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Perennials


 

A selection of hardy perennials all trialled, propagated and grown at the Nursery.

 

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Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl'
Double white flowers on tidy plants. Height to 60 cm. Spread 40 cm plus. 

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'
Lovely cultivated form of yarrow with deep blackcurrant coloured flowers. Height to 80cm, spreading. 

Aconitum napellus. Poisonous
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. 

Althaea 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.

Amsonia tabernaemontana
Upright bushy plant with fine narrow leaves. Plentiful light blue starry flowers. Slow to establish. Leaves colour in autumn. Height to 60cm. Spread 30cm. 

Anacyclus depressus - 'Spring Carpet'
White daisy flowers spring from red buds on attractive ferny foliage. Height to 15cm. 

Anaphalis margaritacea 'New Snow'
Soft silver foliage and white everlasting flowers. Best in full sun and free draining soil. Height to 40cm. 

Anemone multifidia var. major
Pretty divided leaves and large creamy flowers. Happy in semi-shade. Height to 20cm.

Anemone 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. 

Anthemis carpatica 'Carpathian Snow'
Low growing creeping silver-grey stems and deeply cut leaves. Large white flowers in early summer. Best in sun and free draining soil. Height 15cm.

Aquilegia 
Various varieties are offered during spring and early summer. 

Arenaria montana 'Avalanche'
Lovely plant for sunny sites. Mounds of small leaved foliage smothered in open white flowers. Good drainage preferred. Height 15cm, spread up to 30cm. 

Armeria pseudoarmeria
Large thrift, strong grower with pom-pom flowers in various shades of pink. Well drained soil in sun. Height 60cm, spread 40cm.

Arum 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.

Asphodeline lutea - King's Spear

Clump-forming perennial for an open well-drained site in full sun. Fine grassy silvery-green foliage and tall stems bearing brilliant yellow, scented, open flowers in early summer. Height to 1.2m.

Aster alpinus var. superbus
Deep blue daisies on low clump forming plant. Free draining soil in sun. Height and spread to 30cm.

Aster 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.

Aster frikartii 'Monch' 
Strong Aster for late summer colour. Light violet flowers on sturdy stems. Height and spread to 40cm 

Aster oblongifolius
Woody, bushy Aster with stems bearing oblong fragrant leaves and sprays of small violet-blue flowers in autumn. Height 60cm, spread 40cm. 

Astilbe x arendsii
Good bushy form of astilbe with cream, pink or pale purple flowers. Height to 50cm.

Astrantia major - Masterwort 
Pretty lobed leaves forming a dense clump and masses of pincushion flowers. White flushed wine red. Height 70cm. Spread 50cm.

Astrantia major - 'Claret'
Lovely form of astrantia with deep red bracts and dark stems, tidy clumps.

Astrantia 'Buckland'
Pale pink flowers on a robust perennial, produces neat clumps. Height to 75cm

 

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Bellis perennis 
Cultivated daisy with double flowers in red, pink, peach and white. Height 15cm. 

Bergenia purpurescens
Small bergenia with shiny leaves, colouring red in autumn, and small purple flowers in spring. Height to 15cm. 

Brunnera macrophylla 'Langtrees'
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. 

 

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Campanula garganica
Dwarf Campanula with clusters of blue bell flowers with white centers. Height and spread to 10cms. 

Campanula glomerata - clustered bell flower
Strong growing bell flower producing a pyramid of dark blue flowers. Height to 60cm slowly spreading. 

Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's variety' 
Large, strong growing campanula producing many stems bearing masses of flowers in violet blue. Height to 1.2m. Spread 75cm. 

Campanula makaschvilii 
Arching stems bear small heart shaped leaves and bell flowers in pink. Likes sun. Height and spread 50cm 

Campanula persicifolia - 'White Bell'
Tidy mat forming perennial producing slender spikes of large white bell flowers through mid-summer. Height to 60cm. 

Campanula persicifolia - 'Telham Beauty'
A blue form of the above. 

Campanula portenschlagiana 
Delicate but tough! Tiny leaves on mat forming campanula covered in many starry lilac blue flowers. Height to 10cm. 

