Perennials

Below is our current list of perennials in stock. There will be variations as plants sell out or propagation is not successful, please use this as a guide and not a definitive list. It is impossible to keep it updated all the time through the year along side all the other nursery work that needs done.  With many 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 many plants 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 for spring.


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 banks.

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.                      1L pot           £6.00

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.                    9cm pot          £3.50

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.                    9cm pot          £3.50

                                                                                                                       

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         £9.00          

Achillea ‘Credo’ AGM

An Ernest Pagels introduction that opens in June, starting 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.                     2L pot         £9.00

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            £10.00

Achillea grandiflora

A tall perennial which is quite remarkable in its size. Ideal for a large area at the back of the border. Can be a bit of a spreader so give it room but worth it for the height and huge flower heads it bears. The creamy white flowers appear in summer. Plant in sun and well drained soil.

H 2m, S 1m.                     3L pot              £10.00

Achillea millefolium

“Yarrow" (Melancholy, Doggies brose – Scots native) 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.                      9cm pot            £3.50

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Intense cerise-coloured flowers over a long period from mid-summer onwards. Plant in sun and well drained soil for summer into autumn colour. Great with grasses. H 60cm, S 60cm.                      9cm pot            £3.50

Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’

Yarrow. A perennial with dark green leaves. Bright magenta-pink flowerheads in June to September with pale-coloured flowers get progressively darker, culminating in dark crimson that lasts well into autumn. . Full sun. Max Height 60cm. Max Spread 60cm.                      9cm pot            £3.50

Achillea millefolium ‘Red Velvet’  

A really good, dark rosy-red Achillea that doesn’t fade, flowering from early summer into autumn. Adds a lovely blast of red to mixed borders. Plant in sun and well drained soil. 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.                     1L pot             £6.00                                             

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.                     9cm pot             £3.50

Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’  

Compact Achillea with flowerheads silvery in bud and first brassy-red, then orange-brown flowers to 70cm over matt, grey-green, ferny foliage from summer into late autumn. Persistent brown seedheads for winter interest. Works well with the blue spires of Perovskia and the claret pincushions of Knautia macedonica. Well-drained soil and full sun or light shade. H 60cm, S 35cm.                   9cm pot             £3.50


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 x bicolor AGM

A super plant with eye-catching white flowers edged violet-blue, on a branched plant from early to mid-summer.

H100 – 150cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot             £9.00

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              £9.00        

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             £9.00

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.                                                2L pot             £9.00     


Acorus

Acorus calamus

Sweet Flag is a marginal (shallow) water plant with erect, sword-shaped aromatic leaves. It has insignificant flowers and the rhizomatous root grows shallowly across the soil. Grow at pond margins or in wet soil in full sun where it will gradually spread to form an attractive architectural clump which. H 60-90cm.                                         2L pot             £9.00

Acorus gramineus 'Hakuro Nishiki'

A compact, semi-evergreen, grass-like perennial with bright yellow and green variegated foliage. 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 10 – 50cm, S 10 – 50cm.                 9cm pot            £4.00

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.                  2L pot            £9.00

Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus'

Sweet Flag is not a true grass, but it does have a distinctive, grassy appearance. This one forms a low mound of narrow sword-shaped leaves, striped lengthwise with green and creamy-white. Flowers are green and insignificant. The 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. H 25cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot            £4.00         

    

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             £9.00

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             £12.95                

          

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                 £9.00


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

Agastache rugosa ‘Liquorice Blue’

Whorls of blue flowers on long, upright spikes in summer with liquorice-scented, ornamental foliage. Attractive to butterflies and bees. Plant in full sun and a good choice for dry soil. H 60cm.                      9cm pot            £3.50

Agastache rugosa f. albiflora ‘Liquorice White’

Pure-white flowers on upright green ‘candles’ over liquorice-scented, greenish-yellow foliage from mid-summer until the first frosts. Well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Tolerant of dry soil once established and adored by bumblebees. H 1.2m.                     9cm pot            £3.50

  

Agrimonia

Agrimonia procera

A mid-sized herbaceous perennial with toothed, pinnate leaves that have a citrus aroma. In summer, it bears spikes of yellow flowers, followed by bristly seed pods. A native plant growing in sun or partial shade and well drained chakly and loamy soil.

H 60cm, S 40cm.                     9cm pot            £3.50

 

Ajuga

Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ AGM  

One of the best Ajugas with large, evergreen, bronzed-purple leaves and short, robust spikes of purple-blue flowers in May and June. Useful bee plant and excellent ground cover for moist soil in partial shade. Good with dwarf box hedging and stone paving.

H35cm.                    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 'Charters Double'

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 alpina

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                  £4.00  

Alchemilla erythropoda

A dwarf lady's mantle with small scalloped leaves of soft-blue-green are set off by sprays of tiny lime-green stars, which turn coral-red as they age. Flowering from June to September in sun or shade. H 20cm, S 30cm.                     9cm pot                  £4.00

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.                    1L pot              £6.00      


Allium

Allium Carinatum pulchellum

A clump-forming Allium with narrow leaves on the lower part of the stem. Nodding, rich red-purple, bell-shaped flowers are borne in loose umbels in mid summer. H 60cm.                  9cm pot                £4.00

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                £4.00

Allium lusitanicum

This allium forms a clump of upright, strap-shaped, onion-scented leaves, with rounded heads of light purple, bell-shaped flowers in mid- to late summer. Plant in a sunny border with shorter grasses and perennials. H 30cm, S 10cm.                  9cm pot                £4.00          

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                 £4.00

Allium narcissiflorum

A clump-forming allium with flat, narrow, slightly twisted leaves and up to five relatively large, nodding, bell-shaped rosy-pink flowers. Grow in full sun and well drained soil. H 25cm.                  9cm pot                £4.00  

Allium senescens subsp. Glaucum

Producing twisted leaves as the plant matures, this clump forming bulb produces pompoms of pink flowers that are great for pollinating insects including butterflies. Perfect for the border, alpine rock garden and containers. Flowers through summer in well drained soil and sun.

H 20cm, S 25cm.                 9cm pot                £4.00  

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 triquetrum

“Wild garlic” A bulbous perennial with unusual triangular stems and white, green striped bell-shaped flowers in spring. All of the bulb is edible and can be used as you would leeks or spring onions. H 20cm.                9cm pot               £3.50

Allium wallichii

Leaves are a mid green in colour and flowers are a deep red/purple in colour on stems to around 45cms. These are star shaped and held in lax umbels at the top of each stem. A nice colour break from the usual pale purples of alliums. Grow in full sun or part shade and moist well drained soil. H 45cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot               £4.00


Althaea

Althaea officinalis

This wild flower is found in marshes, mostly near the sea. It is a softly hairy plant with velvety grey-green leaves, and bears many soft pink flowers in late summer. The mucilage used in marshmallows comes from the roots, it is the original marshmallow sweety plant! Great for pollinators and good for adding height to a border. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                  2L pot              £9.00


Amsonia

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Clumps of graceful, arching stems carry narrow leaves and unusual, grey-blue starry flowers from midsummer. For sun on most soils.

H 60cm, S 40cm.                     1L pot               £6.00


Anaphalis

Anaphalis triplinervis

A perennial with white-woolly stems bearing narrowly elliptic, greyish-green leaves, white-felted beneath. Small, white everlasting flowers in loose terminal clusters which last into autumn and winter. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. H50cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot               £9.00


Anemone

Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’

A gently spreading perennial with dark green leaves and solitary large white flowers with pink-tinged backs from March to April. Plant in sun or partial shade. H 15cm, S 15cm to 20cm.                    9cm pot               £4.00

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Rotkäppchen’

A lovely Japanese Anemone flowering from late summer into Autumn. The semi-double rosy - pink cup shaped flowers add a splash of subtle colour to a semi shade area from September to October. Moist soil and partial shade. H 75cm, 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             £4.00

Anemone nemorosa 'Viridiflora'

In this variety, what typically would be petals are actually modified leaves know as bracts. This creates an unusual mid-green, moss-like texture and it’s absolutely charming combined with all the other plants in the garden as they burst into growth in spring. As with all wood anemones, they will begin to naturally die down in late spring and will rest until the following spring. H 20cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot             £4.00

Anemone sylvestris

“Snowdrop Windflower”. A perennial spreading rapidly by root suckers. The long-stalked leaves are mid-green and deeply divided. White flowers up to 8cm across, with golden stamens appear in late spring and early summer. H 50 – 100cm.                   2L pot              £9.00

Anemone x lipsensis

This is a gorgeous little anemone, growing in the same way as the nemerosa culivars. It is a vigorous, rhizomatous perennial with deeply divided leaves and primrose-yellow flowers in spring. Looks lovely amongst Hellebores and forget-me-nots.

H10cm, S10cm.                    9cm pot             £4.00


Antennaria

Antennaria dioica 'Alba'

A mat-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with tiny, spoon-shaped, silky, grey-green leaves and leafy stems bearing clusters of small, fluffy, white flower heads in late spring and early summer. H 15cm, S 30cm.                                                                        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.                                   2Lpot             £9.00

Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise'

Hardy Marguerite Daisies are among the best choices for summer-long colour in the sunny border. Plants form a mound of ferny green leaves with branches of daisy flowers. This selection has pale sulphur yellow flowers that blend with nearly anything. Useful in containers, as well as in the garden. Relatively drought tolerant and adapts well to poor soils. Removing faded flowers regularly will greatly increase blooming time. If plants become floppy in mid-summer, shear them back to 6 inches to rejuvenate. H 60cm, S 40cm.                                   2L pot             £9.00

Anthericum

Anthericum liliago

This perennial produces tufts of narrow, rather coarse grass-like linear mid-green leaves, 30-45cm long, and tall stems bearing white, trumpet-shaped flowers to 4cm across, in late spring. H 1m.                                         9cm pot             £4.00


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             £6.00

                             

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. I have 26 varieties and species of Aquilegia growing in the nursery gardens. I have listed the ones I have most of for sale but there are others available in the nursery that I am working on bulking up numbers.

Aquilegia 'Dark Purple Pleat'

A compact, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with deeply-divided, blue-green leaves and, from late spring into summer, slender, upright stems bearing spurred, nodding, double, dark purple flowers with white-tipped petals.

