Welcome to the Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society

The UK Hardy Plant Society (HPS) was formed in 1957 to foster interest in hardy herbaceous plants on the widest possible scale. The aims of the society are to give its members information about the wealth of both well and little known plants, and to ensure that all worthy plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution.  In the Somerset Local Group, we provide information and activities at a local level for Hardy Plant Society members to promote the aims of the society.
This is accomplished by organising a programme of meetings, visits and publishing a local newsletter.  (Please see the Programme of Events page for full details of forthcoming events.)
Membership of the local group is open to anyone who is member of the Hardy Plant Society nationally. You can find details of how to join on the Membership page.
This website is maintained by the HPS Somerset Group.

Our next event: 
Sunday 7 December 2014

Winter lunch at The Oak House, The Square, Axbridge, BS26 2AP

And here's a date for your 2015 diary:

The nurseries attending will be:
Avon Bulbs, Blooming Hill Plants, Desert to Jungle, Dorset Perennials, Elworthy Cottage Plants, Hill Top Nursery, Ian & Teresa Moss, In Clover, Long Acre Plants, Mill Cottage Plants, Millwood Plants, Moor Plants, Pennard Plants, Picket Lane Nursery, Roseland House Nursery, and Wild Thyme Plants.

Plant of the Month
Camellia sasanqua 'Narumigata'

Photo: Stuart Senior, 31 October 2014

C. sasanqua is a native of Japan where it is perhaps the most popular of all camellias.  It was not introduced into Europe until 1896, the plants grown as C. sasanqua before that date being forms of the related C. oleifera imported from China by East India Company's captains in the period 1811-23.

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree with shining dark green leaves 4 to 9cm long, one third to half as much wide, obovate or narrowly oval, with rounded teeth on the margin. The flowers are 4 to 5cm across, white in the wild state, pale pink to deep rose in cultivated varieties of which the Japanese have raised a considerable number, some with double flowers.

The variety 'Narumigata' (AGM) is one of the best.  The fragrant, single, pink-tinged white flowers start to unfurl in October just when the garden is most in need of colour and scent.  Strongly upright in habit, it's best grown in a sheltered spot: cold, dry winds and early morning sun can damage the emerging buds and flowers.  It is fully hardy.

(It is featured on p22 of November's The Garden magazine.)

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