Purple Prince' whose association of flower and foliage is less dramatic but more harmonious. And now, just released, comes ‘Ray's Winter Cream'. Ray says this "produces in late winter incredible spikes of strikingly bright cream foliage. This is amongst the brightest foliage in the garden until late spring when it stops growing to send out short sprays of bright pink flowers."

Seed of all three of these impressive new coloured-leaved variants on the old familiar red campion is available now from Plant World Seeds.

Order seed of Silene dioica ‘Ray's Golden Campion'
Order seed of Silene dioica ‘Purple Prince'
Order seed of Silene dioica ‘Ray's Winter Cream'

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Phot's-Moll said:

That'd certainly brighten up a dull spot!

on 24 Feb 2010 at 05:54 PM

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