H 60cm, S30cm.                                 9cm pot             £3.50

Aquilegia 'Denim and Ice'

A lovely mix of blues and whites, singles and doubles, you never know what you will get which is part of the fun. Plant in sun or partial shade, dry or well drained soil. Great scattered through borders and in shady places. H 60cm, S 30cm.                                9cm pot             £3.50

Aquilegia ‘Fancies’

Many varied double forms of Aquilegias in all the colours. Plant in sun or partial shade, dry or well drained soil. Great scattered through borders and in shady places. H 60cm, S 30cm.                                9cm pot             £3.50

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.                                 9cm pot             £3.50                     

Aquilegia longissima

One of the loveliest of Aquilegias and one of my favourites is this yellow species from the mountains of Arizona. With much-divided, fern-like foliage, it bears scented yellow blooms with long long spurs from July to October. It is hardy throughout the British Isles and did well in the scented garden last year. H 90cm, S 30cm.                               9cm pot             £3.50  

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             £3.50  

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.                       9cm pot               £3.50       


Arabis

Arabis alpina

A small, mat-forming, evergreen perennial. It has mid-green, basal leaves and in spring, bears small racemes of white flowers on wiry stems. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H 20cm, S 60cm.                     9cm pot                    £3.50

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

Arabis 'Snowcap'

Rock Cress. Mat-forming evergreen with loose rosettes of toothed, grey green leaves. Abundant pure white flowers in late spring to early summer. Plant in full sun. H 15cm, S 60cm.                     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


Armoracia

Armoracia rusticana

“Horseraddish” a vigorous rhizomatous perennial with fleshy, pungently aromatic tap-roots, large, dock-like bright green leaves and panicles of small, white flowers in early summer. Plant in sun to partial shade and most soils. The root can be ground or grated and mixed with vinegar to make horseradish sauce. H 90cm, S 100cm.                    2L pot           £9.00


Artemisia

More Artemisia are listed under herbs

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.                     2L pot                 £9.00

Artemisia pontica

This lovely delicate-looking Artemisia forms a forest of stiff, upright stems covered with finely-cut silver scented foliage. It makes a lovely plant in mixed borders or in a white and silver themed planting. H 45cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot                 £9.00

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           £9.00


Arum

Arum italicum marmoratum

The glossy green leaves, marbled with silver appear from the ground in late autumn providing some interest as they grow through winter. By spring they are fully grown and are followed in September by upright stems topped with a cluster of red berries. Very eye catching all year round. Grows in shade and most soils except dry. H 30cm, S 15cm.           9cm pot           £4.00                                    


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           £6.00

Aruncus dioicus

“Goat’s Beard”. Plumes of creamy white flowers like a giant Astilbe, over dense foliage. Moist soil that doesn’t dry out in sun or light shade. A great plant for filling out large shady areas. H 1.8m, S 90cm.                           3L pot            £1000

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.                    2L  pot            £9.00


Asarum

Asarum europaeum AGM

Kidney-shaped, glossy, evergreen leaves making dense, very effective ground cover in moist to dry shade. H15cm, S40cm.                    9cm pot            £4.00


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          £4.00


Asperula

Asperula tinctoria

“Dyers Woodruff”. This gorgeous perennial covers itself in tiny white flowers from June onwards. Its spreads out forming a mounded plant of dark green leaves. It is happy in sun or partial shade and will grow in most soils. H 30cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


Aster  

Underrated plants for shape and form from late summer into autumn and often into December. 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. Asters have now been re-classified into several genus which I have put in brackets in each entry. For simplicity I have kept them under Asters for now.     

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          £9.00

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.                    9cm pot           £3.50

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) laeve‘Calliope’

A much sought-after cultivar of the smooth Aster with lovely, lilac-purple flowers on tall, almost black stems. Excels in full sun and dryish soil. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                        2L pot      £9.00

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.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’

A striking Aster for it’s dark bronzy-purple foliage in summer. Flowers are white with purple-pink disc florets. Taller and more open and graceful than the species. H1.2m, S 30cm.                   2L pot           £9.00

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          £9.00            

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.                         2L pot      £9.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Badsey Pink'

Lovely late flowering aster with full deep pink flowers from August to October. Mildew resistant and good for flowering arranging. Great for cut flowers and bees. Plant in sun and well drained soil. H 1m, S 60cm.                         9cm pot      £4.00

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           £9.00

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          £9.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) 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          £9.00

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 susceptilble to mildew. H 90cm, S 30cm.              9cm pot           £3.50

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-belgii 'Jenny'

This smaller Aster forms a compact clump of erect stems bearing narrow leaves and panicles of reddish-purple, semi-double flowerheads in late summer.

H 50cm, S30cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-belgii 'Professor Anton Kippenberg'

A clump-forming plant lance-shaped green leaves. Clustered, daisy-like, semi-double lilac-blue flowerheads, with yellow discs, are borne in late summer and autumn. Plant in sun and well drained soil. H 45cm, S 40cm.                  2L pot          £9.00

Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

A compact variety with violet-purple flowers that have yellow centres from August to October and lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. This is a pretty Michaelmas daisy that will brighten up a mixed or herbaceous border after other perennials have done their bit. It will also flourish in both sun or dappled shade. H60cm, S 60cm.                 9cm pot           £3.50

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          £9.00

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           £9.00   

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             £9.00

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          £9.00

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          £10.00


Astilbe

Astilbe 'Bressingham beauty'

A tall cultivar with bronze-flushed mid-green leaves and plumes of bright pink flowers in midsummer. Plant in sun or partial shade.

H 90cm, S 80cm.                9cm pot          £4.00

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.                9cm pot          £4.00

Astilbe chinensis var. tarquetii ‘Purpurlanze’

An upright Astilbe with divided, mid-green leaves and purplish-red flowers in dense vertical plumes in late summer and early autumn. gh foliage. Great in shady, damp areas with a real burst of colour. H 1.2m, S 40cm.                  9cm pot           £4.00

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          £9.00

Astilbe ‘Europa’

A handsome astilbe which produces tall spikes of pale pink flowers over glossy deep green leaves. Perfect for edging ponds and for damp ground in shade. H 50cm, S 45cm.                               2L pot          £9.00

Astilbe 'Jo Ophurst'

A compact Astilbe with finely divided green foliage which has a bronze hue in spring as it starts growing. Has striking purple pink, fluffy plumes flowering in summer. Dead flowers can be retained for autumn or winter structure and wildlife interest. H 1m, S 1m.              2L pot          £9.00

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Sprite’ AGM

Refined little plant with long-lasting, small feathery spikes of pale shell pink flowers over delicate bronzed foliage in summer. Rich moist soil in sun or partial shade. 40cm.                 2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

Astilbe x arendsii  'Erica'

A tall, spreading astilbe with finely divided, dark green leaves that open burgundy-red in spring and then produce panicles of pink flowers in summer. H 90cm, S 60cm.                    2L pot          £9.00


Astilboides

Astilboides tabularis

Architectural plant with huge rough matt green rounded leaves and plumes of creamy white flowers loved by flying beasties and similar to Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) in early summer. For continually moist but not waterlogged, humus rich soil in sun or partial shade.

H 1.5m. S1.5m.                     2L pot          £9.00


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            £9.00

Astrantia major 'Buckland'

'Buckland' is a taller variety with pale-pink flowers surrounded by white bracts tipped with green. It makes a lovely variation to all the pinks and reds. It ooks good with grasses, deep blue Iris or deep pink Astilbes. Happy in sun or shade in most soils. H90cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot            £9.00

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.                     1L pot          £6.00

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'

With deeply divided leaves and branched stems this variety bears compact heads of greenish-white flowers surrounded by narrow, green-tipped white or pinkish bracteoles. H70cm, S30cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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.                    1L pot            £6.00


Bergenia

Bergernia ‘Baby Doll’

A compact plant with rounded, bright green leaves to 10cm wide and short sprays of pale pink flowers in spring, their colour becoming deeper with age. A good Bergenia for the smaller garden.

H 30cm, S 45cm.                       1L pot    £6.00

Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’

The leaf colour changes from deep green in summer to a maroon red in winter. Magenta pink bell-shaped flowers are borne in early spring on short stems. Great for ground cover and winter interest. H40cm, S 50cm.                                  2L pot            £9.00                   

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            £9.00  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          £9.00

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.                        1L pot            £6.00

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            £9.00

Bergenia pacumbens

This is a lovely Bergenia with big white (or pink) flowers. Very large leaves with a rim of hairs have good colour in the autumn. In colder areas the leaves can get frosted but the plant comes back to life with new leaves. Very much woth growing for the leaves alone. H50cm, S50cm.                          1L pot          £6.00   


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            £9.00


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.                    2L pot           £9.00

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’  

Stunning sport of ‘Jack Frost’ with all-silver leaves. Bright-blue flowers appear in April, but worth growing for the foliage alone.

H45cm, S60cm.                  2L pot           £9.00

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Mr Morse’

Silvered, heart shaped leaves with green veining like the ever popular B. ‘Jack Frost’ but with sprays of large white flowers in spring.                   2L pot           £12.95


Caltha

Caltha palustrus

Marsh marigold  in bright buttercup yellow. Round leaves appear early in the season quickly followed by the flowers in March. Will tolerate wet to waterlogged soil and sun or shade. H 30cm.                   2L pot            £9.00

Caltha palustrus 'Flore Pleno'

Double cultivar of the marsh marigold with many layered flowers in bright buttercup yellow. Round leaves appear early in the season quickly followed by the flowers in March. Will tolerate wet to waterlogged soil and sun or shade. H 30cm.                     2L pot            £9.00


Campanula

Campanula carpatica

A clump-forming campanula with long-stalked, rounded leaves and solitary, violet-blue or white, open-bell-shaped flowers to 3cm in width. Plant in sun or partial shade in well drained soil. H 30cm, S 30cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

Campanula cochlearifolia

This campanula forms compact clumps of small, rounded bright green leaves. Erect, wiry stems carry nodding bell-shaped, light blue flower 15mm in length, in small clusters in summer. Can be a spreader so good for ground cover and spralling over walls. H10cm, S40cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

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           £6.00

Campanula 'Kent Bell'

Heart-shaped basal leaves and smaller stem-leaves with loose clusters of deep violet, narrowly bell-shaped flowers 5cm long in summer. Will grow most places in sun. H 75cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot            £9.00

Campanula medium

“Canterbury Bells” This popular and most beautiful plant is your classical, archetypal, original Canterbury Bell. With their strong spikes of large blue flowers, they are surely everyone's idea of the ideal cottage garden flower. Splendid for cutting, the flowers last well in water. 

