I first came across this variegated tree mallow, Lavatera arborea ‘Variegata’, whilst browsing a seed catalogue in 1999 and fell in love with the description (there were no pictures or website to look at). I ordered a packet, sowed the seeds and was impressed at the ease and speed at which it grew.
This is beautiful evergreen shrub is Cistus corbariensis which has been flowering profusely for weeks now. The delicate white flowers, with their yellow centres, only last a day before falling off, to be replaced the next day by a whole new crop of flowers. There are so many buds the plant that it will be flowering for many more weeks yet.Continue reading