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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 '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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  • Alchemilla conjuncta (Alchemilla alpina) Alchemilla conjuncta (Alchemilla alpina)

    Potsize - 1L

    A very neat, refined version of Ladies' Mantle with small neat foliage shaped like a rounded seven point star. The leaf edges are picked out in silvery hairs. The sprays of pale green flowers have distinctive calyces, lending the flowers a spherical texture. Smaller and less rambunctious than its cousin Alchemilla mollis but with similar charming flowers that make such a lovely foil to other flowers, both in the garden or in a vase. Easier to grow than the similar Alchemilla alpina, under whose name this is often sold, which really demands alpine conditions with perfect drainage.

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  • Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla mollis with Geranium magnificum
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    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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  • 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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  • 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.
    Discount of 25p per plant for quantities of 3 or more of this variety, 50p for 10 of any Aquilegia

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  • Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness' ('Magpie') Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guiness’ (‘Magpie’)

    Potsize - 9cm

    Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness' ('Magpie')  A recent introduction with striking flowers in bicolour white and deep purple (near black). The flowers are of traditional nodding A. vulgaris form with well flared petals and curve-tipped spurs. Would look good in a mixed cottagey border Best in light shade. 90cm    HARMFUL IF EATEN
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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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    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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  • 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
    Discount of 25p per plant for quantities of 3 or more of this variety, 50p for 10 of any Aquilegia

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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.
  • Asarum europaeum Asarum europaeum - Asarabacca

    Potsize - 1L

    Asarum europaeum - Asarabacca. Shining evergreen foliage interest for moist shade where creeping rooting stems form loose ground cover. Curious fly pollinated flowers appear in spring. Asarum europaeum - Asarabacca - may not be the most showy but everything about it cries out class. The leaves are a lovely glossy deep green and evenly rounded, the perfect counterpart to filigree plants like Maidenhair ferns. It will grow in dry shaded locations where it will make good groundcover and if you care to lower your nose to it you'll catch  a rich spicy aroma. It is certainly one of my favourites. CAUTION. All parts of this plant are poisonous.
  • 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'