H 60cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot           £6.00

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           £9.00

Campanula persicifolia 'Takion White'

Upright campanula with basal rosettes of bright-green, glossy, leaves. Cup-shaped, white flowers are produced on slender stems in June to August. Will grow in full sun or partial shae in well drained soil. H 90cm, S 30cm.                     1L pot           £6.00

Campanula poscharskyana

A spreading Campanula forming a low mound of rounded leaves. Spreading stems bear star-shaped light violet-blue flowers in summer and early autumn. Ideal for pots, growing over the top of retaining walls or the front of a border. H 10cm, S 15cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Campanula punctata 'Beetroot'

A lovely new variety with vivid beetroot coloured leaves and large dark purple bells, spotted cream within. The flowers appear from June to Aug. Ht 2ft. Plant in well drained soil. Sun or part shade. H60cm, S40cm.                     2L pot           £9.00

Campanula rotundifolia

Harebell, Scottish Bluebell. A much-loved British native with rosettes of toothed, round, green leaves. Thimble-shaped, blue to lavender-blue, nodding flowers from June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade H 10cm to 30cm, S 10cm to 30cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

Campanula takesimana

A vigorously-spreading campanula, forming clumps with branched stems heart-shaped, glossy leaves, up to 8cm long. In summer, bell-shaped, drooping flowers apear on arching stems. The flowers are a creamy-white colour flushed with pink and have fine dark red speckles on the inner petal surfaces.

H 50cm, S 50cm.                    2L pot           £9.00

          

Cardamine

Cardamine bulbifera

Coral Root. An attractive species with upright stems with 5-7 leaflets and studded with pink-purplish flowers. It spreads by underground tubers and by the bulbils which sit in the axils on the flowering stem. It succeeds even in dry shade and could be useful in wilder parts of the garden as ground cover under shrubs. It becomes dormant from Summer onwards. A rare British native growing in calcareous woodlands. H 30cm, S 60cm.         9cm pot           £4.00

Cardamine heptaphylla       

A clump forming perennial with white flowers over toothed leaves. A lovely addition to spring borders. Ideal for shady areas and damp soil. Will quietly spread in amongst shrubs and other plants without being invasive. Grow amongst other plants do the old foliage is hidden as it dies back.

H 36 cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £4.00

Cardamine pentaphylla

This Cardamine forms a clump of pinnate leaves, with erect stems bearing short racemes of pale purple or white flowers in spring and early summer. Ideal for shady areas and damp soil. Will quietly spread in amongst shrubs and other plants without being invasive. Grow amongst other plants do the old foliage is hidden as it dies back. H 36 cm, S 45cm                   9cm pot           £4.00

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.                       1L pot          £6.00


Catananche

Catananche caerulea 'Major'

An easy to grow plant for the border which is loved by bees and good for flower arranging. Blue flowers bloom most of the summer over grey green leaves. With their tall, strong stems, they are excellent for cutting either fresh, or for drying for winter arrangements. 

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


Centaurea

Centaurea atropurpurea

Tight, thistle-like flowerheads of deep, darkest crimson with silvery foliage. Plant in full sun and well- drained soil.

H 1.5m, S 40cm.                    1L pot           £6.00

Centaurea  ‘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.                    2L pot          £9.00

Centaurea macrocephala   

Big shaggy heads of golden yellow flowers erupt from a papery brown calyx that persists after the flower has faded. Rich, moist well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Takes a while to establish but worth the effort. H 1.2m, S 70cm.                    2L pot           £9.00

Centaurea montana ‘Parham’

A European native and often the first of the Centaurea to flower. Fragrant, large, purple-violet flowers. H 60cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot            £3.50

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.                       1L pot           £6.00

Centranthus ruber ‘Snowcloud’

Dense sprays of small, white flowers from June to September in dry soil and full sun. 60–90cm. Great in a coastal garden.

H 90cm, S 60cm.                     1L pot           £6.00


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.             2L pot             £9.00


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.                    2L pot            £9.00


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            £9.00


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            £9.00


Chrysosplenium

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

This acid-green wildflower loves to grow alongside running water and adds a splash of briliant colour to a stream, flush or bog. Golden saxifrage tends to grow in creeping matts with golden stamens carried above the leaves in spring. Grow in shade and damp ground.

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


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.                      1L pot          £6.00


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          £10.00

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           £9.00


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.                    1L pot           £6.00


Convallaria

Convallaria majalis

‘Lily of the Valley’ forms extensive colonies producing rrect racemes of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers. The leaves are elliptic and a mid green, appearing in spring just before the flowers. H 15cm.                   9cm pot           £4.00  


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 flexuosa 'Pere David'

A mat-forming plant with deeply divided leaves, blue-green leaves and greenish-blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

H 15cm, 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           £4.00  

       

Cotula

Cotula dioica (Leptinella squalida 'Minima')

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 X crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Vigorous cultivar with a multitude of small trumpet shaped yellow flowers to 70cm.                   9cm pot           £4.00

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


Cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium

A tuberous perennial with variable green or patterned leaves. Delicate pink ot white flowers with deep maroon at the base of each petal appear from January to March. Grow in partial shade. Self-seeds freely. H 10cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot           £4.00


Cymbalaria

Cymbalaria pallida

From rocks and rock crevices in the mountains of Italy comes this lovely trailing perennial plant. Low growing with a compact habit and soft green foliage, flowers appear from summer into autum. These tiny flowers are pale purple in colour with a yellow throat. A plant to enhance your rockery. 

H 4ins, S 40cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50


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          £10.00


Daucus

Daucus carotta

"Wild carrot", (Mirrot – Scots native) A lovely British native wild flower with finey divided, carroty leaves and stiff, well branched stems carrying wide, flat umbels of delicate white flowers that form green seedheads that fold in on themselves. Will self seed readily. H 90cm, S 60cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Delphinium

Delphinium Black Knight Group

Stately spires of semi-double, deep purple, dark-eyed flowers open in June and July on tall stems. These plants look fantastic planted in large clumps as part of a cottage-garden border or towards the back of a well-drained, sunny border. They also make excellent cut flowers.

H 1.8m, S 45cm.                       2L pot           £9.00


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 armeria

“Deptford Pink”. This rare native species produces a succession of delicate, intensely pink flowers on thin spindly branches during July and August. H40-60cm. S 20cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus barbatus

Sweet William. Grown as a biennial, these are short lived perennials. Mixed colour flowers flushed with stripes and a subtle scent.  Long lasting cut flower. H 30cm, S 20cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Dianthus chinensis var. Lacinatus 'Dancing Geisha'

An evergreen perennial with narrow grey-green foliage. Flowers are fragrant, with drooping, heavily fringed petals in shades of pink, red and white, and are produced in flushes from early to late summer.

H 40cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot           £3.50

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.                 9cm pot           £4.00

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. Perfect for pots and containers. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. H 45cm, S 30cm.               9cm pot           £4.00

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.                   9cm pot           £3.50

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 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

Dianthus superbus

And rightly named! With its feathery, strongly fragrant flowers with deeply-cut petals of a lovely, pale rose-lilac colour, this is indeed a beautiful plant. Plant in sun and well drained soil. H 18cm, S 10cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Digitalis   

Toxic if eaten                                                                     

Digitalis purpurea

"Foxglove" "Lady’s Bedstraw" (Bluidy bells, Foxter, Lady's thummles – Scots native) The common foxglove with it’s tall spires will produce purple pink or white flowers in early to mid summer. Often seen growing naturally in woodland or wasteland they will tolerate shade or sun. The bees love the flowers so are ideal for wild life and flower gardens. 1m                     9cm pot           £3.50

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

Marvellous large pure white spikes which make a magnificent sight in any border in sun or part shade and very useful as a cut flower. Flowers early summer. H 200cm, S 45cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

        

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


Echinacea

Echinacea pallida

One of my favourite Echincea with its thin drooping pink petals falling away from the large central cone. Now quite rare it loves a hot sunny situation and rich soil where it will add interest to the flower border from early summer to July. The flowers are great for cutting, the nectar loved by butterflies and seeds eaten by finches, so well worth growing. H 90cm, S 30cm.                            9cm pot           £4.50

Echinacea purpurea

An upright Echinacea with coarsely hairy, ovate or lance-shaped leaves and solitary flower-heads to 12cm across with slightly reflexed, light purple rays and brown central disk. A striking plant for the garden. Plant in sun and well drained soil. H 100cm, S 40cm.                           9cm pot           £4.50


Echinops

Echinops banaticus 'Blue Globe'

Another great border plant which adds much to the garden. With it’s tall ball shaped blue flowers from mid to late summer to the seedheads adding interest in winter, it’s defineltly one to have in your collection. Likes most soils and sun. Is also rabbit and deer resistant!

H 100 cm, S 30cm.                         2L pot           £9.00


Epimedium

Epimedium 'Pink Elf'

An evergreen cultivar whose foliage is flushed bronze in the spring as new leaves emerge. Sprays of nodding flowers appear in early spring with pale pink spurs surrounding a darker pink-purple cup. A lovelt variety for a shady place in the garden. H 50cm, S 50cm.                      2L pot           £12.95

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           £4.00

Epimedium 'Valor'

A hybrid of E. wushanense and E. perralderinaum with creamy-yellow sepals, reflexing up away from the ground, showing off the darker yellow petals and spurs in April and May. Some deep orange and red colouring in the older foliage. H 30cm.                      9cm pot           £4.00

Epimedium x rubrum

This plant forms a bushy mound of dark green leaves, bearing sprays of cherry-red flowers in mid to late spring. Plants are long-lived and very sturdy, coping with dry shade and making good ground cover. Old leaves should be pruned to the ground in late winter to show the flowers to best effect. The have lovely red flowers in spring and beautiful bronze foliage colour in winter. A good value plant for the garden. H 30cm, S 40cm.                       1L pot           £6.00

Epimedium x warleyense

A compact evergreen forming a spreading clump of divided leaves tinted red when young, with sprays of small flowers with bright coppery-orange sepals and smaller pale yellow petals in spring. Like all Epimediums, lovely all year round. H30cm, S 50cm.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum'

A lovely compact white flowered vasriety 'Niveum' with deciduous leaves composed of 9 leaflets, bronze when young. Pure white flowers 15mm in width are borne in open sprays. H25cm, S 30cm.                       9cm pot           £4.00

Epimedium 'Zhushanense'

The dark purple flowers of the Zhushan Fairy Wings are as gorgeous as they are rich, purple cups are accompanied by spurs whose knife-shaped centers are in the same shade. The margins and tops of each spur are sharply demarcated in lighter lavender-purple. The very large “spiders” on Epimedium zhushanense dangle from bronze-green wiry stems in May/June. From near Zhushan, Hubei Province, China, this is still quite rare and spectacular species in the trade. Morning sun, dappled to open shade in fertile, draining soil. Drought tolerant once established.

