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  • Acanthus dioscorides var. perringii Acanthus dioscoridis var. peringii

    Potsize - 1L

    Acanthus dioscoridis var. perringii. A short really spiky acanthus for growing in a spot that is warm and dry. Full sun will bring the best flowering when the highly unusual short spikes of hooded flowers can best be appreciated. Differs from Acanthus dioscoridis in the divided nature of the leaves. Flowers pale to deeper pink covered by pink veined hoods. 40cm. A good alternative to the larger species where space is limited.

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  • Acanthus hirsutus Acanthus hirsutus

    Potsize - 1L

    Acanthus hirsutus . A choice dwarf species of Acanthus from Turkey which bucks the trend both on its hairy nature and in the colour of its flowers. The leaves are long narrow and deeply divided forming dense clumps. The flowering spikes are densely hairy and carry soft yellow flowers hooded with hairy green bracts. Best grown in full sun in a well drained soil. 40cm. I've read that it is non spreading, but mine seems to have missed out on that piece of advice.

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  • Acanthus hungaricus Acanthus hungaricus

    Potsize - 1L

    Acanthus hungaricus  (Acanthus balcanicus). Handsome and stately with dense clumps of deeply lobed leaves and stiff spikes densely packed with four rows of purple shrouded pale pink flowers. The cross shaped arrangement of the flowers is particularly noticeable with the flowers stacked vertically in neat rows.The foliage is a pale green with narrow lobes that are continuous along the stem between each lobe. Well drained soil in full sun is best but I have been told that this is the best of the Acanthus for shade. Height between 90 & 150cm
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  • Acanthus spinosus Acanthus spinosus

    Potsize - 1L

    (Acanthus caroli-alexandri) . Handsome plants with large shining ornamental foliage. This species has deeply divided glossy dark green leaves. Spires of hooded foxglove-like flowers in a two-toned purple and white. Height 4-5 feet. The foliage of Acanthus spinosus represents a midpoint between the less divided of Acanthus mollis and the extreme of spikiness, Acanthus spinosus Spinossissimus Group.

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  • Acanthus spinosus Spinossisimus Group Acanthus spinosus Spinossisimus Group

    Potsize - 1L

    The spiniest, prickliest form of Acanthus spinosus. The leaves are so finely cut that they are reduced to a veinal framework with every part of the leaf a handsome silver spike. It thrives in hot dry conditions although it flowers less precociously than the type. Still the foliage is amazing with its combination of dark green ground almost completely silvered over. It's ferocious mind - our neighbour grows it in his plant jail alongside his golden stinging nettle ! 75cm

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  • Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

    Potsize - 1L

    Bugle. A good dark leaved variety with scalloped edged foliage. Lovely ground cover for a shady spot where the leaves will carpet. Flowers in short spikes above the foliage in Spring. Discount of 25p per plant for quantities of 3 or over

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  • Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Ajuga 'Catlin's Giant' is just like all the other bugles except it has been at the steroids. Everything about it is twice as big as all the rest with big rounded leaves that are coloured with a good bronze overlay to the green base colour. Despite its large size it doesn't usually make such good ground cover as its smaller brethren. It tends more towards wandering about, popping up here and there and fading where it once was. Discount of 25p per plant for quantities of 3 or over

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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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  • Amsonia tabernaemontana Amsonia tabernaemontana

    Potsize - 1L

    A long-lived sun-loving perennial which produces a stout rootstock from which it sends up a mass of willowy stems which are sheathed in narrow, fresh green leathery leaves. These are topped off in June and July with a fountain of pale, steel-blue 5-petalled stars, reminiscent of a periwinkle and opening from long French navy buds. Slow growing at first but tough and reliable and long lived The foliage can often take on lovely buttery tones in Autumn. Sun or Partial Shade. Early to Mid Summer. A native of the South East of the United States but also tolerant of the bone-chilling Winters of the Northern United States. Good for Butterflies and fairly Deer proof.
  • Aquilegia alpina Aquilegia alpina

    Potsize - 9cm

    A high alpine meadow plant from the slopes of the Swiss Alps. It has long been prized in gardens for its large blooms of vibrant violet-blue on nodding pedicels. The young leaves are flushed with a purple tinge. 50cm. May to June.
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    A fitting name for this richly claret coloured, very double. Spurless Aquilegia. A tall elegant variety with strong stems. 60-90cm
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  • Asarum canadense Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger

    Potsize - 1L

    Asarum canadense - Wild Ginger. (Asarum acuminatum) A lovely little spreader for shade. The kidney shaped leaves are a fresh apple green and covered in minute hairs, giving the surface a silky sheen. One of the most adaptable and tolerant of the Asarum, tolerating drought, moist sites and alkalinity with equal ease. Deciduous and very hardy.
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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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  • Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' ('Margery Fish') Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' ('Margery Fish')
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Astrantia major ssp. involucrata 'Shaggy' ('Margery Fish').A very particular variety notable for having flowers that are both large and pure white, tinted green on the edge of each ray floret. The leaves are deeply cut just like the bracts. The display created is both striking and long lasting. Easily grown in sun or semi shade, height 60cm. Belongs to the subspecies involucrata which is has also been known as carinthiaca.

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  • Campanula latiloba ‘Hidcote Amethyst’ Campanula latiloba 'Hidcote Amethyst'

    Potsize - 1L

    Campanula latiloba 'Hidcote Amethyst'. The colour of the flowers of this Campnaula are hard to describe meaningfully They are not the violet of a typical amethyst at all, but likewise not a typical pink. Possibly they are a faded rose with a hint of lavender. No matter; whatever they score on the RHS colour chart there's no doubt they are subtle and lovely. The flowering stems are a bolt upright stem, studded with outward facing saucer-stars like a floral tribute to the PO Tower. When happy it will quickly spread to form a healthy mat of pale apple-green Evergreen foliage. Survives best in a soil that is light and doesn't sit wet in the WInter. Grows well on alkaline soils; sun or shade. 60cm in flower.
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  • Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 1L

    Campanula persicifolia 'Alba'. The large bells of this variety are a pure glistening white. A real elegant flower that associates well with greens and blues, lifting any scheme it is planted in. Height 80cm Excellent cut flower. Good on chalk. Can be grown in shade.
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  • Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm' ('George Chiswell') Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm' ('George Chiswell')
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    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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  • Campanula persicifolia ‘Cornish Mist’ Campanula persicifolia 'Cornish Mist'
    Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 1L

    Like a large version of a harebell Dense clumps of foliage and a succession  of open blue bells on tall stalks. Cornish Mist is distinguished by flowers that are paler than the type, being a subtle powder blue. Height 80cm Excellent cut flower. Good on chalk and performs well in shade.
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  • Campanula persicifolia with Box Campanula persicifolia 'Grandiflora'
    Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

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    Campanula persicifolia 'Grandiflora'. Like a large version of a harebell Dense clumps of foliage and a succession  of sky blue bells. Height 80cm Excellent cut flower. Good on chalk
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  • Campanula persicifolia 'Pride of Exmouth' Campanula persicifolia 'Pride of Exmouth'

    Potsize - 1L

    The flowers of this beautiful variety are well cupped with a second inner cup that is ruched, giving a quite double impression. The colour is a strong violet blue which, coupled with a relatively dense habit and closely spaced flowers, makes for a most striking variety.  Height 80cm Excellent cut flower. Good on chalk. Possibly the shortest of the C.persicifolia varieties and one of several different plants introduced with the name 'Pride of Exmouth' by the Exmouth based Horticulturalist and Seedsman WJ Godfrey FRHS FNCS (1858-1927). One of his last introductions, coming to the trade not long before the end of his life.
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  • Cirsium heterophyllum (Melancholy Thistle) Cirsium heterophyllum - Melancholy Thistle

    Potsize - 1L

    Melancholy Thistle. Broader leaves, a more spreading habit and larger flowers than its cousin Cirsium rivulare. Later in the year to flower as well. The reason for the name heterophyllum comes from the variability of the leaf form, which becomes more divided on the flowering stalks than the basal rosettes. In shade this plant will grow well but flower poorly. Give it plenty of moisture and sun to see it at its best. The plant was considered a possible cure for sadness. Nicholas Culpepper in 1669 said that it "makes a man as merry as a cricket"
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  • Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' with Peacock Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' with bee