Below is our current list of perennials in stock. With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch. I will be adding more in the spring once I know what other plants have come out of propagation and into the stock beds. It's exciting to see all those cuttings and seedlings sitting there waiting.
An interesting genus of plants that form ground covering mats often up to 2m wide. Spiky burrs form after flowering in late summer, good for ground cover in sun or shade or on a wide variety of soil types. They also tumble well over retaining walls or bankings.
Vigorous, creeping blue foliage which is topped by reddish bronze burrs in summer. Useful for softening the edges of paths and for groundcover in poor dry soils or gravel. H 7cm, S 50cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’
Compact, creeping evergreen with bronze leaves and small, spherical flower-
H 5cm, S 90cm. 2L pot £7.00
An attractive rare species with tiny glaucous leaves. Slow growing but easy. Makes an unusual and compact ground cover plant. Plant in well raining soil in sun on top of a low wall or amongst paving stones. H 3cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £4.00
These are easy and rewarding plants with an extremely long flowering period that
“English Mace” A hardy perennial with clumps of cream flowers which flower for weeks. Bright light-
H 60cm when in flower, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
H 70cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
An intriguing colour this one and great for blending with other colours in the border.
Often described as ‘meringue’ but later like a beige carpet stained with red wine.
Ideal in a mixed border flowering from mid-
Achillea ‘Credo’ AGM
An Ernest Pagels introduction that opens in June lemon yellow, fading to pale yellow
by August. Foliage is a complimentary ferny, grey. One of the best Achilleas for
the garden on any well drained soil in sun. H120-
Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’ AGM
This cultivar has light-
H 1.5m, S 45cm. 3L pot £8.00
Achillea filipendulina ‘Parker’s Variety’ AGM
A favourite of Oehme and Van Sweden, this is a self-
“Yarrow”. A native perennial with dark green leaves and white flowers, sometimes appearing light pink. Ideal for establishing in wild flower meadows where plants will happily compete with grass and other wild flowers in full sun. Copes well with clay soil.
H 60cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £6.50
Achillea millefolium ‘Red Velvet’
A really good, dark rosy-
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-
Achillea sibirica subsp. camschatica ‘Love Parade’
Lovely single dark-
Achillea ‘Summerwine’ AGM
An outstanding cultivar with deep wine-
Although highly toxic (gloves should be worn when handling), these superb plants
are invaluable in light to full shade. Generally preferring moist, humus-
Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ AGM
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-
H 100cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Aconitum ‘Spark’s Variety’
Navy blue buds held on wide airy spires open in late summer to reveal dark midnight-
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’
Tall spires of very pale blue flowers washed grey on tallish plants. Plant in sun
or partial shade in well-
H 90cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
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-
H 20cm, S 25cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Actaea matsumurae ‘White Pearl’
Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group ‘Black Negligee’
An inky black-
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-
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-
Anise Hyssop. An aniseed-
Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Elf’
A compact form with pink flower spikes in late spring -
H 10cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Ajuga reptans 'Valfredda'
This unique variety of ajuga has relatively small, narrow leaves that weave a tight
mat of foliage. Depending on the amount of sunlight they receive, the leaves are
a mix of rich chocolate-
H 10cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Alcea rosea 'Summer Carnival'
H 200cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This is a native wild flower for the rockery with decorative foliage that is grey-
Alchemilla mollis ‘Robustica’
More upright than the species and with larger leaves, this vigorous plant is useful
in borders and as ground cover. Prefers well-
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 -
H 40cm, S 40cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This delightful species comes from the Shenandoah National Park in the USA. It has
very narrow leaves and loose umbels of nodding, long-
A vigorous little allium with clusters of star-
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
“Crow Garlic” Slender, rounded flowering stems and tubular leaves. The actual flowers are very small but there are usually few of these in the flowering head which instead is made up of small, purplish bulbils. Flowering time is June to August. Can be a nuisance as the bulbils will all grow if they hit the ground, remove before this stage. H 1.2m. 9cm pot £3.50
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honerine Jobert’
Lovely, single, pure-
“Wood Anemone”. A dwarf herbaceous perennial with deeply cut leaves. Solitary flowers are sometimes flushed pink on the reverse appear in spring. A woodland dweller often making carpets of white starry flowers once established. H 20cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Antennaria dioica 'Alba'
Anthemis tinctoria 'Kelwayi'
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 1–1.2m, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.00
Invaluable plants for a semi-
I bought this plant as it forms part of a new border in the nursery and am looking forward to seeing it in flower next year from May to July. Growing in the Alps, this fine and unusual species should be at home with us. With its dark purple petals and protruding yellow stamens, it should add interest to any Aquilegia collection and the mixed border. H60cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Aquilegia 'Clementine Rose'
A unique Columbine, featuring fluffy double flowers that resemble a small Clematis
flower. These face upwards well above lacy green foliage. This selection produces
blooms in shades of rose pink with a yellow centre. Great in containers or in a mixed
border and attractive to butterflies. Removing spent flowers will increase the blooming
time. H 30-
A gorgeous deep orange and yellow Aquilegia which comes true from seed if planted away from others. Flowering in late spring and early summer it will brighten up a border and your day with its flowers. H 60cm, S 20cm. 1L pot £5.50
I’m looking forward to seeing what this mix of miniature Aquilegias produce and to save more seed from them. A bit of pot luck until we see them flower, but that’s part of the fun with seed mixtures. They are all short so perfect for pots and containers. H 30cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Aquilegia Simplicity mix
Another fun pot luck mixture, this time from single flowers of various colours and
combinations. Who knows what we’ll get this year. Plant in sun or partial shade,
dry or well-
A real mix or reds, yellows, apricots and oranges, a fiery addition to the garden from May to July. Includes singles and doubles.
