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Achillea 'Paprika'

Achillea 'Paprika'

Yarrow

Price: £6.50

Huge, plate-like flowerheads of bright scarlet, fading paler with age on tall, stiff stems create a pretty two-tone effect mid-border. This pretty Achillea is long-blooming (from June to September) and cutting spent flower heads down to ground level will encourage even more flowers. Attractive grey-green, fern-like foliage is aromatic (as are the flowers). Flowers are self-supporting and well-suited to windy and exposed sites. Drought tolerant, fully hardy and extremely easy to grow. Would prefer a well-drained site in some sun. Ideal for planting amongst grasses in a prairie-style planting scheme and excellent for adding soft colour to the late summer border. Attracts butterflies. Read More...

Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike'

Actaea simplex 'Pink Spike'

Baneberry

Price: £10.99

A new variety with scented, pale pink, bottle brush flower spikes, which look gorgeous against the dark, purple- black foliage.   Attracts bees and butterflies. Fully hardy, clump-forming perennial. A really dramatic and pretty plant for moist shade. Autumn flowering. Read More...

Agastache foeniculum Liquorice Blue

Agastache foeniculum Liquorice Blue

Giant hyssop

Price: £6.00

Numerous spikes of dark, purple-blue flowers arranged in whorls give a swathe of violet to the border from July-September. Standing tall and upright, it is the perfect foil for almost any other flower. The foliage on this fabulous hardy perennial is soft and serrated and resembles mint. It has a deliciously refreshing, minty - liquourice scent when crushed. A stately plant for the middle of the herbaceous border. Plant 3 or 5 plants together for real impact. Makes an excellent cut flower and smells wonderful in the house. Prefers a sunny position in any reasonably fertile garden soil. Read More...

Alecost

Alecost

Tanacetum balsamita , Costmary

Price: £5.00

A herb that was introduced to England in the 16th century, Alecost has grey-green mint scented leaves that can be used to make a delicious tea or raw as a salad leaf. Small, yellow button flowers in summer make it a pretty addition to a traditional kitchen garden or herb bed. Culpepper's herbal mentions Alecost as a very popular herb used to treat the liver. It is also traditionally used to flavour ales (hence it's name). It was also used as an insect repellent by the Victorians who would put sachets of Alecost leaves in wardrobes to keep clothes moths at bay. Delicious with butter and new potatoes. Happy in any soil in sun or part shade. Read More...

Alpine Catchfly

Alpine Catchfly

Lychnis alpina

Price: £3.25

This pretty little native is extremely rare in Britain but makes the perfect choice for a rockery or the front of a border. Neat clumps of grassy foliage are topped by lollipop clusters of bright magenta flowers on sticky stems (fun for kids!) May – July Foliage is evergreen. Would prefer a sunny, well-drained site. Fully hardy. Read More...

Angelica 'Ebony'

Angelica 'Ebony'

Angelica sylvestris

Price: £6.00

This stunning, architectural perennial has an upright habit and sultry, dark purple foliage. The leaves flush dark green in high summer and provide the perfect foil for other plants. Huge, show-stopping pink umbels of Cow Parsley-like flowers on strong stems make a real statement in the border from July- August. Prefers full sun and moist soil. Cut back flower heads before they set seed to ensure plant comes back the following year. Alternatively, allow to self seed and enjoy multiple replacements. Fully hardy. Read More...

Angelica gigas

Angelica gigas

Price: £6.00

A stunningly architectural plant that will add height and drama to a border. Gorgeous claret-coloured, domed flower heads on stiff, beetroot red stems up to 1.5m (5ft) tall from August-September. Place at the back of a border for real wow factor. Large, deeply cut bright green leaves are a fantastic backdrop for other plants. This Angelica is equally happy in sun or partial shade. Fully hardy. Loved by bees and butterflies and the seed-heads make a great food source for winter birds. Deedhead to prevent self-seeding.   Read More...

Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline lutea

Jacob's Rod / Yellow Asphodel

Price: £6.99

Grass-like mounds of slender, grey-green foliage send up numerous tall, stiff spikes of fragrant, bright yellow starry flowers up to 1m high from June - September. The pretty yellow flowers are then followed by shiny globular green seeds. A meditteranean native, Asphodelines are built to withstand Summer droughts and will positively thrive in the very driest parts of your garden. Statuesque, scented and evergreen. A beautiful border perennial. Fully hardy once established but, protect young plants if planting out in Autumn. Prefers a sunny and well-drained site. Dig in a good helping of grit when planting if worried about drainage. Read More...

