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A family business since 2003
based in Hampshire
We grow our plants in a peat free medium
and without use of chemicals
Plants are grown and supplied in
2 litre & 1 litre pots
Thank you so much for the lovely plants which arrived this
afternoon, all so beautifully packed and most in bloom.'
Specialists in varieties new to the
Danny Boy, our French Briard, playing with
plantpots in the snow. He likes to meet
visitors to the nursery.
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AND HOPE THAT YOUR JUNE IS JUST AS FLAMING AS IT NEEDS TO BE, AND NO MORE. We are a family-run plant nursery based near Southampton in Hampshire offering an interesting range of perennials, grasses, ferns and shrubs for your garden, including some more unusual varieties or plants new to the UK market, all at affordable prices. All our plants are grown peat-free in 2 litre and some in 1 litre pots with 12-14 month slow-release fertiliser and, other than a few more tender specimens, are overwintered in the open. Buy our plants online and have them delivered to your door by 24 hour courier throughout mainland UK. Or visit us and see for yourself what we grow. You can keep up to date with our latest news here. Some highlights of the plants we grow are shown below - to see the full range, choose a category from Our Plants. We hope you like them as much as we do. PS Photos above were taken by Joanna.
Rob & Joanna
Simply the best blue poppy there is. Forms a clump of rather hairy elliptical leaves, above which, from late spring into early summer, appear large electric blue flowers held on erect stems. Once seen, never forgotten, as they say. Best in partial shade. Moist but well drained neutral or acid soil. 24 to 36 in. Currently ex 1L pot.
Another fabulous shrub from Chile, and a real show-off of a plant, brought to this country in the mid 19th century. Crinodendron is commonly called the lantern tree on account of the clusters of pendant urn-shaped flowers which are a brilliant carmine red and dangle from long stalks from early to mid-summer. The dark green foliage is narrow, glossy and...
There are other variegated polemoniums out there, but this is undisputably the best of the lot. 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, seemingly hovering around the clump of foliage – wow! Sun or semi-shade. Any...
CURRENT AVAILABILITY 9cm POT. See it and fall in love. Yes, it’s that good. Angelica Ebony forms a sturdy plant with glossy, finely-cut, virtually black foliage that has real presence. Add to that the sprays of fluffy pink flowers that emerge from purple buds in summer and ... enough said. Amazing. Best in some shade. Any reasonable soil. 3 ft.
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. Charlie Boy is a fabulous strikingly variegated cordyline with burgundy leaves edged in cerise pink and the advantages of being quick to establish and having proved very winter hardy for such a fancy variety. That said, we would keep it in a big pot in its early years at least or give it a nice sheltered position. Sun or...
Each flower lasts only one day – hence the name Day Lily – but the large exotic looking flowers just keep on coming throughout the summer months. It should be compulsory for every garden to have at least one of these wonderful plants. Whoopy has large wine-purple flowers with near-black centres and a yellow throat. Fabulously dark and brooding. Full sun....
Compact and vigorous, Gaillardia Frenzy will, right through the summer, keep on producing its large flowers with fluted trumpet-like red petals shading to hot yellow at the tips. If not absolutely frenzied, certainly a vibrant little character and one of the best of the new varieties that have appeared in recent years. Full sun. Any well drained soil. 18...
Probably the best of the bunch in this new series of compact red hot pokers, this one - true to its rather lengthy moniker - produces a succession of reddish orange pokers with bases in a yummy vanilla shade. It will do this over an extended period from mid-summer to autumn, much longer than traditional varieties. Nice elegant grassy foliage, too. Likes...
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. Blechnum Brasiliense is a dwarf evergreen tree fern hailing from Brazil (surprise surprise): this fabulous newly introduced variety features new growth of pinky red which matures through copper to glossy green with the fronds forming a shuttlecock shape. The rhizome will in time form a mini-trunk. Best to protect in winter or...
READY SOON. Rare and exquisitely beautiful. Abutilon Red Tiger is unquestionably the choicest of flowering maples with its bell shaped red-veined orangey yellow flowers dangling among the rather jagged foliage from long lax branches, like so many delicate Tiffany lampshades. Give it a sheltered spot, possibly against a wall, and it will flower almost...
A splendid specimen plant with something to offer all season: the large crinkled fingered leaves à la horse chestnut are tinged reddish bronze in spring and autumn, and in early to mid-summer the tall plumes of soft cherry pink flowers on vivid red stems will certainly demand your attention. Quite fabulous in every respect. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil....
READY SOON. Looking like something from another planet, Podophyllum Spotty Dotty is a singularly outlandish shade lover that will happily lurk in a corner of your garden. Semi-evergreen, the new foliage emerges like little parasols in spring, developing into large flat lobed leaves spotted (as you might have figured) with rusty chocolate markings. Showy...
READY SOON. Sweet Tea is a fairly new and quite remarkable variety of foam flower with foliage that changes with the seasons, amber orange in spring, darkening to more russet and coppery red shades in summer. Frothy white flowers spring into summer. An evergreen delight. Best in shade, though it is fine with morning or evening sun. Any reasonable soil. 20...
