Perennials

Below is our current list of perennials in stock. With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch. I will be adding more in the spring once I know what other plants have come out of propagation and into the stock beds. It's exciting to see all those cuttings and seedlings sitting there waiting.


Acaena

An interesting genus of plants that form ground covering mats often up to 2m wide. Spiky burrs form after flowering in late summer, good for ground cover in sun or shade or on a wide variety of soil types. They also tumble well over retaining walls or bankings.

Acaena caesiiglauca

Vigorous, creeping blue foliage which is topped by reddish bronze burrs in summer. Useful for softening the edges of paths and for groundcover in poor dry soils or gravel. H 7cm, S 50cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’  

Vigorous, mat-forming groundcover with tiny purple leaves and numerous spherical flower-heads, followed by bronze spineless burrs that ‘float’ above the foliage. Use for filling cracks in paving and over old walls or as ground cover and under shrubs. Salt tolerant. Well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. 10cm. H 5-10cm, S 30-60cm.                    2L pot           £7.00

Acaena microphylla

Compact, creeping evergreen with bronze leaves and small, spherical flower-heads followed by bright red burrs in late summer. Well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Makes good ground cover or copes with foot fall if planted between paving slabs. Good on clay or poor soils.

H 5cm, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Acaena tesca

An attractive rare species with tiny glaucous leaves. Slow growing but easy. Makes an unusual and compact ground cover plant. Plant in well raining soil in sun on top of a low wall or amongst paving stones. H 3cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot          £4.00

                                                                                                                       

Achillea

These are easy and rewarding plants with an extremely long flowering period that suit well-drained soils. Cutting back after the first flush of flowers often produces a second show. Brown seed heads provide winter interest. Good with grasses.

Achillea ageratum
“English Mace” A hardy perennial with clumps of cream flowers which flower for weeks. Bright light-green, finely divided, aromatic, upright foliage appears early in the season. The leaves historically have been used to flavour soups, stews and salads.

H 60cm when in flower, S 30cm.                  2L pot         £7.00

Achillea ‘Anthea’  

Light-yellow flowers, fading to creamy-yellow, over greyish-green foliage. An attractive cultivar raised by Alan Bloom.

H 70cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot               £5.50            

Achillea ‘Bahama’  

An intriguing colour this one and great for blending with other colours in the border. Often described as ‘meringue’ but later like a beige carpet stained with red wine. Ideal in a mixed border flowering from mid- summer into autumn. H 80cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Achillea ‘Credo’ AGM

An Ernest Pagels introduction that opens in June lemon yellow, fading to pale yellow by August. Foliage is a complimentary ferny, grey. One of the best Achilleas for the garden on any well drained soil in sun. H120- 130cm, S45cm.                   9cmpot          £3.50

Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’ AGM       

This cultivar has light-green, finely cut foliage topped with broad plates of striking yellow flowers in summer. A tall growing plant, it makes a great focal point in a border. The flowers are also good for drying. Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

H 1.5m, S 45cm.                     3L pot            £8.00

Achillea filipendulina ‘Parker’s Variety’ AGM   

A favourite of Oehme and Van Sweden, this is a self-supporting version of Achillea fil.‘Gold Plate’ with golden yellow flowers and feathery foliage. Useful for ground cover on dry soil. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 80cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Achillea millefolium

“Yarrow”. A native perennial with dark green leaves and white flowers, sometimes appearing light pink. Ideal for establishing in wild flower meadows where plants will happily compete with grass and other wild flowers in full sun. Copes well with clay soil.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                      2L pot            £6.50

Achillea millefolium ‘Red Velvet’  

A really good, dark rosy-red that doesn’t fade, flowering from early summer into autumn. Adds a lovely blast of red to mixed borders.

H 75cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot             £3.50     

Achillea ptarmica The Pearl Group

This plant is a vigorous perennial forming a spreading clump, with narrow dark green leaves and pure white, double flower-heads. It makes a great splash of white in mid-summer at the front of a border and will flower for several weeks. It will happily grow in sun or partial shade, exposed situations including North facing borders. H 50cm, S 50cm.                     9cm pot            £3.50     

Achillea sibirica subsp. camschatica ‘Love Parade’

Lovely single dark- to pale-pink flowers in domed heads over toothed, waxy leaves from early summer until autumn. Lovely long flowering variety. Great for moist soil and full sun. H 75cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot            £3.50                                         

Achillea ‘Summerwine’ AGM          

An outstanding cultivar with deep wine-red flowers over grey-green foliage from mid-summer until autumn. Plant in free-draining soil and full sun. Looks great in a mixed border of pinks, whites and blues. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot             £7.00


Aconitum            

Although highly toxic (gloves should be worn when handling), these superb plants are invaluable in light to full shade. Generally preferring moist, humus-rich soil, they will tolerate quite a bit of dryness once established. Extremely poisonous

Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ AGM       

An autumn-flowering monkshood to with stiff, dense spikes of deep rich-blue flowers in September and October. A plant well worthy of a spot in the garden where its vivid blue spires add colour right into late autumn. Our plants in the nursery do very well in a dry, shady, north facing border. Tends not to collapse and provides some winter interest. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot              £7.00

Aconitum japonicum

Plants are cloaked in finely divided foliage with flowers atop the stems of gorgeous hooded blue flowers in late summer. Completely resistant to deer as all parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten. Grows best in part/open shade in moist, well-drained soil.

H 100cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot               £7.00           

Aconitum ‘Spark’s Variety’

Navy blue buds held on wide airy spires open in late summer to reveal dark midnight-blue hooded flowers. Stems are lightly clad with dark-green, deeply-cut leaves. H 90-120 cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot                £5.50      

Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’  

Tall spires of very pale blue flowers washed grey on tallish plants. Plant in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil

H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot              £3.50     


Acorus

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

This is not a true grass, but plants do have a distinctive, grassy appearance. ‘Ogon’ forms a low tuft of narrow sword-shaped leaves that are bright glowing golden yellow. Because it will grow in shallow standing water, it is ideal for boggy area or at the side of a pons or water feature. Flowers are green and insignificant. Foliage remains evergreen in mild regions but in colder climates some leaf tips may need to be trimmed with scissors in the spring to tidy them up. If clumps begin to thin out in the centre, plan on dividing them during the spring.

H 20cm, S 25cm.                  9cm pot            £3.50


Actaea

Actaea matsumurae ‘White Pearl’  

A late-flowering variety with dense, pale greenish-white spikes of flowers over attractive green leaves from mid- to late autumn in full to semi-shade and moist soil, and very effective against a dark background. H 1.8m, S 65cm.                      2L pot                 £7.50

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group ‘Black Negligee’    

An inky black-leaved form, worth growing for the foliage alone! Pink-tinged, fragrant bottlebrush flowers from Sept to Oct in partial shade and moist soil to retain the black foliage. H 2m, S 60cm.                      9cm pot              £4.00    

Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group ‘Brunette’ AGM     

One of my favourite plants. This is an outstanding, statuesque plant that looks very impressive planted in a big group. Finely lobed cocoa-coloured, matt-brown leaves are topped with long bottlebrush, pink-tinged, sweetly scented flowers in late summer and early autumn. Partial shade and a good moisture-retentive soil are required to get the best from this beauty. H 1.8m, S 60cm.                     2L pot              £7.50


Aegopodium

Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegatum’       

Yes, the beautiful, variegated ground elder! Thrives in shade and makes VERY effective ground cover that never turns brown or dries out. Excellent in the leaf litter below a beech hedge, where its sage-green leaves, edged cream, are very effective at lightening up the gloom. See it at Giverny, and if it’s good enough for Monet, it’s good enough for me! H 25cm, S 90cm.                      2L pot                 £6.50


Agastache

Agastache foeniculum

Anise Hyssop. An aniseed-scented perennial, with downy leaves, whitish green beneath. Dense spikes of blue flowers in June to September. Plant in full sun and protect from frost. H 1.2m, S 40cm.                     9cm pot            £3.50            

      

Ajuga

Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Elf’

A compact form with pink flower spikes in late spring - early summer. Grow in light shade. Good mid-green evergreen foliage.

H 10cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot               £3.50

Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda'

This unique variety of ajuga has relatively small, narrow leaves that weave a tight mat of foliage. Depending on the amount of sunlight they receive, the leaves are a mix of rich chocolate-purple and green (deeper colour in more sun). From mid to late spring, short spikes of light blue flowers stand upright above the low, spreading foliage. The effect is stunning when planted en-masse. Its petite size makes this variety suitable for planting between stepping stones, in wall crevices, or in other small spaces. It is also useful for erosion control on slopes.

H 10cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot               £3.50


Alcea

Alcea rosea 'Summer Carnival'

An award-winning, early-flowering variety with fully double flowers in an excellent colour range including yellow, red, rose and white. A classic English cottage garden flower, and with their air of stately splendour, they are amongst the finest of background plants.

H 200cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot             £3.50


Alchemilla

Alchemilla alpine

This is a native wild flower for the rockery with decorative foliage that is grey-green above and silver hairy beneath. Bearing delicate sprays of small, greenish-yellow flowers in summer. H 20cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot                  £3.50  

Alchemilla mollis ‘Robustica’         

More upright than the species and with larger leaves, this vigorous plant is useful in borders and as ground cover. Prefers well-drained soil in sun or part shade. H 60cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot                 £6.50

Alchemilla vulgaris

Almost identical to Alchemilla mollis, except it is slightly shorter in height and the flowers are smaller and greener than A. mollis. Gardeners better know the plant as a prolific self seeder - be careful as it can become invasive so cut off flowers before they get to seeding stage.

H 40cm, S 40cm.                    9cm pot              £3.50      


Allium

Allium cernuum

This delightful species comes from the Shenandoah National Park in the USA. It has very narrow leaves and loose umbels of nodding, long-stalked, purplish-pink flowers in early summer. Lovely at the front of a mixed border. H 60cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot                £3.50

Allium moly

A vigorous little allium with clusters of star-shaped, yellow flowers from late spring. Neat clumps of grey-green, strap-like foliage are quick to establish and will rapidly spread to naturalize beneath shrubs and throughout woodland areas. H 15cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot                 £3.50

Allium sikkimense          

This wee alpine allium makes a tight clump crowned with a mass of pure blue flowers as it matures. I love it!  Plant it in a trough, pot or front of the border for early summer colour. H 15cm, S 20cm.                      9cm pot               £4.00        

Allium vineale

“Crow Garlic” Slender, rounded flowering stems and tubular leaves. The actual flowers are very small but there are usually few of these in the flowering head which instead is made up of small, purplish bulbils. Flowering time is June to August. Can be a nuisance as the bulbils will all grow if they hit the ground, remove before this stage. H 1.2m.                      9cm pot               £3.50


Anemone

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honerine Jobert’       

Lovely, single, pure-white flowers, pink-tinged on the reverse with golden-yellow stamens, are produced in abundance on tall stems from September to October. Moist soil and partial shade. Very effective when planted en masse in a shady area. H 90cm, S 45cm.                   9cm pot                £4.00

Anemone nemorosa 

“Wood Anemone”. A dwarf herbaceous perennial with deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers are sometimes flushed pink on the reverse appear in spring. A woodland dweller often making carpets of white starry flowers once established. H 20cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot             £3.50


Anthemis

Anthemis tinctoria 'Kelwayi'

Free-flowering perennial, forming a mound of bright yellow flowers all summer. For free-draining soil in sun and drought tolerant. Good with Agapanthus, Sedum and Stipa tenuissima. Cut back hard after flowering to promote new basal growth. H 70cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot              £7.00


Anthriscus

Anthriscus sylvestris          

The common cow parsley so often admired on our roadsides and hedgerows. Maybe more suitable for the wilder areas of a garden, the delicate umbels and divided foliage can’t be beaten in May. H 11.2m, S 60cm.                   1L pot             £5.00


Aquilegia             

Invaluable plants for a semi-shaded position in late spring and early summer. Combining to great effect with Anthriscus, Astrantia and early-flowering grasses. Toxic if eaten

Aquilegia atrata

I bought this plant as it forms part of a new border in the nursery and am looking forward to seeing it in flower next year from May to July. Growing in the Alps, this fine and unusual species should be at home with us. With its dark purple petals and protruding yellow stamens, it should add interest to any Aquilegia collection and the mixed border. H60cm, S 30cm.                      1L pot               £5.50

Aquilegia 'Clementine Rose'

A unique Columbine, featuring fluffy double flowers that resemble a small Clematis flower. These face upwards well above lacy green foliage. This selection produces blooms in shades of rose pink with a yellow centre. Great in containers or in a mixed border and attractive to butterflies. Removing spent flowers will increase the blooming time. H 30-45cm, S 20-30cm.                     1L pot             £5.50

Aquilegia formosa

A gorgeous deep orange and yellow Aquilegia which comes true from seed if planted away from others. Flowering in late spring and early summer it will brighten up a border and your day with its flowers. H 60cm, S 20cm.                    1L pot               £5.50

Aquilegia 'Liliput'

I’m looking forward to seeing what this mix of miniature Aquilegias produce and to save more seed from them. A bit of pot luck until we see them flower, but that’s part of the fun with seed mixtures. They are all short so perfect for pots and containers. H 30cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot              £4.00

Aquilegia Simplicity mix

Another fun pot luck mixture, this time from single flowers of various colours and combinations. Who knows what we’ll get this year. Plant in sun or partial shade, dry or well-drained soil. Great scattered through borders and in shady places. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot            £5.50

Aquilegia 'Volcano'

A real mix or reds, yellows, apricots and oranges, a fiery addition to the garden from May to July. Includes singles and doubles.

H 45cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot               £4.00

Aquilegia vulgaris

The common granny’s bonnets with its nodding bonnet-like flowers with hooked spurs in late spring and early summer. The lush ferny green foliage forms pretty mounds that add a light texture to the planting scheme. These columbines are easy to grow and are useful for herbaceous borders and cottage gardens as well as more naturalised planting schemes including prairies. They will usually self-seed freely, but they are quite promiscuous plants that hybridise freely. If there are other aquilegias in your garden, it is possible that the next generation of plants will vary from their parent plants.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                       1L pot               £5.00

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’       

Small, near-black, spur-less, double flowers on tall stems over fine foliage in late spring. For well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Perfect for shady borders or as fillers in borders. H80cm, S 30cm.                       1L pot             £5.50         

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’

Beautiful apple-white, double, spur-less flowers look amazing infront of Purple hazel, Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' and Actaea ‘Brunette’, one of my favourite planting combinations which you can see in the nursery. H 70cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot                £5.50

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’

One of my favourites with its starry, black-and-white, medium-sized flowers. It looks good with Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’, Apricot Digitalis or early-flowering Deschampsia in sun or partial shade. H 70cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot                 £3.50


Arabis

Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Old Gold'

A mat-forming evergreen with flat rosettes of golden green leaves, with white flowers from March to May. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil.

