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  • Bee Friendly

    Bee Friendly

    Potsize - 1L

    I must say, I hate the sassy marketing name they've given this plant, but what does that matter, the plant itself is lovely. Long rich papal-purple flower spikes on a remarkably disease resistant plant. Compact, easy and reliable, providing a good hit of colour for the second half of the Summer season and lots of nectar for the bees. Deadhead to keep the flowers coming. Developed by Jan Verschoor in the Netherlands. Very long season June to November if deadheaded. 50cm
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  • Rheum palmatum var tanguticum Rheum palmatum var tanguticum

    Potsize - 1L

    Rheum palmatum var tanguticum (Polygonaceae) A most dramatic plant with huge rhubarb leaves that unfurl maroon, fading mid green. This is a particularly robust form of R.palmatum with possibly even bigger, more deeply lobed leaves. Whilst the coloured young leaves are not as dramatic as the form 'Atrosanguineum', they do continue to appear well into the season. The flowers are creamy white in a large stiffy btranched spik,  7 plus feet high. Best grown in a damp site where the roots can find water.

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  • Mecanopsis cambrica Mecanopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca

    Potsize - 1L

    Mecanopsis cambrica is the only British representative of this mainly Himalayan branch of the poppies. Mecanopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca is the orange coloured form of this plant with soft apricot coloured crepe paper poppies nodding over lush pale green foliage. Not a plant to place in the herbaceous border, instead one to allow to settle itself in amongst ferns or any informal planting of shade lovers. It is happiest in moist to damp conditions where it will seed about freely. 30cm. Mecanopsis is one of the few Genera that do all 3 primary colours with aplomb. M. cambrica is bright yellow, M. paniculata is clear blue and M.punicea is as red as they come. All strong clear colours - quite unique.
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  • Primula 'Miss Indigo' Primula 'Miss Indigo'

    Potsize - 1L

    Primula 'Miss Indigo' has rich blue flowers with a fringe of irregular white at the edge and yellow splashes in the flower centre.
    Discount of 25p per plant for quantities 3 or over or for any 10 from the 'Higly Bred Primula' category

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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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  • Omphalodes verna ‘Alba’ Omphalodes verna 'Alba'

    Potsize - 1L

    This is the pure white form of Blue Eyed Mary. Much more of a creeper than its cousin, cappadocica and earlier to start flowering in the year. Omphalodes verna 'Alba' will spread quite freely in any cool leafy soil that is not too wet producing a wide mat of rich green foliage dotted here and there withpur white flowers. Very good to bring a sparkle of white into a dark corner. A lovely creeping species form Eastern Europe. Grows best in bright shade in humus rich soil, but relatively adaptable.
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  • Convallaria majalis ‘Bordeaux’ Convallaria majalis 'Bordeaux'

    Potsize - 1L

    If the lovely Lily-of-the-Valley needed any 'improvement' then here it is. Bordeaux is in every way larger. The flowers stand higher, to 30cm, rising clear of the foliage and each of the stems, which are reputedly produced more freely, carries more flowers; up to 15, rather than the usual 8-10.  
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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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  • Zantedeschia ‘Kiwi Blush’ Zantedeschia ‘Kiwi Blush’

    Potsize - 1L

    This is a relatively new cultivar which has come from New Zealand. The flowers are more upward facing than the standard Zantedeschia, slightly shorter and posses a lovely carmine glow to the base. In shape they tend more towards a Calla lily, more funnel shaped with less of a broad flare. Reports are that it is as hardy as Green Goddess, which we have had outside for many years, and that it will take a little more dryness than usual. Like all Zantedeschis it is best to cover younger plants with a generous mulch until they are well established. 60cm
  • Polemonium 'Glebe Cottage Lilac' Polemonium 'Glebe Cottage Lilac'
    Good for Bees

    Good for Bees

    Potsize - 1L

    I've had this plant for at least 20 years. It was originally spotted by Carol Klein at Glebe Cottage in Devon but seems to have largely passed out of cultivation. This is a pity because it's a real favourite of mine. It produces soft clusters of delicious pale lilac flowers, which open paler and sport lovely orange stamens. It is sterile and so is very long flowering and non seeding. It is prone to mildew later in the season, especially in hot weather, but it soon bounces back if trimmed off. Late Spring to early Summer. for moisture retentive soil in sun or part shade. 60cm
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  • Geranium himalayense ‘Derrick Cook’ Geranium himalayense ‘Derrick Cook’

    Potsize - 1L

    Large, circular, pure white flowers (4.5cm, 2in). That is the petal overlap to give a bold effect with pleasantly undulating edges. The centres are pale, the anthers inconspicuous, but the many bee lines are picked out in deep papal purple creating the ghost of blush centre. The outer third remains pure white. A lovely thing, a bit like G.'Kashmir White' on steroids. Collected by Derrick Cook in 1984 in Narang province, Nepal. 30-45cm. Mature leaves are very large. Introduced by National collection holder Andrew Norton.

