Wild Flowers

The Quirky Bird says:

Wild flowers or native plants provide habitats and food for our insects, birds, bees, butterflies and small creatures that we share our garden space with. This group of flowers can be grown easily in gardens in mixed borders or a dedicated wildflower border or meadow. You can see how successful the wild flower bankings are in the nursery  with cowslips from March right through to Ox Eye Daisies, Campion in summer and then grasses in the autumn. These plants prefer poor soil and can be introduced as seed or mature plants into existing borders or grass.

Below is our current list of Wild flowers and native plants.  There will be variations as plants sell out or propagation is not successful, please use this as a guide and not a definative list. It is imposible to keep it updated all the time through the year along side all the other nursery work that needs done.  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 of them 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.


Achillea

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                                 


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


Anemone

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


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

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                    


Betula

Betula pendula AGM

Our indigenous silver birch is a beautiful and graceful tree that has much to commend it as a garden tree. Peeling, white bark with darker fissures on the trunk and stems, gives rise to pendent, purplish, twiggy stems. Perfect used as a specimen tree, in group planting or as a screen. Leaves turn yellow in autumn. H25m.                      3L pot          £15.95


Campanula

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


Centaurea

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  


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                 £3.50  


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


Digitalis

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. H 1m.                  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


Euonymus

Euonymus europaeus

Large conical shrub with brilliant autumn colour, bronzed purple-red leaves and red fruits with protruding seeds that have orange arils (fleshy seed coats). Any well drained soil in full sun or light shade. H 3m, S 3m.                2L pot          £13.95


Filipendula

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


Fragaria

Fragaria vesca

“Wild or alpine Strawberry” Often seen growing under hedgerows or in woodland, these native plants produce tiny, tart strawberries that are full of flavour. The smaller leaves also provide good ground cover. Runners are easily removed if they become too many. It makes an ideal candidate for a pot or trough or under hedging. H 10cm, S 1m.                   9cm pot          £3.50


Galium

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


Geranium

Geranium robertianum         

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


Hyacinthoides

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

“Bluebells” Often seen in woodland with their nodding mid blue flowers in Spring. Strappy shiny green leaves appear first quickly followed by the flowers. Not to be confused with the invasive Spanish Bluebell. Grow in shade and most soils. H 25cm, S 50cm.            9cm pot            £3.50


Iris

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


Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum vulgare       

“Ox-Eye Daisy”.  One of most common native plants, often seen on road verges with its bright white daisy flowers with yellow centres.  Flowering from late spring into early summer, often having a second flush of flowers in late summer. Good for cutting. H 70cm, S 45cm.                2L pot          £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           £5.50


Lychnis

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.                       2L pot           £9.00

    

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


Potentilla

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.

H15cm, S20cm.                  9cm pot          £3.50


Primula

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 vulgaris      

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


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


Stachys

Stachys officinalis

Chubby wee spikes of pink flowers emerging from darker-pink calyxes, above excellent crinkled foliage.  Loved by bees. Plant in full sun and free-draining soil. H 60cm, S 45cm.                     2L pot          £9.00


Thalictrum

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


Viola

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          £6.00

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