H 15cm. S 60cm.                     9cm pot                    £3.50


Arctium

Arctium minus

Part of our wild flower collection, this is the Lesser Burdock. Forming a tall plant with hollow stems topped with brush-like purple flowers which appear from July to September. The bracts of the flower heads end in a burr which attaches itself to clothing and animal fur, allowing the seed to distribute over a large area. Usually found on the edges of woodland and in hedgerows it will tolerate deep shade. You can see it growing in our native garden. It takes two to four years to reach maturity to seed then die, but the large leaves create bare earth beneath for the next generation of seeds to germinate.

H 1.5m, S 90cm.                    9cm pot                 £3.50

 

Arisarum

Arisarum proboscideum

Commonly known as the mouse plant this delightful wee arum will grow happily in shade under shrubs in humus rich soil. Tiny tubers increase sending up dense clusters of small shining green leaves. In May hidden among the leaves are tiny flowers, white inside with brown backs, the spathe tips extended into long thin tails which poke out among the leaves as though tiny mice had dived in, head first, to hide. Best in shade, near the edge of a path where you can stoop to see them. H 10 cm, S 45cm.                   9cm pot               £4.00


Artemisia

Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’ AGM

A tough and reliable foliage plant with toothed, very silvery leaves, which looks good for months on end. Flowers through summer on silvery stems, the flowers are mainly insignificant individually. Prefers a moist but free-draining soil. H 70cm, S 60cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

Artemisia 'Rosenschlier'

Great plumes of pink flowers grace the plant from mid-summer to early autumn and dark-coloured stems with dissected foliage enhance the effect overall. For full sun or partial shade in a moist soil that doesn’t dry out. H 2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot           £7.00


Aruncus

Aruncus aethusifolius AGM  

A great little plant that’s quite unlike any other Aruncus, with soft, ferny foliage and numerous little spikes of frothy, creamy-white flowers in summer. Good autumn colouring of pink and yellow that persists until the first hard frosts. H 30cm, S 30cm.                   1L pot           £5.50

Aruncus ‘Guinea Fowl’

Finely cut, green foliage and an abundance of creamy-white flower plumes in summer, providing a long season of interest. Any reasonable soil in full or part shade. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot            £5.50


Asclepias

Asclepias incarnata 'Soulmate'

This fine plant succeeds reasonably well on dry soils. Although this strong-stemmed variety was specially bred for cut flower production, its clusters of rose-pink flowers will brighten any herbaceous border. Well worth growing for their waxy flowers with reflexed petals that are most unusual and always attract attention especially with bees. H 90cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot            £3.50


Aster  

Underrated plants for shape and form as well as autumn colour. Asters have a reputation for mildew but those are generally the lurid, overbred novi-belgii types and you won’t find any of these here! They are good with a multitude of late summer perennials and grasses, and generally require full sun and a free-draining, moist soil that doesn’t dry out. Very few of the ones I have here require any staking.

Aster divaricatus (Eurybia divaricata)

“Wood aster”. Fabulous perennial with shiny, black, decumbent, wiry stems. From mid-summer to mid-autumn the plant becomes an amorphous mass of tiny, pink-tinged, starry, white flowers. Good moist soil in partial shade but will tolerate quite a bit of dryness once established.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot           £6.50       

Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Erlkönig'

A great little cultivar that’s been around for over a century. Forms a spire of small, open branches adorned with tiny lavender-blue flowers. Makes a great late season filler in the border when other plants are going over. H 90cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides f. Prostratum 'Snow Flurry'

Needle-like, pale-green foliage forms wide carpets covered by tiny, snow-white flowerheads from October to November. Good between slabs, on top of walls or in containers. H 10–50cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot           £5.50          

Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Golden Spray'

This plant forms a great mound of densely branched, wiry stems, covered in small, white flowers with prominent golden-yellow disc florets.

H 90cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Pink Cloud'

Narrow leaves and sprays of pale lilac-pink daisies with a yellow centre. Full sun and well-drained soil. H 80cm, S 30cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) laeve 'Cally Compact'

A nice wee plant with lavender-coloured flowers in September and October and will add interest to the garden as everything else is dying back. From Michael Wickenden. H 70cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot           £7.00           

Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorum var. Horizontalis

Used to great effect by both Christopher Lloyd and Dan Pearson for ground-cover massing. Forms a ‘hedge’ of compact growth with masses of small, white daisies with reddish disc florets crowded on to the upper sides of stiff branches. Tolerant of drought once established.

H 50cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Little Carlow'

Superb cordifolius hybrid forming a huge clump of brilliant, lavender-blue flowers in mid- to late autumn (still going here in late November). For full sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. H 1m, S 45cm.    Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Herbstschnee'

Prolific, fairly large, pure-white flowers on a tall bushy plant. Best in moisture-retentive soil and full sun. Good back of the border plant for late season interest. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                       2L pot      £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Herbstschnee'

Prolific, fairly large, pure-white flowers on a tall bushy plant. Best in moisture-retentive soil and full sun. Good back of the border plant for late season interest. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     2L pot           £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Septemberrubin'

A taller plant with deep ruby-purple flowers in September and October. Brilliant with grasses, Molinia and Miscanthus, as they begin to take on their autumn colour. H 1.4m, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Aster novi-belgii ‘Blue Gown’

A strong, self-supporting plant with true blue flowers, healthy looking foliage and nice dark stems. Despite its parentage it should have

no mildew! H 1.4m, S 90cm.                       2l pot          £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-belgii 'Coombe Fishacre'

A compact and bushy plant that carries huge, loosely branched sprays of small, purple-pink flowers from September into mid-November. Not susceptible to mildew. H 90cm, S 30cm.                     2l pot           £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-belgii 'Marie Ballard'

A clump-forming perennial with sprays of fully double, light violet-blue flowerheads in late summer and autumn. The vivid blue flowers make a great addition in the border and the bees love them, as can been seen on the plant in the nursery in late summer. H 90cm, S 50cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) pilosum var. Pringlei 'Monte Cassino'

First saw this at Cambo – an altogether, rather graceful plant with starry, white flowers over very slender foliage, flowering from September all the way into mid-December here. Will grow in sun or shade and is quite sprawl and spreading, so give it plenty room and you will be rewarded with flowers right into winter. H 100cm, S 1.5m.                    2L pot          £6.50

Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' AGM

Long-lasting, clear lavender-blue flowers on lax plants over a long period from late summer to late autumn. Moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Stunning with Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’. Sells on sight!  

H 75cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Aster macrophyllus (Eurybia macrophylla)

Large leaves and starry, pale violet flowers with abundant seed heads that twinkle in winter frost. Flowers earlier than other Asters and happy in dry shade. H 75cm, S 60cm.                      2L pot             £6.50

Aster umbellatus (Doellingeria umbellata)

Tall and stately, self-supporting plant with flat-topped heads of white flowers followed by fluffy seed heads in September and October. Brilliant with other late-flowering perennials and grasses. H 1.5m, S 45cm.                    3L pot           £8.00


Astilbe

Astilbe chinensis var. pumila

An impressive short astilbe with masses of dense flowers on rigid spikes. Rose flowers with blue anthers give the appearance of mauve flowers over broad, rough foliage. Great ground cover in shady, damp areas with a real burst of colour in summer. H 30cm, S 45cm.                2L pot          £7.00

Astilbe ‘Ellie’

A robust white form over nice dark green leaves. The flowers fade nicely to green rather than brown and the seed heads are very effective against a parchment background. H 45cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Astilbe ‘Straussenfeder’ AGM

A tall plant with glossy, mid-green leaves tinged bronze in spring and light rosy-pink flowers on slender, arching branches in July.

H 1m, S 60cm.                  2L pot          £7.00


Astrantia

Astrantia ‘Atomic Sunburst’

Very large, pale-pink flowerheads with ruby-stained, green-tipped bracts on a compact plant that enjoys full sun or partial shade. Cut back after flowering for a second flush, often continuing into autumn. Selected and raised here. H60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot            £7.00

Astrantia major  

Grown in gardens since the 1500s and flowering for an exceptionally long period of time. Its little green and white, sometimes pink, buttons combine well with Astilbe and Brunnera in damp partial shade. Ours are seed grown, so colours will vary. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £6.50

Astrantia major ‘Claret’

Dark reddish-purple flowers from early summer to early autumn. Will grow happily in sun or shade and does well on our clay soil in the nursery. Great for cutting too. H 60–90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50       

Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’

A good dark flowered plant with deep ruby red flowers on maroon stems and dark green leaves. Much admired in the nursery gardens. For full sun or partial shade in moisture retentive soil, though will tolerate some dryness once established. A more compact cultivar.

H 50cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’ AGM

The variegated divided leaves have lovely broad, creamy-yellow margins and the white flowers are surrounded by pink-tinged bracts.

For full sun. H 70cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.50


Bellium

Bellium bellidioides

An interesting little alpine plant that I grow in my alpine troughs at home. It has blue tinged daisy flowers over fine elliptical leaves. Flowers appear from mid-summer to autumn and can carry on producing the odd bloom in mild winters. If happy the plant will form a small mat. I had this plant as a child then lost it and couldn’t find it again. It was a good day I came across one in a nursery a couple of years ago and was reunited with this lovely wee plant.

H 10cm, S 15cm.                      9cm pot          £4.00


Bergenia

Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ AGM

An excellent white-flowered selection, with an abundance of white spring flowers, blushing pink with age. Leaves are rich green but with little winter colour. Not as chunky as some Bergenias, making it good for front of a border or as ground cover under shrubs. H40cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot            £7.00

Bergenia ‘Claire Maxine’ AGM

Tall, red-pink flowers and large, glossy, reddish foliage for year-long colour. Plant in semi-shade and reasonable soil for winter interest as the leaves turn red from autumn onwards. H 50 cm, S 60cm.                   1L pot          £5.50            

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

This robust Bergenia is ideal for poor soil, ground cover, shade, forgotten corners, damp soil and will in turn produce masses of deep pink flowers in spring and pink purple tinged foliage all year round. A favourite of Gertrude Jekyll and Beth Chatto, it is well worth a space for those problematic places it actually prefers. H 30cm, S 90cm.                     2L pot          £6.50

Bergenia ‘Eden’s Magic Giant’ AGM

Deep-pink flowers in spring and reddish foliage in winter. Grows in most soils and sun or shade. Useful ground cover and all year interest.

H 45cm, S 60cm.                        2L pot            £7.00

Bergenia ‘Overture’  

Tall stems bearing shocking magenta flowers over consistently healthy-looking leaves that turn red-purple in autumn and winter. Excellent beneath trees and shrubs and drought tolerant. 45cm, S 60cm.                      2L pot            £7.00          


Boltonia

Boltonia asteroides          

A vigorous plant forming a great cloud of creamy-white daisies (just like Bellis perennis) on slender, pinkish stems in September. Not fussed about soil type and will grow well everywhere but will generally require some form of support.  Great for insects. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                    2L pot            £7.00


Brunnera

Brunnera macrophylla        

The dark-green, heart-shaped leaves of this Siberian bugloss are topped with bright-blue flowers which appear in April, and sporadically through the year. The neat green mound of leaves will look good throughout the summer in a shady spot on most soils, copes very well in dry shade.

H 45cm, S 50cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Campanula

Campanula glomerata 'Superba'

Campanulas are one of the most popular perennials in British gardens and this variety with fill a space in a border so give it plenty room. This variety produces a low clump of large green leaves over which medium stems grow, topped with clusters of bell flowers. These bells are rich purple and great for cutting. Plants are happy in sun or shade so very versatile. H 60-75cm, S 60cm.                     1L pot           £5.50

Campanula latifolia

This Campanula will fill a large space in the back of a border with its height and bright blue purple flowers. A mound of foliage at the base gives rise to tall flower stems through summer. Dead head to prevent too much seeding around. H 120cm, S 60cm.               2L pot           £6.50

Campanula persicifolia

This is a beautiful hardy perennial which adds height to the border with long, spikes of large, nodding, bell-shaped flowers from June to August. Excellent for cutting and good for bees. H 75cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot           £6.50

          

Cardamine

Cardamine pratensis ‘Flore Pleno’        

Double, pale-lilac blooms above rosettes of dark-green leaves. Moist soil in semi-shade or full sun. Good for naturalising, and you can even add the flowers to your salad. H 45cm, S 20cm.                       9cm pot          £4.00


Centaurea

Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’

Inky-black flowers adorn the plant over silvered foliage in mid- to late spring. Full sun and free-draining soil.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00

Centaurea montana ‘Parham’

A European native and often the first of the Centaurea to flower. Fragrant, large, purple-violet flowers. H 60cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot            £7.00

Centaurea nigre

'Lesser Knapweed'. A British native perennial with long green leaves and stiff stems with numerous, small, thistle like purple mauve heads in mid-summer. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Centaurea scabiosa

"Greater Knapweed", a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and purple flowers surrounded by blackish brown bracts from July to August. Plant in full sun. H 1m, S 60cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Centranthus

Centranthus ruber

Evening-scented perennial with dark-pink flowers from early to late summer. For full sun and poor soil, a wall crevice or even an exposed rockface, this plant is extremely tough and drought tolerant. Useful for ground-cover massing. Self-seeds generously. H 90cm, S 60cm.           9cm pot           £3.50

Centranthus ruber 'Pretty Betsy'

Another attractive cultivated variety with clusters of fragrant, deep coral-red flowers. Ideal for the cottage garden and great for cut flower use.

H 60cm, S 45cm.            9cm pot           £3.50


Cephalaria

Cephalaria gigantea    

A wonderful plant with very long graceful stems topped by pale primrose yellow, scabious-like flowers with pale grey stamens in mid-summer. For full sun or light shade in moist well drained soil. Use to create height in the border without bulk and very effective against a dark background. Keep on the dry side to prevent the plant from splaying apart. H 1.8m, S 100cm.             3L pot             £8.50


Chaerophyllum

Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’

Another of my favourite plants, a pink cow parsley! A lovely, soft-pink umbellifer, flowering in early summer. Very effective when grown with Brunnera macrophylla and Tellima grandiflora or Actaea ‘Brunette’ and purple hazel.  Grow in light shade and moist soil.

H 60–90cm, S 100cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Chamaenerion

Chamaenerion angustifolium ‘Album’ syn. Epilobium  

The white rose-bay willow herb! Stunning in a big clump, which it will soon achieve. Needs plenty of room to run around but flowers for ages, and if the spent flowerheads are removed continues to send up spire after spire of beautiful, pure-white flowers until the first frosts. Good autumn tones and if you can bear to keep them on, the seed heads continue to provide structure through winter. For all but the wettest soils in sun or partial shade.

H 2m, S 100cm.                    2L pot            £7.00


Chelone         

Chelone obliqua

Clusters of lilac-pink flowers at the top of upright stems in late summer/autumn over mid-green leaves. Plant in full sun or semi-shade in moist soil.