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  • Convallaria majalis 'Prolificans' Convallaria majalis 'Prolificans'

    Potsize - 1L

    There are two ways in which this variety differs from the other Lily-of-the-Valley. Firstly the flower stalks can branch a little to give more flowers to the stem and secondly the flowers themselves are broader and double so that they create a fuller effect. All together a lot more 'bang for your buck' than the species, but possibly at the expense of some of the simple elegant charm. Later into flower than most of the rest as well so useful to extend the season.
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  • Mecanopsis cambrica Mecanopsis cambrica

    Potsize - 1L

    This is the only British representative of this mainly Himalayan branch of the poppies. Clear bright lemon yellow crepe paper poppies nod over lush pale green foliage. Not a plant to place in the herbaceous border, instead one to allow to settle itself in amongst ferns or any informal planting of shade lovers. It is happiest in moist to damp conditions where it will seed about freely. 30cm. Mecanopsis is one of the few Genera that do all 3 primary colours with aplomb. M. cambrica is bright yellow, M. paniculata is clear blue and M.punicea is as red as they come. All strong clear colours - quite unique.
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  • Geum ‘Borisii’ Geum ‘Borisii’

    Potsize - 1L

    Not one of the biggest and showiest of the Geums, but nice nonetheless. The foliage forms a neat dense mound with the flowers sitting just above, mostly facing up from the clump. The colour is a really strong reddy-orange which stands out with more punch than it has a right to.
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  • Incarvillea delavayi Incarvillea delavayi

    Potsize - 1L

    Hardy Gloxinia. Like its common name suggests, Incarvillea delavayi produces a short stout stem bearing about 8 to 10 large exotic looking rose pink trumpet shaped blooms with a yellow throat. Incarvillea delavayi produces a tap root which is hardy but which resents having wet feet and so needs a warm well drained position in sun with good soil. It produces a thick textured pinnate foliage, with crenate edges. This dies away completely in Winter. Great in gravel gardens and sure to get your neighbours talking. 18", 40cm
  • Epimedium ilicifolium Epimedium ilicifolium

    Potsize - 1L

    In many ways similar to Epimedium wushanense, but a little smaller (despite being in a different series). The flowers have petals that curve downwards in a shade of pale translucent yellow, stronger towards the centre and on the very tip. They are carried in compound pyramidal inflorescences of up to 30 flowers. The leaves are fresh apple green, paler at first, eventually developing an overlay of red blotching. They are long and narrow with a quite spiky margin. Subgenus Epimedium, Section i, B Series - Davidianae  

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  • Potsize - 1L

    Galadriel' is a form of E.x rubrum that is in essence more rubrum-y. The flowers are larger and more red, tending to lack the central yellow of the type. The Foliage is more robust and better ground cover as well. Altogether a fine variety, though why the name Galadriel was applied, she being the carrier of the white ring and usually portrayed in white is a bit of a mystery.

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  • Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen' Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'
    RHS AGM

    RHS AGM

    Potsize - 1L

    Possibly the tallest of all the Trollius, standing up to twice as tall as some of its European counterparts. The flowers stand up high and proud above the glossy dark foliage, 2 inches across, wide open with a central blazing cage of narrow petaloid segments. With the glowing orange colour it reminds me of a the Olympic cauldron in full blaze. It is a native of high rainfall areas in Northern China up through Siberia and so wants a cool constantly moist position to thrive. Reliable and hardy and excellent by a pond where it will never fail to get noticed when in flower in May. 90cm
  • Papaver orientale 'Queen Alexandra' Papaver orientale 'Queen Alexandra'

    Potsize - 1L

    (Papaver orientale 'Carneum') Who can resist the allure of the oriental poppy in full summer dress. Year on year it pushes up more and more spectacular papery blooms over a mont hor so in May. This lovely variety produces huge satiny blooms of romantic pale pink, 15cm wide and vividly blotched with black at the base of each petal, just above the balck feather boa of stamens. Undemanding in the border, requiring nothing more than sun and reasonable drainage, they thrive in most soils. As summer heat increases the foliage slips into dormancy but can be easily snipped off or covered with later flowering perennials which are allowed to flop forward and, in the words of Gertrude Jekyl, 'cover its embarassement.' As cooler conditions return so do the leaves, making an evergreen mound over the winter months. 75cm .
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  • Diascia personata Diascia personata

    Potsize - 1L

    Although we think of Diascias as being tender floppy bedding plants, this Diascia is rather special. It produces robust, 90cm stiff stems, densely clothed in lance shaped fresh green foliage. Copious dusky pink flowers with darker markings are produced in terminal racemes from May until the frosts, creating a show-stopping display. The crown is semi-evergreen and perennial and whilst the new shoots are frost sensitive, the crown can withstand -8 degrees C. Its hardiness is thanks to its origin in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It requires well drained and not impoverished soil in a sunny or semi-shaded position with shelter from Winter winds. Plant in the first half of the year to allow the crown to establish against the Winter. 90 x 45cm. Insurance cuttings overwintered indoors can be a good idea.
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  • Potsize - 1L

    The same charming little flowers as Viola cornuta but in a lovely shade of pink with darket bee lines.
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  • Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’ Geranium x monacense ‘Claudine Dupont’

    Potsize - 1L

    A dusky pink spring flowering Geranium. Typical of its parents, G.phaeum and G.reflexum, it has sprays of long-nosed, slightly reflexed petaled flowers with a white eye and a ring of smoky blue eye-liner. Generous clumps of large palmate and lobed leaves are handsomely marked with strong maroon blotches and stand well in shade, even if dry. Even better is the lovely golden hue the leaves take on in early Spring before greening up later. Really brightens up a shady corner. Originated in the French nursery of its namesake. 45cm tall, spreading indefinitely. Selected by Madame Claudine Dupont.
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