selection of hardy perennials all trialled and grown at the nursery.
available by mail order
microphylla - New Zealand Burr
Creeping mat-forming plant bearing tiny leaves and small globular brown
flowers. Height to 4cm. Price code P7
ptarmica 'The Pearl'
Double white flowers on tidy plants. Height to 60 cm. Spread 40 cm plus.
Price Code P9
Lovely cultivated form of yarrow with deep blackcurrant coloured flowers.
Height to 80cm, spreading. Price code P9.
Erect, tough perennial with deeply divided, glossy, dark green leaves.
Dark blue flowers in abundance from early summer. Good in sun. Height
1m plus. Spread 60cm. Price Code PL
rosea var. nigra - Hollyhock
A short lived perennial with tall stems bearing dark, nearly black, open
flowers. Good in sun and shelter from strong winds. Height to 1.8m. Price
Upright bushy plant with fine narrow leaves. Plentiful light blue starry
flowers. Slow to establish. Leaves colour in autumn. Height to 60cm. Spread
depressus - 'Spring Carpet'
White daisy flowers spring from red buds on attractive ferny foliage.
Height to 15cm. Price Code P7
margaritacea 'New Snow'
Soft silver foliage and white everlasting flowers. Best in full sun and
free draining soil. Height to 40cm. Price code P7
multifidia var. major
Pretty divided leaves and large creamy flowers. Happy in semi-shade. Height
to 20cm. Price code P7
hupehensis 'September Charm'
Attractive leaves and large, deep pink flowers with prominent stamens,
in late summer. Enjoys humus rich but well drained soils in semi shade.
Height to 80cm.
x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
As above, with large white open flowers. Height to 1.2m.
Various varieties are offered during spring and early summer.
Lovely plant for sunny sites. Mounds of small leaved foliage smothered
in open white flowers. Good drainage preferred. Height 15cm, spread up
to 30cm. Price code P7
Low tuft forming sea pink with numerous white flowers. Height to 20cm.
Price Code P7
Large thrift, strong grower with pom-pom flowers in various shades of
pink. Well drained soil in sun. Height 60cm, spread 40cm. Price code PL
italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum'
Grown for its glossy green, veined white, leaves which emerge in early
spring. Will spread slowly once established. Height to 12cm.
alpinus var. superbus
Deep blue daisies on low clump forming plant. Free draining soil in sun.
Height and spread to 30cm.
amellus 'Rudolf Goethe'
A Michaelmas daisy with large violet blue flowers. Reasonable soils in
sun or part shade. Height to 50 cm spread to 25cm.
Strong Aster for late summer colour. Light violet flowers on sturdy stems.
Height and spread to 40cm
Aster novie-angliae (flowering
Sept to Oct)
'Andenken an Alma Potschke' - cerise-pink to 90 cms.
'Quinton Menzies' - purple-pink to 140 cms.
Aster novi-belgii (can
get mildew in dry, hot weather - keep air flow)
'Faith' - deep lavender-blue to 75 cms.
'Jenny' - purple-red to 40 cms.
'Marie Ann Niel' - deep violet-blue to 100 cms
'Marie Ballard' - double, lavender-blue to 100 cms.
'Mistress Quickly' - violet to 90 cms.
'Priory Blush' - double white, fading pink to 100 cms.
'Sheena' - double pink to 100 cms.
'Thundercloud' - dusky purple to 90 cms.
major - Masterwort
Pretty lobed leaves forming a dense clump and masses of pincushion flowers.
White flushed wine red. Height 70cm. Spread 50cm. Price Code PL
Astrantia major - 'Claret'
Lovely form of astrantia
with deep red bracts and dark stems
Cultivated daisy with double flowers in red, pink, peach and white. Height
15cm. Price Code P7
Small bergenia with shiny leaves, colouring red in autumn, and small purple
flowers in spring. Height to 15cm. Price code P9
Strong growing perennial for semi-shade. Producing large heartshaped leaves
flecked with white, and masses of forget-me-not flowers in spring. Height
to 35cm, spread 50cm. Price code P9
Dwarf Campanula with clusters of blue bell flowers with white centers.