H 45cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £4.00
The common granny’s bonnets with its nodding bonnet-
H 60cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.00
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’
One of my favourites with its starry, black-
H 15cm. S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Part of our wild flower collection, this is the Lesser Burdock. Forming a tall plant
with hollow stems topped with brush-
H 1.5m, S 90cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Commonly known as the mouse plant this delightful wee arum will grow happily in shade under shrubs in humus rich soil. Tiny tubers increase sending up dense clusters of small shining green leaves. In May hidden among the leaves are tiny flowers, white inside with brown backs, the spathe tips extended into long thin tails which poke out among the leaves as though tiny mice had dived in, head first, to hide. Best in shade, near the edge of a path where you can stoop to see them. H 10 cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Artemisia 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-
Great plumes of pink flowers grace the plant from mid-
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 £3.50
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-
Aruncus ‘Guinea Fowl’
Finely cut, green foliage and an abundance of creamy-
Asclepias incarnata 'Soulmate'
This fine plant succeeds reasonably well on dry soils. Although this strong-
Underrated plants for shape and form as well as autumn colour. Asters have a reputation
for mildew but those are generally the lurid, overbred novi-
Aster divaricatus (Eurybia divaricata)
“Wood aster”. Fabulous perennial with shiny, black, decumbent, wiry stems. From mid-
H 60cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £6.50
Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Erlkönig'
A great little cultivar that’s been around for over a century. Forms a spire of small,
open branches adorned with tiny lavender-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides f. Prostratum 'Snow Flurry'
Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Golden Spray'
This plant forms a great mound of densely branched, wiry stems, covered in small,
white flowers with prominent golden-
H 90cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Aster (Symphyotrichum) ericoides 'Pink Cloud'
Narrow leaves and sprays of pale lilac-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) laeve 'Cally Compact'
A nice wee plant with lavender-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) lateriflorum var. Horizontalis
Used to great effect by both Christopher Lloyd and Dan Pearson for ground-
H 50cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Aster (Symphyotrichum) 'Little Carlow'
Superb cordifolius hybrid forming a huge clump of brilliant, lavender-
Prolific, fairly large, pure-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-
Prolific, fairly large, pure-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) novae-
A taller plant with deep ruby-
A strong, self-
no mildew! H 1.4m, S 90cm. 2l pot £7.00
Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-
A compact and bushy plant that carries huge, loosely branched sprays of small, purple-
Aster (Symphyotrichum) novi-
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-
Aster macrophyllus (Eurybia macrophylla)
Large leaves and starry, pale violet flowers with abundant seed heads that twinkle in winter frost. Flowers earlier than other Asters and happy in dry shade. H 75cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £6.50
Aster umbellatus (Doellingeria umbellata)
Tall and stately, self-
Astilbe chinensis var. pumila
An impressive short astilbe with masses of dense flowers on rigid spikes. Rose flowers with blue anthers give the appearance of mauve flowers over broad, rough foliage. Great ground cover in shady, damp areas with a real burst of colour in summer. H 30cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
A robust white form over nice dark green leaves. The flowers fade nicely to green rather than brown and the seed heads are very effective against a parchment background. H 45cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Astilbe ‘Straussenfeder’ AGM
A tall plant with glossy, mid-
H 1m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Astrantia ‘Atomic Sunburst’
Very large, pale-
Grown in gardens since the 1500s and flowering for an exceptionally long period of time. Its little green and white, sometimes pink, buttons combine well with Astilbe and Brunnera in damp partial shade. Ours are seed grown, so colours will vary. H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £6.50
Astrantia major ‘Claret’
Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’
A good dark flowered plant with deep ruby red flowers on maroon stems and dark green leaves. Much admired in the nursery gardens. For full sun or partial shade in moisture retentive soil, though will tolerate some dryness once established. A more compact cultivar.
H 50cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’ AGM
The variegated divided leaves have lovely broad, creamy-
For full sun. H 70cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
An interesting little alpine plant that I grow in my alpine troughs at home. It has
blue tinged daisy flowers over fine elliptical leaves. Flowers appear from mid-
H 10cm, S 15cm. 9cm pot £4.00
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. 2L pot £9.95
Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ AGM
An excellent white-
Bergenia ‘Claire Maxine’ AGM
Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'
This robust Bergenia is ideal for poor soil, ground cover, shade, forgotten corners, damp soil and will in turn produce masses of deep pink flowers in spring and pink purple tinged foliage all year round. A favourite of Gertrude Jekyll and Beth Chatto, it is well worth a space for those problematic places it actually prefers. H 30cm, S 90cm. 2L pot £6.50
Bergenia ‘Eden’s Magic Giant’ AGM
H 45cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Tall stems bearing shocking magenta flowers over consistently healthy-
A vigorous plant forming a great cloud of creamy-
H 45cm, S 50cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ AGM
This sport of Brunnera ‘Langtrees’ has remarkable, silvered, heart-
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-
Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna'
This Campanula has clumps of erect leafy stems with pointed leaves and rounded clusters
of soft pink, bell-
H 1.2m, S 60cm. 2L pot £9.95
This Campanula will fill a large space in the back of a border with its height and bright blue purple flowers. A mound of foliage at the base gives rise to tall flower stems through summer. Dead head to prevent too much seeding around. H 120cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £6.50
This is a beautiful hardy perennial which adds height to the border with long, spikes
of large, nodding, bell-
Coral Root. An attractive species with upright stems with 5-
Cardamine pratensis ‘Flore Pleno’
Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’
H 60cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Centaurea montana ‘Parham’
A European native and often the first of the Centaurea to flower. Fragrant, large,
'Lesser Knapweed'. A British native perennial with long green leaves and stiff stems
with numerous, small, thistle like purple mauve heads in mid-
"Greater Knapweed", a clump-
Centranthus ruber 'Pretty Betsy'
Another attractive cultivated variety with clusters of fragrant, deep coral-
H 60cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
A wonderful plant with very long graceful stems topped by pale primrose yellow, scabious-
Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’
Another of my favourite plants, a pink cow parsley! A lovely, soft-
H 60–90cm, S 100cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Chamaenerion angustifolium ‘Album’ syn. Epilobium
The white rose-
H 2m, S 100cm. 2L pot £7.00
Clusters of lilac-
H 60cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Chrysanthemum ‘Mrs Jessie Cooper’
A Rubellum Chrysanthmum with large single carmine flowers and wonderful contrasting
acid green central disc. Just when you think that’s it for the winter this brave
soul sticks its head above the parapet and continues to flower until late November!
