Plant of the moment: Saxifraga fortunei
My plant of the moment is the Saxifraga fortunei ‘Wada’s Form’. I bought this plant two years ago at the Malvern Autumn Show and it has really taken off over the past year, culminating in a fantastic display of pretty little flowers.
I was surprised to discover that there are quite a wide range Saxifragas but the one I am loving at the moment is a Saxifraga fortunei. The plant is a herbaceous perennial which doesn’t grow to more than 40cm in height. My plant is slowly bulking up and I think it has doubled in size since last summer. The reason I like Saxifragas so much is their lovely shiny leaves which for me puts them above Heucheras which has similar size leaves.
The real bonus at the moment are the flowers as you can see in the photo above. My plant is covered in countless long stems each of which has around five flower stems coming off them. The end of each stem is comprised of numerous tiny star like white flowers with yellow stigma and long white anthers. Frothy is the only way to describe it.
These Saxifragas prefer woodland conditions although will be happy with partial shade so they don’t get frazzled in the sun. They like moist well drained soil in other words they don’t like having their roots sitting in water but at the same time they don’t like to be in dry soil which has no moisture at all.
I am thinking that I might divide the plant in the Spring so I can spread it around the garden more