H 60cm, S 60cm.                       2L pot            £7.00


Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum ‘Mrs Jessie Cooper’  

A Rubellum Chrysanthmum with large single carmine flowers and wonderful contrasting acid green central disc. Just when you think that’s it for the winter this brave soul sticks its head above the parapet and continues to flower until late November! For moist well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

H 65cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot            £7.00


Cichorium

Cichorium intybus

“Chicory”. Most people only think of Chicory as an adulterant of coffee whereas it is in fact a most attractive native (probably) wild flower with lovely, clear bright blue flowers in summer and early autumn. Will seed around if it’s happy. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50


Cirsium

Cirsium canum

Upright stalks are topped with showy, bright-rose flowers that are great for bees and butterflies. From wet meadows in Bulgaria, via Noel Kingsbury. Great for giving height to a border in damp soil in a sunny position. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    3L pot          £8.00

Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’   

Superb, much-admired perennial thistle with multiple neat, crimson flowerheads on long stems from May to July. Cut down spent stems for continuous flowering until the first frosts. For free-draining moist soil in sun. Self-supporting in all but the windiest sites.

H 1.2m, S 45cm.                     2L pot            £7.00


Clematis

Clematis integrifolia

This herbaceous perennial Clematis has been cultivated for well over 400 years. A native of southern Europe produces new stems each year from a semi-woody stock and produces in July, clusters of nodding, velvety-blue, bell-shaped flowers, 2½ins across, with fleshy petals. Makes a lovely addition to the mixed border. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Coreopsis

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Golden Globe'

A bright sunny plant for the border with its double golden flowers, guaranteed to brighten the dullest day. Branching from the base this plant flowers through summer into autumn in borders or containers. Great for cutting and wildlife too. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £5.50


Corydalis

Corydalis 'Craigton Blue'

The most stunning blue flowers on red stems over fresh green, deeply divided leaves and it will grow in sun or shade. Perfect! This woodlander starts flowering in spring and will go on for quite a while. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00

Corydalis omeiensis

One of the best blue flowered species from China with an upright habit and dense flower heads of strong electric blue in late spring with a delicious scent. Plant in good soil in shade. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50  

       

Cotula

Cotula dioica

This delightful plant resembles a miniature fern. Although it can survive in any situation, it prefers partial shade and good soil. Good small-scale ground cover. H 5 cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Crocosmia

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ AGM   

Well-named plant with bright, fiery-red wands of flowers with a yellow throat from mid-summer on tallish with sword-like pleated leaves. One of the best reds in the garden and reliably hardy. Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ provides a very effective backdrop or combine with Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ for a marriage made in heaven. H 1.2m, S 60cm.             9cm                     pot           £3.50


Cynara

Cynara cardunculus AGM

Architectural beauty with huge silvery, deeply dissected leaves and large royal purple, spiky thistle-like heads topping stout woolly grey stems. Magnificent! For full sun and best on fertile free draining soil. H 1.8m, S 60cm.                              9cm                     pot           £4.00


Darmera

Darmera peltata AGM   

Pink and white flowers emerge as a fist shape on a long stalk directly from a stout rhizome, and then come the great umbrella-shaped leaves to 30cm across on single stems. Enjoys consistently moist to boggy soil and turns spectacular colours ranging from bronze to scarlet in October. Good with Molinia or Calamagrostis brachytricha. H 90cm, S 200cm.                     3L pot          £8.50


Dianthus

Dianthus anatolicus

An alpine species forming large, dense cushions of needle-like leaves. In early summer it bears long-stemmed, pale rose flowers with scalloped, frilly edged petals. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus carthusianorum

A European species with slender, flowering stems from a small clump of grassy green foliage that carries a small luminous blip of vibrant magenta, fringed flowers. Very effective with grasses or with purple and silver foliage. Does best on dry soils and in full sun. H 45cm, S 20cm.                      1L pot           £5.50

Dianthus 'Cranmere Pool'

Lovely soft pink, almost white double flowers with flecks of dark magenta in the petals. Gorgeous clove scent as you would expect from a Dianthus. Plant in sun in well-drained soil. H 35cm, S 35cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Dianthus deltoides

Great low growing ground cover perennial with dark green tiny leaves along sprawling shoots. Ideal for tops of walls, in amongst paving or the edge of the border. Dark pink to red flowers appear from early summer. Benefits from a hair cut in spring every so often.

H 10cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus 'Doris'

A modern pink forming a compact mound with scented double pale pink flowers with dark pink centres from May to June. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. H 45cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £5.50

Dianthus gratianopolitanus

I love this Dianthus, ok I love lots of Dianthus, but this hardy, pretty, single flowering plant with it’s scented flowers and dark band of purple across the petals is a wee beauty. Equally happy in a border, rockery or pot, it will flower all summer in a sunny spot. Quite rare now in the wild where it is mainly confined to the Cheddar Gorge. H 30cm, S 30cm.                   1L pot           £5.50

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Karlik'

A shorter dianthus with more glaucus leaves. Pink flowers cover the dense foliage in early summer. Ideal for tubs, troughs and alpine gardens.

H 10cm, S 15cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus 'Houndspool Ruby'

An evergreen dianthus with scented deep pink flowers with a darker eye. They have that wonderful rich Dianthus clove smell so well worth growing just for that. H 30 cm, S 20cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Dianthus knappii 'Yellow Harmony'

This unusual coloured Dianthus really grabbed my attention when I first saw it. This unusual species flower colour is almost unique in the genus. With finely downy, grass-like foliage, it bears erect stems with clusters of very unusual, light yellow flowers in June and July. These would look marvellous in any bride's bouquet. H 45cm, S 20cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus 'Little Jock'

A lovely little Dianthus with pale pink star shaped flowers over short grey green foliage, great for pots, troughs and alpine gardens.

H 4cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus monspessulanus (hyssopifolius)

Such is the delicious fragrance of the blooms on this plant that it can be detected at a considerable distance in its rocky mountain haunts. It forms a mat of fine, grass-green, grass-like foliage. The slender-stemmed, deeply fringed, pale lavender or pink flowers are borne over a long period in summer. 

H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Digitalis                                                 Toxic if eaten

Digitalis lutea

An attractive small foxglove with pale yellow flowers over shiny narrow leaves. This variety will grow in sun or shade.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L Pot           £6.50

Digitalis viridiflora

Spikes of pale greenish yellow bells with fine brown veins over dark green foliage. Short-lived but self-sows. Makes an interesting addition to the shade garden. Sun or shade. H 65cm, S 30cm.                     2L Pot           £6.50          


Dipsacus

Dipsacus fullonum

The native teasel, with prickly basal leaves followed by prickly stems of cone-shaped purple or white flowers in the second year. Can be dried. Flowers July to August. Full sun or partial shade. H 1m to 2m, S 50cm.                        9cm pot           £3.50


Echium

Echium vulgaris

"Vipers Bugloss", a native biennual with green, white hairy leaves. Dense spikes of open bell-shaped, purple in bud, violet-blue in flowers from May to June. Plant in full sun H 70cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

       

Epimedium

Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'

Epimediums are one of my favourite plants with they’re semi-evergreen foliage and dainty flowers in spring. They are anything but dainty though, hardy and growing well in dry shade they are a very useful plant. Excellent for edging or groundcover, they form a bushy mound of dark green leaves, bearing sprays of soft primrose-yellow flowers in mid to late spring. Although they will take a couple of years to reach a mature size, plants are long-lived and very sturdy. Old leaves should be pruned to the ground in late winter to show the flowers to best effect. H 30cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’

This finer variety has purple-tinted young foliage and deep violet-purple flowers with paler inner petals and white-tipped spurs. Great for shady areas at the front of a border. H 30cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50        

Epimedium pinnatum ssp. Colchicum

A great Epimedium for interesting foliage markings in spring when the green leaves have distinctive red veining. Yellow flowers appear in spring and are more noticeable if you cut the old foliage off before they appear. Great for a shady border or under shrubs for ground cover. H 25cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Equisetum

Equisetum hyemale

This is a British native species and makes an unusual marginal plant. It is quite striking with its sturdy vertical stems ringed with black bands, resembling bamboo. It is evergreen even in the hardest weather and useful for giving winter interest to the pond. It spreads by underground stems, but unlike its weedy garden cousins, it is slow-growing and will not take over the pond. H 90cm, S 90cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

       

Erigeron

Erigeron glaucus

I first saw this plant sprawling over a low wall in Devon over 20 years ago and loved it. I recreated the effect in my last garden successfully. It is a versatile low growing ground cover plant that will tolerate seaside conditions, poor soil and dry soil if it has sun. It forms a low mound of grey-green leaves that remain evergreen. Small yellow-eyed bright mauve-pink daisies appear during late spring and sometimes again in the autumn. Said to be deer resistant.

H 15cm, S 60cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Erigeron karvinskianus

Fleabane. A woody-based carpeting perennial with grey-green leaves, Pretty, yellow centred flowers with white petals fading through pink to purple in May to July. Plant in Full sun or partial shade. H 20cm, S 1m.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Erigeron ‘Quakeress’

Masses of single, pale-pink, daisy-like flowers with slender rays and small, yellow centres over greyish-green foliage in June and July. May need support.

H 90cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £5.50


Erysimum

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ AGM

Vigorous sub-shrubby evergreen perennial that flowers throughout the year, here at the nursery. Mauve flowers over lance-shaped grey green leaves. For full sun and dry soil. Superb with the acid green bracts of Euphorbia, blue grasses and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed! H 80cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Eucomis

Eucomis bicolor

“Pineapple flower”. These bulbous perennials may look exotic, with their star-shaped flowers being crowned by a tuft of leaves, but they are, in fact, quite easy to grow. A large basal rosette of strap-shaped leaves emerges from the bulb with an erect stem bearing a dense raceme of flowers opening in late summer and early autumn. Try them in containers on the patio and in the conservatory, or a sunny border in the garden if you are lucky to have a sheltered south facing wall. Mine are grown in a pot and go in the greenhouse in winter. Once in flower they will last for weeks.

H 75cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00


Eupatorium

Eupatorium cannabinum

An easily grown and attractive native wild flower and perfect plant for moist positions in the garden. Dense, terminal sprays of reddish-purple flowers from July to September. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                     3L pot          £8.00           

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group AGM  

Superb, big, bold perennial for back of the border (see it used to great effect at Cambo, where it attains a height of 3m or more without the need for staking). Huge heads of maroon-purple, fluffy flowers adorn the plant from mid-summer into autumn over dark-purple stems. Needs a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade and loved by both butterflies and bees. H 3m, S 60cm.                      2L pot          £7.50

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Purple Bush’

Reasonably compact form with smaller, light-purple flower clusters. Raised by Piet Oudolf in Holland. Makes a great statement plant for height in the border and requires little staking. Will flower for weeks. H 1.5m, S 60cm.                        3L pot          £8.00

Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Red Dwarf’

A compact, much shorter variety than it’s cousins with reddish-lavender flowerheads from July to Sept. A great long flowering plant for most soils and sun or shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Eupatorium maculatum ‘Riesenschirm’     

A striking back of the border plant with large fluffy pink - purple flower heads. Will happily grow in shade and damp soil.

H 180 cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Euphorbia

Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’  

Red purple leaves and masses of bright green flowers providing a powerful contrast with the foliage in spring. For full sun or light shade.

H 65cm, S 40cm.                       10cm pot          £4.00

Euphorbia cyparissias

What I call an enthusiastic grower! This Euphorbia might be low-growing, but it is a vigorously spreading perennial bearing very narrow blue-green leaves, and greenish-yellow flowers in late spring and early summer, often becoming orange with age. The foliage goes a striking yellow in autumn before dying down. This plant makes great ground cover for almost any soil and situation. It can be invasive, but ideal for bankings and areas you want covered. H 40cm, S 100cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Euphorbia dulcis chameleon

Plants form a mound of stunning burgundy-green foliage, bearing small clusters of greenish-yellow flowers, flushed with purple in spring and early summer. Clip plants back hard in July, and they will stay beautiful and mounding all season long. Will self-seed true to form. Also has good autumn colour before the leaves drop. Likes sun and most soils. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Euphorbia griffithii

Long-lasting, vibrant, orange-red flowers sit atop eye-catching, fiery stems that retain their glory long after the narrow, red-tinged leaves have fallen. This plant shouts ‘Look at me!’ and is perfect for a ‘hot’ border. It also goes a striking orange and red in autumn before the leaves fall. Well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. H 90cm, S 200cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

Euphorbia myrsinites

A hardy, semi-prostrate perennial with close-set leaves, spiraling from base to tip. Leaves are fleshy bright blue-green. Flowers with vivid yellow bracts from April to July. Grow in full sun in well-drained soil or in an alpine trough or container. CAUTION skin and eye irritant/toxic if eaten.

H 20cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00

Euphorbia polychroma AGM   

Low dome of chrome yellow flowers over bluish-green foliage in late spring and early summer. Excellent foliage plant even after flowering, when the leaves turn butter yellow. Try with Ophiopogon p. ‘Nigrescens’ or Salvia ‘Caradonna’. For well drained soil in full sun.