For moist well-
H 65cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
“Chicory”. Most people only think of Chicory as an adulterant of coffee whereas it is in fact a most attractive native (probably) wild flower with lovely, clear bright blue flowers in summer and early autumn. Will seed around if it’s happy. H 1.2m, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Upright stalks are topped with showy, bright-
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
H 1.2m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
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-
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Golden Globe'
A bright sunny plant for the border with its double golden flowers, guaranteed to brighten the dullest day. Branching from the base this plant flowers through summer into autumn in borders or containers. Great for cutting and wildlife too. H 45cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Corydalis '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
One of the best blue flowered species from China with an upright habit and dense flower heads of strong electric blue in late spring with a delicious scent. Plant in good soil in shade. H 60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This delightful plant resembles a miniature fern. Although it can survive in any
situation, it prefers partial shade and good soil. Good small-
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ AGM
Cynara cardunculus AGM
Architectural beauty with huge silvery, deeply dissected leaves and large royal purple,
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-
An alpine species forming large, dense cushions of needle-
A European species with slender, flowering stems from a small clump of grassy green foliage that carries a small luminous blip of vibrant magenta, fringed flowers. Very effective with grasses or with purple and silver foliage. Does best on dry soils and in full sun. H 45cm, S 20cm. 1L pot £5.50
Dianthus 'Cranmere Pool'
Lovely soft pink, almost white double flowers with flecks of dark magenta in the
petals. Gorgeous clove scent as you would expect from a Dianthus. Plant in sun in
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
A modern pink forming a compact mound with scented double pale pink flowers with
dark pink centres from May to June. Plant in full sun and well-
I love this Dianthus, ok I love lots of Dianthus, but this hardy, pretty, single flowering plant with it’s scented flowers and dark band of purple across the petals is a wee beauty. Equally happy in a border, rockery or pot, it will flower all summer in a sunny spot. Quite rare now in the wild where it is mainly confined to the Cheddar Gorge. H 30cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Karlik'
A shorter dianthus with more glaucus leaves. Pink flowers cover the dense foliage in early summer. Ideal for tubs, troughs and alpine gardens.
H 10cm, S 15cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Dianthus 'Houndspool Ruby'
An evergreen dianthus with scented deep pink flowers with a darker eye. They have that wonderful rich Dianthus clove smell so well worth growing just for that. H 30 cm, S 20cm. 1L pot £5.50
Dianthus knappii 'Yellow Harmony'
This unusual coloured Dianthus really grabbed my attention when I first saw it. This
unusual species flower colour is almost unique in the genus. With finely downy, grass-
Dianthus 'Little Jock'
A lovely little Dianthus with pale pink star shaped flowers over short grey green foliage, great for pots, troughs and alpine gardens.
H 4cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Dianthus monspessulanus (hyssopifolius)
Such is the delicious fragrance of the blooms on this plant that it can be detected
at a considerable distance in its rocky mountain haunts. It forms a mat of fine,
H 60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Digitalis Toxic if eaten
An attractive small foxglove with pale yellow flowers over shiny narrow leaves. This variety will grow in sun or shade.
H 60cm, S 30cm. 2L Pot £6.50
Spikes of pale greenish yellow bells with fine brown veins over dark green foliage.
The native teasel, with prickly basal leaves followed by prickly stems of cone-
"Vipers Bugloss", a native biennual with green, white hairy leaves. Dense spikes
of open bell-
Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Epimediums are one of my favourite plants with they’re semi-
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’
This finer variety has purple-
Epimedium pinnatum ssp. Colchicum
A great Epimedium for interesting foliage markings in spring when the green leaves have distinctive red veining. Yellow flowers appear in spring and are more noticeable if you cut the old foliage off before they appear. Great for a shady border or under shrubs for ground cover. H 25cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
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-
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-
H 15cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Fleabane. A woody-
Masses of single, pale-
H 90cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ AGM
“Pineapple flower”. These bulbous perennials may look exotic, with their star-
H 75cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £4.00
An easily grown and attractive native wild flower and perfect plant for moist positions
in the garden. Dense, terminal sprays of reddish-
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-
Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Purple Bush’
Reasonably compact form with smaller, light-
Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum Group ‘Red Dwarf’
A compact, much shorter variety than it’s cousins with reddish-
Eupatorium maculatum ‘Riesenschirm’
A striking back of the border plant with large fluffy pink -
H 180 cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’
Red purple leaves and masses of bright green flowers providing a powerful contrast with the foliage in spring. For full sun or light shade.
