If a grass was ever just right for a big pot on the patio, it's probably this one. Evergreen, with arching feathery stems in shades of copper, bronze and green, it looks great all year round and gets to just the right heigfht. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
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.
Ferns don’t half have long unpronounceable names! This is the mossy soft shield fern: it is evergreen, with attractive feathery, finely dissected fronds, and the ability to take quite a lot of sun.. Best in light to full shade. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
COMING SOON. And some really fabulous plants to end this section! Passion Fruit, as you might presume, has flowers, or spathes as they are called, in a predictably passionate shade of orange, offset by cool green leaves spotted with white. Warm spot, prefers rich moist soil. 18 in.
A rarely-seen gem from the Andes, this little plant forms an evergreen clump of bluish green iris-like leaves. So far, so good. But then, in mid-summer, stalks emerge bearing what are best described as miniature bird of paradise flowerheads, except that these are made up of a profusion of bright golden star-like blooms. Full sun. Most soils. 18 in. 1...
A lovely evening primrose with a rosette of narrow leaves and tallish stems bearing a succession of very large open flowers which open lemon yellow, then age to a shade of apricot. Their delicate perfume is at its best in the, you guessed it, evening. Best in sun. Well drained soil. 24 in. 1 litre pot.
This is the much sought after and surprisingly hard to find snowball bush. No prizes for guessing what the flowers look like. With arching branches sporting lots of pure white snowballs in early to mid-summer, it’s hard to beat as a focal feature. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 12 feet.2 litre pot.
READY SOON. Hardy enough, but still best to keep in a pot just in case! Gorgeous glossy dark evergreen foliage, nice enough in itself, but gardenia comes into own when, through the summer, the intensely fragrant, starry, pure white flowers appear. Partial shade. Neutral to acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
Choose a warm sheltered spot for this charming evergreen climber which, from summer into autumn, bears drooping clusters of diminutive but glorious sky blue bell-shaped flowers followed by small fruits. Moist but well drained soil. 5 to 6 feet. We may also have the Rosea variety with rosy-pink flowers. 2 litre deep pot.
A delicate little specimen with lots of charm, this plant has little heart-shaped leaves, reddish-bronze in spring and autumn, among which appear star-shaped white flowers delicately flushed with pink on wiry stems. Prefers a little shade. Moist but well drained soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.
A very special Jacob's Ladder, this one. A compact plant, forming a neat mound of the usual ferny fingered foliage, above which float, from late spring into summer, clear blue flowers which are unique within the genus in being fragrant. Very, very nice indeed. Semi-shade preferred. Moist but well drained soil. 15 in. 2 litre pot.
Probably the choicest of the herbaceous potentillas, this beauty sports flowers in shades of coral to deep red at the centre which are much larger than others in the genus and does so right through the summer. Tough strawberry like leaves said to be rabbit proof, if that’s what you need. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. To 18 in. 2 litre pot.
Hibiscus Syriacus forms a largish shrub which, over a long period, is covered in large saucer shaped flowers. Pink Giant, as the name suggests, has large clear pink flowers and a strong upright habit. Sunny position. Moist but well drained soil. To 10 feet. 2 litre pot.
A striking architectural evergreen with jagged-edged deep green leaves marbled with white and, in summer, branched clusters of silvery-blue flowerheads. Prefers full sun. Tolerates dry soils, but not too dry! 18 in. 2 litre pot.
A very handsome evergreen statement plant which sports a rosette of strappy toothed leaves, rather yucca-like in appearance, but its crowning glory is the array of tall branching stems covered in greenish white marble-sized flowers that starts to arise in early summer. A stunner. Sunny spot. Moist but well drained soil. To 5 ft. 2 litre pot.
A very distinctive form of St John’s Wort with bright golden yellow foliage. Clusters of the classic yellow flowers add to the attractions during the summer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. Stays compact at no more than 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
Now plum jerkum is apparently a cider type drink made from plums in central England, after which this lovely penstemon is named. A good sturdy plant with tubular flowers of deepest plummy purple with striped white throats. Delicious. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 2 ½ feet. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. There are now so many varieties of heuchera available, but this is certainly one of the most attractive, with curly deep reddish-purple evergreen foliage and tiny luminous white flowers on slender stems during the summer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.
A splendid relatively new variety which boasts a rosette of dark green crinkly leaves from which rise sturdy spikes bearing saucer-shaped flowers of a deep carmine pink which certainly stand out on a dull summer’s day. Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
Why you don’t see these lovely shrubs more often is a puzzle. They offer terrific value all year round with the changing colours of their evergreen foliage. Rainbow is an elegant arching specimen with variegated leaves and hanging trusses of creamy flowers in early summer. Prefers some shade and fertile acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. An absolutely delightful evergreen shrub, also known as the mountain pepper, which deserves to been seen more often than it is, with its beautiful rich red stems and glossy dark green leaves. In spring it bears clusters of white flowers. Give it a sheltered position. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. To 8 feet. 2 litre pot.
A beautiful evergreen shrub with lance-shaped leaves that start out flame-red, then mutate through pink, cream and white before achieving their mature green. In mid to late spring showy trusses of white flowers make it even more spectacular. Best colour with some shade. Moist but well drained, preferably acid, soil. To 7 feet. 2 litre pot.
The trick with this one is the changing hues of red which flush the dark green evergreen leaves in the various seasons. Autumn and winter can see it looking like some darkly burning bush. Very spectacular, a lovely dense shrub. Shady spot. Fertile acid soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
A handsome devil, indeed, with his lobed leaves of darkest purple, which really give this shrub real presence. Extra interest is provided by the reddish young stems and domes of white flowers that emerge from pink buds. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained, preferably acid, soil. 6 feet +. 2 litre pot.