Height and spread to 10cms. Price code P7
glomerata - clustered bell flower
Strong growing bell flower producing a pyramid of dark blue flowers. Height
to 60cm slowly spreading. Price code P9
lactiflora 'Pritchard's variety'
Large, strong growing campanula producing many stems bearing masses of
flowers in violet blue. Height to 1.2m. Spread 75cm.
Arching stems bear small heart shaped leaves and bell flowers in pink.
Likes sun. Height and spread 50cm
persicifolia - 'White Bell'
Tidy mat forming perennial producing slender spikes of large white bell
flowers through mid-summer. Height to 60cm. Price code P9
persicifolia - 'Telham Beauty'
A blue form of the above. Price code P9
Delicate but tough! Tiny leaves on mat forming campanula covered in many
starry lilac blue flowers. Height to 10cm. Price code P7
Reliable perennial bearing trailing sprays of open bell flowers in violet.
Height 15cm. Price Code P7
punctata var. rubiflora
Large flowered bell flower. White or rose with red flecks. Height to 70cm.
A large campanula with glossy leaves and large tubular bells of lilac-white
with maroon spotting inside. Height to 50cm.
acaulis var. caulescens
Low rosette of spiny, lobed leaves and a large decorative silvery white
bloom, which can be dried. Likes sun and poor free draining soil. Height
to 30cm spread 20cm.
caerulea - 'Cupid's Dart'
Lovely blue flowers on branching stems from a basal rosette of grey green
leaves. Height to 80cm spread 40cm. Price code P9
semicordata- New Zealand Mountain daisy
Striking evergreen. Rosettes of silver sword shaped leaves and large daisy
flowers in summer. Likes sun and well drained soil. Height and spread
Large yellow, thistle like flowers during summer. Height to 1.4m. Price
Perennial blue cornflower. Vigorous clump forming plant with grey leaves
and large deep blue thistle-like flowers. Height to 45cm. Price code P9
Centaurea montana - 'Lady Flora Hastings'
White flowered form
of the above.
Light yellow flowers freely borne on delicate foliage. Height to 1 m.
Price code P9
Centaurea uniflora nervosa
Clump forming perennial
with cornflower like pink-purple flowers and silvery foliage. Height to
ruber - Red valerian
Loose clumps of glossy leaves. Many branching heads of red flowers, loved
by butterflies, throughout summer. Best in poor, well drained soil in
full sun. Height and spread 75 cm plus. May seed. Price Code P9
Deep red thistle-like flowers on strong stems from large clumps of deeply
indented leaves. Height to 1m.
Lovely relative of the primula family with soft leaves and sprays of bell-like
flowers in pink. Likes moist soil. Height to 20cm.
A wild form of our familiar Delphinium, producing slender, branching stems
bearing deep blue flowers. These stems require no staking. Height to 1.5m.
Price Code PL
Strong growing delphinium with strong stems bearing large open flowers.
Height to 1.5m. Price Code P9.
x allwoodii - Fragrant village pinks
Scented old fashioned pinks with a long flowering period. Best in sun
and poor well drained soil. Cut back hard after flowering to maintain
compact plants. Height to 45cm. Price code P9
carthusianorum - 'Carthusian Pink'
Unusual pink with fine foliage and small intensely pink flowers on thin
stems which daintily catch the breeze. Height to 40cm. Price code P9
deltoids ' Artic Fire'
White with red centre. Height to 25cm. Price Code P7
deltoids 'Flashing Light'
Dark foliage and deep red flowers. Height to 25cm. Price Code P7
Pretty ferny foliage and heart shaped pink flowers. Running rootstock
allows this charming plant to wander. Likes semi-shade. Height to 25cm.
Price code P9
ferruginea - Rusty foxglove
Enjoying moisture retaining soil, this foxglove produces a rosette of
glossy dark green leaves and, in its second year, a tall sturdy spike
of rusty yellow flowers. Can be a short lived perennial. Height to 1.5m.
meadia - Shooting Star
Clump forming plant with oval leaves and strong stems carrying clusters
of flowers in pink with reflexed petals. Will become dormant after flowering.
Height to 25cm.