H 65cm, S 40cm. 10cm pot £4.00
What I call an enthusiastic grower! This Euphorbia might be low-
Euphorbia dulcis chameleon
Plants form a mound of stunning burgundy-
A hardy, semi-
H 20cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Euphorbia polychroma AGM
Low dome of chrome yellow flowers over bluish-
H 30cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
This Filipendula should be intermingled with other moisture-
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
“Meadowsweet”. A sweet-
the nursery. H 90cm, S 45cm. 3L pot £7.00
Filipendula ulmaria 'Variegata'
This variegated form of “Meadowsweet” had randomly marked gold and green leaves topped with sprays of creamy white scented flowers. As with all Filipendula it enjoys damp to wet soil and sun or partial shade. 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Very similar in appearance to a decorative lettuce before the wand-
“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,
"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
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
Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride'
This is a lax, graceful plant from Texas with loose spikes of tubular, rosy-
Delicate stems with willow-
A pretty autumn flowering gentian with many prostrate stems of dark green leaves.
Geranium X cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’
A compact plant with glossy evergreen fragrant leaves and blush pink flowers with darker pink stamens in early summer. Discovered in the Biokova mountains, Croatia. A great ground cover plant for most soils in sun or shade. H 25cm, S 100cm. 1L pot £5.50
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-
Geranium × johnsonii 'Johnson's Blue'
One of the best-
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Freundorf'
A good variety with pink flowers and good autumn colour. Ideal for dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. Great ground
cover. H 30cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
A white flowered variety with a hint of pink with good autumn colour and semi evergreen. Ideal for ground cover in dry shade but will tolerate a range of growing conditions. H 30cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’
A dusky pink-
A spreading Geranium with bright glossy green, divided leaves and funnel-
Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’
Bushy, early blooming species with fully opened very dark purple flowers and pale green leaves ageing dark green with large chocolate blotches on the leaves. Best in moist shade but will tolerate dryness under trees. H60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’ AGM
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
This very desirable cultivar is probably the best of the type and coming true from
seed. It produces over a long period very deep violet-
“Herb Robert”, a common Cranesbill found growing wild through Britain and Europe.
It happily self-
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum AGM
One of the prettiest of British native plants. Shallow, cup-
purple foliage. H 20cm, S45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Geranium ‘Sirak’ AGM
A sprawling geranium with distinct, vibrant, mauve-
Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ AGM
Large, pure lavender-
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
This is a terrific geranium forming a fast-
Geranium X oxonianum
Free flowering, vigorous, clump-
Strident, orange, outward-
A compact plant with warm apricot, upright, outward-
Geum 'Mrs W Moore'
A very dainty flowered Geum with cream semi-
Geum ‘Pink Frills’
A robust plant with soft peach-
Geum ‘Primrose Cottage’
Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’
A taller Geum standing out with its semi-
Geum rivale ‘Album’
A lovely plant for the front of the border with its nodding heads of white flower. It will flower for a long period and if dead headed will often flower again later in the summer. Copes well with shade and north facing borders on clay soil. H 35cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’
Gum Plant. A bushy subshrub with greyish green leaves and pretty daisy-
Rarely offered pink gypsophila makes an attractive border plant. Similar in habit
to G.paniculata but with attractive blue-
H 1.2m, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.50
This lovely little plant appears in January, even before most snowdrops and aconites
have thought about growing. The flowers open, almost at ground-
A welcome plant in the late summer into autumn border with its upright stems topped
Helenium ‘Pumilum Magnificum’
A tall bushy plant which will add a burst of pale golden-
Helenium ‘Riverton Gem’
A bushy plant with red orange flowers late in the season. Good for late summer displays. H 80cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Helianthus decapetalus 'Morning Sun'
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-
"Christmas Rose". An evergreen perennial producing leathery dark green, divided leaves.
Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’
This has a stunning flower, big, scented and dark purple-
Hemerocallis ‘Cream Drop’
Hemerocallis ‘Crimson Pirate’
An interesting spider type flower with lovely, velvety, mahogany-
Hemerocallis ‘Frans Hals’
A striking and reliable cultivar with alternate rusty-
Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’
Lightly ruffled, white flowers with a chartreuse-
H 70cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Hemerocallis ‘Green Flutter’ AGM
An especially beautiful flower on this variety in fresh-
H 50cm, S 60cm. 3L pot £8.50
Hemerocallis ‘Little Grapette’
Lots of little grape-
H40cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.50
Hemerocallis ‘Mauna Loa’
Large, full, burnt-
Hemerocallis ‘On and On’
Early to mid-
H 40cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Hemerocallis ‘Precious d’Oro’
White, fragrant flowers with petals that curve over to give a rounded shape. Cute! H 50cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Hemerocallis 'Root Beer'
This is a shorter variety with gorgeous deep velvety burgundy flowers with a golden throat. H 50cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Hemerocallis ‘Taj Mahal’
Mid to late season with orange flowers and maroon markings on the petals. Floriferous and vigorous. H 60cm, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.50
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
H 5cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
With its beautifully perfumed flowers, this is one of the traditional 'Cottage Garden' plants. Even if you haven't the space for massing it in the border as once it was grown, you should at least have some plants as even a few flowers mixed with other summer blooms will scent an entire room. Although a perennial, it is best grown as a biennial when it will remain in flower from June to September. H 1.2m, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Undemanding and invaluable plants for their semi-
Heuchera 'Black Beauty'
This variety has black-
Heuchera 'Coral Forest'
This Heuchers produces brilliant coral red flowers from spring to early summer over
a low mound of smooth-
Heuchera sanguinea 'White Cloud'
With white flowers floating above green marbled foliage this is a lovely addition to the garden, either in pots or at the front of the border it will brighten up a dark spot and flower for weeks. H 30cm, S 20cm. 1L pot £5.50
Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’
This Hosta forms a dense mound of slightly corrugated, heart-
H 65cm, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.50
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Well named and eye-
Hosta ‘Devon Green’
H 50cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ AGM
Very distinctive, forming an upright, vase-
One of my favourites which will brighten a shady border with it’s green, oval leaves
Hosta ‘Red October’
H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Hosta 'Royal Standard'
H 60cm, S 1.2m. 2L pot £7.00
Hosta ‘Sagae’ AGM
Large, broad, dark-
Hosta ‘Shade Fanfare’ AGM
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ AGM
A sieboldiana bearing upright racemes of abundant, almost-
Hosta sieboldiana ‘Frances Williams’ AGM
H 65cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Hosta tardiana ‘Blue Wedgwood’
Intensely blue, thick, oval, gently-
Hosta tardiana 'Halcyon' AGM
A shorter plant with heart-
Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ AGM
H 50cm, S 40cm. 2L pot £7.00
Houstonia caerulea 'Millard's Variety'
This lovely wee plant forms a low creeping mat of tiny green leaves, smothered by
tiny blue star flowers in late spring. Perfect for between flagstones and as a groundcover
in evenly moist soil and acidic conditions. Beautiful with spring-
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-
H 2.5m, S 2m. 3L pot £8.50
Iris chrysographes 'Mandarin Purple'
This is a lovely pure purple Iris which flowers in June and July. Rush-
Iris pseudacorus AGM
The Flag Iris. Vigorous plant with big sword-
H 1.5m, S 1.5m. 3L pot £8.50
Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata'
A vigorous aquatic iris with ribbed grey-
Iris sibirica ‘Golden Edge’
With ruffled falls of velvety, blue-
H 75cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.50
Iris sibirica 'Persimmon'
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-
H 90cm. S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'
Beautiful underrated plants from the Far East with clouds of Aster-
Lovely native plant with lilac, scabious-
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
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-
H 20 to 30 cm, S 2m plus. 2L pot £7.00
Lamium maculatum ‘Orchid Frost’
A perennial cousin to the annual Sweet Pea with large clusters of showy flowers ranging
from white to pink, rose and lavender-
H 30 to 240cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
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-
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-
H 2.5cm, S 40cm. 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-
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Sonnenschein’
Masses of cheery, buttermilk-
Commonly called prairie blazing star, it is perhaps the tallest Liatris species in cultivation. One of the finest garden plants with spikes of pale purple flowers up to 18ins long. Foliage as lush and showy as the blooms. H 60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
A late summer flowering perennial with purple upright flowers which open from the top down. Thin grassy leaves surround the flower stems. Great in a mixed border with grasses and other “prairie” plants. H 70cm, S 30cm. 1.5L pot £6.00
Ligularia przewalskii AGM
This is a stunning plant with tall spires of golden-
Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ AGM
Robust and impressive cultivar with heart-
German cultivar with large, long stalked green leaves and tall, wide spires of yellow flowers that smell of Bourbon biscuits on shiny dark purple stems, making a very imposing clump in a shady border in moist soil. H 2m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.50
“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 £5.50
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-
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-
H 75cm, S 50cm. 2L pot £7.00
Lupinus 'Noble Maiden' (Band of Nobles Series)
This is an erect, clump-
Lupinus 'The Chatelaine' (Band of Nobles Series)
This one is a clump-
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 £7.00
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 £7.00
Lychnis coronaria AGM
Erect, woolly, silver-
Lychnis coronaria 'Angel's Blush'
This pink eyed variety comes true from seed but interestingly the pink eye can vary with weather conditions, one I shall certainly be planting and seeing how it does in the nursery. With the usual woolly grey leaves and growing habit of other Lychnis it fits in well in mixed cottage garden borders.
H 60cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £6.50
A Basal rosette of blue-
H 75cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ AGM
A very easy plant with deep purple leaves, hairy stems and contrasting acid yellow flowers in mid to late summer. I have found this plant to be very invasive on wet soils so keep on the dry side to keep it in check. Happy in sun or part shade. H 75cm, S 90cm. 2L pot £7.00
Lysimachia nummalaria ‘Aurea’
A very vigorous evergreen perennial forming a wide mat of creeping stems clothed
in small, rounded or ovate, golden-
Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ AGM
Beautiful, clear pink spires on a superlative plant that enjoys moist soil. One of the best perennials for a strong vertical accent and brilliant with both Persicaria and Miscanthus. H 120cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Lythrum salicaria ‘Robert’
Bold spires of garish, pink-
Lythrum salicaria 'The Beacon'
Bears dense crimson flower spikes with elongated dark leaves during June to September. Requires any moisture retentive soil in sun or part shade.
H 70cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Lythrum salicaria ‘Zigeunerblut’
H 1.2m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Maianthemum racemosum AGM
Foliage is similar to Solomon’s seal carries plumes of sweetly scented, creamy-
An altogether more delicate specimen with glossy, veined foliage emerges in spring
on arching stems shortly followed by elegant, terminal racemes, made up of tiny,
“Musk Mallow” plants form a bushy mound of deeply-
One of my favourite plants which are interesting and easy to grow with a very long
season of interest provided you can give them a soil that doesn’t dry out. Problems
with mildew will arise if the plants are too dry at the root; other than that, they
have much to commend them. Tufted flowers appear on upright, rigid stems forming
a great dome-
This Monarda has lance-
H 75cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This lovely plant has pale purple-
A compact cultivar with deep violet-
H 80cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’
The one that got me into Monardas when I came across it at college, a long time ago. Scarlet flowers sit on upright stems with that distinctive Bergamot scent. Mid green leaves and being quick to bulk up make this a good old favourite. H 75cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Monarda ‘Gardenview Scarlet’ AGM
Monarda ‘Marshall’s Delight’ AGM
Vivid pink flowers atop characteristic square stems with the usual scented flowers and leaves. More resistant to mildew than many.
H 75cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
With light mauve flowers and darker mauve bracts this is a lovely plant for the scented or mixed border. Bronzy foliage makes a good contrast.