Campanula poscharskyana
Reliable perennial bearing trailing sprays of open bell flowers in violet. Height 15cm.

Campanula punctata var. rubiflora 
Large flowered bell flower. White or rose with red flecks. Height to 70cm. Spread 50cm.

Catananche caerulea - 'Cupid's Dart'
Lovely blue daisy-like flowers on branching stems from a basal rosette of grey green leaves. Flowers all summer. Likes sun and free-draining soils. Height to 80cm spread 40cm.

Celmisia 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 30cm. 

Centaurea hypoleuca 'John Coutts'
Strong growing perennial cornflower with pale pink-purple thistle flowers and deeply divided leaves, with silvery undersides, will flower throughout summer. Spreading clump. Height to 50cm.

Centaurea macrocephala
Large yellow, thistle like flowers during summer. Height to 1.4m. 

Centaurea montana
Perennial blue cornflower. Vigorous clump forming plant with grey leaves and large deep blue thistle-like flowers. Height to 45cm. 

Centaurea montana - 'Lady Flora Hastings'
White flowered form of the above.

Centranthus 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. 

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Deep red thistle-like flowers on strong stems from large clumps of deeply indented leaves. Height to 1m.

Clematis hendersonii
Herbaceous perennial with woody stems which grow from the base each year. Not a climber, this clematis will ramble across the border. Simple deep blue flowers with curled back petals, flowers throughout summer. Spread 1m.

Cortusa matthioli 'Pekinensis'
Lovely relative of the primula family with soft leaves and sprays of bell-like flowers in pink. Likes moist soil. Height to 20cm.

 

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Delphinium elatum
A wild form of our familiar Delphinium, producing slender, branching stems bearing deep blue flowers. These stems require no staking. Height to 1.5m. 
 

Dianthus 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. 

Dianthus carthusianorum - 'Carthusian Pink'
Unusual pink with fine foliage and small intensely pink flowers on thin stems which daintily catch the breeze. Height to 80cm. 

Dianthus cruentus
Similar to the above but shorter and blood-red flowers. Likes sun and poor soil. Height to 45cm.

Dianthus deltoids ' Artic Fire'
White with red centre. Can self seed. Height to 25cm. 

Dianthus deltoids 'Zing Rose'

Sprawling pink with intense deep pink flowers all summer. Good in containers. Height to 20cm.

Dicentra formosa 
Pretty ferny foliage and heart shaped pink flowers. Running rootstock allows this charming plant to wander. Likes semi-shade. Height to 25cm. 

Dierama pulcherrima - Angel's fishing rod
A clump of grass-like foliage bearing long, arching flower stems with drooping bell-like flowers in deep blackcurrant purple. Demands free-draining soils, which hold moisture, and sun. Height to 1m.

Dodecatheon 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. 

Doronicum caucasicum 
Mound forming plant with heart shaped glossy leaves and many yellow daisy flowers in spring. Prefers shade and moisture retaining soil. Height to 45cm.  

Doronicum 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! 

 

 

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Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Large, strong growing Echinacea with striking purple-pink flowers on strong stems. Height to 1 m.

Echinnops banaticus 'Star Frost'

Tall stems and silvery foliage with large round flowerheads bearing individual tiny white flowers. Likes a sunny well-drained spot. Height to 1m.

Echinops 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. 

Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Strong barrenwort with yellow flowers in spring and attractive glossy leaves which persist well into late winter. Height to 25cm. 

Erigeron karvinskianus - Mexican fleabane

Charming daisy with white flowers, ageing pink, on long stems. Flowers all summer. Likes sun and poor soil in sheltered site. May well self seed. Can succumb to cold winters if in wet soil. Height and spread 20cm.

Erigeron speciosus 'Azure Fairy'
A double daisy, with lavender blue flowers on strong stems. Height 40cm. 

Erodium manescavii 
Pretty, ferny leaves of deep green and clusters of open bright pink flowers throughout summer. Height to 45cm. 

Eryngium 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.