Mound forming plant with heart shaped glossy leaves and many yellow daisy
flowers in spring. Prefers shade and moisture retaining soil. Height to
45cm. Price code PL
pardalianches - Leopard's bane
Not the usual form, this species carries yellow daisies on tall stems
throughout the summer. Forming gently creeping mounds of soft foliage,
it enjoys part shade. Height 1m. Spreading, but not aggressively! Price
grandiflorum - Dragon flower
Scalloped leaves and hooded blue flowers. Likes sun and free-draining
soil. Height to 15cm. Price code P9
purpurea - Coneflower
Glossy dark green leaves, stems flushed purple and large, daisy like,
purple-red flowers with a dark conical centre in summer. Happiest in sun
and prefers humus rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Height to 80 cms.
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Large, strong growing
Echinacea with striking purple-pink flowers on strong stems. Height to
purpurea 'White Swan'
A white flower form of the above, with down swept petals and a honey fragrance.
Height to 75cm.
ritro - Globe thistle
Tall, sturdy stems, from a clump of
glossy deeply divided thistle leaves, are topped with a globe of tiny
blue flowers. Enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Height 1.5m.
x versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Strong barrenwort with yellow flowers in spring and attractive glossy
leaves which persist well into late winter. Height to 25cm. Price code
Erigeron multiradiatus - Himalayan fleabane
Purple-blue daisy flowers.
Likes free-draining sunny sites. Height to 25 cms.
speciosus 'Azure Fairy'
A double daisy, with lavender blue flowers on strong stems. Height 40cm.
Price code P9
speciosus 'Pink Jewel'
A pink form of the above. Price code P9
Pretty, ferny leaves of deep green and clusters of open bright pink flowers
throughout summer. Height to 45cm.
Soft mounds of scalloped leaves and clusters of open white, blotched red,
flowers throughout summer. Needs sun and poor well-drained soil. When
happy will self seed. Height to 30cm.
agavifolium - Sea holly
Evergreen rosette of strap-like leaves, edged with fine spines. Tall,
sturdy stems carryi greenish thistle-like flowers. Protect from extreme
cold and wet. Position carefully due to spines. Height 1.5m. Spread 60cm.
planum 'Blue Glitter' - Sea holly
A rosette of shiny oval leaves produces branching stems bearing numerous
small blue thistle flowers.
planum 'Silver Salantino'
Silver headed form of the above.
Tall, sturdy perennial with pink tiny flowers in large clusters attractive
to butterflies. Height 1.5m plus.
cyparissias. Can cause skin irritation.
Creeping euphorbia with whorls of small leaves on arching stems and small
heads of acid yellow flowers. Colours well in autumn. Height to 25cm.
Price code P7
amygdaloide purpurea. Can cause skin
Whorls of soft purple-red foliage and bright yellow-green flowers in early
summer. Enjoys part-shade. Height and spread 60cm.
Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' Can
cause skin irritation.
Short arching stems
of soft purple leaves in this easy clump forming Euphorbia. Happy in part
shade. Height to 25 cms.
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' Can
cause skin irritation.
Not for the faint-hearted,
this strong growing Euphorbia will romp around displaying glowing bracts
of a rich orange. Height to 1 m.
polychroma. Can cause skin irritation.
Soft foliage, green with a slight purple flush and sulphur yellow flowers
in late spring. Height and spread 40cm. Price code PL
sonchifolia - Maiden's wreath
Bold evergreen clumps of glossy, lobed leaves, flushed purple, and racemes
of small white, marked pink, flowers throughout summer. Best in sun and
well-drained soil. Height 60cm plus. Price Code P7
Evergreen creeping geranium with glossy leaves turning shades of red in
autumn. Large pink flowers held erect during early summer. Height to 30cm.
Price code P7
endressii 'Wargrave Pink'
Good ground covering geranium with bright pale pink flowers throughout
summer. Height to 45cm. Price code P9
macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'
Good strong ground covering geranium bearing clusters of pale pink flowers.
Height 30cm, spreading.
Neat, evergreen mound forming plant with sprays of small silvery-pink
flowers borne freely above the foliage during summer. Height 30cm. Price
Glossy foliage with dainty pale purple-pink flowers make this a charming
geranium for a partly shaded site. Height to 40cm.
orientalitibeticum 'Orkney Pink'
Low lying bronze-green foliage with numerous vivid pink flowers. Likes
sun and free draining soil. Height 12cm, spreading.
phaeum - Mourning widow geranium
Clump forming perennial with upright stems bearing open dark purple-black
flowers. Prefers shade. Height 75cm. Price Code P9
Vigorous, large clump forming magenta flowered geranium. Height to 75cm.