H 90cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Deep purple (air guitars out folks!) flowers on tall stems and used to great effect by Oudolf at Scampston Hall. Plant in sun and moist soil.
H 80cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Monarda ‘Violet Queen’ AGM
A really good, sturdy plant with softly hairy foliage and well-
Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’
A compact variety with erect spires of large, showy, blue-
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. 1L pot £5.50
This fine perennial has an upright habit bearing in summer particularly attractive
flowers of a rich violet-
Another lovely and different catmint. This is a tall variety with aromatic foliage
and spikes of purple-
Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’
One of the best, a robust cat mint with arching stems of soft-
H 70cm, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.50
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’
The taller classic catmint with silvery, scented foliage and lavender-
Nepeta subsessilis 'Blue Dreams'
A more upright, bushy variety with bright blue flowers through summer from June to
September over green scented leaves. Attractive to butterflies and not requiring
staking makes this a great garden plant. Grow in sun or partial shade in well-
This naturalised wild flower is perhaps the most common “Evening Primrose”. It is
an erect, robust plant with leafy stems and long spikes producing a succession of
the familiar, primrose-
This is a beautiful branching plant for the border, flowering freely the first year
from seed, with sweetly-
H 1.2m, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ AGM
A cracking little woodland plant with arresting, bright-
H 20cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ AGM
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
“Wood Sorrel” A native of woodland, growing in moist, leafy soil and semi-
Oxalis enneaphylla 'Minutifolia'
A compact, clump-
These poppies are best suited to the rock garden, containers or alpine troughs or
for edging in hot, sunny borders. They form low rosettes of ferny olive-
H 15cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Papaver orientale 'Brilliant
A popular cultivar with beautifully frilled petals of dark and dramatic red with stunning contrasting black centres.
H 90cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Papaver orientale 'Coral Reef'
This varieties flowers have stunning and vibrant coral pink, large and long-
Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
You just can't fail to want to fall in love with this beautiful Oriental Poppy. The luxurious, pure white flowers have a contrasting, almost black blob at its centre. H 75cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Popular plants that have an exceptionally long flowering period, preferring a rich,
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
Penstemon 'Red Rocks'
Penstemon ‘White Bedder’
Pure white foxglove like flowers are carried on upright stems and form a bushy plant. Ideal for bedding and in borders. Will flower all summer into autumn and the first frosts. H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Persicaria affinis ‘Donald Lowndes’ AGM
Tough little ground-
Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’ AGM
A great low growing ground-
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’
One of my favourites, this rarer and less vigorous form has delicate, wispy, often
branched spires of pure-
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Astrosanguinea’
Plentiful dark red spikes come out at all angles on a bushy but lax plant with light green leaves. All the usual characteristics of Persicaria amplexicaulis varieties. H 1m, S 1m. 9cm pot £3.50
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firedance’
A vivid, salmon-
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ AGM
Stonking cultivar with numerous erect, fiery crimson spires on tall stems over bushy,
H 1.2m, S 100cm. 2L pot £7.00
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Inverleith’
Vigorous plant with lots of short, divergent to upright spires of dark crimson-
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Orange Field’
H 1m, S 100cm. 2L pot £7.00
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’
Numerous erect spikes of graceful, light-
H 1.4m, S 100cm. 3L pot £8.50
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ AGM
Enthusiastic spreader with stubby, pale-
A true giant of a plant! Stout, branching stems which are smothered in a mass of
tiny, cream flowers in summer, ageing to bronze-
Petasites japonicus var. giganteus 'Nishiki-
A rhizomateous perennial from Japan with round kidney-
Phlomis russeliana AGM
Big, soft, downy, evergreen, weed-
Often thought of as lurid, gaudy pink and leggy-
Phlox douglasii 'Eva'
H 10cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Phlox paniculata ‘Düsterlohe’
H 80cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Phlox paniculata ‘Jade’
Tight clusters of smaller, cream flowers with unusual green tips to the petals in June to August. A more unusual Phlox for the mixed border.
H 65cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Phlox paniculata ‘Mount Fuji’ AGM
Tall stems carry large clusters of small pure white fragranced flowers in late summer. Well worth a place in the garden.
H 1.4m, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Phlox paniculata ‘Uspekh’
A vigorous cultivar with arresting purple flowers that have a white star centre and very scented on bushy plants.
H 80cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Polemonium caeruleum subsp caeruleum f albiflorum
This white variety carries its flowers on upright stems over mounds of feather fresh green foliage which appears early in the season. Flowers from early summer into autumn. H 60cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Polemonium ‘Northern Lights’
A lovely compact plant with large, blue, fragrant flowers from early summer to autumn. H 40cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
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
Easy and adaptable little plants that generally prefer alkaline, free-
Potentilla ‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ AGM
An easy to grow plant but not often seen in gardens. Plants form a low mound of deep-
Potentilla nepalensis ‘Helen Jane’
A gorgeous plant with single, brilliant-
Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Wilmott'
This cultivar features blooms of deep pink, with a contrasting crimson eye. Plants
should be sheared back after blooming, to rejuvenate the strawberry-
Potentilla nepalensis ‘Shogran’
A very compact plant bearing bright-
H 30cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
A quietly distinguished plant for the front of a cool border with small white flowers,
Potentilla thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet'
A vigorous evergreen perennial which quickly forms a wide mat of tiny rounded leaves,
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. 2L pot £7.00
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 £4.00
Primula auricula 'Helen Ruane'
A curious auricula with pale apricot cream flower in April. Foliage is evergreen. H 15cm, S 10cm. 9 cm pot £4.00
Primula auricula 'Osborne Green'
An old variety with a creamy-
A candelabra type with whorls of orange flowers in early summer. Will cope with shade and damp soil and occasionally wet conditions. See it growing in our stream garden at the nursery. H 60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Drumstick Primula. A perennial with rosettes of mid-
Primula florindae AGM
The Tibetan Primrose is an easy plant for moist humus rich soil. Tall stems carry clusters of pendulous lemon yellow, clove scented flowers over rosettes of course shiny green leaves. A great plant for damp areas. Very striking. H 1m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Primula ‘Gold Lace’
Small primula with dark maroon flowers and gold edges to the petals. Flowers sit
above neat mid-
Primula 'Old Port'
Small rosettes of dark green deeply veined leaves produce masses of round burgundy flowers in early spring. They like a damp, rich soil in sun or semi shade. Ideal for front of the border or in containers. H 10cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
A lovely tall Candelabra primula flowering with whorls of pink flowers in June, great for damp soil, along watercourses and ponds. It will tolerate some shade and gives great "pops" of colour amongst damp loving foliage plants. See it in our stream garden as you enter the nursery.
