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  • Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'

    Potsize - 1L

    Tiarella 'Spring Symphony', also known as foam flower, makes charming ground cover for moist shade. At its loveliest in Spring when the pale new growth emerges over the dark over wintered foliage accompanied by a generous topping of pale pink foamy flowers. A little more open in growth habit with pale apple-green, slightly rounded foliage. relatively long flower stalks. Deeply palmate leaves with central dark star
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  • Primula x bulleesiana mid pink Primula x bulleesiana
    Good for Bees

    Good for Bees

    Potsize - 9cm

    Primula x bulleesiana. A gorgeous hybrid candelabra primula between P. bulleyana and P. beesiana and as such combines the best of both parents giving offspring in a variety of softer pastel colours. Shades can include yellow, orange, red, pinks, mauve and purples. They are otherwise similar to their parents and require moisture retentive soil in partial shade or damper conditions in more sun. They flower in June
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    Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket', also known as foam flower makes charming ground cover for moist shade. At its loveliest in Spring when the pale new growth emerges over the dark over wintered foliage accompanied by a generous topping of pink budded foamy flowers . Particularly tight clumps of foliage with short spikes of flowers with dusky pink buds. Deeply palmate leaves with central dark star. 15-30cm.
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  • Primula vulgaris (Primrose) at Mapperton Gardens Primula vulgaris (Primrose)
    Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 9cm

    Primula vulgaris (Primrose) (Primula acaulis subsp. acaulis) Whether grown at the front of a formal border or naturalised amongst grass and wild flowers, the cheerful native primrose is always sure to bring a ray of sunshine to the new year garden. We grow Primroses from seed collected from wild primroses growing in the banks of our Dorset nursery. As such you can be assured of getting the true colour, including the occasional flesh pink, rather than the colour sometimes coming from commercial seed. Happiest in a sunny bank. Ideal as a food source for the early bumblebees.
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    A pure white, green-tipped, large flowered Astrantia from the 'Star' breeding program. We have examined this closely this year and it looks for all the world exactly like 'Shaggy', the excellent old variety selected by Margery Fish. It is a fine plant but we are as yet unsure why it merits its own name and PBR status.

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  • Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' (red cowslip) Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' (red cowslip)
    Good for Bees

    Good for Bees

    Potsize - 9cm

    Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' (red cowslip). Cowslips with party dresses. It is likely that these cowslips share some of their genes with red flowered polyanthus and although still typically cowslip shaped, they are larger flowered, more flambouyant plants with flowers in shades of red and orange. They make super garden plants enjoying the same conditions as P.veris: they need to see the sun but without drying out in summer and flower in April to June.
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  • White Hairstreak on Miss Willmott's Ghost Eryngium giganteum - Miss Willmott's Ghost
    Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 1L

    Eryngium giganteum - Miss Willmott's Ghost. Flowering stems branch and branch until they form wide heads of silver white cones surrounded by large silver bracts. A marvelous architectural plant and an eerie presence in the half light. This plant can behave as a biennial or short lived perennial dependent on situation and how well it grow in its first year. Whichever it will usually seed itself around to provide replacements. 60cm tall, Summer. This plant earned itself it's common name 'Miss Willmotts Ghost from the habit of Ellen Willmott - a spiky character herself - carrying seeds of this plant in her pocket and sprinkling them in gardens she visited. In this way she silently left a trail of the plant in her wake.
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  • Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'
    Good for Bees

    Good for Bees

    Potsize - 1L

    Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'. A strong vigorous clone producing masses of deep blue flowers throughout early spring. Indeed one of the richest and most strident of blues amongst the lungworts with a particularly large flower.  Deep mat-green leaves that are completely without spots. Assorts well with bulbs. Best grown in a moist shaded position; away from hot sun. 30cm
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  • Epimedium versicolor 'Sulphureum' spring leaves Epimedium versicolor 'Sulphureum'
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'. A very vigorous variety with lovely foliage and distinctive dense flower spikes. The flowers bear more resemblance than most to those of Berberis, being carried in dense arching spikes crowded with pale lemon blooms. trim away winter foliage to see them at their best. 30cm; spreading. Highly ornamental evergreen foliage emerges pale green, netted with russet veining and can turn deep fiery red in Autumn. Easy to grow and highly attractive ground cover, preferring a little moisture. (E.grandiflorum x E. pinnatum subsp. Colchicum ). One of the first deliberate hybrids, made at Ghent Botanic Gardens 150 years ago..
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  • Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla mollis with Geranium magnificum
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Alchemilla mollis. Scalloped hairy leaves form a dense clump and are a delight when bejewelled with dew or raindrops. The flower heads are like a dense limey green gypsophila. A fantastic tough and rewarding plant that will grow happily in all but soggy sites, thriving in dry shade. It assorts remarkably well with so many other plants as well. The colour of the flowers of Alchemilla is derived from two rows of sepals, the flowers lack petals. Medieval alchemists believed the water droplets that collected in the centre of alchemilla leaves possessed magical and medicinal properties. The plant has a long tradition of being used to cure  women's ailments and the plant was consequently named in dedication to the Virgin Mary. The leaves were seen as resembling a mantle (cloak). Alchemilla derives from the Arabic word 'alkimiya' = alchemy
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  • Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii

    Potsize - 9cm

    Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii. (Primula acaulis subsp. rubra) These Primroses looks for all the world like our native Primrose which the fairies have painted pink. Their habit and flower shape are just the same but this subspecies hails from the eastern mediterranean and grows in similar shadier and cooler conditions to those that we associate with our own wild primrose. The flowers are usually purplish pink or rosy red and can flower from February to April.
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  • Anemone 'Wild Swan' Anemone 'Wild Swan'

    Potsize - 1L

    Pure white, cupped flowers, 7-9cm, with a contrasting purple-blue reverse to the petals, held on branched stems well above lush spreading foliage. Anemone 'Wild Swan' is ideal to lighten semi-shaded borders. Voted best new plant at The Chelsea Flower Show 2011. As it's flowering starts at the end of May with a second later flush, A.Wild Swan' is in flower at a time when other large Anemones are not. 45 x 60cm. It is not as invasive as some Japanese Anemones. Anemone 'Wild Swan' is a lovely variety but it really is fickle as to whether it grows for you or turns up it toes, the latter of which it can do on a whim. As a consequence we will only consider complaints on this variety within a month of purchase. Anemone 'Wild Swan' occurred as a chance seedling in the nursery of Elizabeth MacGregor. It showed up because of its unusual vigour and went on to impress with its long flowering season.
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  • Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm' ('George Chiswell') Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm' ('George Chiswell')
    Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 1L

    Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm' ('George Chiswell').  A beautiful new variety. Large creamy white flowers with a lilac 'picotee' edge. A tall variety that possesses an elegant slender character when seen against other varieties. Good on chalk. Forms a mat of spreading evergreen foliage. Good cut flower and one of the tallest of the persicifolia varieties.
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  • Bee and Butterfly friendly

    Bee and Butterfly friendly

    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Nepeta x faassenii (mussinii of gardens, N.racemosa, N.mussinii x N.nepetella) Nepeta x faassenii produces sprays of lavender blue flowers from mid Summer until Autumn over short mounds of grey green foliage. An excellent alternative to lavender as a short hedge, brilliant below roses and good at the front of any border. Catmint deserves its popularity as a cottage garden stalwart. Trim to keep tidy and encourage a second flowering. 50cm. Excellent for the bees. Many plants grown in the trade as Nepeta racemosa are in fact this hybrid.
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  • RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 9cm

    Large pure-white, gracefully nodding bonnets, each 4cm wide are borne on leafy stems 80cm high in great profusion. Often tipped with green on ageing, the spurs are short and slightly curled. The attractive divided foliage forms a basal clump of fresh apple-green, leafing up early in Spring to make a lovely foil for bulbs and early Primroses in the garden. They start pushing up flowering stems as early as April and go on producing a sequence of blooms until early June. They are deep rooted plants which seek water well and are therefore tolerant of dry shady conditions as well as full sun. The pure white blooms really lighten up a shady spot and look wonderful with cool greens and ferns. Although 'Munstead White' grows true from seed collected from isolated plants, Aquilegias are highly promiscuous members of the Ranunculaceae and will take any opportunity to mix their genes with their kin producing seedlings of a wide range of colours and spur lengths.
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  • Potsize - 1L

    Astrantia major 'Lola'. A rich pink form of masterwort with flowers that are fairly flat and open. The central pincushion is a tight cluster of tiny pink-maroon true flowers, backed by a darker collar of bracts. An interesting & beautiful plant Happy in sun or part shade with some drainage

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  • Potsize - 9cm

    Primula beesiana. One of the smaller growing Chinese species of Candelabra Primulas. From a rosette of leaves reaching 8-15cm rise strong silver-dusted stems to about 25cm which carry several whorls of rich mauve pink flowers each picked out with a yellow eye. Lovely in drifts by water or for a moisture retentive soil in sun to part shade
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  • Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' - Black Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

    Potsize - 1L

    Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'. Near black foliage in a dense ferny mound rising to dainty umbels of tiny white flowers. A striking form of Queen Anne's Lace with great poise and grace. 100cm. Any soil. Great to add a little fluff to the middle of a perennial planting or as a specimen plant with plenty of space so you can appreciate the beautiful form.
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  • Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)

    Potsize - 1L

    Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff). (Rubiaceae) . Sweet Woodruff. A british native that really earns its place in a shady spot. It will quickly form an open carpet of bright green whorled foliage, enlivened in Spring with brightest white starry flowers. The leaves when crushed are said to smell of newly made hay. Its an undemanding plant that performs brilliantly in the sort of dry shaded situations that can be troublesome to fill. Honey produced by bees feeding on the nectar of this plant has been reported to have effects similar to Manuka Honey, but as to what evidence there is to back this up I cannot say.
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  • Primula japonica 'Carminea' Primula japonica 'Carminea'
    Good for Bees

    Good for Bees

    Potsize - 9cm

    Primula japonica 'Carminea'. Easily grown sturdy candelabra primulas with strong stems baring up to six dazzling tiers of the deepest cerise primrose flowers. For rich moisture retentive soils. Best grown in shade or partial shade to avoid the sun fading the flowers. Flowers in May and June.
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  • Potsize - 9cm

    Aquilegia 'White Star' (Star Series) ( syn. 'Kristal', 'Crystal Star'). A long spurred aquilegia with pure white flowers. A cottage garden favourite and an excellent and unusual cut flower. The flowers posses such a clean crisp bright whiteness that is only matched by flowers such as Geranium sylvaticum 'Album' - it's a wonder they haven't found their way onto Persil adverts. May to June. 85cm. Sun. HARMFUL IF EATEN
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