H 30cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £5.50


Filipendula

Filipendula purpurea

This Filipendula should be intermingled with other moisture-loving plants in partial shade, as seen in the nursery gardens. The frothy plumes in candy pink are a real showstopper colour above its divided leaves. H 80cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ AGM

American meadowsweet is a big, enthusiastic plant that enjoys moist to wet soil, where it will form a large, bushy clump of deeply lobed leaves, topped with plumes of soft-pink, scented frothy flowers from July to August. H 2m, S 1m.                  3L pot            £8.50

Filipendula ulmaria

“Meadowsweet”. A sweet-smelling plant of wet meadows, hence its common name. A tall perennial with a froth of creamy white flowers throughout June to September, and pinnate leaves green above and silvery white below. See it growing in the wild flower bankings in

the nursery. H 90cm, S 45cm.                     3L pot            £7.00          

Filipendula ulmaria 'Variegata'

This variegated form of “Meadowsweet” had randomly marked gold and green leaves topped with sprays of creamy white scented flowers. As with all Filipendula it enjoys damp to wet soil and sun or partial shade.  60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Francoa

Francoa sonchifolia

Very similar in appearance to a decorative lettuce before the wand-like flowers emerge and shoot skywards, bearing maroon and white flowers. Good in semi-shade and beneath trees, where it makes a dense mat. H 90cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Galium

Galium odorata

“Sweet Woodruff”. This plant makes great ground cover in shade under trees and shrubs. Whorls of bright green leaves appear in spring and are topped with tiny, white scented, star-shaped flowers in April and May. Wildlife friendly and rabbit resistant. H 30cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Galium verum

"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Galtonia

Galtonia viridiflora

Flowers much later than the other species with flower spikes crowned with wide open pale green scented bells. Flowers from September to October. Grow in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. H 91 cm.                    9cm pot           £4.00


Gaura

Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride'

This is a lax, graceful plant from Texas with loose spikes of tubular, rosy-white flowers appearing over a very long period. I grow it in amongst other more upright plants in the border to support it. It gives an almost ethereal look to the planting scheme. Although it looks a bit messy it’s well worth trying. Hardy throughout the British Isles. H 1.2m, S 40cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Gentiana

Gentiana asclepiadea

Delicate stems with willow-like leaves bend beneath the weight of gentian blue flowers. This is a must have for the border with its vivid flowers from July to September. Grows well in a moisture-retentive soil. H 60–90cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Gentiana sino-ornata

A pretty autumn flowering gentian with many prostrate stems of dark green leaves. Trumpet-shaped, azure-blue flowers, with purple-blue and greenish white stripes outside. Flowers from September to October. Plant in sun. H 10cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £4.00


Geranium

Geranium X cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’

A compact plant with glossy evergreen fragrant leaves and blush pink flowers with darker pink stamens in early summer. Discovered in the Biokova mountains, Croatia. A great ground cover plant for most soils in sun or shade. H 25cm, S 100cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Geranium dalmaticum

Dwarf, creeping plant with glossy evergreen, aromatic leaves and long stalked clusters of pink flowers with red anthers in summer. Some reddening of the leaf in autumn. Light shade and moist soil but well-drained soil. Great ground cover plant. H 15cm, S 1m.                  1L pot          £5.50

Geranium × johnsonii 'Johnson's Blue'

One of the best-known geraniums with its deeply lobed leaves and long-stalked with rounded, dark-veined, lavender-blue petals. Mid green leaves form a clump above a rhizomatous root system. H 30cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Freundorf'

A good variety with pink flowers and good autumn colour. Ideal for dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. Great ground

cover. H 30cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'

A white flowered variety with a hint of pink with good autumn colour and semi evergreen. Ideal for ground cover in dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. H 30cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Geranium nodosum

A spreading Geranium with bright glossy green, divided leaves and funnel-shaped lilac-pink or pink, lightly veined flowers from May to September. Ideal for shade. H 20cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’

Bushy, early blooming species with fully opened very dark purple flowers and pale green leaves ageing dark green with large chocolate blotches on the leaves. Best in moist shade but will tolerate dryness under trees. H60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’ AGM

Pale-lavender flowers networked with white veins in June and July and again in autumn if dead-headed. H 1m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'

This very desirable cultivar is probably the best of the type and coming true from seed. It produces over a long period very deep violet-purple, cup-shaped flowers which are at their impressive best in the late of a summer's evening. Grow at the front of a border or in containers for summer colour. Works well with Erigeron karvinskianus. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium robertianum         

“Herb Robert”, a common Cranesbill found growing wild through Britain and Europe. It happily self-seeds but easy to remove from shady areas, woodland and hedgerows. Pink flowers appear continuously from April to October. H 50cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum AGM

One of the prettiest of British native plants. Shallow, cup-shaped, rose-pink flowers, pencilled crimson, are effective against the dissected, dark-green leaves at the front of the border or with a multitude of other perennials in early to mid-summer. Lovely with blue grasses and

purple foliage. H 20cm, S45cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Geranium ‘Sirak’ AGM

A sprawling geranium with distinct, vibrant, mauve-pink flowers, emerging from hairy buds in late spring and continuing into summer with often a second flush of flowers later. Plant in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. H 65cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ AGM

Large, pure lavender-blue flowers with a white eye over deeply cut green leaves. Prefers a moister soil and will tolerate shade. Will often have a second flush of flowers if cut back after first flowers. H 70cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’

This is a terrific geranium forming a fast-spreading mound of dark green leaves, bearing small magenta-pink flowers from early summer through to autumn. It is ideal for edging or groundcover also does well in tubs and containers. One of the longest flowering dwarf selections available and if plants become untidy during the summer just clip them back to 4 inches to rejuvenate. H 30cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot         £3.50

Geranium X oxonianum

Free flowering, vigorous, clump-forming perennial with lots of silvery pink flowers all summer. Any garden soil in sun or partial shade and reasonably drought tolerant. H 50cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Geum

Geum ‘Borisii’   

Strident, orange, outward-facing flowers from a clump of bristly, evergreen leaves in early summer, often repeating later. Good with purple Heucheras and blue grasses. Any reasonable soil in sun or light shade. H 35cm, S 40cm.                       1L pot          £5.50

Geum ‘Karlskaer’

A compact plant with warm apricot, upright, outward-facing flowers on dark stems, above mounds of fresh green foliage in spring and early summer. One of the longest flowering Geums I’ve come across and simply superb with dark-purple foliage. H 35cm, S 45cm.                       2L pot          £7.00

Geum 'Mrs W Moore'

A very dainty flowered Geum with cream semi-double flowers with a pink flush over mid green leaves. Geums like sun or light shade on a retentive soil. H 20cm, S 30cm.                    1.5L pot          £6.00

Geum ‘Nordek’

Vivid, orange-red flowers above irregularly lobed leaves in late spring/summer. Cut back to encourage a second flush. Sun or part shade in moist but well-drained soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot            £5.50

Geum ‘Pink Frills’

A robust plant with soft peach-pink frilled flowers from dark buds that stand out well against the green leaves. Ideal for the front of a border ad adaptable to most soils in sun or shade. H45cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50            

Geum ‘Primrose Cottage’

Primrose-yellow flowers with red stems over mid green foliage. A lovely contrast to the orange and deep yellow Geums we have. Flowers appear from early to mid-summer. Plant in light shade and moist soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50

Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’

A taller Geum standing out with its semi-double, bright-orange flowers, flushed red on the margins from early to mid-summer. A hybrid of G. chiloense dating back to 1923. H 60cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot         £5.50             

Geum rivale ‘Album’          

A lovely plant for the front of the border with its nodding heads of white flower. It will flower for a long period and if dead headed will often flower again later in the summer. Copes well with shade and north facing borders on clay soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’  

Free-flowering, nodding, bell-shaped, rose-coloured flowers on reddish stems over crimped, light-green foliage in early summer. Light shade and moist soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £5.50


Grindelia

Grindelia integrifolia

Gum Plant. A bushy subshrub with greyish green leaves and pretty daisy-like bright yellow flowerheads from June to August. Plant in full sun and damp soil. H 1m, S 1m.                      1L pot           £5.50


Gypsophila

Gypsophila pacifica

Rarely offered pink gypsophila makes an attractive border plant. Similar in habit to G.paniculata but with attractive blue-green foliage and cloudy sprays of relatively large, pink flowers in late summer. Ideal in a sunny border on well-drained soil and perfect for flower arranging.

H 1.2m, S 60cm.                    1L pot           £5.50


Hacquetia

Hacquetia epipactis

This lovely little plant appears in January, even before most snowdrops and aconites have thought about growing. The flowers open, almost at ground-level, made up of clusters of tiny, yellow flowers surrounded by olive-green, petal-like bracts. These continue well into spring. Plant in moist soil in shade during the growing season. H 15 cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Helenium

Helenium ‘Chelsey’

A welcome plant in the late summer into autumn border with its upright stems topped with disc-shaped, crimson flowers splashed with bright yellow. Flowering from July to August Heleniums are lovely in mixed borders or a hot border along-side other yellows, reds and oranges for a real wow factor colour scheme. H80cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Helenium ‘Pumilum Magnificum’

A tall bushy plant which will add a burst of pale golden-yellow to your borders from late August. Reflexed petals around a brown central cone give interest right into Autumn. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    1L pot            £5.50          

Helenium ‘Riverton Gem’       

A bushy plant with red orange flowers late in the season. Good for late summer displays. H 80cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot            £5.50

        

Helianthus

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ AGM  

A big, sturdy plant which is quite unlike any of the ungainly annual sunflowers widely available. The small wood sunflower is clothed in a wealth of lovely little, lemon-yellow sunflowers (10cm) from summer into late autumn, forming an impressive clump and loved by butterflies and bees. Gorgeous when backlit by autumn sunshine and good with a multitude of other perennials and grasses. Although very tall it doesn’t need staking. See it here in our display bed. H2.4m, S 60cm.                      2L pot          £7.50


Helleborus

Helleborus niger

"Christmas Rose". An evergreen perennial producing leathery dark green, divided leaves. Saucer-shaped white flowers ageing to pinkish white January to April. Plant in shade. H 30cm, S 30cm.                     1.5L pot          £6.50

       

Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’  

This has a stunning flower, big, scented and dark purple-black to 15cm across from July to August. Easy in any reasonable, well-drained garden soil in full sun or partial shade. H 80cm, S 60cm.                   3L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis ‘Cream Drop’

Free-flowering cultivar with small, slightly ruffled, pale-yellow flowers and a delicate fragrance adorn the plant from mid-summer. Brilliant with H. ‘Little Grapette’. H 60cm, S 60cm.                       2L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis ‘Crimson Pirate’   

An interesting spider type flower with lovely, velvety, mahogany-red, narrow petals and a yellow halo over grassy leaves in mid-summer. Any reasonable soil in sun or part shade. H 75cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50            

Hemerocallis ‘Frans Hals’

A striking and reliable cultivar with alternate rusty-red and golden-orange petals on a compact plant. Great in mixed borders in sun for a bit of zingy colour! H 60cm, S 60cm.                       2L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’

Lightly ruffled, white flowers with a chartreuse-green throat in mid-summer. Easy in any reasonable, well-drained garden soil in full sun or partial shade.

H 70cm, S 60cm.                        9cm pot            £4.00

Hemerocallis ‘Green Flutter’ AGM

An especially beautiful flower on this variety in fresh-yellow with green centres. It flowers over a long season from early August.

H 50cm, S 60cm.                        3L pot          £8.50

Hemerocallis ‘Little Grapette’

Lots of little grape-coloured trumpets with a contrasting yellow throat are produced in early to mid-summer on this small plant.

H40cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis ‘Mauna Loa’  

Large, full, burnt-orange flowers to over 10cm, with subtle red highlights and a golden-yellow throat are produced in mid- to late summer. The colour says Morocco to me. H 60cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50            

Hemerocallis ‘On and On’   

Early to mid-season pink scented flowers with a green throat. As the name suggests the flowers go on and on, flowering above strong dark green foliage.

H 40cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis ‘Precious d’Oro’

White, fragrant flowers with petals that curve over to give a rounded shape. Cute! H 50cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Hemerocallis 'Root Beer'

This is a shorter variety with gorgeous deep velvety burgundy flowers with a golden throat. H 50cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot           £5.50

Hemerocallis ‘Taj Mahal’   

Mid to late season with orange flowers and maroon markings on the petals. Floriferous and vigorous. H 60cm, S 60cm.                        1L pot            £5.50


Hepatica

Hepatica nobilis

A small woodlander, happy at the front of a border, under shrubs and in dappled shade in rich, not too dry soil. Starry blue flowers appear in February and March over semi-evergreen foliage. H 20cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

       

Herniaria

Herniaria glabra

This mat-forming plant really fits the bill as a replacement for lawns! The great merit of this rare English native, with tiny, vibrant green leaves and little clusters of tiny green flowers, is its ability to retain its deep green colour throughout the year, in dry weather and on the poorest soils. This tolerance, combined with its extreme hardiness makes it an excellent, indestructible option for carpet bedding, and it is very soft to walk on.

H 5cm.                        9cm pot           £3.50


Hesperis

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora

With its beautifully perfumed flowers, this is one of the traditional 'Cottage Garden' plants. Even if you haven't the space for massing it in the border as once it was grown, you should at least have some plants as even a few flowers mixed with other summer blooms will scent an entire room. Although a perennial, it is best grown as a biennial when it will remain in flower from June to September. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50        


Heuchera

Undemanding and invaluable plants for their semi-evergreen foliage and short sprays of inconspicuous flowers that provide interest throughout the year. They will succeed in any reasonable, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade and combine well with grasses, coppiced shrubs and many other perennials. All of the purple-leaved forms look lovely when backlit by evening sun. The selection below are good, strong growers and in my opinion amongst the best available.

Heuchera 'Black Beauty'

This variety has black-red, ruffled glossy leaves for pretty much most of the year. White flowers appear from May onwards, contrasting well with the dark foliage. Great for the front of a border or in a container. H 30cm, S 40cm.                    1L pot           £5.50

Heuchera 'Coral Forest'

This Heuchers produces brilliant coral red flowers from spring to early summer over a low mound of smooth-lobed, green marbled foliage. As with all Heuchera they will be evergreen in mild winter areas but plants may be clipped hard in early spring. H 35cm, S 45 cm.               1L pot           £5.50

Heuchera sanguinea 'White Cloud'

With white flowers floating above green marbled foliage this is a lovely addition to the garden, either in pots or at the front of the border it will brighten up a dark spot and flower for weeks. H 30cm, S 20cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

           

Hosta

Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’

This Hosta forms a dense mound of slightly corrugated, heart-shaped, blue-green foliage that colours gold in autumn. Lavender flowers appear in July.

H 65cm, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

Well named and eye-catching miniature Hosta that forms a tight mound of tiny blue-green leaves topped by scapes of lavender blue flowers in summer. Squeak, squeak. H 20cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Hosta ‘Devon Green’

Compact, well-formed Hosta with bright, shiny green leaves and short scapes of pale-lavender flowers. One of the very best available in my opinion.

H 50cm, S 45cm.                   1L pot          £5.50

Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ AGM  

Very distinctive, forming an upright, vase-shaped clump with lanceolate, ribbed, glaucous, grey-green leaves and bell-shaped, pale-lilac flowers in summer. Best in partial shade. Generally, slug proof. H 75cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta ‘Patriot’

One of my favourites which will brighten a shady border with it’s green, oval leaves and creamy-yellow margins becoming white as they mature. Lavender flowers appear in late July. H 70cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta ‘Red October’

Medium-green, lance-shaped leaves with intensely red stems. Lavender flowers appear later than most hostas in Sept.

H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta 'Royal Standard'

Large heart-shaped, ribbed bright pale green leaves and fragrant white flowers from July to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

H 60cm, S 1.2m.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Sagae’ AGM

Large, broad, dark-green leaves edged gold, create a large, vase-shaped clump with real presence. H 1.2m, S 90cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Shade Fanfare’ AGM

Light-green, oval foliage with a slightly lobed base, edged with a creamy-white margin. Pale-lavender flowers in July. Excellent as a specimen or in a container. H 75cm, 60cm.                    1L pot         £5.50

Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ AGM

A sieboldiana bearing upright racemes of abundant, almost-white, bell-shaped flowers above a clump of oval, blue-green, wavy-edged leaves. Moist but well-drained soil in part shade. H 1m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ AGM

Well-known, but none-the-less impressive, sieboldiana Hosta, with large, heart-shaped, puckered, glaucous, blue leaves irregularly margined yellow. Eventually making a spectacular clump. Bell-shaped, white flowers are produced in early summer. Best in partial shade.

