Spring's Cornucopia is out now. Order online here.
I think I have mentioned before that I have been slowly trying to acquire a collection of hybrids and varieties of Arum italicum. This has not been aided by the fact that some mammals, probably squirrels, have taken to digging up newly planted forms and devouring the bulbs ...
Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) are members of the sunflower family, and in this garden behave like any hardy perennial, dying back in the winter from their statuesque stems up to 3 meters tall with their tubers sprouting again in March/April. They have lovely flowers like sunflowers too. You can grow them as a wind break in the garden to protect more delicate plants.
Pulmonarias have a long history in European gardens and are easily recognised in spring by their spotted leaves and pink and blue flowers on the same plant. There are pulmonarias in most gardens, and now is when they are at their best - the perfect foil for sp..