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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 mollis Acanthus mollis

    Potsize - 1L

    Acanthus mollis . This is the classic Bear's Breeches that is so used in Classical decoration. Handsome deeply lobed leaves and stiff spikes densely packed with four rows of purple shrouded white flowers. This species is more open than its variety 'Latifolius' and paler in colour. Well drained soil in full sun; Height between 90 & 150cm
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  • Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold' ('Fielding Gold') Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold' ('Fielding Gold')

    Potsize - 1L

    A new form of Acanthus mollis with beautiful, bold broad shining golden foliage, particularly in Spring and Autumn, but also goldy in Summer if grown in the shade. Typical white slipper shaped flowers with strong purple hoods grow on 90cm tall stems, persisting for a long time from June to September. Perhaps not quite as hardy as the type but still good to -10 degrees especially if protected with a mulch, a course that is essential for the first Winter.

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    Acanthus mollis 'Latifolius'. Handsome and stately with dense clumps of deeply lobed leaves and stiff spikes densely packed with four rows of purple shrouded white flowers. This variant on Acanthus mollis is denser and squatter than the type. The leaves are broader in their lobes, making the lobes ovelap and creating very dense cover. They are of a very deep glossy green. Well drained soil in full sun; 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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  • Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba' Ajuga reptans f. albiflora 'Alba'

    Potsize - 1L

    If you want something a bit brighter than the native bugle then this is the plant for you. Not only are the flowers a good clean white but the foliage is a nice fresh green as well. Has the same ground-covering ability as all of its kin. Discount of 25p per plant for quantities of 3 or over

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  • Alchemilla erythropoda Alchemilla erythropoda
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    A smaller form of the otherwise similar Alchemilla mollis with beautiful scalloped, serrated edged foliage which often takes on a blueish-grey hue. Typical chartreuse sprays of flowers are produced in Summer on purply stems and act as a lovely foil to other blooms. Grows about 6 inches high and 8 inches wide and, apart from needing sun for at least part of the day, is very undemanding.

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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.
  • 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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  • Aquilegia 'Koralle' Aquilegia 'Koralle'

    Potsize - 9cm

    Aquilegia 'Koralle' An old cottage garden favourite and a good cut flower. Abundant display in late spring of long spurred red and yellow flowers over fine blue-green foliage. 80cm. Full sun. Medium height variety. A seed grown strain that might display some variation in colour and form. HARMFUL IF EATEN
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  • Aquilegia Heavenly Blue (Sky Blue Blue Dream) Aquilegia Heavenly Blue (Sky Blue Blue Dream)

    Potsize - 9cm

    Aquilega 'Heavenly Blue' ('Sky Blue', 'Blue Dream').  A long spurred aquilega whose flowers are a rich cobalt blue with contrasting white corolla.  A cottage garden favourite & an excellent and unusual cut flower. May to June. 85cm. A Medium height variety. allow some air around the crown. HARMFUL IF EATEN
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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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  • Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ (Barlow Series)

    Potsize - 9cm

    Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' (Barlow Series). One of the spur-less Barlow series based around the plant originally found in the garden of Nora Barlow. This form has flowers that are a deep dusky maroon. Would look good in a mixed cottagey border, hanging above paler mounds of flowers. Best in light shade.    HARMFUL IF EATEN
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  • Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Blue Barlow’ (Barlow Series) Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Blue Barlow’ (Barlow Series)

    Potsize - 9cm

    One of the spur-less Barlow series based around the plant originally found in the garden of Nora Barlow. This form has flowers that are a violet-blue. Would look good in a mixed cottagey border, hanging above paler mounds of flowers. Best in light shade. HARMFUL IF EATEN
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  • Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Greenapples’ (Lemon Sorbet) Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Greenapples' (Lemon Sorbet)

    Potsize - 9cm

    A beautiful form of Aquilegia clematiflora with exquisitely shaped, completely spurless flowers reminiscent of its name-sake. The flowers are shaded green in bud and retain green tips when open pure white. The leaves are fresh apple-green and erupt as early as February making a lovely foil for Spring flowers. 60cm
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  • Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘White Barlow’ (Barlow Series) Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘White Barlow’ (Barlow Series)

    Potsize - 9cm

    One of the spur-less Barlow series based around the plant originally found in the garden of Nora Barlow. This form has flowers that are a fully double, white with green tips. Would look good in a mixed cottagey border, hanging above paler mounds of flowers. 80cm. May-July. Best in light shade. HARMFUL IF EATEN
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