H32cm, S 60cm.                     1L pot           £6.00


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           £4.00

       

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.                      2L pot           £9.00

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.                    9cm pot           £4.00


Erodium

Erodium chrysanthum

This is a very tough variety that survives easily with no care required. With creamy fowers through summer and evergreen foliage its great for the border, alpine rock garden, containers and walls. H15cm, S 35cm.                       9cm  pot           £4.00

Erodium manescavii

A clump-forming perennial with pinnate, toothed, hairy mid-green basal leaves. Clusters of saucer-shaped magenta-purple flowers have dark spots on the upper petals from early summer to early autumn. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H40cm, S 40cm.                   1L pot           £6.00


Eryngium (Sea holly)

Eryngium agavifolium

Sea Holly. An evergreen perennial with rosettes of sharply toothed, glossy deep green leaves. Stems of cone-shaped greenish white flowers are surrounded by spiny bracts and appear in July and August. Plant in full sun and in a sheltered corner if a colder garden. H 1.5m, S 60cm.                        9cm  pot           £4.00

Eryngium giganteum 'Silver ghost'

Eryngium giganteum, also know as Eryngium Miss Willmott's ghost, is a robust biennial or short-lived perennial forming a rosette of heart-shaped basal leaves and spiny stem leaves. Umbels of wonderful large steely white ruff around the central flower cone. Also looks great when the flowers dry out. Great for insects and for cut flowers.                       9cm  pot           £4.00


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.                      1L  pot           £6.00


Eucomis

Eucomis pole-evansii

A giant bulbous perennial with strap-shaped leaves, up to 1m long, and a spire of loosely-packed, greenish-white flowers, topped with a cluster of leafy bracts, that can reach 2m tall in late summer and early autumn. Will need winter protection in most Scottish gardens.                      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          £10.00           

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.                      1L  pot           £6.00

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.                        2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00


Euphorbia

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. Robbiae      

A spreading evergreen perennial that requires a good amount of space but is great for ground cover over poorer soils in shady places. Yellow green flowers and bracts appear from spring through summer. H 45cm, S 100cm.                  2L pot          £9.00

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          £6.00

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 palustris        

A bushy Euphorbia, the erect stems have narrow, fresh-green leaves often turning yellow and orange in autumn. Flowers are bright greenish-yellow, in large terminal clusters in late spring. Will tolerate damp ground. H 90cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot          £9.00

Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’

A hard-to-find Euphorbia with upright stems of lime-green foliage with a white vein which turns yellow in autumn.  Long-lasting flowers surrounded by deep-yellow bracts. Likes waterlogged ground. H 90cm, S 9cm.                   2L pot          £9.00


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          £9.00

Filipendula purpurea 'Elegans'

A more compact cultivar of Filipendula that features white flowers with red stamens. This combination means that from a distance the flowers look pink. Grow in sun or partials shade in almost any soil. H 1.5 -2.5m, S 1.5 – 2.5m. .                    3L pot          £10.00

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            £10.00

Filipendula ulmaria

“Meadowsweet” (Leddy o’ the meadow, Meadow Queen – Scots native) 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            £10.00         

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          £9.00


Fragaria

Fragaria chiloensis

This fragaria makes quick and handsome ground cover beneath trees and shrubs (in sun too), ideal to set off bulbs, from snowdrops to late summer lilies. It hugs the soil, forming close-knit, wide-spreading carpets of small polished evergreen leaves. I have it growing with great success on some rubbish soil in a border in the nursery. White flowers appear in June and July. H 10cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot           £9.00

Fragaria × ananassa 'Pink Panda'

A creeping perennial spreading widely by runners, with leaves divided into 3 oval leaflets, and pink flowers in late spring, occasionally followed by red fruits. Just like the fruiting strawberry in all ways but with large pink flowers! H 15cm, S 100cm.                    2L pot          £9.00


Galega

Galega officinalis 'Alba'

A vigorous perennial with spreading stems and soft, pale green, slender, pinnate leaves. Long spikes of white flowers from June to September. Self seeds. H 90cm, S 90cm.                    9cm pot           £4.00


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

"Lady’s Bedstraw" (Keeslip. Ruin – Scots native) 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


Genista

Genista tinctoria

“Dyers Greenweed” A deciduous dwarf shrub with upright growth. Small, narrow dark green leaves and deep golden-yellow flowers in dense erect racemes often clustered into panicles, in spring and early summer. Small seed pods appear in autumn. H75cm, S75cm.                   9cm pot           £3.50


Geranium

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          £6.00

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’ AGM   

Carpeting, semi-evergreen geranium with aromatic foliage, white flowers in early summer, pink seedheads and good autumn tints. For sun or partial shade in free-draining soil. Good beneath shrubs and drought tolerant. H 30cm, S 50cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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          £9.00            

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          £6.00

Geranium ‘Patricia’ AGM

Very good, long-flowering hybrid with large, bright-magenta flowers with a black eye. Flowers from early summer into autumn in sun or partial shade in any reasonable garden soil. Nice with Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’. H 70cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

Geranium peloponnesiacum

Rounded, deeply lobed mid-green leaves and violet-blue flowers with notched petals in spring. H 40cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

Geranium phaeum ‘Album’

A super plant that’s very effective when planted en masse beneath deciduous trees. Its flattened, outward-facing, pure-white flowers brighten up a shady area. H 75cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £9.00  

Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’

Larger-than-usual, dark-violet flowers sporting a white eye open out above deeply lobed leaves. A versatile geranium that will thrive in a variety of conditions but preferring well-drained soil. H 90cm, S 45cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle’

Velvety, grey green leaves like G. renardii, but big wide sky-blue flowers with darker veining throughout summer. Sun or partial shade in well drained soil.

H 35cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

Geranium pratense

Meadow cranesbill. A native clump-forming plant with hairy stems and deeply-lobed foliage. The saucer-shaped, white, blue or violet flowers are 4cm across and appear in early to mid-summer. Will tolerate sun or partial shade and most soils. H 70cm, S 50cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

Geranium pratense var. pratense f. albiflorum ‘Silver Queen’

Very pale greyish-lavender flowers with translucent veins and black anthers. Green leaves form a mound of foliage. Cut back after flowering for a second flush of flowers. H 90cm, S 40cm                     1L pot          £6.00

Geranium sanguineum

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            £6.00

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            £9.00

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Amy Doncaster’

Bold leaves and exceptionally beautiful, richly coloured, true-blue flowers with a large, white centre. H 70cm. 40cm.                                   2L pot          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

Geranium thunbergia

A hardy and easily grown geranium from the mountain fields of Japan. In summer small, pretty white or pale pink flowers veined in darker pink appear over low growing foliage which roots where it creeps. Grow in well-drained soil in sun or part shade. H 30cm, S 30cm.                  1L pot            £6.

Geranium wlassovianum

Foliage emerges copper-tinted in spring and flushes reddish-brown in autumn before colouring fiery red. Magenta-purple flowers with violet veins and a white eye from June to August. Happiest in damp ground in sun or part shade. H 35–40cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot         £9.00

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          £6.00

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.                     2L pot            £9.00

Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’

A dusky pink-purple spring flowering Geranium with slightly reflexed petaled flowers with a white eye and a ring of smoky blue eye-liner. The leaves appear in a generous clump of bright yellow foliage that fades to green in summer. Each leaf is marked with strong maroon blotches and stand well in shade, even if dry. Really brightens up a shady corner. Height 45cm, Spread 60cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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.                      1L pot         £6.00

Geranium x oxonianum 'Coronet'

An unusual smaller geranium with relatively small bright pink flowers very freely. Well behaved and not invasive. Best at the front of the border in part shade or full sun. H 60cm, S 40cm.                   2L pot            £9.00

Geranium X oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’

A vigorous geranium with divided green leaves and warm salmon-pink flowers from May to September. Plant in full sun or partial shade.

H 60cm, S 40cm.                 9cm pot            £3.50


Geum

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          £9.00

Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’  

Semi-double bright yellow flowers appear on tall stems in early summer. Flowers are produced continuously over a long period,

H 60cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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            £6.00

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.                    9cm pot          £4.00                      

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.                       2L pot          £9.00

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.                       2L pot          £9.00

Geum rivale ‘Lemon Drops’

Clump-forming plant with elegant, nodding, open yellow flowers above fresh green leaves, spring and summer. Prefers moist but well-drained soil in full sun. 25cm, S 25cm.                    2L pot         £9.00

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         £6.00


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.                      2L pot           £9.00


Gunnera

Gunnera magellanica

A mat-forming gunnera with cupped, kidney-shaped, dark green leaves about 7cm across on 10cm stalks. In summer, short flower spikes appear bearing tight clusters of small, greenish flowers followed by orange-red berries. Good ground cover. For damp soil.

H 10cm, S 50cm – 1m.                      2L pot          £9.00


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          £4.00

Hacquetia epipactis ‘Thor’

A variegated form of the species with larger, upright flowers. Well worth growing with flowers appearing in early spring. Plant in moist soil in shade during the growing season. H 15 cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00


Helenium

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ AGM  

Velvety, dark copper-red daisies with a chocolate-brown central cone and reflexed petals like lots of little shuttlecocks from July to October. Superb combined with grasses in autumn. Remove spent flowers to make way for lots of new ones. For full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Will tolerate some dryness once established. H90cm, S30cm.                                9cm pot          £4.00

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.                    2L pot            £9.00

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ AGM

An earlier-flowering cultivar with orange-streaked flowers of golden-yellow turning red, starting as early as June and continuing well into autumn, provided that the spent heads are removed. For full sun and moist, well-drained soil. H 1m, S 35cm.                        2L pot            £9.00      


Helianthus

Helianthus decapetalus 'Morgensonne'

Large anemone-centred flowers on medium sized stalks, great mid to back border plant for a blast of perennial sunshine from July to October or the first frosts. It is not invasive and makes a well behaved clump. H 1.5m, S 45cm.                                 2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

       

Helleborus

Helleborus argutifolius

An evergreen with stout stems bearing leaves composed of three spiny-toothed dark green leaflets. Bowl-shaped, nodding, pale green flowers 4-5cm in width are borne in large open clusters in spring making a nice contrast with Euphorbias and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.