Like the other members of the Flame series of phlox, Purple Eye is naturally compact in habit so doesn’t get leggy and will flower its socks off in the summer months with fragrant purple flowers with a white eye. As, indeed, you might have expected. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
Phlox is a favourite of the classic cottage garden, and Flame Coral is a vibrant addition to the ranks, with rounded heads of coral red flowers over a long period in summer. Compact so won’t flop, as taller varieties are prone to do, and highly resistant to mildew. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
Etna is a splendid penstemon from the Volcano series whose flowers are of the deepest red with white throats striped boldly with more red. Certainly erupts with colour – pardon the pun. Lots of red penstemons around: we think this is one of the best, with a good compact habit and reliably long flowering season. Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 2...
A new addition to the Summerina series involving an intergenetic cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea, Pecan Pie will flower relentlessly once it gets going, basically through the months of July, August and September, with 3 inch blooms of golden petals shading to chocolate at the centres around a black cone. A really interesting alternative to the...
A member of the compact long flowering Scent First series by British growers Whetman Pinks, Candy Floss has frilly double flowers of the colour you might expect with a darker rose pink eye and swirls of a similar colour. Good evergreen bluish green foliage in a neat clump. Full sun. Well drained soil. To 12 in. 1 litre pot.
Now most people (and butterflies) like buddleia, but it can get a bit too big for the average garden. Problem solved – cheery little Buzz Candy Pink only gets to three or four feet tall, comes into flower earlier than traditional varieties and keeps going. Nice shade of pink as billed. Really good in a pot. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 36 – 48...
Jade Frost (cracking name!) presents an evergreen rosette of blue–green leaves with creamy white margins which turn pink in the colder months and, in summer, clusters of silvery blue spiky flowers on sturdy, intensely blue stems. From a sport discovered in Cornwall a few years ago and possibly one of the the most striking variegated plants you’ll ever...
Clive Greaves, splendid fellow that he is, sports beautiful large lavender blue flowers with a distinctively ruffled appearance which float on long stems all summer long and will attract butterflies to your garden. An old variety but still at the top of his game, though hard to find these days. Likes full sun. Any well drained soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.
CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. This is the giant summer hyacinth – a plant that definitely has the ‘wow’ factor. The tall sturdy flower spikes bear in late summer up to thirty lightly scented pure white bell shaped flowers with serrated edges amid long strap-like leaves. You can’t miss it wherever you put it in your garden. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 3...
We like agastaches for their highly aromatic leaves and long flowering period. Red Fortune is a bushy upright plant with spikes of deep reddish pink flowers from midsummer through to the frosts. Best in full sun. Any well drained soil. Relatively compact at 2 feet. 1 litre pot.
SORRY, CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. Echium Russicum is an uncommon and unusual plant, totally hardy despite its exotic looks, which has whorls of long lance-shaped dark green leaves and through the summer produces numerous long flowering spikes in a stunning deep russetty red hue. Full sun. Well drained soil. 20 in. 2 litre pot.
A real show-off of a plant, tall and magnificent. In early to mid summer clouds of fluffy lilac flowers float serenely atop arrestingly jet black stems, which explains the name. The ferny foliage is another plus point for a plant which pretty much has it all. Sun or semi-shade. Rich moist soil is best. 4 to 6 feet. Currently available ex 9 cm pot.
For semi-evergreen groundcover or the rock garden, you can’t do much better than this plant with its dark green toothed foliage and, for weeks on end, soft apricot-yellow flowers with crimson centres held on prostrate stems. Vigorous spreading habit. Sun or semi-shade. Any well drained soil. 6 in. 9cm pot.
Better, we think, than Mystica or, indeed, the famous Husker's Red, the semi-evergreen leaves of this more recent variety have a reliable dark reddish purple colouring which attractively sets off the sprays of pale pinky lavender tubular flowers that appear on tall stems through the summer. And we love the evocative name. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable...
READY LATER IN THE SEASON. A delicate and very lovely plant, suited to a woodland setting, and all too rarely seen, despite its evident charms. The mid-sized palmate leaves are rather maple-like and form a healthy clump, then in late summer tall slender stems bear flared pendent waxy primrose-yellow flowers. Partial shade. Moist fertile soil. 3 feet. 2...
Mondo grass (where did that name come from?) is not in fact a true grass, but an evergreen clump-forming perennial that looks like one. Handsome virtually black leaves are complemented in summer by tiny purplish white flowers, followed by black berries. Adorable and seemingly indestructible. Any reasonable soil. Sun or semi-shade. 10 in. 1 litre pot.
This is a primula that is certainly a bit different, with whorls of flowers atop sturdy stems that are quite a vivid lime green lightening to yellow centres. And you can enjoy this distinctive pleasure from early spring into summer and beyond. Indeed Francisca seems to want to flower all year round. Likes some shade. Moist soil. 10 in. 1 Litre pot.
The best way to describe this splendid plant is as Thalictrum Delavayi on steroids. Same clusters of tiny pearl-like buds that open to lilac flowers with striking yellow anthers, rather coarser foliage and altogether a larger and more muscular specimen. Nice dark purple stems. Sun or semi-shade. Rich moist soil is best. To 5 feet. 2 litre pot.