H 65cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta tardiana ‘Blue Wedgwood’          

Intensely blue, thick, oval, gently-waved foliage with a heavy bloom on the upper surface. Bluish-lavender flowers appear in August. A Hosta that’s well worth trying in the garden. Slug resistant. Height 65cm, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Hosta tardiana 'Halcyon' AGM         

A shorter plant with heart-shaped, glaucous, bright blue-grey leaves and dense spikes of bell-shaped, mauve flowers in mid-summer. Best in shade.  Grow with white flowered shade lovers for contrast. H 45cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ AGM

Dark-green, heart-shaped leaves with creamy-yellow margins and pale-lavender flowers in summer. Moist but well-drained soil in part shade.

H 50cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Houstonia

Houstonia caerulea 'Millard's Variety'

This lovely wee plant forms a low creeping mat of tiny green leaves, smothered by tiny blue star flowers in late spring. Perfect for between flagstones and as a groundcover in evenly moist soil and acidic conditions. Beautiful with spring-blooming bulbs of all sorts, especially when used to carpet below daffodils or tulips.                     9cm pot           £3.50

      

Inula

Inula racemosa

Not often found in nurseries Elcampagne makes a huge plant with its leaves exceeding 3 feet long and 10 inches wide. The flower stems will often reach 6 to 7 feet in height, so not for the small garden! Yellow flowers often appear in clusters at the top of these giant stems in mid to late summer. The flowers are attractive to insects and in autumn the seeds attract birds. A good multi-purpose plant for the back of a big border.

H 2.5m, S 2m.                    3L pot          £8.50


Iris

Iris chrysographes 'Mandarin Purple'     

This is a lovely pure purple Iris which flowers in June and July. Rush-like, thin green leaves appear early in the season until autumn. This Iris will cope with sun or partial shade in a moist soil that does not dry out. H 90cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Iris pseudacorus AGM  

The Flag Iris. Vigorous plant with big sword-like leaves and classic yellow Iris flowers in summer. For moist to wet soil in sun or light shade.

H 1.5m, S 1.5m.                       3L pot          £8.50

Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata'

A vigorous aquatic iris with ribbed grey-green leaves striped white of yellowish white and stems of yellow flowers with brown or violet markings in July to August. Full sun/partial shade. H 1.5m, S 1.5m.                    3L pot          £8.50

Iris sibirica ‘Golden Edge’

With ruffled falls of velvety, blue-violet flowers with distinctly golden-yellow edging this is a lovely iris to add to the garden. Flowering in May to June on upright stems, it sits well amongst other perennials in a border. Looks best planted in bold drifts. Plant in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

H 75cm, S 60cm.                   2L pot          £7.50

Iris sibirica 'Persimmon'

A clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with linear, strap-like, mid-green leaves and tall, erect stems bearing mid-blue flowers with veined falls in early summer. Copes with well drained or slightly damp soil in sun. H 90cm, S 45cm.                      9cm pot           £3.50

Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’ AGM

One of my favourite Iris and it makes a big impression on visitors when it flowers in the nursery gardens. An outstanding plant with large, slightly ruffled, indigo-blue flowers and a fine, silver-white margin in June and July. Tall and self-supporting, siting well in the middle of a mixed border.

H 90cm. S 60cm.                       9cm pot           £3.50

       

Kalimeris

Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'

Beautiful underrated plants from the Far East with clouds of Aster-like, blue ‘daisies’ on a billowy perennial creating a light and airy feel to the border for a very long period from mid-summer into autumn. Full sun or light shade and free-draining soil. H 70cm, S 45cm.                                   1L pot           £5.50


Knautia

Knautia arvensis  

Lovely native plant with lilac, scabious-like pincushions on wiry stems from mid-summer onwards. Loved by butterflies. For full sun and well-drained to dry soil. H 90cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Knautia macedonica

Lots of deep pink pincushions ping up all over the place. Fantastic with the soft pastel airiness of Helictotrichon sempervirens or Nepetas. Plant in full sun and free-draining soil for summer long flowers. H 90cm, S 30cm.                       2L pot          £7.00


Lamium

Lamium galeobdolon 'Florentinum'

This plant is a great solution to dry shade areas where you want to cover a lot of ground. Plants form a fast-spreading, bushy carpet of attractive green and silver leaves, bearing small soft-yellow flowers in mid spring. Stems root into the ground readily, where they touch. It is what I call an enthusiastic plant, but this is not a problem unless it is planted in a border with good fertile soil, so keep it on dry, shallow soil bankings or under trees where it will be kept in check. Although evergreen, plants should be clipped or mown hard in late winter to encourage fresh growth.

H 20 to 30 cm, S 2m plus.                     2L pot          £7.00

Lamium maculatum ‘Orchid Frost’

Silvery-white leaves, with scalloped, blue-green margins are a lovely backdrop for the delicate orchid-pink flowers, mid-spring and sporadically thro’ summer. Great ground cover for shade under shrubs. H 30cm, S 2m.                     2L pot          £7.00


Lathyrus

Lathyrus latifolius

A perennial cousin to the annual Sweet Pea with large clusters of showy flowers ranging from white to pink, rose and lavender-mauve. Sadly, these are not fragrant, but are good for cutting. Plants form a sprawling or climbing clump of dark green leaves. Useful on dry, sunny slopes. Drought tolerant. 

H 30 to 240cm, S 45cm.                   1L pot           £5.50


Leptinella

Leptinella potentillina

A creeping perennial that provides dense mats and great ground cover especially between paving stones and can with stand foot traffic. It spreads quickly by rhizomatous runners just under the soil surface. Leaves are feathery or fern-like with colours ranging from greyish-green to bright green with grey, purple and black tints. Flowers are tiny button-like heads without obvious petals. Colours of flowers range from white to yellow or even black. Leptinella stays evergreen during the winter and grows well in shade or sun. H 6cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'

An intriguing hardy and evergreen during the winter and grows well in shade or sun.  A perennial from New Zealand forming an evergreen carpet of ferny-feathery black and bronze-tinted dark green leaves, providing contrast in texture and colour for great ground cover especially between paving.

H 2.5cm, S 40cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum vulgare       

“Ox-Eye Daisy”.  One of most common native plants, often seen on road verges with its bright white daisy flowers with yellow centres.  Flowering from late spring into early summer, often having a second flush of flowers in late summer. Good for cutting. H 70cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Alaska’

This is one of the best cultivars for colder regions. Flowers are large single white daisies with a yellow eye, showy in the garden and excellent for cutting. Remove faded flowers to extend blooming. Shasta Daisy is a well-behaved garden hybrid and should not be confused with the weedy native Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). Attractive to butterflies. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Sonnenschein’  

Masses of cheery, buttermilk-yellow flowers on this cultivar of the more common white Shasta daisy. Tough as old boots, vigorous and easy in any soil, sun or partial shade. H 80cm, 40cm.                     2L pot          £6.50

           

Liatris

Liatris pycnostachya

Commonly called prairie blazing star, it is perhaps the tallest Liatris species in cultivation. One of the finest garden plants with spikes of pale purple flowers up to 18ins long. Foliage as lush and showy as the blooms. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Liatris spicate

A late summer flowering perennial with purple upright flowers which open from the top down. Thin grassy leaves surround the flower stems. Great in a mixed border with grasses and other “prairie” plants. H 70cm, S 30cm.                       5.5L pot             £6.00


Ligularia

Ligularia przewalskii AGM   

This is a stunning plant with tall spires of golden-yellow flowers over deeply cut foliage and black stems. The brown seed heads persist into winter and it will self-seed where happy. Best in moist soil and light shade as the leaves tend to wilt in strong sunlight. H 1.4m, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.50

Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ AGM

Robust and impressive cultivar with heart-shaped, toothed green leaves and well-filled spikes of golden-yellow flowers on long, black stems. For moist to wet soil in sun or partial shade. H 2m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.50            

Ligularia ‘Zepter’

German cultivar with large, long stalked green leaves and tall, wide spires of yellow flowers that smell of Bourbon biscuits on shiny dark purple stems, making a very imposing clump in a shady border in moist soil. H 2m, S 60cm.                     2L pot          £7.50


Linaria

Linaria vulgaris

“Common Toadflax” Also known as the Wild Snapdragon, the pale yellow and orange flowers of toadflax are often to be seen on roadsides and waste places, providing a splash of colour from July into late autumn. Great for establishing in wild flower plantings and meadows where it will happily spread amongst other plants. It was once used as a source of yellow dye and in the 17th century people put leaves under their bare feet and between their toes to ward off fever. H 45cm, S 40cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Lupinus

Lupinus 'Chandelier' (Band of Nobles)

This is a classic variety of this old favourite, with dense spires of scented soft yellow flowers in June and July. Lovely in herbaceous borders and cottage garden plantings. It is good as a cut flower and attractive to bees and butterflies. Lupins thrive in well-drained soil, in sun or light shade. Protect early growth from slugs and cut down flower-stems after flowering. H 90cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot          £7.00

Lupinus 'My Castle' (Band of Nobles Series)

Heavily scented, tall light red blooms with a darker standard appear during the summer on this cultivar. It is also a bushy upright perennial and not as tall as other varieties. It thrives in well-drained sandy soils in sun or part shade. This plant as will all Lupins is toxic if eaten.

H 75cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Lupinus 'Noble Maiden' (Band of Nobles Series)

This is an erect, clump-forming perennial with dense spikes of creamy-white flowers in early and mid-summer. Keep cutting off dead flowers to prolong flowering. Makes a great spot of colour in mixed borders and cottage garden plantings. H 90cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Lupinus 'The Chatelaine' (Band of Nobles Series)

This one is a clump-forming cultivar with dense, upright spikes of salmon-pink, with white standards opening from the base of the flower from June to July. H 100cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Lupinus 'The Governor' (Band of Nobles Series)

This variety has blue and white flowers which make a big impression in borders and cottage garden plantings. As with most lupins they are loved by bees and butterflies and will cut well for vases too. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Lupinus ‘The Page’

A stonking perennial that produces spire upon spire of vibrant cherry red flowers for months on end. Chop back after the first flush of flowers in spring for more of the same later. Plant in full sun and free draining soil. H 90cm, 60cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Lychnis

Lychnis coronaria AGM

Erect, woolly, silver-grey stems and leaves carry long-stalked, purple-red or pale-purple flowers to intense and dramatic effect. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil in mixed borders where they can pop up with their eye-catching colour. H 90cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot           £6.50

Lychnis coronaria 'Angel's Blush'

This pink eyed variety comes true from seed but interestingly the pink eye can vary with weather conditions, one I shall certainly be planting and seeing how it does in the nursery. With the usual woolly grey leaves and growing habit of other Lychnis it fits in well in mixed cottage garden borders.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot           £6.50

Lychnis flos-cuculi

A Basal rosette of blue-green leaves are topped with loose, star-shaped flowers with deeply cut petals in varying hues from white to pink-purple. Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Perfect for a wild corner of the garden. See ours in the wild flower bankings.

H 75cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

       

Lysimachia

Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ AGM  

A very easy plant with deep purple leaves, hairy stems and contrasting acid yellow flowers in mid to late summer. I have found this plant to be very invasive on wet soils so keep on the dry side to keep it in check. Happy in sun or part shade. H 75cm, S 90cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Lysimachia nummalaria ‘Aurea’      

A very vigorous evergreen perennial forming a wide mat of creeping stems clothed in small, rounded or ovate, golden-yellow leaves. Solitary, short-stalked, cup-shaped bright yellow flowers from spring onwards. Great for pots and containers or as ground cover. H 5cm, S 90cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50


Lythrum

Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ AGM

Beautiful, clear pink spires on a superlative plant that enjoys moist soil. One of the best perennials for a strong vertical accent and brilliant with both Persicaria and Miscanthus. H 120cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Lythrum salicaria ‘Robert’  

Bold spires of garish, pink-red flowers. Grow it with Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ with its deep-blue flowers in a shady spot and any reasonably moist soil or in a planting basket in a pond, where it can be contained. H 1m, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Lythrum salicaria 'The Beacon'

Bears dense crimson flower spikes with elongated dark leaves during June to September. Requires any moisture retentive soil in sun or part shade.

H 70cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Lythrum salicaria ‘Zigeunerblut’

Deep carmine-red flowers in mid-summer. One of the best perennials for a strong vertical accent in moisture-retentive soil in full sun.

H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Macleaya

Macleaya microcarpa

A huge, structural plant with elegant plumes of tiny, buff to coral-pink flowers that ‘float’ above sage-green, deeply lobed leaves, with a white bloom on the reverse. Full sun and well-drained soil. Very effective with late-flowering perennials, grasses and formal box hedging.

H 3m, S 60cm.                    2L pot           £6.50           


Maianthemum

Maianthemum racemosum AGM

Foliage is similar to Solomon’s seal carries plumes of sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers, sometimes stained green, in early to late spring. The flowers are followed by clusters of red fruit. Best in shade and moist soil to 1m. Newly emerging stems look like the aptly named garden eels standing to attention on the sea bed. H 70cm, S 60cm.                     cm pot          £3.50

Maianthemum stellatum

An altogether more delicate specimen with glossy, veined foliage emerges in spring on arching stems shortly followed by elegant, terminal racemes, made up of tiny, white, star-shaped flowers as the name suggests. Suited to shade and moist, well-drained soil. H 75cm, S 60cm.                      1L pot          £5.50


Malva

Malva moschata

“Musk Mallow” plants form a bushy mound of deeply-cut leaves with a pleasant musky fragrance. Satiny single hibiscus-type flowers appear during the summer, in a range of pink shades. Although not long-lived, this will often self-sow and come back for years. Cutting plants back hard in August will encourage the plants to winter and survive for longer. Seedlings that appear may be easily moved while still small. Attractive to butterflies. The plants in my own garden seed freely, so even if the parent plant dies out, there are always youngsters to take its place. H 60cm, S 45cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Monarda

One of my favourite plants which are interesting and easy to grow with a very long season of interest provided you can give them a soil that doesn’t dry out. Problems with mildew will arise if the plants are too dry at the root; other than that, they have much to commend them. Tufted flowers appear on upright, rigid stems forming a great dome-shaped clump, loved by bees and followed by persistent brown ‘lollipop’ seed heads that are very effective for autumn and winter interest. When brushed against, their leaves emit an invigorating fragrance too – what more can you ask for?

Monarda ‘Adam'

This Monarda has lance-shaped, aromatic leaves and terminal whorls of cherry-red flowers with purple-tinged bracts in mid-summer and early autumn.

H 75cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Aquarius’

This lovely plant has pale purple-pink flowers with green, purple-tinged bracts and bronzy foliage. Subtly scented flowers and leaves. Partially mildew resistant. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                   2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Blaustrumpf’

A compact cultivar with deep violet-purple flowers and purple-stained bracts on sturdy stems. Plant in moist soil in sun or partial shade.