H 1m, S 60cm.                       9cm pot          £4.50

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.                                 2L pot          £9.00

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pink Lady’

Plain, pale, cup-shaped flowers or dark-pink and cream stamens on tall stems over well-formed, shiny, dark-green leaves.

H 45cm, S 45cm.                          1L pot          £6.00

Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’

Beautiful, white flowers, speckled blood-red over well-formed, shiny, dark-green leaves. Plant in partial shade and moist well drained soil.

H 45cm, S 45cm.             1L pot          £6.00


Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbery’

Large fragrant rose pink flowers with a chartreuse green throat in July and August. For sun or partial shade Easy in any reasonable well-drained garden soil in full sun or partial shade. To 90cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00

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          £9.00

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          £9.00           

Hemerocallis 'Double River Wye'

Beautiful showy clusters of eye catching double light yellow flowers with a green throat from mid-July. H70cm, S 60cm.

Hemerocallis ‘El Desperado’  

Dramatic, effortlessly vulgar, but usefully late flowering mustard yellow flowers with a plum purple eye zone and a pale yellow throat on tallish plants from mid to late summer and good with Heuchera ‘Ebony and Ivory’ or against Physocarpus ‘Diabolo’. Nice!

H 80cm, S 60cm.                   2L pot          £9.00                        2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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          £10.00

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.                      9cm pot          £4.00

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          £9.00            

Hemerocallis ‘Precious d’Oro’

White, fragrant flowers with petals that curve over to give a rounded shape. Cute! H 50cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

Hemerocallis 'Root Beer'

This is a shorter variety with gorgeous deep velvety burgundy flowers with a golden throat. H 50cm, S 45cm.                     9cm pot           £4.00

Hemerocallis “Stafford”

This variety has large deep red flowers with a yellow throat in summer. Semi evergreen in winter. Plant in sun and well drained soil.

H 70cm. S 60cm.                     2L pot           £9.00

Hemerocallis ‘Taj Mahal’   

Mid to late season with orange flowers and maroon markings on the petals. Floriferous and vigorous. H 60cm, S 60cm.                        2L pot            £9.00

       

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           £4.00

 

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


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 ‘Chocolate Ruffles’

Vigorous cultivar with evergreen, chocolate, ruffled leaves with a maroon underside and clouds of small, white flowers in early to mid-summer. One of the best! H 45cm.                   2L pot          £12.95

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          £6.00

Heuchera villosa 'Palace Purple'      

'Palace Purple' forms a mound of sharply lobed, metallic bronze-purple leaves, with loose panicles of small pale pink flowers in early summer. Great in pots or at the front of a border. Plant in sun or semi-shade in most soils. H 30cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £9.00


Horminum

Horminum pyrenaicum

Rosettes of this tiny salvia relative spread out with many spikes bearing dark violet-blue flowers which are attractive to butterflies. Ideal in wall, trough or rock garden, this alpine gem is seldom seen, although it is an easy plant for the rock garden or for edging in a moist border. It looks particularly good when growing in the cracks between rocks, where the roots can search for cool and moist conditions. H 30cm, S 30cm.                        9cm pot           £4.00


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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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 ‘Bressingham Blue’

Big, intensely blue puckered leaves on this majestic plant from the Bloom’s stable. Grow in shade to retain the best blue colour.  

H 80cm.                   1L pot          £6.00

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          £6.00    

Hosta 'Honeybells'

Well worth growing for the scented, pale almost white flowers in summer. This Hosta forms a clump of broadly heart-shaped, light green leaves, glossy above and shiny below, to 25cm in length, with fragrant, white to pale lilac flowers on stems to 90cm. H 60cm, S 60cm.                  2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00            

Hosta 'Padora's Box'

A clump-forming, dainty miniature cultivar with dark grey-green leaves that have creamy-white irregular margins and pale lavender flowers in summer. H 10cm, S 20cm.                9cm pot           £4.00

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          £9.00            

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          £9.00

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.              9cm pot           £4.00

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          £9.00

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.                    2L pot         £9.00

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          £9.00            

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          £9.00

Hosta 'Summer Fragrance'

A vigorous variety with white edged dark green foliage and very fragrant pale lavender flowers on one metre tall stems in July and August. Grow in sun or light shade. H 60cm, S 60cm.             9cm pot           £4.00

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.               9cm pot           £4.00

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          £8.00

  

Inula

Inula magnifica

Huge plant with massive, spade-like leaves on robust, purple-streaked stems, carrying multiple heads of shaggy, golden-yellow daisies from mid- to late summer. For moist to boggy soil in full sun or light shade. H 1.5- 2.5m, S 1m.                     2L pot           £9.00

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          £10.00


Iris

Iris chrysographes 'Black Knight'

Very few flowers in the garden can be described as true black, but this elegant iris comes remarkably close with its inky purple flowers and contrasting golden veins along the falls. The foliage is grey-green with narrow, strap-like, arching leaves. Creates a stunning display in any garden. Grow in sun, partial shade and damp soil. H 50cm, S 50cm.                       2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

Iris pseudacorus AGM  

“Flag Iris" (Cheeper, Dug's lug – Scots native)  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          £10.00

Iris pseudocorus 'Berlin Tiger'

Same growth habit and characteristics as the species but the flowers are deep yellow flowers marked with brown netted lines.

H100cm, S100cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £10.00

Iris sibirica

Iris sibirica are lovely, graceful, non-demanding plants. They will grow in a wide range of conditions in all but the wettest or driest soils and come in a selection of interesting colours as well as the usual blue species, which in itself is quite simply exquisite. All will flower between spring and summer, many re-blooming later on. H 100cm, S 40cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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           £4.00

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.                      2L pot           £9.00

Iris sibirica 'Snow Queen'

Iris sibirica 'Snow Queen' is an elegant Siberian Iris with its ivory white blooms with golden-yellow throats on stiff upright stems in early summer and look stunning when planted en-mass. H 90cm, S 45cm.                  2L pot           £9.00

Iris sibirica 'Sparkling Rose'

The petals of this pretty cultivar are lilac-pink with a veined, white base. They appear in early summer on upright stems, which emerge from amongst the sword-shaped foliage. Grow with darker flowers or frothy white Geraniums. H 1m, S 60cm.                       2L pot           £9.00

       

Kalimeris

Kalimeris incisa

Beautiful underrated plants from the Far East with clouds of Aster-like, pale ‘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.                                 9cm pot           £4.00


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.                      2L  pot           £9.00

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          £9.00


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          £9.00

Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'

Silver leaves, narrowly edged in green quickly forms a silvery carpet of foliage with whorls of long-lasting, nettle-like, magenta flowers from April to July. A great groundcover plant that will light up the base of deciduous or even evergreen shrubs and trees. It prefers partial shade, and once established, will even flourish in difficult areas of dry shade. H 30cm, S 2m.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00


Lathyrus

Lathyrus vernus

A compact, clump-forming Lathyrus with dark green, pinnate leaves and short racemes of up to 6 flowers 2cm in length, reddish-purple, shaded greenish-blue with age. Grow in sun or partial shade and well drained soil. H45cm, S 25cm.                    1L pot           £6.00


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.                     1L pot           £5.50

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.                    9cm pot          £3.50

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.                     2L pot          £9.00

Leucanthemum × superbum 'Esther Read'    

No sunny border would be complete without the familiar presence of Shasta Daisies. This is an older British selection, featuring fully double white flowers. Flowers are ideal for cutting and attractive to butterflies. H 60cm, S 30cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00


Ligularia

Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’

The best dentata type to date for its big, rounded, dark, glossy maroon leaves and clusters of large, orangey-yellow ‘daisies’. Moist soil in full sun or light shade. Great with Primula florindae or any of the brightly coloured candelabra types. H 1m, S 1m.                     2L pot          £9.00

Ligularia ‘Desdamona’

A robust Ligularia with large, rounded bronze-tinted leaves that are deep purple beneath. Orange daisies 10cm in width, are borne in flat-topped clusters in late summer and early autumn. A stunning plant. H100cm, S 100cm.                       9cm pot       £4.50

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          £9.00       

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          £9.00


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.                     1L pot           £6.00


Liriope

Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’

Dense colonies of leathery, deep-green, arching leaves 25–45cm long. Violet-flushed stems bear dense spikes of mauve bells in autumn. Great for shade on well drained but not too dry soil. H 45cm, S 45cm.                    1Lpot           £6.00


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          £9.00

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          £9.00

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          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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.                   2L pot          £9.00


Lychnis

Lychnis chalcedonica

One of the classic plants for the herbaceous border. In summer brilliant scarlet flowers appear, each shaped like a Maltese Cross, in dense clusters. Easy to grow and very hardy, it is also a fine bog plant. Hardy throughout the British Isles. H90cm, S 40cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

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.                            9cm pot           £3.50

Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’

Erect, woolly, silver-grey stems and leaves carry long-stalked white 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.                     9cm pot           £3.50

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

Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘White Robin’

The white-flowered ragged robin creates a lovely, open ‘cloud’ of flowers that top reddish stems  in sun and moist soil.

H 45cm, S 40cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

Lychnis Viscaria

“Sticky Catchfly” A mat-forming to tufted perennial with sticky stems bearing narrow, dark green leaves, and clusters of purplish-pink flowers, 2cm in width, in early and mid-summer. Plant in sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. H45cm, S50cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

       

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          £9.00

Lysimachia ephemerum

Tall open spires of tiny white flowers over grey green foliage from mid to late summer. Use to create a curtain or veiled effect in the border. Requires moisture and a warm position to really thrive. H1m, S45cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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.                     1L pot           £6.00

Lysimachia vulgaris

A hairy perennial that forms clumps by creeping rhizomes. Leaves are green, sometimes with black dots.  Yellow flowers are borne in terminal clusters in summer. It can be invasive so give it space. Plant in sun or partial shade and any soil. H1.2m, S1m.                  2L  pot           £9.00


Lythrum

Lythrum salicaria

A robust herbaceous perennial with upright stems which are covered in narrow, willowy leaves, and small vivid purplish-pink flowers in dense spikes over a long period in summer. H 1.2m, S 40cm.                2L pot          £9.00

Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ AGM

Beautiful, clear pink spires on a 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          £9.00

Lythrum salicaria ‘Feuerkerze’ (Firecandle) AGM

An arresting plant with well-filled spires of vivid, rose-red flowers to 90cm. Outstanding with Monarda and Persicaria.

