AVAILABLE 2016. Lots of silver going on here. The reddish tinged leaves...
AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2016. There are plenty of red astrantias out...
READY 2016. COLLECTION OR DELIVERY ONLY DUE TO SIZE. If you like sweet...
READY EARLY SUMMER 2016. A distinctive shade for a bottlebrush, and a...
Perhaps one of the most spectacular vegetables you can grow, this...
MORE READY EARLY SUMMER 2016. A stunning modern take on that old favourite of the Romans, Acanthus Mollis or Bear’s Breeches. Glossy dark green leaves are splashed with creamy white and tall stiff spikes of pink and cream flowers rise up impressively in summer. As magnificent as a Palladian mansion but less expensive to maintain. Prefers a little shade....
Not shy or retiring, Walther makes a bold statement with his silvery feathery foliage topped, from early to late summer, by flat flowerheads made up of multitudinous brick red or burnt orange florets with yellow centres. These fade to an interesting terracotta sort of shade. Walther will quickly establish a strong clump. Nice chap. Full sun. Any well...
A really rather splendid specimen, forming a clump of divided palmate leaves and producing a late season display of stiff spikes covered in large hooded deep blue flowers over a long period. Sun or semi-shade. Most soils. 3 ft+ 2 litre pot.
Aconitum offers great value as a strong bloomer in that difficult late summer period: this is a shorter variety with two aces up its sleeve - larger than normal deep but clear blue flowers and leaves that come up a fetching shade of red in spring before maturing to glossy green. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
A very fetching variety of this clump-forming perennial with striking black leaves (they start out green but colour as they develop). In late summer the plant is topped by arching spikes of pure white scented flowers. Great name, too. Likes some shade. Moist soil. To 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
Also known as Navy Blue, which rather gives away the intense colour of the large flowerheads which are held on erect stems over the strappy foliage in mid- to late summer. One of the very best and very hardy. Full sun. Moist but well drained soil. 36 in. 2 litre pot.
We like agastaches for their highly aromatic leaves and long flowering period. This bushy upright plant has spikes of deep reddish pink flowers from midsummer to the frosts. Best in the sun. Any well drained soil. Quite compact at 2 ft. 1 litre pot.
A really beautiful plant with leaves scented like some long cool drink on a summer terrace and, through the summer, tall spikes of tiered whorls of reddish pinky-purple flowers. Also good in that it doesn’t spread too much - so you can always find a space for it! – and it can tolerate dry soils. Likes the sun. Any well drained soil. 3 to 4 feet. 1 litre pot.
A splendidly gothic variey of bugle, with glossy rounded leaves that are deep purple, as close to black as you can pretty much get, and, in spring and into summer, short spikes of deep blue flowers that stand out well against the foliage. Vigorous. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 6 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SOON. Now you can have a hollyhock without the dreaded rust! Or pretty much. This cross between Alcea and Althaea has semi-double rose pink flowers arranged along tall stems from the height of summer until the depths of autumn. Great for that cottage garden feel. Full sun. Any soil. 4 ft. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE AGAIN 2016. Lady’s Mantle is a lovely plant, with its scalloped leaves and frothy yellow flowers in summer, but it can get a bit big for its boots. This variety solves this problem, being smaller in all its parts, but just as lovely. Sun or semi-shade. Moist fertile soil. 10 in. 1 litre pot.
AVAILABLE 2016. The parent species is a native of the United States only rarely seen over here: Blue Ice is a spectacular plant with erect stems clothed in dark green willowy leaves and, in early summer, clouds of starry blue flowers. It puts on a second star turn in the autumn when the foliage colours golden yellow. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well...
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. The name makes this plant sound a sturdy and dependable fellow, and so it is - a solid base of elliptical dark green rather hairy leaves and branching flowering spikes bearing clusters of intense blue flowers, not especially large in themselves but creating quite an impact. Will happily stand to attention in your border. Sun...