Eryngium alpinum - Sea holly

Strong sea holly producing numerous branched stems bearing small thistle-like flowers. Good blue metallic colouring, especially when in full sun. Height 1m.

Eryngium planum 'Blue Glitter' - Sea holly
A rosette of shiny oval leaves produces branching stems bearing numerous small blue thistle flowers. 

Eryngium planum 'Silver Salantino'
Silver headed form of the above.

Eupatorium purpureum
Tall, sturdy perennial with pink tiny flowers in large clusters attractive to butterflies. Height 1.5m plus.

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.

Euphorbia polychroma. Can cause skin irritation. 
Soft foliage, green with a slight purple flush and sulphur yellow flowers in late spring. Height and spread 40cm. 

 

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Francoa 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. 

 

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Geranium x cantabrigiense
Evergreen creeping geranium with glossy leaves turning shades of red in autumn. Large pink flowers held erect during early summer. Height to 30cm. 

Geranium endressii 'Wargrave Pink'
Good ground covering geranium with bright pale pink flowers throughout summer. Height to 45cm. 

Geranium 'Fay Anna'

Unusual mound forming geranium with yellow, red centred foliage in early spring and light open purple-blue flowers during the summer, long flowering, easy. Height to 45cm, spread 50cm.

Geranium himalayense 'Plenum'
Delicate small geranium with double blue flowers in summer and serrated leaves edged in purple. Likes sun and well-drained soil, clear of thuggish neighbours. Height to 20cm, spread to 50cm plus.

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' 
Good strong ground covering geranium bearing clusters of pale pink flowers. Height 30cm, spreading. 

Geranium nervosum
Neat, evergreen mound forming plant with sprays of small silvery-pink flowers borne freely above the foliage during summer. Height 30cm. 

Geranium nodosum
Glossy foliage with dainty pale purple-pink flowers make this a charming geranium for a partly shaded site. Height to 40cm.

Geranium orientalitibeticum 'Orkney Pink' 
Low lying bronze-green foliage with numerous vivid pink flowers. Likes sun and free draining soil. Height 12cm, spreading. 

Geranium phaeum - Mourning widow geranium 
Clump forming perennial with upright stems bearing open dark purple-black flowers. Prefers shade. Height 75cm.  

Geranium psilostemon
Vigorous, large clump forming magenta flowered geranium. Height to 75cm. 

Geranium 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. 

Geranium pyrenaicum 'Summer Snow'
White form of the above geranium. Evergreen foliage which hugs the ground. Height 15cm. 

Geranium renardii
Lovely rounded sage green leaves and open white, purple veined flowers in early to mid summer. Likes sun and well-drained soil. Height to 30cm.

Geranium sanguineum 'Apfelblute'
Neat mound smothered with pale pink saucer-shaped flowers in summer. Height and spread 30cm.

Geranium sanguineum 'Elke'
Lovely form with pink flowers edged white, with a white centre. Slowly spreading. Height 30cm.

Geranium sanguineum 'Elsbeth'
Deep purple-red single cup flowers and deeply divided leaves on this low sprawling Geranium. Height to 25 cms.

Geranium sanguineum 'Khan'
Fabulous vigorous variety with large magenta flowers until the frosts of autumn. Low growing and spreading. Height to 40cm.

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum 
Deeply cut leaves on spreading geranium sporting attractive pale pink flowers with dark veins. Height 15cm. 

Geum x borisii 
Neat plant with vivid orange flowers during the summer. Likes sun and good moisture retaining soil. Height to 30cm. 

Geum chiloense 'Lady Stratheden' 
Rosettes of lobed, mid-green leaves and strong stems bearing double yellow open flowers. Height 75cm, spread 40cm. 

Geum chiloense 'Mrs Bradshaw' 
A scarlet flowered strain of the above. 

Geum coccineum 'Koi' 
Compact geum with vivid orange single flowers borne throughout summer. Height to 25 cms. 

Geum magellanicum
Glossy leaved geum bearing small intense yellow flowers on strong upright stems. Height to 40cm.