H 1m, S 30cm.                 2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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          £9.00

Lythrum salicaria ‘Zigeunerblut’ (Gypsy blood)

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          £9.00

Lythrum virgatum ‘Rosy Gem’

Deep pink flowers on tall spikes make a real burst of colour with full stems over mid green foliage. Flowering from June to August. Plant in moist soil and sun. H 1m, S 45cm.                   2L pot          £9.00


Malva

Malva moschata 'Alba'

A white variety of the species with pure white flowers through summer. Cut back to encourage another flush of flowers before autumn. Comes true from seed so leave to seed around. Plant in sun and well drained soil. H 60cm, S 45cm.                9cm pot          £3.50


Marrubium

Marrubium vulgare

“White Horehound” An easily grown plant which is also a good bee plant flowering from June to September. Flowers are white and lamium-like. The leaves are covered in silver hairs. Horehound tea has long been used as a cough remedy. Leaves used for flavouring. H 30cm, S 30cm.                9cm pot          £3.50  


Meconopsis

Meconopsis cambrica

Bright yellow single flowers on single stems in early summer above scalloped fresh green leaves. Grows almost anywhere and will seed around, so once the parent plant has finished, there will be plenty offspring to take over. Good for wildlife. H 30cm, S 18cm.               9cm pot          £3.50


Mimulus

Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize'

Compact bushy plant that has exotic looking flowers in yellow with maroon splotches on the petals. Flowers appear from early summer onwards through summer. Excellent for damp and wet ground, bedding and containers. H. 30cm, S 30cm.                 9cm pot          £3.50  


Monarda

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.                            91Lpot          £6.00

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.                           91Lpot          £6.00

Monarda ‘Croftway Pink’ AGM  

An older cultivar with wonderful rose-pink flowers over dark green scented foliage. A lovely variety planted with darker flowered plants around it.

H 80cm, S30cm.                           2L p\\ot          £9.00

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.                          1L pot          £6.00

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’ seedheads for winter interest. Try with Deschampsia and Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’. H 1m, S 45cm.                          2Lpot          £9.00

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.                           1L pot          £6.00

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.                            1L pot          £6.00

Monarda ‘Scorpion’

Bergamot. An aromatic clump-forming perennial with 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.                          9cm pot          £4.00

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.                           1L pot          £6.00


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          £9.00

Nepeta cataria

This is the true catmint (catnip), which will send most cats into an absolute frenzy of rolling, chewing, rubbing, drooling and purring (amongst other things!). The good news (and not just for your cat) is that it also looks handsome in the border, forming a loose hummock of aromatic foliage, above which small white flowers appear in summer. The aromatic foliage is also said to help repel insects, so it's a great plant to have near an outdoor seating area.

H 70cm, S 50cm.                   9cm pot     £3.50

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 nuda

This fine perennial has an upright habit bearing in summer particularly attractive flowers of a rich violet-blue colour. Useful for cutting and for attracting useful for bees. H 100cm, S 45cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

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.                    9cm pot          £3.50

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.                   9cm pot          £3.50

Nepeta × faassenii

A dwarf catmint with slender lavender-blue flowers all summer. A clump-forming perennial, it will make a lovely informal edging plant for paths and borders. When trodden underfoot the cascading foliage releases an intoxicating aroma. The flowers are attractive to bees, and of course, the foliage to cats, who will go mad for it. To prevent cats from flattening the plant, place an upturned metal hanging basket over the plant.

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


Ophiopogon

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Black Beard'

A vigorous, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with long, arching, narrowly strap-shaped, leathery black leaves and racemes of small purple-white flowers in summer are followed by glossy, black fruit. H 15cm, S 60cm.                 9cm  pot          £4.00

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Kokuryu' AGM

New Zealand black ‘grass’. A low-growing, evergreen, black grass-like plant with tiny, violet flowers followed by black fruits. Makes great ground cover planted at the front of borders, under shrubs or with Valerian phu ‘Aurea’ for a real colour contrast. Any reasonable soil in sun or shade.

H 15cm, S 60cm.                  9cm  pot          £4.00


Origanum

Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

This origano bears tiny pink flowers in summer surrounded by grey green bracts which turn purple with age. Leaves are round with a pale green underside. It has a spreading habit. H 30cm, S 50cm.                 1L  pot          £6.00

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          £6.00


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" (Gowk's Meat, Sookie-sooriks – Scots native) 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          £4.00


Papaver

Papaver atlanticum

A clump-forming poppy with rosettes of grey-green, hairy, elliptical, toothed leaves. Saucer-shaped, dull orange flowers, up to 6cm across, are borne on upright, hairy stems from late spring into autumn. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H 50cm, S 20cm.                   9cm pot       £4.00

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       £4.00

Papaver orientale 'Pizzicato'

A shorter oriental poppy which bears as many as twenty hearty stems bearing large and generous flowers up to six inches and more in a wide range of lovely colours: Red, orange, scarlet, salmon, mauve, pink and white, with each petal marked with the regulation black blob. Great for the border and great for cut flowers. H 50cm, S 60cm.                         2Lpot          £9.00


Patrinia

Patrinia scabiosifolia

A spreading perennial, with basal clusters of dark green leaves to 10cm long. In summer it produces airy sprays of small, yellow flowers on branched stems up to 1m tall. Great in amongst other perennials and grasses. Flowers through summer and will tolerate most soils in sun or partial shade.

H 70cm, S 30cm.                  2L pot       £9.00


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.                 2L pot       £9.00

Penstemon Glaber

Bluish green leaves and tubular-shaped, pretty blue to violet-blue, sometimes pink flowers in late spring and early summer. Plant in full sun.

H 30cm, S 30cm.                    1L pot          £6.00

Penstemon pinifolius

 A spreading evergreen dwarf shrub with short, needle-like leaves and tubular scarlet flowers 2.5cm long in short erect racemes in summer. Grow in sun and well drained soil. Protect in winter if you garden in a cold exposed area. H20cm, S40cm.                 1L pot          £6.00

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          £6.00

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           £9.00

          

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.                     1L pot          £6.00

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.                                       1L pot          £6.00

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          £9.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Atrosanguinea'

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.                                                          2L pot          £9.00

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Betty Brandt'

A vigorous, clump-forming, semi-evergreen variety with lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaves and long-stalked, slender spikes of tiny, narrowly bell-shaped, rose-pink flowers from midsummer into autumn. H 45cm, S 60cm.                                                        2L pot          £9.00

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           £9.00           

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           £10.00

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           £10.00

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           £10.00

Persicaria campanulata

A lovely, vigorous plant, forming a great dome of tiny, shell-pink bells over ribbed, mid-green foliage and stiff, knuckled, pale-pink stems from summer into autumn. For moist soil and shelter in sun or light shade and needs plenty of space to romp around. H 1m, S 1m.                  2L pot           £9.00

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           £10.00

          

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           £9.00


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           £9.00


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 ‘David’   

Very floriferous with large, fragrant, pure-white flowers over fresh green leaves, tending not to get scabby below the knee, and good mildew resistance too, on a more compact plant that can be grown without support. H 75cm, S 30cm.           2L pot           £9.00           

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           £9.00  

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           £9.00

Phlox paniculata ‘Monica Lynden-Bell’

Fragrant flowers, almost white, but with a flush of pink in the centre from mid summer. Plant in sun and well drained soil.

H 90cm, S 40cm.               2L pot           £9.00

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           £9.00

Phlox paniculata ‘Uspekh’

A vigorous cultivar with arresting purple flowers that have a white star centre and very scented. Plants are bushier than upright. Plant in a sunny position and well-drained soil. H 80cm, S 30cm.                 2L pot           £9.00


Phuopsis

Phuopsis stylosa

This low growing, spreading plant makes great ground cover in all soils except very wet. Tiny bright pink flowers are held in pom pomsthrough summer. Whorls of bright green leaves are arranged around the stems. H 30cm, S 60cm.                             2L pot          £9.00


Phyteuma

Phyteuma scheuchzeri

A close relative of Campanula this is an excellent rock garden or alpine trough plant that is seldom seen in gardens. It forms a low evergreen mound or tuft of narrow blue-green leaves, bearing taller stems that hold spiky ball-shaped clusters of deep-blue flowers in early summer. Prefers a rich, moist soil with good drainage. H25cm, S25cm.             9cm pot          £4.00


Pilosella

Pilosella aurantiaca

“Fox and Cubs” Like it or loath it, this hairy perennial spreads by rhizomes or stolons. I love it for its bright vibrant orange red flowers through summer. Because it’s a spreader it makes great ground cover in most soils in a waste bit of ground or bank where you want to cover the ground. Stems and leaves are hairy and topped with flowerheads like small dandelions, in shades usually of yellow, sometimes orange, rarely red or white. It is widely naturalised in Britain, and is visited by bees for nectar and pollen. H30cm, S100cm.             9cm pot          £3.50


Plantago

Plantago major 'Purple Perversion'

Big Leaf Plantain with conspicuously fringed, reddish leaves. Upright flowers in mid summer. Large, vigorous plants for pots and at the front of a border.    H 40cm, S30cm.                9cm pot          £3.50


Polemonium

Polemonium caeruleum

This species has the typical ladder-like, pinnate leaves and stiff stems bearing sprays of blue flowers with prominent yellow stamens in early summer; often seeds about rather freely. H 90cm, S 30cm.                         1L pot          £6.00

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           £9.00           

Polemonium ‘Northern Lights’

A lovely compact plant with large, blue, fragrant flowers from early summer to autumn. H 40cm, S 30cm.                  2L pot           £9.00

Polemonium yezdense hidakanum 'Purple Rain'

"Jacob's Ladder" A clump-forming perennial with divided purple foliage and pretty purple flowers in July and August. Full sun/partial shade.

H 60cm, S 45cm. .                  2L pot           £9.00


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

Polygonatum x hybridum

“Solomon’s seal” Classic border plant with clusters of green-tipped, white, pendulous flowers that hang below the arching stems of glossy green leaves. Tough as old boots and tolerant of dry shade beneath trees. H 75cm, S 40cm.   e. 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 delphinensis

A darker-eyed, bright golden yellow flower adorns this rarity from the French eastern Alps where it is found at only 16 or 17 localities. Tough and well suited to Scottish gardens, this lovely perennial brightens up the border. Grow in sun and most soils.