Late-flowering Japanese anemones bring fresh colour to late summer and autumn with their delicate cup-shaped flowers. Andrea Atkinson forms a strong bushy plant and sports a profusion of beautiful single pure white blooms. Sun or semi-shade. Moist fertile soil. 2 ½ - 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
Late-flowering Japanese anemones bring fresh colour to late summer and autumn with their delicate cup-shaped flowers. Rotkäppchen (or Red Riding Hood, as you may know her) has semi-double dark rosy pink flowers, probably the deepest of any anemone. Sun or semi-shade. Moist fertile soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE AGAIN 2016.See it and fall in love. Yes, it’s that good. A sturdy plant with glossy, finely-cut, virtually black foliage that has real presence. Add to that sprays of fluffy pink flowers that emerge from purple buds and ... enough said. Amazing. Best in some shade. Moist fertile soil. 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
You don’t see many of these around: it’s a rare variety from Japan, which will surely gain in popularity, as the long-spurred flowers are of a very eye-catching deep deep inky blue. The usual ferny bluish green foliage as per. A very classy aquilegia indeed. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
Perhaps the most spectacular vegetable you can grow, this perennial will grow to some 6 feet and, from the second year on, bear large flowerheads, which can be eaten before the buds open, or you can just grow it as an architectural specimen plant. Sunny spot. Fertile well drained soil. To 6 feet. 1 litre pot.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular vegetables you can grow, this heirloom variety will grow to some 6 feet and, from the second year on, bear purple tinged flowerheads, which can be eaten before the buds open, or you can just grow it as an architectural specimen plant. Sunny spot. Fertile well drained soil. To 6 feet. 1 litre pot.
Or goatsbeard, if you were wondering. This is a hard to find variety which is ideal for the smaller garden, as it is compact, but has the characteristic maidenhair-like foliage and creamy white plumes of flowers from early summer. Distinctive. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 2 to 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
This North American native answers to the common name of butterfly weed - and lives up to it too, as butterflies and other flying insects are attracted by the clusters of shocking orange flowers that are held on tall upright stems over a long period from summer into autumn. Full sun. Any reasonable soil, including dry ones. 36 in. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2016. Why name a plant after a style of coffee? Well, the spectactular feathery plumes of white flowers are the froth on top of the lacy reddish brown foliage which does a pretty good job of impersonating the coffee. See? Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
Not a big plant in terms of stature, but big in the impact it makes in early to mid summer when prolific plumes of flowers, starting out reddish pink then shading to soft candy floss pink, float above divided foliage of deepest woodland green. Cue roll of thunder. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
A recent introduction with a lot going for it. Divided foliage that starts out coppery red in spring then matures to darkest green and, above that, spectacular triangular plumes of vibrant red flowers in early to mid summer. Nice. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2016. Rather more compact than some varieties is Red Baron, which will brighten up the garden for many weeks with its feathery red flower spikes and reddish-tinted divided foliage. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2016. There are plenty of red astrantias out there, but Lola is just that bit different, boasting open saucer-shaped flowers in a daring shade of hot pink. She will bloom from late spring and on into the summer, so offers good value in the garden. The neat mound of leaves are maple-shaped and a nice fresh green to complement the...
AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2016. Dried flower arrangers will like this one for its clusters of saucer shaped deep red blooms, actually umbels of tiny flowers surrounded by papery bracts, borne from late spring and through the summer. There are a number of dark red varieties: Red Joyce is new and definitely one of the very best. Sun or semi-shade. Most soils,...
The varietal name translates as Winter Glow on account of the fact that the glossy leathery evergreen leaves take on reddish bronzy hues during the autumn and winter months before, in spring, clusters of reddish pink flowers appear, held on sturdy stems above the foliage. Answers to the name of Elephant Ears, but only to its friends. Sun or semi-shade....
A real rarity and a spectacular one, at that: this is a large plant with glossy leaves rather like a yucca and, in summer, tall shocking pink stem from which dangle red cylindrical bells tipped with green. Quite unlike anything else seen in your average garden! Likes the sun. Fertile well drained soil. 4-5 ft. in flower. 2 litre pot.
As a change from the silvery leaved types, we do rather like this Brunnera, with its large mid-green leaves with their splendidly irregular creamy margins. Makes a splash, as they say. The usual forget-me-not flowers in spring add to its appeal, Prefers some shade. Fertile, moist but well-drained soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
AVAILABLE SPRING 2016. It’s the leaves that catch your eye, large and heart-shaped, their silvery surface almost mirror-like. That will do for starters, indeed for most of the year, but in early summer you also sprays of bright blue flowers in the style of forget-me-nots. A newly introduced variety, tougher than Looking Glass. Prefers some shade. Fertile,...
The emerald bit refers to the foliage of this compact bell flower, which is lovely as described. Just as lovely are the large clusters of sky blue flowers which perch atop sturdy stems throughout the summer months. A beauty. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. A new variety, named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility, that forms a remarkably compact multi-stemmed plant sporting many clusters of violet blue bell flowers from early to mid summer. They don’t come much nicer than this little goddess. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 12 to 15 in. 2 litre pot.
