20cms. Masses of rosettes of light green leaves edged creamy-white, and slightly sticky. Keep frost-free in winter, and grow fairly dry - if too wet the roots will rot.
Tender perennial. Flower arrangers. For sunny well-drained areas. Evergreen. Container plant.
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.
40 x 60cm. Clump of rounded soft leaves with yellow-green flowers in summer. Remove flower heads to prevent excess self-seeding. Sun or shade, in any soil except a bog.
Flower arrangers Shade loving/tolerant
20cm. Fine foliage with heads of purple-pink flowers in summer. This bulb comes from Asia, and seems to flourish in well-drained soil in a sunny position. Attracts bees & butterflies.
Just a few bulbs available this year.
10 - 60cm. Dense heads of light purple-pink flowers, mid to late summer, attracting bees and butterflies. Fertile, well-drained soil, preferably in full sun. A well-behaved allium!
For sunny well-drained areas. Attracts bees & butterflies. Bulb.
20cm. Rosettes of slightly twisted, glaucous leaves, with rounded heads of mauve pink flowers later in summer. Well-drained soil in sun. Good for the rockery or front of border. Very attractive to butterflies.
For sunny well-drained areas. Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Bulb.
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!)
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.
20-40cm. Evergreen mat of foliage with bright pink 'thrift' flowers from late spring through the summer (dead-head to encourage repeat flowering). Attracts bees and butterflies. Happy on poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soils in sun. Tolerant of salt.
Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Evergreen
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.
30-45cm. (trailing). Tuberous. Trailing stems bear light orange flowers all summer. Good in hanging container. Winter dormant.
I've always kept it in a just frost-free greenhouse, but others told me it was hardy, and it has survived outside this winter!
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.
10-15cm. Lax stems bearing profuse, deep purple bell flowers in mid to late summer. Well-drained soil in sun. Sorry, none available this year. For sunny well-drained areas Suitable for a trough. Alpine/rock garden plant
12cm. Beautiful, comparatively large, soft blue flowers in June-July, with a repeat flowering in August, though fewer flowers second time around! It seemed fairly well behaved to me to begin with, but after a couple of seasons in a trough I found it started to run around in a rather intrusive manner, so I would recommend keeping it in a container of its own!! For sunny well-drained areas.
10cm. Cushions of fine grey foliage, with rose-pink, fragrant flowers in May-June. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Fragrant/aromatic Evergreen Suitable for a trough. Alpine/rock garden plant
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
15cm. Masses of delightfully-scented, burgundy flowers which develop a sprinkling of gold flecks. Very attractive. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Fragrant/aromatic Evergreen Alpine/rock garden plant
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.
50cm. Felty grey leaves, with clusters of orange, tubular flowers through summer. Attracts bees etc. In its native home (Uruguay), it attracts humming birds, so maybe the Hummingbird Hawkmoth will like it? I live in hopes!
Good in a container.
Keep just frost-free in winter (although I've never tested its hardiness).
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.
20-25cm. Attractive foliage, producing sprays of pink flowers, with darker blotches and veining, throughout summer. Well-drained soil in sun. For sunny well-drained areas Evergreen Alpine/rock garden plant
45cm. This fuchsia has small glossy evergreen leaves and 1cm bright raspberry pink flowers in summer. Young stems are deep pink too. It requires a sheltered site or winter protection. Also good in a container. Attracts bees etc.
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
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
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
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.
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.
2 x 2m. A lax evergreen shrub, bearing large semi-double yellow flowers in spring and early summer - and also, surprisingly, in autumn too in the last 2 years! Best grown against a sunny wall or fence. Has survived many hard frosts over the las 15+ years against a south-facing fence here in Hampshire!!
60 x 100cm. Upright, semi-evergreen, suckering shrub. Pretty pale violet flowers with yellow throats and purple spots in summer. Fertile, well-drained soil in part sun. Protect with a mulch in colder areas.
20cm. A succulent, with grey-green leaves and stems, coated in white meal, and producing sugar-pink flowers in late spring. Take care not to splash the leaves or touch them, as the meal will be spoiled. Good in a hanging basket, under cover. Keep just frost-free.
Formerly known as Senecio coccinilifera, an unexpected member of the daisy family!
Succulent grey-green leaves, producing a long stem bearing vibrantly bright orange-red flowers in summer. A tender plant, requiring just frost-free conditions in winter, but happy to be outside in summer.
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.
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.
30cm. Clusters of small burgundy-red flowers throughout summer, over a mound of very attractive, aromatic, soft, grey-green foliage. Well-drained soil in sun. Good container plant. Has survived frosts here, in a pot near the house, dying back but re-sprouting from base as temperatures rise.
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).
10cm. Shining, golden crocus-like flowers from September to November, with dark glossy leaves appearing soon after flowers, and lasting until late spring. These bulbs need a deep, well-drained soil in a sunny position.
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.
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.
20-25cm. White, slightly fragrant (not the onion smell!) flowers produced over a long period. May be hardy in warm well-drained position. I have always over-wintered it in a cool greenhouse, where it flowers for much of the year. Well-drained soil in full sun.
A South African bulb, producing a spike bearing a dense head of tubular pink flowers, reminescent of a Kniphofia (Red hot poker), in late winter. The leaves are attractive, being shiny green and wavy-edged. It usually doesn't quite go dormant in summer. It survives for me in a cold greenhouse in winter, just frost-free, but can also be a houseplant, preferably in a cool room with good...