H 40cm, S 40cm.                    1L pot          £6.00

Potentilla erecta

"Tomentil" "Lady’s Bedstraw" (Blood root, Shepherds knot – Scots native) Commonly found scrambling through upland and heathy grassland, its bright yellow flowers are a favourite of bees and butterflies. Creeping and prostrate, tormentil has bright yellow four-petalled flowers, borne on long stalks. The leaves are deeply cut and shiny green. The roots yield a red dye, which is still used as an ingredient in the manufacture of artists’ colours. It has been widely used in folk medicine and is still used as a remedy for diarrhoea and, in the form of a lotion, as a treatment for ulcers and sores. It is also a rich source of nectar, and attracts pollinator insects from far and wide.                   9cm pot          £3.50

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          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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.                   1L pot          £6.00

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.                    1L pot          £6.00


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          £6.00

Primula auricula mixed

Auricula section primulas are evergreen perennials with leathery, often farinose foliage and simple umbels of often fragrant salver-shaped flowers which are usually pink, purple or yellow. H 20cm, S 20cm.                     9cm pot          £4.00

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          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Callendar Park'

Pure yellow flowers with a white centre appear in spring. As with most auricula it has a sweet scent. Grow in well drained compost in pots or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. Height 15cm.                   9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Gizabroon'

Silvery green foliage and rich burgundy, red flowers with a white and yellow centre. Scented and a pretty addition to your auricula collection. Grow in well drained compost in pots or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. Height 15cm.                     9 cm pot          £4.50      

Primula auricula 'Helen Ruane'

A curious auricula with pale apricot cream flower in April. Foliage is evergreen. H 15cm, S 10cm.                    9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Joy'

A light centred, deep mulberry coloured and lightly scented auricula flowering from March to May. Grow in well drained compost in pots or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. H15cm, S15cm.                   9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Kusum Krishna'

A unique auricula with beautiful, large, deep indigo, scented blooms above round, wavy edged leaves that are edged with silvery powder. Grow in well drained compost in pots or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. Height 15cm.                    9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Lemon Sherbet'

Lovely pure yellow flowers with a white centre appear in spring. As with most auricula it has a sweet scent. Grow in well drained compost in pots or troughs and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. Height 15cm                  9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula auricula marginata 'Linda Pope'

A semi-evergreen auricula primula with a rosette of mealy-edged oval leaves and wiry stems bearing umbels of white-eyed, slightly fragrant, mauve-blue flowers 3cm in width. Ideal for pots and containers and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. H15cm.                  9cm 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          £4.50

Primula auricula 'Trouble'

Double creamy brown flowers in April and May with grey leaves. Ideal for pots and containers and protect from wet and cold in winter, a cold greenhouse is ideal. H 20cm.                9 cm pot          £4.50

Primula bullyana

A candelabra type with whorls of orange flowers in early summer. Will cope with shade and damp soil and occasionally wet conditions.

H 60cm, S 30cm.   .                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £4.00         

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          £9.00

Primula denticulata var. alba

Drumstick Primula. A perennial with rosettes of mid-green leaves. Stout stems of rounded, pure white flowers in April to May. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 45cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

Primula 'Gigha'

This primula is rosette-forming and semi-evergreen with mid-green leaves. White flowers with yellow eyes appear on single stems, in spring. Great for the front of a border or under shrubs and trees. H15cm, S20cm.                9 cm pot          £4.00

Primula 'Harlow Car Hybrids'

This semi-evergreen primula produces rosettes of pale green leaves. The flowering stems have whorls of flowers creating a candelabra effect. Colours include pink, peach, orange, yellow and purple. Plant in semi shade and moist soil. H100cm, S30cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

Primula japonica

A basal rosette of broad, crinkly light green leaves and erect stems bearing several whorls of reddish-purple flowers in late spring and early summer. Grow in sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. H80cm, S30cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

Primula japonica Meadowhead strain

A basal rosette of broad, crinkly light green leaves and erect stems bearing several whorls of pink, orange, red or yellow flowers in late spring and early summer. Grow in sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. H80cm, S30cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

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.                       9cm pot          £3.50

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 seem mot of the year on grassy bankings, often in semi-shade. H 5cm to 15cm.                    9cm pot          £4.00

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          £6.00


Prunella

Prunella vulgaris

A creeping native perennial with rooting stems bearing ovate leaves and short erect spikes of deep violet, rarely pink or white, tubular flowers in summer and early autumn. Good for bees and pollinators and makes a good ground cover plant. H30cm, S 50cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


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          £9.00

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.                                               2L pot          £9.00

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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00


Pulsatilla

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasque Flower. An alpine with finely divided light green leaves and pendent bell-shaped mauve to purple flowers from March to May, followed by fluffy seedheads. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. H 15cm, S 20cm.                              9cm pot              £4.00


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.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Rheum

Rheum palmatum

Large, lobed leaves up to 75cm long with panicles of pink or creamy-white flowers that rise on long stems in early Summer. This ornamental rhubarb is an architectural plant that demands space. Plant in sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. H2m, S1m.                   3L pot          £10.00

Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum  

Massive ornamental ‘rhubarb’ with deeply cut leaves, flushed purple on both surfaces, and great plumes of pink, white or crimson flowers up to 1.8m high. Rich, moist soil in sun or light shade. H 2m, S 2m.                             2L     312.95


Rhodiola

Rhodiola 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


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          £10.00

Rodgersia aesculifolia Rubrifolia

Stunning plant with bronze, horse chestnut like foliage and large heads of white fluffy flowers in July and August followed by decorative brown seedheads. Plant in moist soil and shade. H90cm. S90cm.                  2L pot          £9.00

Rodgersia pinnata

Feathery sprays of small, pink, star-shaped flowers on tall, reddish-green stems from mid- to late summer, above bold, deeply divided, dark-green leaves. Forms a striking feature in a moist position. H 1.2m, S 2m..                    2L pot          £9.00

Rodgersia pinnata 'Cally Salmon'

Bold big leaves which take on a pinkish red colour as the season goes on. Flowers are salmon pink in summer. Plant in shade and moist soil for best effect. Makes an impressive architectural plant, especially if planted in large groups. H1m, S1m.                    2L pot          £12.95

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.                    2L pot          £9.00


Rudbeckia

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          £9.00

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          £9.00

Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’

Curious flowerheads consisting of a columnar black disc to 5cm long, lacking ray florets but surrounded at the base by green bracts. Worth growing in sun and well drained soil for it’s unusual flowers. H 1.5m, S 45cm.                     1L pot          £6.00

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          £9.00

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.                     2L pot          £9.00


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.                       1L pot          £6.00

          

Salvia

Salvia forsskaolii

A bushy perennial with lyre-shaped or ovate leaves to 30cm long, and long spikes of violet flowers with white tubes, opening in summer and early autumn. Plant in semi-shade and well drained soil. H 90cm, S 50cm.                   1L pot          £6.00

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          £9.00

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.                 9cm  pot          £4.00

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.                    9cm  pot          £4.00

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          £6.00


Sanguinaria

Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex 'Plena'     

“Bloodroot”. With it’s grey-green kidney shaped leaves and double white flowers appearing before the foliage, this is a plant well worth having in the garden.  The flowers apear from March  to April and it does well in sun or partial shade and well drained soil.  H 20cm.                      9cm pot          £4.00


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 'Blackthorn'

This Sanguisorba has oval leaflets with jagged edges and rose pink, bottlebrush flowers are carried on thin upright stems from late summer to mid-autumn. H1.2m, S 50cm.                   2L pot          £9.00

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.                     2L pot          £9.00           

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          £9.00

Sanguisorba menziesii 'Dali Marble'

Sanguisorba with cream edged leaves and burgandy flowers from Summer through into autumn. Plant in sun and well drained soil.

H 90cm, S 30cm.                     2L pot          £9.00

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.                     1L pot          £6.00

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          £9.00         

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          £9.00

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Little Angel'

A unique rock garden-sized burnet forms a clump of green leaves with a distinctive creamy border that lay flat on the ground. Starting in early June, the dwarf clumps are topped with 7" tall spikes, each ending with a pinkie-sized burgundy tip. H 10cm, S 35cm.                    1L pot          £6.00

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          £9.00

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          £9.00           

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          £6.00

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          £9.00

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       £9.00                                             

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.                     2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00         


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          £9.00


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 caucasica 'Stafa'

This Scabious has deep blue pin-cushion flowers on long stems from June to September. It is a magnet for bees and butterflies and a good cut flower. For well drained soil in full sun. H 80cm, S 60cm.                 2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00        

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.                  1L pot          £6.00

Scabiosa lachnophylla

Tall stems above a mound of pinnate leaves carry numerous deep mauve scabious flowers. The purple pin-cushioned centres set off the deep pink stamens. Native of East Siberia, China and Japan, the wild form of Scabious lacnophylla grows in sandy, sunny sites. Butterfly and bee magnet from July until the first frosts. H 60cm, S 30cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


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. Some Sedum have now been re-classified and are know as Hylotelephium which I have put in brackets in each entry. For simplicity I have kept them under Sedum for now.

Sedum (Hylotelephium) 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          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) '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          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) 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.                   9cm pot          £4.00

Sedum(Hylotelephium) ‘Herbstfreude’ AGM syn. ‘Autumn Joy’  

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          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) telephium ‘Lynda Windsor’

Very dark brownish purple leaves and clusters of dark red flowers in autumn. To 45cm.                   9cm pot          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) 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          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) ‘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          £4.00

Sedum (Hylotelephium) '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.                 9cm pot          £4.00

Sedum acre

A native wild flower which forms a creeping mat with tiny, succulent leaves and bearing bright yellow, star-shaped flowers in summer. A plant for crazy paving, dry walls and rockeries in the sun. H 5cm, S 20cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

Sedum forsterianum

A creeping ground hugging Sedum with silver green whorls of foliage and bright yellow flowers in late summer. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H10cm, S 40cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

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


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

Sempervivium tectorium 'Rubin'

This variety has a beautiful pure red rosette with the younger leaves in the centre starting green before turning red. Light pink flowers appear in mid-summer. H 8cm, S 10cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


Sidalcea

Sidalcea candida

This sidalcea carries paper thin white flowers in summer on upright stems. The stems form spikes above mounds of mid green foliage. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H90cm, S45cm.                    2L  pot          £9.00


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          £9.00

Silene latifolia Alba

Flowering from May to September this perennial is worthy of a shady spot in the garden. Commonly found in hedgerows, it's typical Silene white bell-shaped flowers appear over mid green leaves. The roots are known to give off a soap like substance making it useful as a substitute for washing clothes etc.