Autumn Hawkbit

Autumn Hawkbit

Scorzoneroides autumnalis (syn. leontodon autumnalis)

Price: £4.99

Attractive yellow, dandelion-like flowers grow in loose clusters and are slightly smaller and more delicate than their thuggish cousins. June- October. A useful indicator of old meadows, Autumn Hawkbit is perfect for growing in a wildflower meadow that you are establishing or for growing in a flowering lawn. It will tolerate mowing and grazing, still flowering but, at a much lower height. Rosette-forming with long, toothed leaves, a long-lived, hardy perennial, similar to Catsear and not to be confused with Rough Hawkbit. Height 15cm - 50cm (6" - 18") - depending on whether plants are grazed or mown during the growing season. Happy in any soil in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy. Read More...

Betony

Betony

Stachys officinalis

Price: £4.99

Also known as Bishop’s Wort, a pretty, long-lived perennial of meadows and open woodland forming stout clumps. Pretty reddish-purple lipped flowers are held aloft on sturdy   spikes from June-Sept.   Ht 60cm Much revered by herbalists such as Culpeper as a cure-all. Happy in sun or part shade and w ill tolerate regular mowing making it a perfect choice for a flowering lawn or meadow. An excellent nectar source for bees and butterflies.   Read More...

Bloody Cranesbill

Bloody Cranesbill

Geranium sanguineum

Price: £4.99

Vivid magenta pink flowers are a real burst of colour at the front of a border or edging a path. Attractive dark green, deeply divided leaves form soft mounds and are the perfect foil for the brightly coloured flowers which smother the plant throughout the Summer. Extremely easy to grow and happy in any reasonably well-drained soil, in even very exposed sites, in sun or part shade. Excellent rockery or groundcover plant. Read More...

Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

Butterfly Bush

Price: £8.99

This variegated form of Buddleia Royal Red with its spectacularly fragrant, rich red-purple flower plumes has the added attraction of cream coloured margins to its fresh green leaves. Fully hardy and renowned for a continuous display of flowers from July to September. Like all Buddleias it does best in a well-drained soil in full sun but will grow in most situations. Prune in March. Any stems reverting to plain green should be cut out to maintain the variegation. Adored by butterflies. Read More...

Buddleja davidii Royal Red

Buddleja davidii Royal Red

Butterfly Bush

Price: £8.99

Gorgeous deep bright magenta red flowers with orange centres in dense clusters, are honey-scented and are guaranteed to make a real impact in a sunny border. A fully hardy, deciduous shrub with arching stems. Flowers from July- September and the plumes can be huge! - Up to 50cm (20") long.  Prune back hard in Spring to encourage new growth and even more flowers! Extremely attractive to butterflies. Extremely easy to grow and generally trouble free, though as with all Buddlejas it would prefer some sun. RHS - AGM Royal Horticultural Society - Award of Garden Merit Read More...

Bush Vetch

Bush Vetch

Vicia sepium

Price: £2.95

Pretty two-tone bluish-mauve pea-like flowers in short stalked clusters right through from May until November provide an extremely long season of interest and are followed by black seed pods. This long flowering period and its delicate, pinnate leaves and curling tendrils, make this a must-have for any meadow. A scrambling or trailing perennial of hedges, woodland margins and rough grassland, this is an excellent plant for a sunny or slightly shaded wildflower meadow where it will use the grasses to support itself. As with all plants in the pea family, Bush Vetch is nitrogen-fixing and will improve the soil for surrounding plants and future crops. Loved by bumble bees. Read More...

Caltha palustris 'Flore Pleno'

Caltha palustris 'Flore Pleno'

Double Marsh Marigold

Price: £6.50

Giant, golden yellow, double buttercup flowers. Perfect for brightening up a bog garden or the shallow water margins of a pond, lake or stream where the bright yellow blooms look incredible reflected in the surface of the water.  Bright green, kidney shaped leaves provide a good contrast in form with reeds and water irises. Height and spread 30-50cm.Flowers March - JuneHappy in full sun or part shade. Read More...

Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth'

Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth'

Bellflower

Price: £6.50

Large, pinky-maroon, nodding flowers on slender stems.  Blooms June-August.  Forms a really good clump with lots of flower stems.  Excellent cut flowers.  Easy in any soil in sun/part shade.  Height 50cm (18”) Read More...

Campanula 'Sarastro'

Campanula 'Sarastro'

Bellflower

Price: £6.50

Large, violet-purple, nodding flowers on slender stems June-August. Forms a really good clump with lots of flower stems. Excellent cut flowers. Easy in any soil in sun/part shade. Height 60cm (2ft) Read More...

Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox

Wintersweet, Japanese allspice

Price: £7.99

Unusual, waxy, claw-like yellow flowers, stained purple-red inside, cover the bare branches of this hardy, deciduous shrub in the very depths of winter. Best planted near the house or a path so that its wonderful rich, spicy scent can be appreciated. Prefers a sunny spot and flowers best with the shelter of a south-facing wall or fence. Happy in any well drained soil. Loved by flower arrangers, a couple of stems of Wintersweet will quickly fill a room with fragrance. Eventual height 4m and spread 3m. Wonderful for bringing a much-prized splash of colour to the garden during the darkest months of the year. Flowers December - February. Fully hardy.   Read More...

Clethra alnifolia Pink Spire

Clethra alnifolia Pink Spire

Summersweet, Sweet Pepper Bush

Price: £8.99

Very fragrant, shell pink bottlebrush flowers up to 6" long attract butterflies and fill the garden with perfume for weeks in late summer and early autumn. A deciduous, bushy shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and good autumn leaf colour (a wonderful soft yellow) that can eventually reach heights of 2.5m/ 8ft but, which can be pruned to maintain a more compact shape and size. Prefers a light, slightly acid soil in sun or part shade but, will tolerate alkaline, heavy clay, wet, drought and deep shade and will still flower well, making this an excellent bet with our currently desperately unpredictable weather and a good choice for those new to gardening or just with new gardens. Read More...

Clustered Bellflower

Clustered Bellflower

Campanula glomerata

Price: £4.99

Also known in some areas as 'Dane's Blood', Clustered Bellflower produces masses of deep, violet blue flowers all summer long from June - October. This short, grassland perennial is often mistaken for Gentians in the wild due to its vivid violet flowers. Suitable for naturalizing in woodlands or in a wildflower meadow and should not be underestimated for its ability to bring a vibrant splash of colour to a mixed border. Extremely wind tolerant and will still flower after being grazed by rabbits or deer. Happiest in reasonably well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Forms a really good sized clump over time, sending up multiple stout stems with flower clusters at the top. Really hardy.   Read More...

Comfrey

Comfrey

Symphytum officinale

Price: £4.00

Everyone should have some Comfrey growing in their garden! This plant has so many uses and is absolutely invaluable for using on the compost heap or as a plant fertiliser. Large hairy oval leaves and tubular nodding flowers in bi-coloured shades of pink, purple and blue in summer. Comfrey is very deep rooted and harvests nutrients from deep in the ground, bringing them to the surface via its leaves. These leaves can then be harvested and used on the compost heap as an activator to speed up the composting process, enriching the heap at the same time. Alternatively, use as a mulch around young vegetable plants. The leaves act as an effective slug deterrent and weed suppressant and rot quickly providing a good food boost around the roots of greedy veg plants such as tomatoes. An excellent liquid plant feed can be made by filling an empty water butt with comfrey leaves and then covering with water. The resulting mixture should then be left to stew for two weeks until the leaves rot down. The stench is appalling but, the resulting feed is an excellent organic feed for use on vegetables, roses etc. Use dilute at a ratio of 1:10.We use it on the nursery here as it is ideal for giving container plants a boost during the growing season. The long tap roots and slightly invasive nature of this plant mean it is best to place it in an unloved corner where it can sprawl. We grow a large stand of it near the compost heap so that harvested leaves can just go straight in. Leaves can be harvested several times in a season.  Incredibly easy to grow in any soil ( water well until established) in sun or part shade. Fully hardy. Available as good sized, open ground plants. Read More...