H 80cm, S 45cm.                        2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’       

The one that got me into Monardas when I came across it at college, a long time ago. Scarlet flowers sit on upright stems with that distinctive Bergamot scent. Mid green leaves and being quick to bulk up make this a good old favourite. H 75cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Fishes’

Shrimp-coloured flowers, tending green in the centre and bergamot-scented foliage on a dome-shaped ‘bush’ with persistent brown winter seed heads. A lovely contrast to the usual reds and purples. Plant in sun or partial shade and moist soil. H 1m, S 45cm.                    2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Gardenview Scarlet’ AGM  

Eye-catching, scarlet flower tufts top rigid stems of fresh green, bergamot-scented foliage from June to August. Shows good resistance to mildew. Persistent brown ‘lollipop’ seed heads for winter interest. Try with Deschampsia and Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’. H 1m, S 45cm.                    2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Marshall’s Delight’ AGM

Vivid pink flowers atop characteristic square stems with the usual scented flowers and leaves. More resistant to mildew than many.

H 75cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot           £7.50

Monarda ‘Mohawk’

With light mauve flowers and darker mauve bracts this is a lovely plant for the scented or mixed border. Bronzy foliage makes a good contrast.

H 90cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot           £7.50      

Monarda ‘Scorpion’

Deep purple (air guitars out folks!) flowers on tall stems and used to great effect by Oudolf at Scampston Hall. Plant in sun and moist soil.

H 80cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot           £7.50       

Monarda ‘Violet Queen’ AGM

A really good, sturdy plant with softly hairy foliage and well-formed pale-violet flowers, absolutely loved by bumblebees. Brilliant with the pale-pink spires of Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’. H 90cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot           £7.50                        


Nepeta

Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’

A compact variety with erect spires of large, showy, blue-purple flowers from June to September. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun.  Loved by butterflies and bees. H 80cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Nepeta govaniana

An unusual catmint with wiry stems and small, yellow flowers the colour of a Post It note! Like a yellow Salvia. I love this plant, from its subtle flower colour to it’s amazing scent. It flowers from early summer and performs well in part shade. See it in our scented garden.

H 1m, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Nepeta parnassica

Another lovely and different catmint. This is a tall variety with aromatic foliage and spikes of purple-blue flowers on sturdy stems through summer and well into autumn. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun. H 120cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’   

One of the best, a robust cat mint with arching stems of soft-blue flowers over soft greyish-green, scented foliage in early summer. Cut back after flowering for second show of flowers. Use to line the edges of borders and paths, see it in our scented garden, also great under roses.

H 70cm, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’   

The taller classic catmint with silvery, scented foliage and lavender-blue flowers all summer. Cut back spent flower stems for a second show of flowers. Full sun and free-draining soil. Great with the lime yellow of Alchemilla. H 1m, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Nepeta subsessilis 'Blue Dreams'     

A more upright, bushy variety with bright blue flowers through summer from June to September over green scented leaves. Attractive to butterflies and not requiring staking makes this a great garden plant. Grow in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. H 50cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Oenothera

Oenothera biennis

This naturalised wild flower is perhaps the most common “Evening Primrose”. It is an erect, robust plant with leafy stems and long spikes producing a succession of the familiar, primrose-yellow flowers from June until September. H 1.2m, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £4.50

Oenothera odorata

This is a beautiful branching plant for the border, flowering freely the first year from seed, with sweetly-scented flowers that open golden-yellow then turn red. The encyclopaedia tells us these are vespertine - to save you looking that up, it means opening in the evening.

H 1.2m, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

          

Omphalodes

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ AGM

A cracking little woodland plant with arresting, bright-blue flowers over a very long period. Starting early in the season from March onwards. Semi-evergreen depending on what kind of winter weather we get. Inter plant with spring bulbs for great early season colour. Easy in moist, rich soil in shade.

H 20cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Origanum

Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ AGM  

Terrific dark-pink flowers with purple-red bracts from summer well into autumn on an upright plant. Profuse in flower and adored by bees, hoverflies and all manner of Lepidoptera. For full sun and free-draining soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50


Ourisia

Ourisia coccinea

An interesting, low growing plant with slowly creeping rhizomes covered with toothed mid green leaves. Tubular red flowers appear on tall stalks in early summer. Ideal for alpine plantings and troughs. H 15cm, S 45cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00


Oxalis

Oxalis acetosella

“Wood Sorrel” A native of woodland, growing in moist, leafy soil and semi-shade. With its trifoliate leaves and small, nodding dainty white flowers which close up at night. See it in our hedgerow border. H 7cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Oxalis enneaphylla 'Minutifolia'

A compact, clump-forming perennial with clover-like blue-grey leaves and pretty funnel-shaped, white fragrant flowers from May to June. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 5cm, S 10cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Papaver

Papaver alpinum

These poppies are best suited to the rock garden, containers or alpine troughs or for edging in hot, sunny borders. They form low rosettes of ferny olive-green leaves, bearing upright stems topped with satiny flowers in colours ranging from white to cream, yellow, soft pink and orange. A short-lived perennial which will usually self-seed. Removing faded flowers will greatly increase the blooming season. Drought tolerant.

H 15cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Papaver orientale 'Brilliant

A popular cultivar with beautifully frilled petals of dark and dramatic red with stunning contrasting black centres.

H 90cm, S 60cm.                       9cm pot          £3.50

Papaver orientale 'Coral Reef'

This varieties flowers have stunning and vibrant coral pink, large and long-flowering blooms. They are vigorous and much less prone to flopping as poppies can be sometimes. Your bees will love it as much as you will. H 75cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'

You just can't fail to want to fall in love with this beautiful Oriental Poppy. The luxurious, pure white flowers have a contrasting, almost black blob at its centre. H 75cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Penstemon

Popular plants that have an exceptionally long flowering period, preferring a rich, free-draining soil and full sun in a sheltered position to do well. Most are only borderline hardy; there-fore leave the flowering stems in place until the following spring before cutting back, to afford some frost protection. In more exposed sites the growth can be halved to minimise wind rock.

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’   

In my opinion, the best Penstemon available and truly hardy with stonking beetroot red leaves that are very effective in spring with the acid yellow bracts of Euphorbia polychroma. The stems are topped with white tubular bells flushed pink in late spring to mid-summer. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. H 75cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Penstemon 'Red Rocks'

Bright rose-red flowers keep going all summer into autumn with dark green leaves above a mound of narrow lance-shaped foliage. Thrives in a wide range of sites and soils and is very drought tolerant. Nearly evergreen. A butterfly magnet. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Penstemon ‘White Bedder’

Pure white foxglove like flowers are carried on upright stems and form a bushy plant. Ideal for bedding and in borders. Will flower all summer into autumn and the first frosts. H 60cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot           £7.00

          

Persicaria

Persicaria affinis ‘Donald Lowndes’ AGM

Tough little ground-cover plant that is suitable for growing on a dry bank, an old wall or for softening the edges of paving. Short spikes of pale-pink flowers turning dark red in summer over glossy green leaves with good autumn colour. H 20cm, S 100cm.                  2L pot           £7.00

Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’ AGM      

A great low growing ground-cover plant that is suitable for dry banks and ground cover. Short spikes of pale-pink flowers turning dark red in summer over glossy green leaves with good autumn colour. H 20cm, S 100cm.                   2L pot           £7.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’

One of my favourites, this rarer and less vigorous form has delicate, wispy, often branched spires of pure-white flowers with tiny, royal-purple stamens from July to the first frosts. Not as enthusiastic as some varieties and lovely in mixed borders. H 80cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot           £7.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Astrosanguinea’  

Plentiful dark red spikes come out at all angles on a bushy but lax plant with light green leaves. All the usual characteristics of Persicaria amplexicaulis varieties. H 1m, S 1m.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firedance’

A vivid, salmon-red flowering Persicaria and the finest of several selections by Piet Oudolf. Well worth a place in the garden for its, enthusiastic growth, making it good for ground cover and its long flowering period. H 90cm, S 100cm.                  2L pot           £7.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ AGM  

Stonking cultivar with numerous erect, fiery crimson spires on tall stems over bushy, green-ribbed foliage tinged red at the tips. Flowers from mid-summer until the first frosts, when the whole plant collapses until the following spring. Stunning with Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’.

H 1.2m, S 100cm.                    2L pot           £7.00           

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Inverleith’  

Vigorous plant with lots of short, divergent to upright spires of dark crimson-red flowers on a lower-growing plant with excellent weed-suppressing foliage. H 45cm, S 100cm.                     3L pot           £8.50

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Orange Field’

Bright, pink-orange flowers emerge early, in mid-June, making it an interesting contrast to the usual reds and pinks of Persicaria. 80cm.

H 1m, S 100cm.                      2L pot           £7.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’  

Numerous erect spikes of graceful, light-pink flowers for months on end. A very effective screening plant that can provide privacy without cutting down on light levels. Grow something more colourful behind it that will ‘shine’ through or use to knit planting schemes together. One of my top plants of all time!

H 1.4m, S 100cm.                  3L pot           £8.50

Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ AGM

Enthusiastic spreader with stubby, pale-pink pokers described by a young visitor to the nursery as a ‘Strawberry Mini-Milk’. Brilliant against a dry-stone wall or with a multitude of other border plants. H 75cm, S 100cm.                    3L pot           £8.00

Persicaria polymorpha

A true giant of a plant! Stout, branching stems which are smothered in a mass of tiny, cream flowers in summer, ageing to bronze-pink in autumn. Tough, self-supporting and non-invasive. H 2m, S 100cm.                    3L pot           £8.50

          

Petasites  

Petasites japonicus var. giganteus 'Nishiki-buki'

A rhizomateous perennial from Japan with round kidney-shaped light green leaves to 30cm across splashed with irregular yellow markings. very good for pondside or damp areas. See it in our stream at the nursery. H 40cm, S 1m.                     2L pot           £7.50


Phlomis

Phlomis russeliana AGM   

Big, soft, downy, evergreen, weed-suppressing leaves smother the ground and whorls of pale-yellow flowers clasp 1m stems from early to mid-summer. Persistent stems and flowerheads turn green and then brown and provide structure right through winter. Dry soil in full sun or light shade. Another of my favourites. H 90cm, S 60cm.                  2L pot           £7.00


Phlox

Often thought of as lurid, gaudy pink and leggy-looking plants from 1970s childhoods they have come on a bit since then.  All flowering in mid- to late summer, they can become a bit tatty further down as the season progresses, so grow something lower in front to hide the ‘bare legs’. May require some form of support.

Phlox douglasii 'Eva'

A mound-forming alpine with narrow dark green leaves and mauve-blue flowers with a dark eye in May to June. Plant in full sun.

H 10cm, S 20cm.9cm pot          £3.50

Phlox paniculata ‘Düsterlohe’

The best-looking Phlox I’ve ever seen, with upright panicles of reddish-purple flowers turning dark violet-purple and stained by rain drops to create an interesting two-tone effect. Some mildew resistance.

H 80cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot           £7.00

Phlox paniculata ‘Jade’

Tight clusters of smaller, cream flowers with unusual green tips to the petals in June to August. A more unusual Phlox for the mixed border.

H 65cm, S 30cm.                  2L pot           £7.00

Phlox paniculata ‘Mount Fuji’ AGM

Tall stems carry large clusters of small pure white fragranced flowers in late summer. Well worth a place in the garden.

H 1.4m, S 45cm.                  2L pot           £7.00

Phlox paniculata ‘Uspekh’

A vigorous cultivar with arresting purple flowers that have a white star centre and very scented on bushy plants.

H 80cm, S 30cm.                 2L pot           £7.00


Polemonium

Polemonium caeruleum subsp caeruleum f albiflorum

This white variety carries its flowers on upright stems over mounds of feather fresh green foliage which appears early in the season. Flowers from early summer into autumn. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot           £7.00           

Polemonium ‘Northern Lights’

A lovely compact plant with large, blue, fragrant flowers from early summer to autumn. H 40cm, S 30cm.                  2L pot           £7.00


Polygonatum  

Polygonatum hookeri    

An unusual creeping, slow spreading perennial with pale pink lilac starry flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers usually appear before the foliage. Ideal for pots, troughs, rock garden or woodland aspect. Worth growing for its unusual height in this genus.

H 3cm, S 60cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


Potentilla

Easy and adaptable little plants that generally prefer alkaline, free-draining soil in sun. Great for weaving through lower grasses and perennials at the front of the border.

Potentilla ‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ AGM

Well-known and rightly so, for this is the best scarlet red I’ve ever seen in the garden. The depth of the colour is limitless, rich and sumptuous. In mid-summer the whole plant is covered in a profusion of flowers, and these are particularly effective growing through low grasses and softening the edges of paths. For full sun and well-drained soil. H 40cm, S 40cm.                   2L pot           £7.00

Potentilla 'Megalantha'

An easy to grow plant but not often seen in gardens. Plants form a low mound of deep-green, fuzzy leaves with a strawberry-like appearance. Bright yellow rose-like flowers are held just above the clump from spring onwards. Perfect for a sunny rock garden, trough or container. This is one of those plants that begs to be touched. Height 10 to 15cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’

A gorgeous plant with single, brilliant-pink flowers with a red eye. Flowering from Late spring into summer. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Wilmott'

This cultivar features blooms of deep pink, with a contrasting crimson eye. Plants should be sheared back after blooming, to rejuvenate the strawberry-like foliage. A good plant for mixed tubs or containers in in full sun. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Shogran’

A very compact plant bearing bright-pink flowers with a darker eye throughout summer. Lovely for the front of a mixed border or in containers.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Potentilla rupestris

A quietly distinguished plant for the front of a cool border with small white flowers, yellow-eyed which are enhanced by daintily branching rose-pink stems in mid-summer. H 45cm, S30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Potentilla thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet'

Well-named plant that is always very popular at the nursery. Raspberry-red flowers, darker in the centre, from mid- to late summer on erect, bushy plants. For free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade. Superb with bronze fennel. H 40cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot          £5.50


Pratia

Pratia pedunculata

A vigorous evergreen perennial which quickly forms a wide mat of tiny rounded leaves, with short-stalked star-shaped pale blue flowers in summer. Great for between slabs or under shrubs. H 2cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

        

Primula

Primula alpicola

One of my favourite primulas with its highly scented flowers (find them in the nursery gardens). Its name literally is ‘a dweller in high mountains’. In the garden it is happy in moist soil and semi shade. The flowers are flared bells of soft yellow, silvered violet, palest mauve, white and raspberry pink.

