Hardy perennial

  • Agastache Blue Delight

    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.
  • Alchemilla erythropoda

    20-30 x 30cm. Smaller, neater version of Alchemilla mollis, with lime yellow flowers. Self seeds a little. Humus-rich soil in sun or part shade.
  • 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.
  • Astilbe Inshriach Pink

      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...
  • Astrantia Buckland

    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.
  • Bergenia pacumbis (CC1793)

    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.
  • Chrysanthemum Daniel Cooper

    60-90cms. Sprays of single, rich mid-pink flowers over several weeks from September. Fertile soil in full or part sun, not too dry. Good cut flowers.
  • Chrysanthemum Daniel Cooper

    60-80cm. Sprays of single, rich mid-pink flowers are produced over several weeks from September onwards. Best in sun. A good cut flower. Attracts bees, butterflies etc.
  • 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 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.
  • Diascia Andrew

    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.
  • 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.
  • Geum Hill Top Beacon

    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.
  • Geum Lionel Cox

    30cm. Pale yellow, nodding flowers in spring-early summer. Prefers a moisture retentive, reasonably fertile soil, in sun or part shade.
  • Geum Rubin

    45 cm. Large, double red flowers all summer. Dead-head to keep the flowers coming!
  • Iris cristata

    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....
  • Iris suaveolens Purple-flowered form

    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.
  • 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.
  • Oenothera stricta Sulphurea

    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.
  • 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 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.
  • Polemonium Sonia’s Bluebell

    40-60cm. Bushy, sterile hybrid, with delightfully fragrant, light blue flowers from May to August. Stems and calyces are dark. Best in part sun, not too dry.
  • 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...
  • Primula McWatt’s Cream

    12-15cm. Heads of small pale creamy-yellow flowers in early spring. Woodland situation, not too dry.
  • Primula Strong Beer

    15cm. Double purple-violet, long-lasting flowers from Spring, repeating later. Bronzy-purple tinged foliage.
  • Primula Tinney’s Moonlight

    10cms. Creamy flowers with a pink blush on the edges of the petals, and a yellow eye, flowering in spring. Part shade in moisture-retentive soil.
  • Ranunculus calandriniodes

    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.
  • Salvia candelabrum

    60-90cms. Deep blue-purple flowers in candelabra-shaped unflorescences. Main flowering in early to mid-summer, with some flowers produced into autumn. Fertile, well-drained soil, sun.
  • Sanguisorba tenuifolia Alba

    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.
  • Saponaria x lempergii Max Frei

    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.
  • Saxifraga cuscutiformis

    45cm. Attractive evergreen rosettes, with spikes of beautifully marked small white flowers in summer. Fertile soil in part shade.
  • Saxifraga Winifred Bevington

    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.
  • 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.

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