18 Feb 2015
Wednesday plant ident
Can anyone help me identify this plant? I went for a wander in the Regency Garden near to my parents' house on the south coast last Sunday. Gorgeous sunshine, lots of plants waking up and I even saw my first bumble bee buzzing manically from plant to plant!
The garden was a wreck 20 years ago and has been completely transformed by local gardening volunteers to its current Green Flag status. The planting design is based on which plants would have been used when it was first built in the early 1800's - hence 'Regency Garden'.
There were so many lovely plants there and a wonderful tranquil atmosphere - even a couple of trees that I may be tree following this year (Monkey Puzzle and Tulip tree). A few years ago I would have been hard pushed to identify many of the plants and shrubs in this garden but I was relieved to find that my memory was up to naming most of the plants last weekend - except this one. The oval leaves are about 2 inches long on long branching untidy stems. This shrub stood just over a metre high, in an untidy dome shape. There's no scent on the leaves - I rubbed them as they reminded me of sage or Salvia but surely it's too early in the year for that. I feel I should know this plant but it escapes me!
I love the look of these little purple flowers (again, the shape is so familiar) so I'd like to fix in my head what this shrub is. Wild guesses, positive identification and other suggestions gratefully received!
(I'll be back with more photos from this garden but came away from a busy and quite stressful weekend looking after my parents with a three day headache and haven't felt inclined to sit in front of the computer until now.)
Posted by Caro (UrbanVegPatch) at 17:48