H 30cm, S 20cm.                  1L pot          £5.50

Primula auricula 'Blue Velvet'

A neat auricular primula with rich bright blue, sweetly scented flowers. A very floriferous, strong plant. Grow in pot or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. Height 15cm, S 10cm.                   9 cm pot          £4.00

Primula auricula 'Helen Ruane'

A curious auricula with pale apricot cream flower in April. Foliage is evergreen. H 15cm, S 10cm.                    9 cm pot          £4.00

Primula auricula 'Osborne Green'

An old variety with a creamy-white centre, a purple body and a green edge to the flowers. Small mid green leaves will form a mat if grown in the border. Ideal for pots and containers and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. H 15cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00

Primula chungensis

A candelabra type with whorls of orange flowers in early summer. Will cope with shade and damp soil and occasionally wet conditions. See it growing in our stream garden at the nursery. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50         

Primula denticulata

Drumstick Primula. A perennial with rosettes of mid-green leaves. Stout stems of rounded, blue or mauve flowers in April to May. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 45cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Primula florindae AGM

The Tibetan Primrose is an easy plant for moist humus rich soil. Tall stems carry clusters of pendulous lemon yellow, clove scented flowers over rosettes of course shiny green leaves. A great plant for damp areas. Very striking. H 1m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Primula ‘Gold Lace’

Small primula with dark maroon flowers and gold edges to the petals. Flowers sit above neat mid-green leaves. Prefers sun or semi shade in well- drained soil. H 15cm, S 15cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Primula 'Old Port'

Small rosettes of dark green deeply veined leaves produce masses of round burgundy flowers in early spring. They like a damp, rich soil in sun or semi shade. Ideal for front of the border or in containers. H 10cm, S 30cm.                       1L pot          £5.50

Primula pulverulenta

A lovely tall Candelabra primula flowering with whorls of pink flowers in June, great for damp soil, along watercourses and ponds. It will tolerate some shade and gives great "pops" of colour amongst damp loving foliage plants. See it in our stream garden as you enter the nursery.

H 90cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Primula veris

“Common Cowslip”. A semi-evergreen perennial with a rosette of distinctly stalked, narrow ovate leaves and upright stems bearing umbels of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant yellow flowers from March into late spring. A native which enjoys damp semi shade. They form a welcome blast of colour on the wild flower bankings here in the nursery in spring. H 30cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Primula vialii

Known as the Pagoda Primula or Red-Hot Poker Primula, this striking plant was a sell out last year once it was in flower in the nursery. The flowers appear vivid red in bud and as they open from bottom to top the flowers are mauve, creating a bi-coloured effect. Leaves are long and upright surrounding the flower stems. Plant in partial shade in damp ground. H 40cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00

Primula vulgaris

"Primrose".  A native with deeply veined leaves and clusters of pale yellow, fragrant flowers with a pale orange eye in April to May. Mounds of semi-evergreen foliage can be seen most of the year on grassy bankings, often in semi-shade. H 5cm to 15cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Primula 'Wanda'

A nice little tough Primula which I’ve had great success with in my high cold gardens. It does well at the front of a border or in containers. It will form a dense mat of dark green foliage with magenta purple flowers appearing early spring and flowering on and off through the year. This is an extremely popular and ancient heirloom and perhaps the toughest Primrose of them all. Divide plants every 2 to 3 years in early fall, to maintain their vigour. Prefers a moist site. Will tolerate full sun in cool summer regions. H 10cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £5.50


Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’

Excellent early interest plant for shady areas or under trees and shrubs. Arresting, true-blue flowers appear over dark, bottle-green leaves in March and April. Good with the coppiced stems of Cornus or Salix. H 25cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Pulmonaria ‘Cotton Cool’

This plant has long, silver, tapered leaves with a dark-green margin. Blue and pink flowers are carried in dense clusters in spring. Semi-evergreen and one of the best for foliage. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50                           

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

Very pale blue flowers appear over nicely silver spotted green leaves in early spring. Great under shrubs and trees in shade on damp to well-drained soil. H 35cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Pulmonaria rubra ‘Ann’

A vigorous plant with softly hairy, plain, semi evergreen leaves and large coral red flowers in late winter. Plant in moist soil and shade for good ground cover. H 35cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Ranunculus

Ranunculus acris ‘Citrinus’  

A version of our native meadow buttercup, awash with simple, very pale sulphur-yellow flowers for most of the summer. Found in damp grassland and lime-rich to neutral soils. Not invasive like its creeping counterpart R. repens. Plant in full sun. H 40cm, S 30cm.                   1.5L pot          £6.00


Raoulia

Raoulia australis

This is an unusual alpine from New Zealand, and forms a flat carpet of lead-grey foliage that will creep in between small rocks. Flowers are tiny and insignificant, but this makes an interesting choice for the alpine scree or trough garden. It does give gardeners a challenge to find just the right spot with perfect drainage. Plants will perish in average border conditions. H 2cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Rodgersia

Rodgersia aesculifolia AGM     

This striking plant has big, palmate, horse chestnut like corrugated leaves and plumes of creamy white or pink flowers. Use in the bog garden or pond side where the soil doesn’t dry out. Happy in shade but will tolerate some sun. H 1.8m, S 1m.                    3L pot          £8.50

Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wing’      

A lovely variety with chocolate bronze spring foliage and pink flowers that turn burgundy as they age. Ideal for a shady spot in rich soil.

H 80cm, S 90cm.                      2L pot          £7.50

Rodgersia podophylla AGM

A superb architectural plant with big, rough, angular green leaves flushed bronze, and creamy-white flowers in tall, branched clusters. For sun or partial shade in good, moist soil and shelter from drying winds, which cause the leaves to tear. H 1.5m, S 100cm.                    3L pot          £8.50


Rodiola

Rodiola rosea

“Rose Root” Coming from cold mountainous regions this small fleshy leaved plant is quite at home here in Scotland. Yellow flowers similar to Sedum flowers appear in summer over glaucous foliage. Quite at home in containers or front of the border and alpine plantings.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00


Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii AGM  

Free-flowering ‘black-eyed Susan’ from the USA, making a very floriferous clump in late summer. Moisture-retentive soil in full sun. Useful for ground-cover massing. Will tolerate some dryness once established. H 80cm, S 45cm.                        9cm pot          £3.50

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ AGM  

Striking, intense golden-yellow, daisy-like flowers with a black centre for late summer and autumn colour. A tough, very effective ground-cover plant for landscaping and ground-cover massing. Grow in well-drained soil that doesn’t dry out. The persistent ‘chocolate lollipop’ seed heads look amazing against a background of parchment grasses. H 70cm, S 45cm.                      2L pot          £7.00

Rudbeckia laciniata  

Tall, branching, wiry stems carry daisy-like, golden-yellow flowers with reflexed petals around a green central cone over deeply dissected leaves. Great eye-catching plant for the back of a border in well-drained, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’

A new twist on an old favourite, named after the well-known nurseryman and prairie specialist who discovered it growing wild! Numerous fragrant clusters of finely quilled, light-yellow petals, surrounding brown central cones above strong, upright clumps of scented foliage. Find it in the scented garden in the nursery. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Rudbeckia triloba

A Rudbeckia that bears small daisy flowerheads on wiry stems. With dark conical centres and broad reflexed yellow petals, the display is long-lasting from late summer. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 90cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Rumex

Rumex sanguineus

"Bloody Dock". Red-veined dock is a tap rooted perennial with a rosette of leaves distinctively marked with deep red or purple veins. It is grown mostly as a foliage plant or ornamental vegetable, but it also produces erect stems of tiny, star-shaped green flowers that turn reddish brown.

H 60cm, S 30cm.                       2L pot           £6.50

          

Salvia

Salvia deserta

This newly introduced species from Xinjiang province in China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan grows naturally in scrub land and sandy grassland. It bears compact clusters of purple-blue flowers with dark red bracts which bloom in June and July on the ends of long branched spikes. This valuable new addition to this group of plants attracts many bumblebees and is usually not worried by winter wet. I look forward to seeing how it will do in wet, cold winters here in the nursery. H 60cm, S 30cm.                   2L pot          £7.00

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’  

The deepest dark indigo-blue flower spikes over crinkled, blackcurrant-scented foliage in May and June from dark stems. Simply superb when grown en masse. Allow the spent flowerheads to remain intact for a ghostly, strong, vertical accent in the border. Excellent with Achillea, Anthemis and Stipa tenuissima. Well-drained soil in full sun. H 60cm, S 45cm.                2L pot          £7.00

Salvia verticillata

Clusters of lovely, dark-purple flowers, calyx and stems over nice, dark-green leaves in mid- to late summer. A good ensemble piece and great with other sun lovers, such as Sedum, Nepeta, Stipa, etc. H 70cm, S 45cm.                  1L pot          £5.50

Salvia verticillata ‘Alba’

Arching spires made up of whorls of white flowers produced in mid- to late summer. Good persistent seed heads in full sun and moist but well-drained soil.  H 45cm, S 45cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rügen’

Well-spaced, upright spikes of purple-blue flowers in from June to September over aromatic, leaden green leaves.

H 35cm, S 30cm.                  1L pot          £5.50


Sanguisorba

Good, see-through plants that provide height, shape and textural interest in the border. Use them to create a curtain or veiled effect in sun or part shade. The flowers themselves are exquisite.

Sanguisorba canadensis

A big, regal-looking plant with long, tapering, white candles on sturdy, well-branched stems to in sun or part shade and moist soil. Looks great with Echinops and Galega officinalis. H 2m, S 60cm.                   3L pot          £8.50            

Sanguisorba menziesii

Originating in the Pacific North West, this species has short, upright, fluffy, pinkish-red flowerheads over neatly toothed leaves, followed by persistent maroon seedheads. The flowers are occasionally white. Named after Scottish plant collector Archibald Menzies, best known for introducing the monkey puzzle tree. H 90cm, S 70cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Sanguisorba minor

“Salad Burnett”. A short to medium height grassland perennial with greyish pinnate leaves and a rounded flower head of small green flowers with bright red styles. The leaves smell and taste pleasantly of cucumber. H 45cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sanguisorba officinalis

A mass of raspberry-red baubles float in the air on tall stems over a clump of pale-green leaves. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions owing to its large tap root. Flowering from mid-summer into autumn and self-seeds. Outstanding against a lighter background of white render or silver foliage. Seemingly makes a good wine – but I’ll leave that to the French! H 80cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00         

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Crimson Queen’

A new cultivar with striking crimson flowerheads from July to September. Great in amongst taller grasses such as Molinia or Calamagrostis. Plant in well-drained soil in sun. H 1m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.50

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Brushes’

Narrow, light-pink bottlebrushes, to 20cm long, on upright stems. A very striking plant for sun and well-drained soil. Plant with darker foliage plants to great effect. H 1.8m, S 60cm.                   2L pot       £7.50

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’

Lots of smallish, elongated, pale-pink flowerheads on a taller plant. Great with small-flowered Asters and against a dark background. Looks like lots of wee fireworks pinging off in all directions. H 80cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’

A compact little plant with nice shiny green crinkle edged leaves and swarms of small wine-red baubles. Looks fab with Stipa tennuissima at the front of a border. H 60cm, S 30cm.                  1L pot          £5.50

Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Pink Elephant’

Long, pinkish-red spikes on tall stems. Works well in sun and well-drained soil in amongst tall grasses for mid-summer colour.

H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’

Like Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba but with maroon purple flowers, foliage turns butter yellow in autumn. Great for mid to back of the border to add height without density. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot       £7.50                                             

Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba

A cracking plant that is both tall and graceful with cascades of long, white, tassel-like flowers that create a waterfall effect in the border. Brilliant against Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’. H 2m, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘White Tanna’

A recent introduction with neat, white caterpillar flowers on tall stems. Would create a beautiful transparent screen for solid perennials such as Lythrum and Veronicastrum. H 1.4m, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £7.00           


Saponaria

Saponaria officinalis

“Soapwort” A floppy perennial which makes a big mat of stems topped with pink flowers through summer. As suggested by the name the roots and leaves can be crushed and used to make a “soap” for washing clothes and people. H 60cm, S 100cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Saxifraga

Saxifraga paniculata var minutifolia

Tiny leaves indeed on a densely packed mound of rosettes gradually expanding to a palm-sized patch that is only knee high to a beetle.  The flower stems are comparatively robust getting a few inches high with a cluster of little white stars.  Perfect trough plant or for chinking rock crevices.

H 5cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Saxifraga x primulaize 'Salmon'

A tiny, distinctive saxifrage for the alpine trough or rock garden. Salmon-red flowers appear freely in summer over mid green leaves. Plant in well-drained, slightly moist soil in light shade. H 10cm, S 15cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50         

Saxifraga 'Spotted Dog' ('Canis-dalmatica' (× gaudinii))

I love this saxifrage with its silvery rosettes of leaves and tiny white flowers spotted with red. Great in an alpine trough, crevice or upturned roof tile. Height (in flower) 30cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00

Saxifraga x urbium

Very small single, pale pink flowers on slender, branched stems form a mist above a mat of thick, evergreen weed suppressing leaves. Once common in gardens especially edging paths. Good ground cover under trees and shrubs. H 30cm (in flower), S 60cm.                 9cm pot          £3.50


Scabiosa

Scabiosa columbaria

A lovely branched perennial with simple or pinnately lobed leaves, the upper ones more divided. Light bluish-purple pin cushion flowerheads appear in summer and early autumn. H 75cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00        

Scabiosa columbaria 'Nana'

This dwarf scabiosa produces soft pink, pincushion-like flowers over a long period beginning in early summer. Plant it near the patio or in a container where you can enjoy the profusion of butterflies it will attract. H 20cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00

Scleranthus

Scleranthus biflorus

This truly amazing plant, slowly creeping along like a dense and solid green rippling carpet, produces wonderful shapes and forms. Although related to our pinks, it is reputed to be the only Australian alpine totally hardy in the UK.  Suited to troughs, screes, rock gardens and even in a fernery. Drought tolerant and frost hardy. Height 4 to 6cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum

Tough plants with an extremely long season of interest that excel in poor, dry soil and full sun.

Sedum anacampseros        

An alpine selection of Stonecrop which is perfect for tumbling over walls, in troughs or pots. Grey green foliage is covered in out of proportion purple pink flowers in late summer. Grow in sun or partial shade.

H 15cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'

This variety forms a low carpet of small, burgundy-black leaves, spreading to form a small patch. Clusters of purple-red star flowers appear in late summer. A slow grower, this is well suited to the rock garden, or for edging, also a good choice for tubs and mixed containers. 

