Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica

Salvia turkestanica, otherwise known as biennial Clary is a stunning plant, and deserves a place in every herbaceous border. The images below show how it changes and develops over its flowering season. (As a biennial it starts life in year producing a rosette of leaves and building up reserves of starches and sugars to allow…

Onopordum acanthium

The true Scottish Thistle, the emblem of a proud and historic people is not the creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) that many gardeners battle against, that is not a National Flower. No the true Scottish thistle is the Onopordum acanthium and it is a real stunner. My first sight of Onopordum acanthium preparing to flower was at Floors Castle appropriately enough…