Price Code P9
pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Inclined to sprawl and self-seed but forgiven for its bright violet-blue
flowers which are at their best in shade. Evergreen foliage which hugs
the ground. Height 15cm. Price code P7
Geranium sanguineum 'Elsbeth'
Deep purple-red single
cup flowers and deeply divided leaves on this low sprawling Geranium.
Height to 25 cms.
sanguineum var. striatum
Deeply cut leaves on spreading geranium sporting attractive pale pink
flowers with dark veins. Height 15cm. Price code P9
Neat plant with vivid orange flowers during the summer. Likes sun and
good moisture retaining soil. Height to 30cm.
chiloense 'Lady Stratheden'
Rosettes of lobed, mid-green leaves and strong stems bearing double yellow
open flowers. Height 75cm, spread 40cm. Price Code P9
chiloense 'Mrs Bradshaw'
A scarlet flowered strain of the above. Price Code P9
Geum coccineum 'Koi'
Compact geum with vivid
orange single flowers borne throughout summer. Height to 25 cms. Price
Glossy leaved geum bearing small intense yellow flowers on strong upright
stems. Height to 40cm.
flavum - Yellow horned poppy
Deeply cut silver leaves and brilliant yellow flowers make this a striking
plant for sunny dry soils. May prove shortlived, but will produce lots
of seed! Height to 45cm.
repens var rosea
Sprawling mat with clusters of tiny pink flowers in summer. Height 10cm.
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Large perennial sunflower
with multiple bright lemon-yellow single flowers on strong stems. Height
to 1.6 m.
Strong growing clump forming perennial with abundant strap-like leaves
bearing many trumpet-like deep red flowers, each only lasting a day. Height
As above, with yellow flowers. Height to 75cm.
Smaller growing version of the above, with golden yellow flowers. Height
aurantiacum 'Orange Hawkweed'
Tawny orange flowers ensure this plant is noticed. Likely to self-seed.
Height 20cm. Price code P7
Beautiful deep green glossy leaves make a neat clump, lilac flowers, very
slug resistant. Height 40cm.
Strong clump forming hosta with striking white varigation. Attractive
lilac flowers in summer. Height 50cm.
Lovely hosta with soft green leaves. Height to 25cm.
Tiny hosta with simple green leaves and lilac flowers. Charming in a pot
or rockery. Height 15cm.
Soft silvery leaves and lemon-yellow flowers on a carpeting plant. Best
in full sun. Height to 12cm.
A slowly spreading perennial of stout stems bearing mid-green leaves and
yellow narrow-petalled flowers in late summer. Height 75cm.
Dark stems, dark green leaves, and bold bright yellow flowers. This is
not a plant for the faint hearted! Needs room, sun and average soil. Height
2m. Spread 75cm - 1m.
Vigorous Siberian iris with deep purple black flowers. Height 40cm. Price
A number of Siberian irises are available. All enjoy damp soil in sun.
perennis 'Blue Light'
Blue flowers in a globular formation on strong stems make this a striking
plant in summer. Likes free draining soil in sun. Height to 40cm. Price
macedonica (syn Scabiosa rumelica)
Soft grey-green leaves form a mound of foliage above which lax, branching
stems carry bright port coloured flowers throughout summer. Height and
spread to 75cm.
latifolius - Everlasting sweetpea
'White Pearl' and 'Red Pearl' offered. Vigorous perennial sweetpea bearing
masses of strong stemmed flowers. Height 1.5m, rambles. Price Code P9
vernus - Spring Pea
Clump forming perennial with deep purple and blue flowers borne in spring.
Height and spread to 30cm. Price code P9
Lathyrus vernus - 'Albus Rosea'
A pink form of the
Leucanthemum superbum 'Aglaia'
Fully double white
flowers to 1 m.
Pale yellow single
flowers to 75 cms.
superbum - 'White Knight'
Fast growing perennial Shasta Daisy with large single daisy flowers. Good
container plant. Height to 60cm.
