A manipulated ground profile to support dry and storm tolerant plants
Many plants preferring hot and dry conditions can survive heavy rain if the drainage is sharp. This sector shows rocks and gravels used to lift the soil levels to achieve the best possible drainage conditions
Aeonium arboreum – houseleek tree
Carduus nutans – musk thistle
Eryngium pandanifolium ‘Physic Purple’
Eryngium pandanifolium ‘Physic Purple’ – eryngo ‘Physic Purple’
An evergreen, perennial with blue-green, sword-shaped leaves. Cone-like clusters of tiny red-purple flowers are produced on massive, branched flower stems, in summer to mid autumn. The species grows naturally in South America, being found in marshes and wet fields. Banks of ditches in Portugal.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees, flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.
Euphorbia myrsinites – broad-leaved glaucous spurge
Fascicularia bicolor – crimson bromeliad
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