H 90cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
“Common Cowslip”. A semi-
Known as the Pagoda Primula or Red-
A nice little tough Primula which I’ve had great success with in my high cold gardens. It does well at the front of a border or in containers. It will form a dense mat of dark green foliage with magenta purple flowers appearing early spring and flowering on and off through the year. This is an extremely popular and ancient heirloom and perhaps the toughest Primrose of them all. Divide plants every 2 to 3 years in early fall, to maintain their vigour. Prefers a moist site. Will tolerate full sun in cool summer regions. H 10cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’
Excellent early interest plant for shady areas or under trees and shrubs. Arresting,
Pulmonaria ‘Cotton Cool’
This plant has long, silver, tapered leaves with a dark-
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-
Pulmonaria rubra ‘Ann’
A vigorous plant with softly hairy, plain, semi evergreen leaves and large coral red flowers in late winter. Plant in moist soil and shade for good ground cover. H 35cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Ranunculus acris ‘Citrinus’
A version of our native meadow buttercup, awash with simple, very pale sulphur-
This is an unusual alpine from New Zealand, and forms a flat carpet of lead-
Rodgersia aesculifolia AGM
This striking plant has big, palmate, horse chestnut like corrugated leaves and plumes of creamy white or pink flowers. Use in the bog garden or pond side where the soil doesn’t dry out. Happy in shade but will tolerate some sun. H 1.8m, S 1m. 3L pot £8.50
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wing’
A lovely variety with chocolate bronze spring foliage and pink flowers that turn burgundy as they age. Ideal for a shady spot in rich soil.
H 80cm, S 90cm. 2L pot £7.50
Rodgersia podophylla AGM
A superb architectural plant with big, rough, angular green leaves flushed bronze,
“Rose Root” Coming from cold mountainous regions this small fleshy leaved plant is quite at home here in Scotland. Yellow flowers similar to Sedum flowers appear in summer over glaucous foliage. Quite at home in containers or front of the border and alpine plantings.
H 30cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £4.00
Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii AGM
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ AGM
Striking, intense golden-
Tall, branching, wiry stems carry daisy-
Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’
A new twist on an old favourite, named after the well-
A Rudbeckia that bears small daisy flowerheads on wiry stems. With dark conical centres
and broad reflexed yellow petals, the display is long-
"Bloody Dock". Red-
H 60cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This newly introduced species from Xinjiang province in China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
grows naturally in scrub land and sandy grassland. It bears compact clusters of purple-
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
The deepest dark indigo-
Clusters of lovely, dark-
Salvia verticillata ‘Alba’
Arching spires made up of whorls of white flowers produced in mid-
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rügen’
H 35cm, S 30cm. 1L pot £5.50
A big, regal-
Originating in the Pacific North West, this species has short, upright, fluffy, pinkish-
“Salad Burnett”. A short to medium height grassland perennial with greyish pinnate leaves and a rounded flower head of small green flowers with bright red styles. The leaves smell and taste pleasantly of cucumber. H 45cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
A mass of raspberry-
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-
Sanguisorba ‘Pink Brushes’
Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’
Lots of smallish, elongated, pale-
A compact little plant with nice shiny green crinkle edged leaves and swarms of small
Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Pink Elephant’
H 1.8m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’
Like Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba but with maroon purple flowers, foliage turns butter yellow in autumn. Great for mid to back of the border to add height without density. H 1.8m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba
A cracking plant that is both tall and graceful with cascades of long, white, tassel-
Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘White Tanna’
A recent introduction with neat, white caterpillar flowers on tall stems. Would create a beautiful transparent screen for solid perennials such as Lythrum and Veronicastrum. H 1.4m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
“Soapwort” A floppy perennial which makes a big mat of stems topped with pink flowers through summer. As suggested by the name the roots and leaves can be crushed and used to make a “soap” for washing clothes and people. H 60cm, S 100cm. 2L pot £7.00
Saxifraga paniculata var minutifolia
Tiny leaves indeed on a densely packed mound of rosettes gradually expanding to a
H 5cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Saxifraga x primulaize 'Salmon'
A tiny, distinctive saxifrage for the alpine trough or rock garden. Salmon-
Saxifraga 'Spotted Dog' ('Canis-
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
A lovely branched perennial with simple or pinnately lobed leaves, the upper ones
more divided. Light bluish-
Scabiosa columbaria 'Nana'
This dwarf scabiosa produces soft pink, pincushion-
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
Tough plants with an extremely long season of interest that excel in poor, dry soil and full sun.
A native wild flower which forms a creeping mat with tiny, succulent leaves and bearing
bright yellow, star-
An alpine selection of Stonecrop which is perfect for tumbling over walls, in troughs or pots. Grey green foliage is covered in out of proportion purple pink flowers in late summer. Grow in sun or partial shade.
