This is where to look for all those lipped herbs like Mint and Thyme and all their flowery cousins, the sages. Also in here are Verbena, Digitalis, Acanthus and Penstemon amongst others.

Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus

This is the only Genus we grow that belongs to the Acanthaceae. There are  lot of species, mostly represented in the tropics with shrubby members, but we only usually see the herbaceous species here in Britain.

Acanthus Compared
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Acanthus dioscoridis
Incarvillea olgae

Incarvillea olgae

Bignoniaceae

Lamium orvala

Lamium orvala

Lamiaceae (Labiatae) – the Deadnettle Family

Salvia, Nepeta and Agastache
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Agastache 'Summer Sunset'
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Ajuga reptans 'Braunherz'
Lavandula 'Munstead'
Salvia, Nepeta and Agastache
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Nepeta sibirica 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron'
Salvia, Nepeta and Agastache
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Salvia sclarea 'Turkestanica' (Clary) with bumblebee
Digitalis x mertonensis (Summer King)

Digitalis x mertonensis (Summer King)

Here are the Foxgloves and their close relatives, the Pemstemons, Veronicas and Toadflaxes, some of which have been moved here from their previous home in Scrophulariaceae.

Digitalis Compared
Digitalis grandiflora (ambigua, orientalis)
Linaria Compared
Linaria purpurea (Purple Toadflax)
Penstemon Compared
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Penstemon heterophyllus 'Heavenly Blue'
Veronicas Compared
Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue'
Veronicas Compared
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'
Verbascum 'Pink Domino'

Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’

Scrophulariaceae – The Figwort Family

This is where Foxgloves used to live, but they’ve gone now into the Plantain Family. Verbascum is less flighty and is still to be found here.

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Diascia personata
  • Phygelius