Gypsophila repens var rosea
Sprawling mat with clusters of tiny pink flowers in summer. Height 10cm.

 

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Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Large perennial sunflower with multiple bright lemon-yellow single flowers on strong stems. Height to 1.6 m.

Hemerocallis 'Anzac'
Strong growing clump forming perennial with abundant strap-like leaves bearing many trumpet-like deep red flowers, each only lasting a day. Height to 70cm.

Hemerocallis 'Frans Hals'
As above, with orange-yellow flowers. Height 75cm.

Hemerocallis 'Lemon Bells' 
As above, with yellow flowers. Height to 75cm. 

Hemerocallis 'Stella D'Or' 
Smaller growing version of the above, with golden yellow flowers. Height to 35cm. 

Heuchera x brizoides 'Firefly' 

Tidy green foliage and sprays of intense red flowers from early summer. Height to 50cm.

Heuchera sanguinea 'White Cloud'
As above but with white flowers. Height to 50cm.

Hosta 'Devon Green'
Beautiful deep green glossy leaves make a neat clump, lilac flowers, good slug resistance. Height 40cm.

Hosta 'Patriot' 
Strong clump forming hosta with striking white varigation. Attractive lilac flowers in summer. Height 50cm. 

Hosta plantaginea
Lovely hosta with soft green leaves. Height to 25cm.

Hosta 'Thumb Nail'
Tiny hosta with simple green leaves and lilac flowers. Charming in a pot or rockery. Height 15cm.

Hosta 'Wide Brim'
Broad creamy white rim on large bright leaves, strong grower. Height to 50cm.

Hylotelephium 'Aquarel'
This sedum has blue-green leaves and pink flowers. Best in sun, likes some moisture. Height to 40cm.

Hylotelephium cauticola
This sedum is low sprawling with pink-grey leaves and bright pink flowers in summer. Height to 10cm.

Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant'
Succulent leaved plant with pale leaves and flat heads of many tiny pink flowers. Height to 30cm.

Hylotelephium 'Matrona'
Strong sedum with leaves flushed purple and flowers of a deeper red. Stands well through winter. Height 40cm. 

Hypericum cerastoides 'Silvana'
Soft silvery leaves and lemon-yellow flowers on a carpeting plant. Best in full sun. Height to 12cm.

 

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Inula hookeri 
A slowly spreading perennial of stout stems bearing mid-green leaves and yellow narrow-petalled flowers in late summer. Height 75cm. 

Inula magnifica 
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. 

Iris chyrsographes
Vigorous Siberian iris with deep purple black flowers. Height 40cm.

Iris germanica
A number of bearded irises are available. All enjoy dry soil in full sun.

Iris sibirica
A number of Siberian irises are available. All enjoy damp soil in sun.

 

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Kalimeris incisa - Lilac aster
Superb upright aster with strong stems bearing lots of small, lilac daisy flowers from mid-summer onwards. 
Undemanding good performer in range of soil and light conditions. Height to 1m, spread 70cm

Knautia 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. 

 

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Lathyrus latifolius - Everlasting sweetpea 
'White Pearl' and 'Red Pearl' offered. Vigorous perennial sweetpea bearing masses of strong stemmed flowers. Height 1.5m, rambles. 

Lathyrus vernus - Spring Pea
Clump forming perennial with deep purple and blue flowers borne in spring. Height and spread to 30cm. 

Lathyrus vernus - 'Albus Rosea'
A pink form of the above.

Leucanthemum superbum 'Sonnenschein'
Pale yellow single flowers to 75 cms.

Leucanthemum superbum - 'White Knight'
Fast growing perennial Shasta Daisy with large single daisy flowers. Good container plant. Height to 60cm.

Lobelia siphilitica 
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. 

Lychnis chalcedonica
Vivid scarlet flowers in dense clusters on this easy perennial, happy in damp soil and tolerant of semi-shade. Height to 1m.

Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais'
Dark, robust flower spikes opening crimson on unusual semi-evergreen foliage, likes moisture retaining soil in sun or part-shade. Height to 60cm.