Unusual toadflax with strong stems cloaked in small leaves and bearing
large yellow flowers. Best in sun and poor soil. Height to 75cm.
purpurea 'Canon Went'
Beautiful pink toadflax. Enjoys sun. Height to 75cm. Price code P7
A perennial Lobelia. Sturdy stems bearing long spikes of sky-blue flowers
from a basal clump of green leaves. Happiest in sun on moisture retaining
soil. Height to 60cm. Price Code P9
viscaria: Red German Catchfly
Low growing evergreen mound of narrow leaves producing many spikes of
dark purple-red flowers in late spring. Height 40cm spread 25cm. Price
Large yellow loosestrife. Pale green foliage and open yellow flowers borne
on strong stems. Can be slightly invasive. Height 80cm. Price code P9
Lythrum salicaria 'Robin'
Bushy plants of mid-green
foliage produce long spikes of rose coloured flowers. Loved by butterflies
and bees. Height to 80 cms. Price Code PL
Lythrum salicaria 'Rosy Gem'
Taller form of the
above with paler flowers. Price Code PL
Clump-forming perennial with attractive leaves, turning russet in autumn,
and abundant narrow spikes of small flowers. Good ground cover in part-shade.
May seed. Height to 40cm. Price code P9
Evergreen clump-forming plant with black strap like leaves. Popular with
designers! Spreads. Has undistinguished lilac flowers. Best seen against
a contrasting ground covering material e.g. fine gravel or shell. Height
to 25 cm.
A bold red perennial poppy. Likes sun and well-drained soil. Height 1.2m
plus, spread 60cm.
rupifragum - Spanish poppy
Super perennial poppy bearing many double, terracotta red flowers throughout
summer on strong stems. Price code P9
Clump forming perennial with many stems bearing vivid yellow flowers in
a slim flat head throughout summer. Height to 1.2m. Price code P9
Large heart-shaped leaves and strong stems bearing yellow hooded flowers.
Good ground cover once established. Height 1m. Slowly spreading. Price
Pink, hooded flowers on a clump forming perennial with attractive heart
shaped leaves, likes a sunny site in rich soil. Height to 50cm.
Low spreading evergreen mat of stems bearing whirls of small leaves and
showy pink flowers in spring. Height to 10cm. Price code P7
Pretty heart-shaped leaves and clusters of blue flowers on this alpine.
Sun and good drainage. Height to 20cm. Price code P7
paniculata 'White Admiral'
White flowers on strong stems in late summer/autumn. Vigorous. Height
to 1.2m. Price Code PL
caeruleum - Jacob's ladder
A clump of finely divided leaves gives rise to upright flower spikes of
open, scented, lavender blue flowers in summer. Likely to self-seed. Height
and spread 60cm. Price Code P9
White flowered form of the above. Price Code P9
Mound-forming variety, with creamy pink flowers. Height to 40cm, spread
Sumptuous blood-red double flowers held high above silvered strawberry-like
leaves. Position at front of the border! Height and spread 50cm.
A rosette of mid-green leaves bearing apricot candelabra flowers. Likes
an open moisture retaining soil, in sun to part shade. Height to 45cm.
A bold clump of broad, green, spoon-shaped leaves with large heads of
yellow, sometimes pale orange, fragrant flowers. Enjoys moisture retaining
soil. Height 80cm -1m. Spread 40cm.
japonica 'Miller's Crimson'
Robust primula with large bright magenta red flowers on strong stems.
Height and spread to 45cm.
As for P. bulleyana, but with bright pink flowers.
angustifolia ' Blue Ensign'
Strong clumps of dark leaves and stout stems crowned with small blue flowers
in spring. Prefers semi shade. Height 35cm. Price Code P9
fulgida "Goldsturm" - Coneflower
Masses of daisy-like golden flowers with conical black centres on strong
stems throughout summer. Happy in sun or semi shade and tolerant of damp
soils. Height to 75 cm. Spread 50 cm plus. Price code P9
Large. Tall stems produce striking black cones lacking the ray florets
of usual daisies. Unusual and imposing. Height 1.2m plus. Spread 60cm.