Perhaps one the weirder plants, both in name and appearance, that you can have in your garden, but certainly a talking point. Usual vigorous basal rosette of slightly toothed leaves and, over a long period in summer, extraordinary rosy pink flowers which leave you in no doubt about the octopus bit of the name. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. 18 in....
AVAILABLE 2016. Lots of silver going on here. The reddish tinged leaves have an metallic silvery finish to them and provide a suitable foil to the silver pink elongated bell shaped flowers with lighter striping. A compact habit and a long flowering season from mid to late summer make this a real little star in the garden. Ding dong indeed. Sun or...
Try this if you want a campanula unlike most of those commonly available. It has bright green heart-shaped leaves and lovely arching summer sprays of large creamy bell-shaped flowers heavily spotted inside with maroon. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. 2 ½ ft. 2 litre pot.
Campanula Persicifolia is one of the classic cottage garden plants, and this variety lives up to its name, being beautiful indeed. It forms an evergreen rosette of lance-shaped mid-green leaves, from which rise, in early to mid-summer, slender stems clothed in porcelain blue flared bell-shaped flowers. Likes the sun. Moist but well-drained soil. 2 to 3...
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. MORE NEXT SEASON. This variety has lilac blue petals around a central deep blue eye, which rise up on wiry stems above a rosette of toothed silvery grey leaves. The big silvery buds, which precede the flowers, are themselves very attractive. Likes sun and well drained soil. 2 to 3 feet. 1 litre pot.
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. MORE NEXT SEASON.This version of Cupid’s Dart has pure white ruffled petals around a central purplish eye, which rise up on wiry stems above a rosette of toothed silvery grey leaves. The big silvery buds, which precede the flowers, are themselves very attractive. Likes sun and well drained soil. 2-3 ft. 1 litre pot.
Now this one is rather special, a relatively new introduction with strong upright habit which produces its showy, rather swirly flowers in a bold pink pretty much throughout the summer. Bee-friendly, so the eco credentials are catered for as well. Who could ask for more? Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 2 feet. 1 litre pot.
Another one for the gothic enthusiast, Jordy sports splendidly ragged flowers with spidery petals in a virtually black shade of deepest maroon. Set against the silvery foliage in early and mid summer, the effect is stunning. Cue black cats and broomsticks. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.
AVAILABLE AGAIN 2016. This plant, which is happiest in poor soil, seems to bloom all the time, with clusters of fragrant rich red flowers, which will attract butterflies. The leaves are fleshy and grey-green. The stuff of hot dusty summer days in the British countryside. Try it in the crevices of a wall. Full sun. Any soil. 2 ft. 1 litre pot.
This plant, which is happiest in poor soil, seems to bloom all the time, with clusters of fragrant pure white flowers, which will attract butterflies. The leaves are fleshy and grey-green. The stuff of hot dusty summer days in the British countryside. Try it in the crevices of a wall. Full sun. Any soil. 2 ft. 1 litre pot.
The second part of the name rather gives it away – this is a big one…..a giant scabious, in fact, with lots of primrose or ivory coloured flowers on tall wiry stems above a basal rosette of suitably substantial toothed leaves. Not easily missed. Full sun. Moist but well drained soil. 6 ft. 2 litre pot.
No, not quite what you might expect of a clematis, this is the herbaceous perennial sort, forming a woody-based mound of three-lobed toothed leaves which will be adorned through the summer by clusters of highly fragrant mid to deep blue flowers. Nice or what. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
A real showstopper of a plant, grown for its stunning foliage: the enormous leaves are heart-shaped and virtually black in colour. Not just that, but they are glossy and marked with electic blue veining. You will have seen nothing quite like it! Overwinter indoors. Sun or shade, moist soil. To 4 feet. 2 litre pot.
Now this is a properly dwarf Coreopsis which will look equally good at the front of of a border or in a container, forming a small rounded plant smothered in large double golden yellow flowers. And it does this from early to late summer. Who needs bedding plants? Full sun. Any well drained soil. 6-8 in. 1 litre pot.
Also known as 'Purple Leaf' so, as you might guess, the finely divided foliage has a purple overtone, especially in winter and spring. Pretty enough in itself, but with the added bonus of clusters of dangly tubular flowers in a powdery blue shade. A fantastic sight in spring. Likes some shade. Moist but well drained soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SUMMER 2015.Another favourite variety that grows rather shorter than some, Emily McKenzie has large, slightly drooping flowers in dusky orange with a prominent interior marking of mahogany red. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 18 in. + 1 litre pot.
Always very popular, this variety produces lovely arching flower stalks with an abundance of trumpet-shaped ‘zig-zag’ vivid lemon-yellow flowers. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 2 feet + 1 litre pot.