H 15cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'
This variety forms a low carpet of small, burgundy-
H 15cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
An upright, bushy stonecrop with robust stems and oblong, blue-
Sedum ‘Dark Jack’
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ AGM
Well known but invaluable plants not only for bees and butterflies but for their strong shape which provides interest and structure almost throughout the year often contrasting with the strong vertical form of grasses and the flat plates of Achillea. Pale green ‘broccoli’ heads open to glorious ruby pink jewels in autumn. Best on poor dry soil where it’ll hold its form better. H 45cm, S 45cm. 1L pot £5.50
Sedum telephium Atropurpureum Group ‘Karfunkelstein’ AGM
Sedum ‘Matrona’ AGM
Big, robust, upright Sedum with large, purplish-
An alpine subshrub with toothed, light green leaves and clusters of star-
Sedum 'Red Cauli'
A deciduous perennial with upright to spreading dark red stems, fleshy, dark green
leaves, and flattish heads of many small, starry, bright pink flowers in late summer
and early autumn. Plant in sun and well-
A vigorous species, excellent as groundcover sunny areas of the garden. It forms
a mat of blue-
Sedum spathulifolium Atropurpureum Group
This very low growing stonecrop forms a mat of purple-
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-
Sedum telephium ‘Jennifer’
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
This species has bright green rosettes with deep red tips and is quick to multiply making a good clump in pots, alpine troughs and drystone walls.
H 9cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
This variety has a beautiful red rosette with velvety texture, bearing light pink
flowers in mid-
Sempervivum 'Monseigner Desmet'
Green succulent leaves with a touch of red and 'spider web' hairs over the surface. Light pink flowers from June to July.
H 8cm, S 10cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Sempervivum 'Silver Jubilee'
A green leaved variety with red tips to the leaves. As with all Semperviviums it needs good drainage and sun for the best leaf colour.
H 8cm, S 15cm. 9cm pot £3.50
H 40cm, S 50cm. 2L pot £7.00
Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ AGM
An old, established cultivar with lovely well-
“Red Campion” This native naturalises well with it’s hairy stems and vary shades of pink flowers. Flowering time can be anytime from March right through to autumn. Grow in sun or semi shade in most soils. H 70cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Dark, almost black-
H 1.2m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
A perennial that has glossy green, drooping, lobed leaves on its few stiff branches,
bearing a pale pink flower and bright red-
An appealing plant that with clusters of subtle, small, pale-
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Velvety, silvery leaves with curious spikes of purplish flowers in summer. An evergreen
plant very useful for the front of borders and along-
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-
Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’
Chubby wee spikes of pink flowers emerging from darker-
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’
An underrated plant from Piet Oudolf with lovely, purple-
‘Marsh Woundwort’ This pretty British native plant looks rather like a cross between
an orchid and a nettle. It has slightly rough, green leaves, and spikes of pinky-
‘Common Comfrey’ A clump-
"Common Tansy". An erect perennial with pretty ferny, aromatic green leaves. Stems
Spikes of campanulate, greenish-
Tellima grandiflora Rubra Group
A great plant for shady places and most soils. With its evergreen scallop shaped leaves and rich purple red and green colouring it adds colour to borders all year. In early summer pink tinged green spikes of flowers appear over the foliage. H 60cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Wall Germander. A low creeping plant with hairy dark green leaves. Pink flowers appear from July to September and are attractive to bees. Wild flower of the British Isles. H 15cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Meadow rue generally requires a free-
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ‘Thundercloud’ AGM
An explosion of dusky dark-
An upright Thalictrum with large leaves divided into many small oblong leaflets,
and large open panicles of lilac-
One of the best structural Thalictrums, with dense heads of purple and cream flowers over very decorative, glaucous, grey foliage flushed purple. Keep on the dry side to avoid collapse. H 2m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Tiarella polyphylla ‘Filigran’
A gorgeous plant for shady areas with heart-
H 30cm, S 30cm. 2L pot £7.00
Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’
A great plant for dappled shade at the front of a border or in pots. With its green
leaves, veined with dark bronze and fluffy pink flowers spikes from March to May,
it is definitely worth a spot in the garden. Plant in moist but well-
Trifolium repens 'Purpurascens'
A great low growing ground cover plant for all year-
H 10cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Trifolium rubens ‘Red Feathers’
A lovely, ornamental clover forming bushy clumps of narrow, blue-
This lovely, unusual woodlander has yellow bell-
With its mid green leaves and white flowers from July to August, this makes an interesting and unusual plant for the garden. Originating from Russia this plant will grow in partial shade and tolerate most soils. H 1m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Underrated native perennial with silvery-
Valeriana phu 'Aurea'
The spring foliage is a clear bright yellow, making it a welcome addition to the
spring garden. By mid-
Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’
An easy plant with small-
“Great Mullein”. A robust biennial with rosettes of mid-
Verbena hastata ‘White Spires’
Gleaming spires of pure-
H 1.2m, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.00
Veronica gentianoides AGM
Short spikes of porcelain-
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-
Superb plants that provide height, drama and a strong vertical accent to the late summer border.
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Apollo’
A fine upright perennial, perfect for adding height to a border with its strong stems
topped with spikes of lilac-
H 120cm, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum
Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-
H 1.5m, S 60cm. 2L pot £7.00
Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum ‘Pink Glow’
Erect, unbranched stems bearing whorls of narrow, dark-
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Lavandelturm’
Tall, branched spires of pale lavender flowers appear in mid-
H 1.8m, S 60cm. 3L pot £7.50
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
“English Violet”, “Sweet Violet”. A British native perennial with heart-
Viola odorata ‘Alba’
A white cultivar of the Sweet violet with heart-
H 5cm, S 10cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“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
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.