Let this beauty grow full tree-sized and you will find out why it’s called the Foxglove Tree. Or, cut it back hard every spring and it will quickly grow back to 6 feet and amaze you with huge dinner-plate sized leaves. It’s your choice! Full sun. Fertile well drained soil. To 30 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. Likes some shade. Moist soil. To 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
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.
This one is relatively new to cultivation and lives up to its name when, in May and June, deep red buds open up to white flowers which are strongly flushed with strawberry pink. It can get to 5 feet but is easily kept to 3 feet by pruning after flowering. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile soil, not too dry. 2 litre pot.
This climber has got all you could wish for – glossy dark evergreen leaves, a spreading twining habit and, for most of the summer, highly scented clusters of starry creamy white flowers. . Choose a sunny sheltered position. Fertile well drained soil. To 20 feet. 2 litre deep pot.
If you want a flowering climber for a shady wall, this hydrangea fits the bill. It is deciduous but vigorous, with oval dark green leaves and, in early and mid-summer, is covered with frothy lacecap flowerheads. Recommended. Most soils. To 12 ft.
Great name which just makes the plant sound desirable. As indeed it is, with its semi-evergreen leaves which boast a tinge of bonzy red in varying degrees through the year, and sprays of pale pinky lavender bell-shaped flowers through the summer. Sun or semi-shade. Any decent well drained soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
In the South, the dark green lance-shaped leaves should stay on through the winter and, by late spring, rosy pink flowers with a lovely fragrance will appear in clusters of three. Good on a warm sheltered wall or trellis. Fertile well drained soil. To 15 ft.
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...
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.
Or to put it in more understandable terms, the Crested Hart’s Tongue Fern – an evergreen beauty with rich green strap-like fronds, heavily divided with spreading crests. Guaranteed to provoke comment from visitors to your garden. Best in light to full shade. Lime-free soil. 2 ft. May also be available in 2 litre pots at £4.50.
Highly aromatic foliage (think Earl Grey tea) is characteristic of bee balm, as are the interestingly spiky fiery red flowers that will enliven your garden from mid to late summer. Fireball is a relatively compact variety that makes a nicely proportioned specimen. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
Quite unlike any other lobelia you will have seen, this one is big and rather exotic in appearance with very large pale green lanceolate leaves and, from late summer, tall spikes of dark red flowers. Spectacular. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. To 6 feet. 2 litre pot.
A recent introduction, developed as a sport of older brother Marmalade, this heuchera looks cool and refreshing even on the hottest days with its evergreen lime-green leaves (we have seen them described rather sophisticatedly as chartreuse!) and snowy flowers in early summer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 15 in. 2 Litre pot.
Quite new and very exciting is this variety whose deep plum leaves are splashed with hot pink spots. During the season the leaf colour lightens but retains cream and pink markings. There are lots of heucheras but few as good as this one! Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 10 in. 2 litre pot.
There are other variegated polemoniums out there, but this is the best. With creamy white edges to the leaflets, it looks terrific all season (with some pink hints in cool temperatures). But when the pale lavender blue flowers are added to the mix – wow! Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 12 to 15 in. 2 litre pot.
We suppose the hobbit bit is the giveaway that this is a dwarf variety, and it does look rather stunning holding its blue globe-like flowers on stiff silvery-blue stems over a basal rosette of dark green. And this it does in some profusion over a very long period from around June. Full sun. Any well drained soil. 12 in. 2 litre pot.
COMING SOON. Crocosmias provide vibrant colour in summer and early autumn. Lucifer is particularly striking. With tall sword-like leaves and flame red flowers, it reminds us of a fire-breathing dragon. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet + 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. A gem indeed, from Australia, which looks graceful throughout the year thanks to its soft needle-like dark green foliage which is slightly aromatic. From early spring into summer clusters of tubular peachy red flowers are borne along the branches. Full sun in a sheltered position. Acid to neutral soil. To 6 feet.
Very different again is this species, which has long willow-like leaves of a bluish grey-green colour and the distinction of flowering off and on throughout the year. Sheltered spot or try it in as a conservatory shrub. Neutral to acid soil. COLLECTION OR LOCAL DELIVERY ONLY, DUE TO SIZE. 2 litre pot.
There is a rather old-fashioned air about this Mediterranean plant, but it's none the worse for that. Grass-like silvery blue foliage provides the base from which rise tall spikes covered with star-shaped lemon-coloured flowers which are delightfully fragrant. A lovely mid-summer spectacle. Sun or semi-shade. Any well-drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
COMING SOON. Syn. Aloysia Triphylla. The leaves of this small woody shrub have the most extravagant aroma when rubbed – best described as lemon sherbert. In summer loose sprays of purplish white flowers appear at the tips of the stems. Can be grown outdoors or indoors. Sunny spot. Any well drained, even dry, soil. To 5 feet.
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.
This is a rather special Jacob’s Ladder, with foliage that takes on purple hues in spring and autumn. The clustered heads of rich blue flowers are carried on burgundy stems from early summer. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 12 in. 1 litre pot.
Penstemons are reliable favourites in the garden, with lance shaped leaves and profuse spikes of tubular flowers through the summer. This one has delicate pink and white flowers, as you might guess from its name. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 2 ½ feet. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. A rather exotic looking variety with green foliage on erect reddish-brown stems which produce, in the later summer months and into the autumn, striking flowers in a shade which we have seen described variously as magenta, crimson-purple, purplish-red etc etc. Let's just say they make a bold statement. Sun or semi-shade, likes moist soil. 3...
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