H 15cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum ‘Carl’

An upright, bushy stonecrop with robust stems and oblong, blue-grey leaves crowned by rose-pink flowers in summer and autumn. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 45cm, S 30cm.                1L pot          £5.50

Sedum ‘Dark Jack’

Sturdy, dark-purple stems with striking, mahogany leaves and long-lasting, wine-coloured flowers from black buds. No shrinking violet! Plant in sun and well-drained soil for best results. H 60cm, S 30cm.            1L pot          £5.50            

Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ AGM

Well known but invaluable plants not only for bees and butterflies but for their strong shape which provides interest and structure almost throughout the year often contrasting with the strong vertical form of grasses and the flat plates of Achillea. Pale green ‘broccoli’ heads open to glorious ruby pink jewels in autumn. Best on poor dry soil where it’ll hold its form better. H 45cm, S 45cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum telephium Atropurpureum Group ‘Karfunkelstein’ AGM

A clump-forming perennial with erect very dark purple stems and leaves. Clusters of star-shaped pink flowers with orange-red centres from August to September. Full sun. H 45cm, S 45cm.            9cm pot          £3.50         

Sedum ‘Matrona’ AGM

Big, robust, upright Sedum with large, purplish-brown leaves on strong stems topped by pale-pink flowers in late summer and autumn. One of the best! For dry soil and full sun. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50         

Sedum populifolium

An alpine subshrub with toothed, light green leaves and clusters of star-shaped, fragrant, white flowers from late summer to early autumn. Grow in sun and well-drained soil. H 25cm, S 45cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50         

Sedum 'Red Cauli'

A deciduous perennial with upright to spreading dark red stems, fleshy, dark green leaves, and flattish heads of many small, starry, bright pink flowers in late summer and early autumn. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 70cm, S 45cm.                    1L pot          £5.50

Sedum reflexum

A vigorous species, excellent as groundcover sunny areas of the garden. It forms a mat of blue-green leaves, arranged around the stems like spruce needles. Clusters of yellow star flowers appear in summer. A fast grower, this is best kept away from slower alpine plants that it might smother. Good choice for tubs and mixed containers. H 15cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum spathulifolium Atropurpureum Group

This very low growing stonecrop forms a mat of purple-grey, fleshy leaves. Yellow flowers appear in summer. Ideal for troughs, containers and alpine plantings. H5cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'

This low growing stonecrop forms rosettes of powdery silver fleshy leaves over which starry yellow flowers appear in late summer. Ideal for troughs, containers and alpine plantings.  H 10cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50         

Sedum spurium 'Coccineum'

Easy little groundcover plant with rounded fleshy red purple leaves and dark red flowers in summer. For free-draining soil in full sun. Use in wall cracks or around paving. H 15cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum telephium ‘Jennifer’

Lovely, pink-red flower heads above red foliage, ideal for front of the mixed border in sun and well-drained soil. Plant with Molinia ‘Moorhexe’ for a lovely late summer into autumn combination. H 40cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’ AGM

A beautiful Sedum with upright, very dark purple foliage and reddish flowers in late summer and early autumn that attracts butterflies and bumblebees in profusion. Persistent brown seed heads for winter interest. Dry soil and full sun. H 45cm, S 45cm.                 1L pot          £5.50


Sempervivum

Sempervivum arachnoideum

Green succulent leaves with dense 'spider web' white hairs woven over the surface. Light pink flowers from June to July. Ideal for pots, alpine troughs and drystone walls. H 8cm, S 5cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sempervivum calcareum

This species has bright green rosettes with deep red tips and is quick to multiply making a good clump in pots, alpine troughs and drystone walls.

H 9cm, S 20cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Sempervivum 'Lipstick'       

This variety has a beautiful red rosette with velvety texture, bearing light pink flowers in mid-summer. H 8cm, S 10cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Sempervivum 'Monseigner Desmet'       

Green succulent leaves with a touch of red and 'spider web' hairs over the surface. Light pink flowers from June to July.

H 8cm, S 10cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Sempervivum 'Silver Jubilee'

A green leaved variety with red tips to the leaves. As with all Semperviviums it needs good drainage and sun for the best leaf colour.

H 8cm, S 15cm.                9cm pot          £3.50


Senecio

Senecio polyodon

Linear, dark-green leaves and slender, arching stems bearing vibrant, purple-pink flowers in summer. Well-drained soil in full sun.

H 40cm, S 50cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Sidalcea

Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ AGM

An old, established cultivar with lovely well-filled stems of pale-pink, frilled flowers on a bushy plant reminiscent of a dwarf hollyhock. A classic cottage garden plant that enjoys full sun and moist soil. See it growing in the nursery gardens. H 90cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Silene

Silene dioica

“Red Campion” This native naturalises well with it’s hairy stems and vary shades of pink flowers. Flowering time can be anytime from March right through to autumn. Grow in sun or semi shade in most soils. H 70cm, S 45cm.            2L pot          £7.00


Sinacalia

Sinacalia tangutica

Dark, almost black-stained stems carry prettily carved leaves, topped with long pyramid-shaped heads of cool-lemon flowers from August to September. Plant in partially shady places in most soils. Can be on the invasive side so give it space or plant in grass which it will cope with.

H 1.2m, S 60cm.                2L pot          £7.00


Sinopodophyllum

Sinopodophyllum sp

A perennial that has glossy green, drooping, lobed leaves on its few stiff branches, bearing a pale pink flower and bright red-orange bulbous fruit. A desirable addition to woodland-type gardens. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing the rhizome. It is very tolerant of cold temperatures, as would be expected of a Himalayan plant, but it does not tolerate dry conditions. An interesting and unusual plant to grow. H 45cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Sisyrinchium

Sisyrinchium californicum

Perennial with narrow dark green leaves and upright stems of pretty yellow flowers from June to September. Plant in full sun and will cope with damp to wet soil. H30cm, S 20cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Solidago

Solidago 'Citronella'

An appealing plant that with clusters of subtle, small, pale-yellow flowers above neat, lance-shaped leaves in mid- to late summer. Suitable for sun or part shade in any reasonable soil and loved by bugs, beasties and flower arrangers of every type. H 75cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’  

This well-named plant is destined to become a real star of the perennial border and is quite unlike any ‘goldenrod’ you will have seen before. Quite simply an explosion of long, arching stems smothered in tiny, yellow flowers from a bushy plant. Excellent with late summer perennials and grasses, showing good drought and mildew tolerance on sandy soil. H 1m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Stachys

Stachys byzantina    

Velvety, silvery leaves with curious spikes of purplish flowers in summer. An evergreen plant very useful for the front of borders and along-side path edges. Plant in dry soil in full sun. Good with grasses, when backlit in the evening. H 60cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’

Strikingly large, soft, downy foliage and heavily felted, knotty buds on silver, velvety stems, though the flowers themselves are inconspicuous. Well-drained soil in full sun. H 60cm, S 60cm.                  1L pot          £5.50

Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’  

Non-flowering clone with large, soft, silvery, tactile leaves all year. For full sun and free-draining soil. Excellent with dark-leaved Sedums and blue grasses. H 30cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50

Stachys officinalis

Chubby wee spikes of pink flowers emerging from darker-pink calyxes, above excellent crinkled foliage.  Loved by bees. Plant in full sun and free-draining soil. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’    

An underrated plant from Piet Oudolf with lovely, purple-red flowers that stand to attention and are held well above the crinkly, green foliage. In autumn the flowerheads turn cinnamon and persist through winter. Well worth a place in the mixed border. H 60cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot          £7.00

Stachys palustris

‘Marsh Woundwort’ This pretty British native plant looks rather like a cross between an orchid and a nettle. It has slightly rough, green leaves, and spikes of pinky-purple flowers with white markings in summer. In the wild it grows on the banks of streams, rivers and ponds, and in ditches and marshes. The flowers are very attractive to bumblebees. H 75cm, S 30cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50


Symphytum

Symphytum officinale

‘Common Comfrey’ A clump-forming perennial with dark green rough leaves and clusters of purple-violet, pink or creamy yellow flowers from May to July. Plant in Full sun or partial shade and in most soils. Makes an excellent fertiliser. H 1.5m, S 2m.                   3L pot          £8.00


Tanacetum

Tanacetum vulgare

"Common Tansy". An erect perennial with pretty ferny, aromatic green leaves. Stems of button-shaped bright yellow flowers in summer from June to August.  Plant in full sun. H 10o cm, S 100cm.                  2L pot          £7.00

           

Tellima

Tellima grandiflora

Spikes of campanulate, greenish-white flowers rise above rosettes of bright-green leaves. Prefers moist soil in partial shade, but tolerant of dry shade. Can be semi-evergreen. H 80cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00            

Tellima grandiflora Rubra Group  

A great plant for shady places and most soils. With its evergreen scallop shaped leaves and rich purple red and green colouring it adds colour to borders all year. In early summer pink tinged green spikes of flowers appear over the foliage. H 60cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Teucrium

Teucrium chamaedrys        

Wall Germander. A low creeping plant with hairy dark green leaves. Pink flowers appear from July to September and are attractive to bees. Wild flower of the British Isles. H 15cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £7.00


Thalictrum

Meadow rue generally requires a free-draining, moist soil and full sun to semi-shade. Keep the bigger types on the dry side to prevent them from collapsing. Self-seeding can occur where happy.

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ‘Thundercloud’ AGM

An explosion of dusky dark-purple flowers in late spring over delicate light green leaves. Good with Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ and bronze fennel. H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    1.5L pot          £5.50

Thalictrum delavayi

An upright Thalictrum with large leaves divided into many small oblong leaflets, and large open panicles of lilac-mauve flowers 2cm in width, with prominent cream stamens. Gorgeous and much admired in the nursery. H 1.2m, S 40cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

One of the best structural Thalictrums, with dense heads of purple and cream flowers over very decorative, glaucous, grey foliage flushed purple. Keep on the dry side to avoid collapse. H 2m, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £7.00


Tiarella

Tiarella polyphylla ‘Filigran’

A gorgeous plant for shady areas with heart-shaped, hairy, toothed leaves and red-stemmed, delicate, white-to-pinkish flower spikes.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £7.00

Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’        

A great plant for dappled shade at the front of a border or in pots. With its green leaves, veined with dark bronze and fluffy pink flowers spikes from March to May, it is definitely worth a spot in the garden. Plant in moist but well-draining soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                       1L pot          £5.50


Trifolium

Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens'

A great low growing ground cover plant for all year-round colour with its purple and green clover shaped leaves. White pompom flowers appear in summer. A great plant for in between paving and over walls and bankings. Will take some foot fall. Because of its vigorous habit, do not plant next to slow-growing alpine plants that might get smothered. Trim back hard in midsummer to rejuvenate the foliage, if plants begin to look scruffy. 

H 10cm, S 60cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50

Trifolium rubens ‘Red Feathers’

A lovely, ornamental clover forming bushy clumps of narrow, blue-green leaves and tall stems carrying elongated, red flowers, silvery in bud. Best in full sun and free-draining, moist soil. Loved by bumblebees and rabbits which is not so good. H 40cm, S 45cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


Uvularia

Uvularia grandiflora   

This lovely, unusual woodlander has yellow bell-shaped flowers hang from arched stems in late April. The long petals twist towards the ends and with mid green fresh foliage provide something a bit different in the garden. They prefer partial shade and rich soil. H 45cm, S 30cm.                  1L pot          £5.50                  


Valeriana

Valeriana alliariifolia          

With its mid green leaves and white flowers from July to August, this makes an interesting and unusual plant for the garden. Originating from Russia this plant will grow in partial shade and tolerate most soils. H 1m, S 60cm.                     2L pot           £7.00

Valeriana officinalis

Underrated native perennial with silvery-purple foliage emerging from the ground in February and followed by tall, upright, self-supporting stems carrying plates of pinkish-white or all-white flowers with a heady, lily-like fragrance. Pinnate, toothed, bright-green leaves enhance the overall effect in early summer. For moist to wet soil in sun or light shade.  H 1.8m, S 60cm.                    1L pot          £5.00

Valeriana phu 'Aurea'          

The spring foliage is a clear bright yellow, making it a welcome addition to the spring garden. By mid-summer the foliage has turned green under clusters of creamy white flowers. Will grow in sun or dappled shade. H 75cm, S 60cm.                      9cm pot          £3.50


Verbascum

Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’

An easy plant with small-to-medium, dark-purple flowers that cover the stem in late spring. The flowers are terrific with bronze fennel, Centaurea and Carex buchananii. Short-lived but self-seeds, perpetuating the effect. Plant in full sun and free-draining soil. H 90cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot           £6.50

Verbascum thapsus

“Great Mullein”. A robust biennial with rosettes of mid-green leaves. Produces erect densely woolly stems of saucer-shaped yellow flowers in July to August in full sun. H 2m, S 45cm.                   1L pot          £5.50


Verbena

Verbena hastata ‘White Spires’

Gleaming spires of pure-white flowers bloom from the bottom up from early summer into autumn. Plant in well-drained soil and full sun.

H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot           £7.00


Veronica

Veronica gentianoides AGM

Short spikes of porcelain-blue flowers from a spreading rosette of glossy semi-evergreen leaves in early summer. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil for early colour. H 45cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot          £3.50

Veronica prostrata 'Spode Blue'

A wonderful addition to any rockery, paving or gravel bed and can make superb container plants with other alpines. Bright blue flowers appear in summer over green foliage. Plant in sun and well-drained soil. H 10cm, S 15cm.                     9cm pot          £3.50


Veronicastrum

Superb plants that provide height, drama and a strong vertical accent to the late summer border.

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’

A fine upright perennial, perfect for adding height to a border with its strong stems topped with spikes of lilac-blue flowers from July to September. Plant in partial shade or sun in rich soil. Works very well with tall grasses and Sanguisorbas as you can see in the nursery gardens. Loved by bees.

H 120cm, S 60cm.                2L pot         £7.00            

Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum

Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-green leaves and dense racemes of pale-pink flowers mid-summer to autumn.

H 1.5m, S 60cm.                     2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum ‘Pink Glow’

Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-green leaves and dense racemes of pale-pink flowers from mid-summer to autumn. Perfect in sun or partial shade with other tall perennials and grasses to give height to a border. H 1.5m, S 60cm.                   2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’

An eye-catching, architectural perennial producing clusters of long, fasciated (flattened) spires of lilac-blue flowers fading to pale lavender at the base over tiered whorls of stiff, lanceolate leaves. H 1.8m, S 45cm.                    2L pot         £7.00

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavandelturm’

Tall, branched spires of pale lavender flowers appear in mid-summer. Plant in full sun or light shade in rich soil with tall grasses and other prairie plants.

H 1.8m, S 60cm.                    3L pot         £7.50


Viola

Viola hederacea          

A trailing, spreading Viola with lovely lilac and white flowers. Prefers cool partial shade and moist free draining compost, Ideal for pots and containers. Flowers April to October. H 15cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

Viola odorata

“English Violet”, “Sweet Violet”. A British native perennial with heart-shaped dark green leaves. Sweetly scented blue flowers from February to March in partial shade. H 5cm, S 10cm.                     1L pot          £5.50

Viola odorata ‘Alba’

A white cultivar of the Sweet violet with heart-shaped dark green leaves. Sweetly scented white flowers bloom from February to March in partial shade.

H 5cm, S 10cm.                 9cm pot           £3.50

Viola riviniana

“Common Dog Violet” This attractive little British wild flower appears in early April with its violet flowers over a rosette of mid green leaves. A woodland plant that enjoys semi shade and damp soil. H 10cm, S 15cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Waldsteinia

Waldsteinia ternata

An often over looked plant that provides very effective, vigorous evergreen groundcover in shade beneath trees. Yellow flowers show up well against the dark foliage in spring. Any reasonable soil and will tolerate considerable dryness and full shade. H 25cm, S60cm.            9cm pot           £3.50




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The Quirky Bird says:

Perennials will give years of colour and interest in your garden and by choosing the right plants you can have interest through every season. Some are evergreen, extending colour and interest right through winter. Add in different heights and growth habits for even more interest.

Perennials are available in the following pot sizes: 9 cm, 1 litre, 2 litre and 3 litres. They can be planted at any time of year as long as the ground isn’t frozen or water logged. In summer water plants regularly until established.