 

Lysimachia ephemerum
Lovely white form of the loosestrife family. Evergreen slender stems and small starry white flowers in from early summer. Prefers moist soil in sun to part shade. Height to 1m.

Lysimachia punctata
Large yellow loosestrife. Pale green foliage and open yellow flowers borne on strong stems. Can be slightly invasive. Height 80cm. 

 

Lythrum salicaria 'Rosy Gem' 
Taller form of the above with paler flowers.

 

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Mitella diphylla 
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. 

 

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Ophipogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' 
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. 

 

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Papaver bracteatum 
A bold red perennial poppy. Likes sun and well-drained soil. Height 1.2m plus, spread 60cm. 

Papaver rupifragum - Spanish poppy
Super perennial poppy bearing many double, terracotta red flowers throughout summer on strong stems.

Patrina scabiosifolia
Clump forming perennial with many stems bearing vivid yellow flowers in a slim flat head throughout summer. Height to 1.2m. 

Persicaria affinis 'Kabouter'
Need a ground cover plant that has glossy leaves and small spikes of flowers in pink, rose and red? This is it! Easy, quick growing with long lasting flower spikes starting pale pink and finishing deep red. Semi-evergreen. Height 25cm, spreading.

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Alba'
Large, pale green leaves and wand like spikes of white flowers. Likes semi-shade. Height to 1m.

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'J.S. Delgardo'
Good strong red form, with neat habit. Likes sun and reasonable drainage. Height to 60cm

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea'
Tall variety with elegant pale pink flowers, large leaves, strong grower. Height to 1.2m.

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Summer Dance'
Coral pink form with strap-like leaes, well-behaved in sun and drained soil. Height to 1.2m.

Phlomis russeliana 

Large heart-shaped leaves and strong stems bearing yellow hooded flowers. Good ground cover once established. Height 1m. Slowly spreading.

Phlomis tuberosa
Pink, hooded flowers on a clump forming perennial with attractive heart shaped leaves, likes a sunny site in rich soil. Height to 50cm. 

Phuopsis stylosa
Low spreading evergreen mat of stems bearing whirls of small leaves and showy pink flowers in spring. Height to 10cm. 

Phyteuma balbisii
Pretty heart-shaped leaves and clusters of blue flowers on this alpine. Sun and good drainage. Height to 20cm.

Phlox paniculata 'White Admiral' 
White flowers on strong stems in late summer/autumn. Vigorous. Height to 1.2m. 

Polemonium carneum 
Mound-forming variety, with creamy pink flowers. Height to 40cm, spread 45cm.

Polemonium 'Lambrook Mauve'
A clump of finely divided leaves gives rise to upright flower stems bearing light clusters of open, scented, pale purple flowers in summer. Well-behaved. Height and spread 60cm.

Potentilla 'Etna' 
Sumptuous blood-red double flowers held high above silvered strawberry-like leaves. Position at front of the border! Height and spread 50cm. 

Potentilla nepalensis 'Helen Jane'
Super peachy-pink strawberry like flowers on this low neat perennial. Long flowering period. Height 30cm, spread 50cm.

Primula florindae
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.

Pulmonaria angustifolia ' Blue Ensign' 
Strong clumps of dark leaves and stout stems crowned with small blue flowers in spring. Prefers semi shade. Height 35cm. 

Pulmonaria 'Dora Bielefeld' 
Green leaves, lightly spotted, and pale pink flowers in spring. Moist soil in semi-shade, slow to establish. Height to 25cm, spread 40cm. 

Pulmonaria 'Opal' 
Semi-evergreen pulmonaria with heavily spotted leaves and pale blue flowers in spring. Makes good sized clumps in semi-shade. Height to 25cm, spread 50cm.

 

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Rudbekia 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. 

Rudbekia missouriensis
Cheerful clump forming perennial with masses of yellow daisy flowers on wiry stems. Height 50cm, spread 50cm plus.

 

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Sanguisorba hakusanensis
Attractive grey-green foliage and tall spikes of dark pink fluffy tassle flowers. Height to 65 cms.

Sanguisorba 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 plus.

