Haven't been on this site since last summer - in the garden this p.m. after one of the coldest, snowiest winters we have had for years in the UK and although it has been fairly mild in the south since Christmas, I doubt if it's finished yet! I've had the above shrub for several years, it bears light purple foxglove-like single flowers in late summer/early autumn. It used to have a label! I just can't remember what it's called - it's looking very sad at the moment and I'm wondering if the severe weather has done for it! If I could remember the name I could look it up and see what it's chances are. Any clues, anybody? Thanks.
Good grief! That was quick! It's dark here now but I've just gone scrubbing about in the garden (hope it was too dark for the neighbours to see me.) I found some of the dead leaves they are about 2 - 3 inches long, I think they're described as ovate. Just looked at picture of abelia schumanni - looks a bit similar, but that abelia was pink. My shrub is lightish purple. I normally prune it back by about half in the spring. It starts to flower in the southern UK about end Aug/and well into September. Grows to about 4ft. Will have a look at A. Zanderi on the web.
P.S. to above message - I've looked at A. Zanderi and that appears to be a white or pinkish white flower. Mine are a bit like a foxglove - a slightly pronounced lower petal but not such a deep funnel shape as a foxglove.
Nope, with a leaf that large I doubt it's Abelia. As for pink versus purple I find that people's perception of flower color is highly variable so I figured I could lump in Abelia as pinkish-purple. Anyway, moving on...
Are you familiar with Weigela? How does it compare to that as far as flower size and shape. The bloom time is all wrong but I'm just trying to picture this mystery plant.
Sorry not to have come back to you all by now but have been really busy all week (I work in a school!) But to continue... No, I cut it back fairly hard in spring and it produces foliage and flowers on new growth. Does this mean it's not a shrub but just a bushy perennial? The flower is bigger than a wiegela - about as big as a single foxglove flower or antirhinnum, but not such a " funnel". Definietely much more purple than pink. If I remember rightly it has opposite leaf arrangement but wouldn't swear to it - nothing much left at the moment to look at! Not much help am I - perhaps I will just have to wait and see if it's still alive then post a picture and see if anyone can identify it then. Have looked on the web and in all my books and just can't find it.
Hi folks, just relaxing on returning home from work and suddenly thought of the above mystery plant - or rather that it began with "s" - looked in one of my books and found it!
Strobilanthes atropurpurea! Thanks for all your help, though!