H 60cm, S 45cm..           1L pot          £6.00

Silene Viscaria

“Sticky Catchfly” A mat-forming to tufted perennial with sticky stems bearing narrow, dark green leaves, and clusters of purplish-pink flowers, 2cm in width, in early and mid-summer. Plant in sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil.

H45cm, S50cm.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Silphium

Silphium perfoliatum

A robust, upright perennial with paired, oval leaves joined around the stem which are aromatic when bruised. Branched sprays of bright yellow daisies 7-9cm wide, open from late summer into autumn. Will grow in sun or partial shade and most soils. H 2.5m, S 75cm.                   2L pot          £9.00


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          £9.00


Smilacina

Smilacina stellata

An unusual Smilacina with its clusters of starry white flowers which are strongly scented. This woodlander likes light shade and moist but well drained soil. H 50cm, S 90cm.                  9cm pot          £4.00


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.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

Solidago speciosa

A clumping perennial with narrowly oval foliage.  From late summer until autumn, plants are topped by attractive pyramidal golden-yellow flower panicles.  This lovely goldenrod prospers in sunny moist or dry well-drained sites. Native to the Midwest of America, a true prairie plant.

H 120 0 150 cm, S 70cm.                   2L pot          £9.00


Stachys

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          £6.00

Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron'

This Stachys doesn’t really produce flowers but is grown for its soft fluffy green-yellow foliage. It forms a dense mat of foliage which ideal for ground cover at the front of a border. I love this variety and was pleased to get some plant material for propagation this autumn.

H 30cm, S 45cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50

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.                     1L pot          £6.00

Stachys germanica

A native wildflower to the UK but almost extinct in all but a few central areas. A medium sized hedgerow hugger, the whole plant is covered in soft, white hair. Bears long lasting purpleish flowers all summer and a great nectar plant. H80cm, S25cm.                 2L pot          £9.00

Stachys (betonica) 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.                     2L pot          £9.00

Stachys (betonica) 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          £9.00


Symphyandra

Symphyandra cretica

A rarely offered perennial with mid-blue bells in great profusion completely cover a dome of much-branching thin stems clad in campanula like leaves in spring and early summer. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H 40cm, S 30cm.                 9cm pot          £4.00


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          £10.00


Tanacetum

Tanacetum balsamita ssp balsamita

“Costmary” or “Alecost” Mint-balsam scented leaves and yellow-white daisy flowers all summer. Use the leaves for flavouring salads and adding spice to ale. H 90cm, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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          £9.00

           

Telekia

Telekia speciosa

Very easily grown, this rather splendid tall plant is a must for the border. Strongly and attractively scented, large, handsome leaves, bearing in summer large, orange-yellow flowers up to 4ins across with long, spidery petals from June to September. Plant in Partial shade. Great H 2m, S 1m.

H 2m, S 1m.                  2L pot          £9.00


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.                    9cm pot          £3.50            

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          £9.00


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          £9.00


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   

Flowering late spring to early summer with a characteristic explosion of fluffy, purple-pink flowers and such a gorgeous scent! Who Knew? For light shade and moist soil. Try with Deschampsia and any dark-flowered Iris sibirica for a spring symphony! H 1.2m, S 45cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

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.                    1L pot          £6.00

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

A tall, herbaceous perennial with lacy foliage and upright, near-black stems bearing generous sprays of fluffy, bright purplish-pink flowers in mid- to late summer.

H 2m, S 40cm.                 2L pot          £9.00

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     £4.00

Thalictrum flavum

Yellow Meadow-rue, also known as Common Meadow-rue, has beautiful, lacy green foliage a little like a Columbine or Maidenhair Fern. The large cloud-like sprays of tiny lemon-yellow flowers are outstanding for cutting. are tall and narrow in habit. Sun or shade in most soils.  

H 160, S 40cm.                      1L pot          £6.00

Thalictrum lucidum

A tall, upright, herbaceous perennial with shiny, fern-like leaves with narrow leaflets, turning bright yellow in autumn. Clusters of creamy-yellow, fluffy, slightly-scented flowers are produced in summer. H 1.5m, S 50cm.             9cm pot     £4.00

Thalictrum minus

"Lessser Meadow Rue" A variable, clump-forming perennial, with small 3- to 4-pinnate leaves with three or more rounded lobes. The tiny green-purple tinted flowers borne on thin, wiry stems above the foliage. Plant in sun or partial shade and well drained soil. H 90cm, S 90cm.                     1L pot          £6.00


Tiarella

Tiarella 'Morning Star'

A clump-forming, semi-evergreen forming a mound of deeply lobed green leaves with bronze-purple veins. Small, starry pale pink flowers open from deep pink buds on upright stems above the foliage in spring. H20cm, S 30cm.                                  9cm pot          £4.00

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.                                    9cm pot          £4.00


Trachystemon

Trachystemon orientalis

An excellent fast growing ground-cover plant for dense shade. It bears blue and white borage-like flowers in early spring before the leaves take over so is good for early bumblebees. It runs freely so plant where you need a good ground-cover. Good for suppressing weeds. In dense shade, will tolerate dry shade once established, although in prolonged very dry conditions, the leaves may collapse, to be revived after rain.

H40cm, S1m.                                   2L pot          £9.00


Tragopogon

Tragopogon porrifolius

“Salsify” Stately, purple-rayed flowers like a showy form of chicory flower, flowers from late spring and for most of the way through the summer. It is cultivated for its ornamental flower, edible roots, and herbal properties and grows wild in many places. Grow in sun and well drained soil.

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

Tragopogon pratensis

A member of the salsify family, this tap-rooted perennial, with narrowly lance-shaped, long-pointed leaves and terminal dandelion-like yellow flowerheads which close about midday, followed by large fruiting "clocks" (seed-heads) which are very decorative. H 1m.                     9cm pot          £3.50


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.                  2L pot          £9.00


Trollius

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'

This trollius has bright orange early summer flowers with yellow centres and deeply divided mid green leaves. These cheery, buttercup-like flowers are perfect for the middle of a moist border or for planting at the margins of a pond or stream. Flowers from May to June.

H90cm, S50cm.                                   2L pot          £9.00

Trollius x cultorum 'New Moon'

Similar but easier to grow than the more tricky Alabaster. With large pale ivory flowers it is well worth a spot in the garden. Trollius are plants of alpine meadows, so to get the best from them they need plenty of sun with moist soil, but not saturated at the roots, especially over winter.

H 80cm, S 40cm.  .                                   2L pot          £9.00

Trollius yunnanensis

This species forms a clump of glossy, deeply lobed and toothed green leaves. Bowl-shaped, golden yellow flowers to 6cm across are borne on upright stems in early summer. Grow in sun and moist but welled drained soil. H 70cm, S 30cm.                9cm pot           £4.00


Tulbaghia

Tulbaghia violacea

A nice addition to the side of the pond, this spreading perennial has grey-green foliage and delicate star-shaped lilac flowers lasting from late spring to summer. The foliage can carry a slight onion scent. Grow in sun or shade in damp to wet soil. H 50cm, S 50cm.                9cm pot           £4.00              


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           £9.00

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.                      5.50 pot          £6.00


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.                  9cm pot           £4.00

Verbena

Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires'

This is a great border plant, flowering the first year from propagating and blooming from late spring into early autumn. It bears long spires of scores of blue flowers and it makes a super cut flower too. Grow in sun and well drained soil. H1.2m, S 40cm.                   2L  pot          £9.00

Verbena hastata 'Pink Spires'

Like it’s white and blue relaitives this is an upright perennial that flowers for several months through summer and autumn. Delicate, branching spires carry flower spikes that bear small, clear pink flowers. Great for flower arrangingtoo. H1.2m, S40cm.                    2L  pot          £9.00

Verbena officinalis

“Vervain” A hardy perennial with hairy lobed green leaves and small mauve flowers opening gradually up the stem. Plant in well drained soil and a sunny position. Self seeds. A highly valued plant in ancient times as a herb against evil. In fact there are many associations with sorcery and places of worship. Also used medicinally to treat nervous disorders. H 60cm, S 30cm.                           9cm pot          £3.50


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.                    1L pot          £6.00

Veronica longifolia

Upright herbaceous perennial with narrow leaves in pairs or threes up the stem and densely packed spikes of tiny, tubular, purplish-blue flowers in late summer and early autumn. H 1.2m, S 50cm.                    2L pot          £9.00

Veronica officinalis

A native wild flower found in grasslands and open woods. A very pretty mat-forming species with small spikes of lilac flowers from spring into summer. H20cm, S 30cm.                      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 ‘Album’

Graceful, branched spires of wispy, pure-white flowers appear in mid- to late summer. Plant in moist, well-drained soil. Superb with Echinops.

H 1.2m, S 60cm.                 2L pot         £9.00

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         £9.00           

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’

Lovely cultivar with tall, graceful, branched spires of dusky-pink flowers from red buds on good, strong stems in mid- to late summer. Plant in full sun and well-drained moist soil. H 1.2m, S 60cm.                2L pot         £9.00

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         £9.00

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         £9.00

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         £9.00

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         £9.00

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Pointed Finger'

This variety has long racemes of pale blue flowers in late summer which tend to bend in one direction. As with all the Veronicastrums plant in sun and well drained soil. H1.5m, S60cm.                2L pot         £9.00


Viola

Viola 'Butterpat'

A gorgeous bright yellow flowering Viola producing a carpet of flowers from Spring to Summer with a mat of fresh green foliage. Plant in sun and well drained soil. Well worth growing. H 15cm, S 60cm.                    9cm pot           £3.50

Viola cornuta ‘Alba’

Horned Violet. A spreading Viola with masses of white flowers on very long stems from April to August. Plant in partial shade.

H 15cm, S 40cm.                     9cm pot           £3.50

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 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

Viola tricolor

Heartsease, Wild Pansy. A tufted annual, bi annual or short-lived perennial with pretty purple, lavender-blue and yellow flowers from spring to autumn. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Self-seeds. H 8cm, S 10cm.                  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.