Sanguisorba menziesii
Blue-green foliage and pink bottlebrush flowers, long flowering. Height to 1m, spread 50cm.

Sanguisorba tenuifolia 
Ferny foliage and spikes of white bottlebrush flower heads. Height 1m, spread 50cm.

Scabious columbaria 'Misty Butterflies'
A dwarf scabious with large pale blue-mauve flowers in summer. Height to 12cm.

Scabiosa drakensbergensis 
Unusual large scabious with white flowers. Likes sun. Height 1.2m, spread 50cm.

Scabiosa ochroleuca
Tall, airy, with pale yellow flowers held on sturdy stems. Happy on well-drained soils in sun. Height to 45 cm spread 25cm.

Schizostylis 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. 

Sedum - see Hylotelephium.

Sedum kamtschaticum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'
Attractive stonecrop with red flushed foliage in autumn and starry golden flowers in summer. Will sprawl. Height 10cm

Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' - Crimson stonecrop
Red foliaged stonecrop with pink starry flowers in summer. Will sprawl. Height 5cm.

Sidalcea 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. 

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 
Slim iris-like foliage in short tight clumps bearing open sky-blue flowers. Seeds. Height to 15cm. 

Sisyrinchium striatum 
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. 

Stachys macrantha
Whorls of large purple-blue flowers on strong stems above wrinkled leaves. Height to 50cm.

Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo'
Spikes of whorled rose-lavender flowers on a strong perennial throughout summer. Easy ground cover plant. Height 60cm. 

Symphyotrichium novae-angliae (syn. Aster novae-angliae)
Late flowering perennial New England Aster - bushy green leaves, upright growth flowers September onward:

'Andenken an Alma Potschke' - cerise pink to 90cm.

'Quinton Menzies' - purple-pink to 140cm.

Symphyotrichium novi-belgii (syn. Aster novi-belgii)

New York asters can get mildew in dry, hot weather - keep air flow around plants
'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.

Symphyandra wanneri
Enjoying open sites and free-draining soil this clump forming perennial bears many large bell flowers in blue. Height to 25cm. 

 

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Telekia 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. 

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
A basal clump of pretty divided leaves and tall stems of mauve fluffy flowerheads in summer. Height to 1.5m. 

Tiarella wherryi
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 30 cms.

Trifolium ochroleucon - Sulphur clover
A fabulous large creamy yellow bushy clover. Very ornamental. Enjoys sun. Height and spread 60cm.

Trifolium rubens - Red trefoil 
A large flowered clover. Very ornamental. Enjoys sun. Height and spread 60cm.

 

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Verbascum phoeniceum 'Flush of White'
Low rosette of mid-green leaves and a strong stem sporting many open white flowers. Height to 60cm. Spread 40cm.

Verbascum phoeniceum 'Rosetta'
As above with rosy purple flowers. 

Veronica longifolia 
Strong stems carry spires of blue flowers throughout summer. Good for cutting. Enjoys damp soil in full sun. Height 1m. Spread 60cm. 

Veronica teucrium 'Royal Blue'
Long flowering with gentian blue spires. Height to 30cm. 

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Apollo'
Lovely strong perennial with tall stems topped with long spikes of blue flowers persisting well as ornamental seedheads. Height to 1.5m

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Erica'
Pink flowerspikes. Height to 1.2m

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendelturm'
Fabulous perennial with tall stems of soft lavender blue flowers, persisting well as ornamental seedheads. Height to 2m

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Temptation'
Light purple flowers. Height to 1.5m

Viola cornuta 'Alba' 
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.

Viola cornuta 'Belmont Blue' 
Small bright green heart-shaped leaves and creeping stems bearing many large blue flowers. Long flowering. Height 12cm, spreading.

Viola odorata 'Coeur D'Alsace' 
Ground covering vigorous scented viloa with pink flowers in early spring. Good in semi-shade. Height to 15cm.

 

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Waldsteinia ternata

Strawberry like foliage and yellow flowers, in early summer, on this good ground cover plant. Height to 10cm. 

Last updated: 14th January 2020

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