60-90cm. Upright plant with sweetly aromatic foliage, and spikes of deep lavender-blue flowers in summer which are attractive to bees etc.. Enjoys full or part sun in fairly well-drained soil. Dead-head to prolong flowering. Good cut flower. Self seeds a little.
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.
30cm. Beautiful dark green, shiny foliage, tinted bronze, with pink plumes in late summer. Moist soil or shallow water Clay loving/tolerant.
Astilbes thrive in moist, humus-rich soils in sun or part shade. They tolerate more sun when wetter, and grow in boggy conditions too. The feathery plumes of summer flowers look good for months, flower spikes remaining attractive in...
60cm. White flowers with pink centres for a long period in summer, over an attractive mound of foliage. Attractive to bees, butterflies etc, and good cut flowers. They prefer fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade.
30cm. Large,thick, rounded leaves, with ciliate margins, colour in autumn before disappearing. Sprays of white flowers are produced in Spring, ageing to pink. Humus-rich, well-drained soil, best in part shade.
Has been hardy with me for getting close to 20 years, and we've had some fairly cold weather in that time! The seed originally came from a Chris Chadwell expedition to the Himalayas.
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
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.
Upright habit, with strawberry red flowers over a long period in summer. I have grown this plant for years and it has survived
hard winters both in pots and in well-drained soil in a sunny area. Also good in a container.
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.
50-60cms. A continuous show of single and semi-double tangerine-orange flowers from early summer onwards. Dead-head for prolonged flowering, from April onwards, when it provides a good source of nectar for bees. Prefers a reasonably fertile soil, not too dry, probably best in part sun.
10-15 cms. An Iris of North American origin, preferring to grow in part-shade in moisture-retentive but well-drained soil, preferably acid. From a mat of rhizomatous roots rise light green lanceolate leaves, followed in May by wiry stems bearing 1-3 showy flowers, mauve-blue with a central white stripe, which sports a golden yellow stripe in the middle. It grows vigourously when well-suited....
12cm. A small plant with fans of short evergreen leaves, and bearing comparatively large maroon-purple, bearded flowers in late-spring to early summer. Seems easy in well-drained soil in sun. I grow it in a trough.
70cm. Evergreen rosettes, producing stems bearing large pale lemon, fragrant trumpets, fading to apricot, and flowering all summer and into autumn. For moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Self-seeds mildly.
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...
10-15cm in flower, this summer-dormant buttercup produces its white flowers, which become tinged with pink, in mid to late winter. They are frost hardy, but the flowers can be damaged by inclement weather and they may be better under glass when the flowers open. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in a generously-sized pot.
Plants are usually supplied in summer as dormant roots.
1.2m-1.4m A lovely, easy plant which hasn't needed support at all for me. It produces a clump of attractive, divided foliage, and stems bear fluffy white catkin-like flowers in summer, which still look attractive as they produce seed heads. Prefers sun to part shade, with a well-drained but not too dry, fertile soil.
15-25cm. A well-behaved plant, producing masses of mid-pink flowers from late spring and through the summer. Well-drained soil in full or part sun. A really valuable plant for the rock garden or front of border.
15cm. Neat rosettes produce dainty sprays of pale pink flowers with deeper pink centres, giving a pretty, hazy pink effect. Good for the front of a border, or in pots and troughs. For full or part sun, but not too dry. Tolerates light shade too.
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).