Chalk Loving / Tolerant

  • Androsace lanuginosa

    3cm. Forms a mat of hirsute foliage, with sprays of dainty pink flowers in summer. For well-drained soil in sun. Not too wet in winter (though mine have all survived the extremely wet winter of 2015-16!)
  • Arabis alpina ssp caucasica Flore Pleno AGM

    10cm. Forms an evergreen mat of grey-green rosettes, with long-lasting double white flowers in late spring. Usually flowers again later in the summer. Very well drained soil in full sun. Excellent tumbling down a scree or rockery.
  • Armeria juniperifolia AGM

    5 cms. Forms a neat, small dome of needle-like foliage, with deep pink buds, opening to light pink flowers on short stems, over a long period. Well-drained soil in sun. Good in a trough or raised bed.
  • Cymbalaria pallida

    5cm. Creeping stems with rounded, shiny green leaves, producing masses of lilac and white flowers, late spring to late summer. Sun or part shade. Attracts bees.
  • Dianthus Binsey Red

    40cm. Deliciously scented flowers, mainly a deep raspberry-pink, with a white margin, the reverse of the petals being white. Very floriferous. Flower arrangers  Chalk loving/tolerant  For sunny well-drained areas  Fragrant/aromatic
  • Dianthus Cockenzie (Montrose Pink)

    25cm. An old pink dating from 1720. Deep carmine pink flowers, heavily fringed, with a deeper pink eye, and extremely fragrant. Forms a good clump and flowers well. Grow in sunny well-drained areas.
  • Dianthus Dainty Dame

    15cm. Fragrant white flowers with a dark maroon central zone, produced over a long period in summer. One of my favourites. For sunny, well-drained areas.
  • Dianthus Nyewood’s Cream

    5 cms. Masses of single white, fragrant flowers in late Spring to early Summer, over silver-grey foliage. The flowers develop a pink flush with age. Needs well-drained soil in sun. Ideal in a rock garden or scree.
  • Dianthus Old Mother Hubbard

    40cm. Masses of flowers, cream ground, heavily splashed with salmon- pink. Flowers for several weeks. Very lightly scented.  For sunny well-drained areas
  • Dianthus Waithman’s Jubilee AGM

    20cm. A beautifully scented pink, flowering prolifically in summer. The single flowers have a dark pinky-red ground, with 2 clear pink 'eyes' on each petal.
  • Epimedium fargesii Pink Constellation

    30cm. Beautiful coppery fresh leaves in Spring precede the sprays of elegant flowers, with backswept pale pink outer sepals, and deeper pink-purple inner petals. Foliage is good too. Prefers a well-drained but humus-rich soil, in part shade.
  • Erigeron karvinskianus

    15cm. Vigorous, carpeting, spreading perennial, with masses of white daisies, becoming pink as they age, in summer. Well-drained soil in full sun. Suitable for walls or cracks in paving. Self seeds.
  • Geranium dalmaticum

    15 x 50cm. Neat mounds of glossy aromatic foliage, colouring in autumn. Clear shell-pink flowers in summer. Moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun or part-shade. Suitable for a rock garden or front of border. For sunny well-drained areas. Fragrant/aromatic. Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Alpine/rock garden plant ***
  • Geranium Little Gem

    10-15cm. Forms a low tidy mat of foliage, with deep magenta flowers over a long period in summer. Enjoys a well-drained soil in sun. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Alpine/rock garden plant
  • Geranium Pink Delight

    10-15cm. A low-growing plant, forming a neat mound covered with light pink flowers over a long period in summer. Grows in well-drained soil, in a sunny position. Attracts bees, etc. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Alpine/rock garden plant
  • Geranium sanguineum Ankum’s Pride

    15cms. A low-growing geranium for front of border in a sunny, well-drained situation. The comparatively large pink flowers are produced all summer, better if dead-headed every now and then! Attracting bees, etc too.
  • Geranium sanguineum var striatum Compact Mottisfont Form

    10 x 30cm. This compact form flowers for months in summer, with pale pink, dark-veined flowers. It grows slowly, in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.
  • Geranium Spinners

    90cm. Rich purple-blue flowers in summer. Fertile soil in sun or part-shade, not too dry. Cut back after flowering.
  • Lithodora zahnii Azureness

    30-50cm. An evergreen shrublet with pure bright blue flowers in spring, and sporadically through summer. Very attractive to bees. Requires very well-drained soil, and full sun.
  • Origanum Dingle Fairy

    15-20cm. Apple-green bracts with small pink-purple flowers, mid-late summer. Needs very well-drained soil. Suitable for a rock garden, border or pot culture. One of my favourites!
  • Origanum Kent Beauty

    Aromatic plant with trailing stems bearing heads of pale pink flowers in showy pink bracts. Very well-drained soil in sun. Good in a trough or container. Hardy in milder areas.
  • Origanum Pink Mist

    15-20cm. Aromatic golden foliage in spring and early summer, keeping its colour in sun or part shade. Pink flowers later in summer, when foliage becomes greener.  Attracts bees, butterflies etc.
  • Origanum scabrum ssp. pulchrum Newleaze

    30cm. Aromatic foliage with copious sprays of pink flowers mid-late summer, attracting bees etc. For sunny well-drained areas.
  • Origanum vulgare Aureum Crispum

    30 x 30cm. Crinkled, aromatic, golden foliage, with small pale pink or white flowers in summer. Best in part shade. Good culinary herb.
  • Parahebe Snowclouds

    30cm. Forms a small shrub, becoming smothered in masses of small white flowers with a deep pink central ring. Remove spent flower stems for continued flowering from spring into autumn. For well-drained soil in a sunny position.
  • Polypodium cambricum Richard Kayse

    An ancient fern, discovered by Richard Kayse in 1668, growing on a limestone cliff in South Wales. The plant is sterile, and so all plants in cultivation are divisions of the original plant. This is a beautiful fern, which grows for me on very slightly acid, shaded soil under an apple tree. It dies down for a few weeks in mid-summer, and then sends up new fronds from mid-August, which remain...
  • Sedum obtusifolium

    10-15cms. Fleshy rounded foliage forms an evergreen mat, with delightful sprays of starry pink-red flowers mid-late summer. Will trail over a wall or a pot too. Requires well-drained soil in a sunny spot. So far it has survived well with me, even being covered in snow for several days last year (2018).
  • Sisyrinchium Devon Skies

    10-15cm. Bright blue-mauve flowers in summer. Best in fairly well-drained soil in sun.
  • Sisyrinchium Quaint and Queer

    20-30cm. Unusual flowers, dusky yellow and purple, in summer. Reasonably well-drained soil in sun.
  • Teucrium ackermanii AGM

    15cm. Shrubby plant, making a small mound of silver-grey foliage. In summer, produces scented, pink-purple flowers in rounded clusters, over several weeks, often re-blooming later. Requires well-drained soil in a sunny position. Good in a trough, raised bed etc.
  • Teucrium pyrenaiacum AGM

    5-7cm. Forms a mat of small, softly-hairy, green leaves, with heads of purple-hooded and creamy-white-lipped flowers over a long period in summer.  Well-drained soil in a trough or raised bed. Attracts bees, etc.

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