ocymoides - Rock soapwort
Good trailing plant bearing bright pink flowers during summer. Likes sun
and poor, freely draining soils. Height to 10cm. Price code P7
foliage and tall spikes of dark pink fluffy tassle flowers. Height to
officinalis - Great burnet
A mass of pretty leaves divided into oval leaflets bearing spikes of dark
red brown flowers. Happiest on moist ground. Height 1.7m, spread 60cm
Ferny foliage and spikes of white bottlebrush flower heads. Height 1m,
columbaria 'Misty Butterflies'
A dwarf scabious with large pale blue-mauve flowers in summer. Height
Unusual large scabious with white flowers. Likes sun. Height 1.2m, spread
Tall, airy, with pale yellow flowers held on sturdy stems. Happy on well-drained
soils in sun. Height to 45 cm spread 25cm.
coccinea - Kaffir lily
Iris-like foliage and red cuplike flowers in autumn. Likes sun and rich
soil in a sheltered position. Height 60cm, spread 30cm. Price Code P9
A loose clump of soft foliage producing, throughout summer, spikes of
small, violet blue flowers. May seed where happy. Height to 75 cm. Spread
50 cm plus. Price Code P9
Succulent leaved plant bearing flat heads of many tiny pink flowers. Height
to 30cm. Price code P7
As above, but leaves flushed purple and the flowers are a deeper red.
Height 40cm. Price code P7
candida 'Bianca' - White prairie mallow
Attractive glossy foliage and strong stems bearing many large white flowers.
Tolerates most soils and open positions. Height to 90cm, spreading.
Slim iris-like foliage in short tight clumps bearing open sky-blue flowers.
Seeds. Height to 15cm. Price code P7
Broad, iris-like foliage and strong stems bearing many pale yellow flowers.
Enjoys sun and free draining soil. Can be short-lived, likely to self-seed.
Height 50cm spread 30cm. Price code P9
Whorls of large purple-blue flowers on strong stems above wrinkled leaves.
Height to 50cm.
laevis - 'Alba'
Large, white cornflower-like flowers on sturdy stems throughout summer.
Height to 50 cm.
laevis - Stokes' Aster
Blue-purple form of the above.
Enjoying open sites and free-draining soil this clump forming perennial
bears many large bell flowers in blue. Height to 25cm. Price code P7
speciosa (syn Bupthalmum speciosum)
From spring striking heart-shaped bright green leaves later give rise
to tall, branching stems bearing large rich-gold daisy like flowers. Liked
by butterflies. Will form large clumps. Height to 1.5 m. Price Code PL
Tellima grandiflora var. purpuraea
A rosette of purple
foliage and racemes of pink-cream flowers on this dainty woodland plant.
Height to 50 cms.
A basal clump of pretty divided leaves and tall stems of mauve fluffy
flowerheads in summer. Height to 1.5m.
Very pretty thalictrum with blue-green divided leaves and large open panicles
of mauve flowers with prominent dangling yellow stamens. Best in a sheltered
site, in sun and well-drained soil. Height 1m. Spread 60cm.
flavum subsp. glaucum (syn. T. speciosissimum) - Meadow rue
Similar to T. aquilegiifolium, bearing clusters of pale yellow fluffy
flowers. Height to 2m.
A lovely plant for
dappled shade with heart shaped pale green leaves turning pink and red
in autumn. Numerous stems of small starry flowers in summer. Height to
rubens - Red trefoil
A large flowered clover. Very ornamental. Enjoys sun. Height and spread
60cm. Price Code P7
phoeniceum 'Flush of White'
Low rosette of mid-green leaves and a strong stem sporting many open white
flowers. Height to 60cm. Spread 40cm.
As above with rosy purple flowers.
Strong stems carry spires of blue flowers throughout summer. Good for
cutting. Enjoys damp soil in full sun. Height 1m. Spread 60cm. Price Code
longifolia 'Rosa Tone'
Deep purple-red leaves and spires of tiny pink flowers. Height to 60cm.
Price code P9
teucrium 'Royal Blue'
Long flowering with gentian blue spires. Height to 30cm. Price code P7
Small bright green heart-shaped leaves and creeping stems bearing many
pure white flowers. Excellent for a lightly shaded area where the flowers
really shine. Height 12cm, spreading. Price code P7
Strawberry like foliage and yellow flowers, in early summer, on this good
ground cover plant. Height to 10cm. Price code P7
21 March, 2014