Common Knapweed

Common Knapweed

Centaurea nigra

Price: £4.95

Also called Black Knapweed, the tightly packed reddish-pink flower heads on erect stalks have the appearance of soft thistles with their distinctive fringed dark brown, knobbly bracts behind the flowers. Flowers are one and a half ins across and appear from Jun - Sep. Happy in dry or damp conditions and though they are a fantastic shot of colour in a wildflower meadow, don't feel you have to limit its use, it also looks great in the border! Read More...

Common Toadflax

Common Toadflax

Linaria vulgaris

Price: £4.95

A feature of the late-summer countryside, these are no shy and retiring types. Pale lemon flowers with an orange throat, like miniature snapdragons, in extremely dense spikes give serious impact from June, right through to October when most other things are turning up their toes. Blue - green leaves give a good contrast amongst other plants. Adored by bumble bees. Plant in groups for an even bigger wow! Read More...

Convallaria majalis 'Bordeaux'

Convallaria majalis 'Bordeaux'

Giant Lily-of-the-Valley

Price: £5.99

A new and much improved version of this garden classic. The white, bell-shaped blooms are significantly larger than previous varieties and are more profuse. These strongly perfumed flowers are held aloft on taller, nodding stems above the foliage, rather than nestled amongst the leaves, making the blooms much more noticeable. Leaves are slightly darker green, evergreen and slightly larger than older varieties, making an altogether greater impact in the garden. The wonderfully fragrant blooms are perfect for cutting with a long vase life. Excellent for naturalising under trees and classic groundcover for shade. Convallaria 'Bordeaux' is as happy in full sun as it is in deepest shade in any normal garden soil. Spring flowering and growing to a height of 6-8" (25cm) Available as a 1L pot containing several bulbs, these are large, mature bulbs that are already growing and will establish quickly in your garden. Read More...

Crocosmia 'Red King'

Crocosmia 'Red King'

Montbretia

Price: £6.50

 Vibrant bright red, funnel-shaped flowers with yellow-orange centres are held in a delicate herringbone pattern on gracefully arching stems. July - September. An excellent, shorter alternative to Crocosmia 'Lucifer' A beautiful addition to the border providing splashes of bright colour well into the autumn. Strong clumps of strappy, fresh green leaves increase well and provide an attractive foil for the flowers. Fully hardy and easy to grow in any good garden soil in sun or part shade. Divide every 3-4 years to ensure good flowering. Read More...

Crocosmia 'Sunglow'

Crocosmia 'Sunglow'

Montbretia

Price: £6.50

A new introduction in 2013 with soft, golden yellow flowers held in a delicate herringbone pattern on gracefully arching stems. July - September. A beautiful addition to the border providing splashes of sunshine well into autumn. Strong clumps of strappy, fresh green leaves increase well and provide an attractive foil for the flowers. Fully hardy and easy to grow in any good garden soil in sun or part shade. Divide every 3-4 years to ensure good flowering. Read More...

Cytisus battandieri

Cytisus battandieri

Pineapple Broom

Price: £15.99

The Pineapple Broom is a fabulously exotic-looking, fully hardy, semi-evergreen open shrub or small tree from Morocco. Large conical clusters of gorgeous, lemon yellow pea-shaped flowers appear from early to mid-Summer and have an amazingly rich, pineapple scent. The flowers look stunning against the silver grey foliage which has a silky sheen. Looks great trained against a sunny wall where its Laburnum-like foliage looks particularly striking framed by brick or stonework. Prefers a sunny, well-drained, sheltered site. Height 3-4m but can be pruned to maintain a more compact size. Prune after flowering to maintain a good bushy shape, taking care not to cut into old wood. Generally trouble-free. The perfect plant if you're looking for something a little unusual to wow Summer visitors to your garden. RHS - AGM Royal Horticultural Society - Award of Garden Merit Read More...

Dropwort

Dropwort

Filipendula vulgaris

Price: £4.95

This downland version of Meadowsweet has delicate, fern-like foliage which forms a neat, basal rosette. Flowers are more open, cup-shaped, often from scarlet-streaked buds in clusters on tall, slender, reddish stems. Flowers are sweetly scented and bloom from May – August. Happy in sun or part shade in any well-drained soil. Will tolerate dry conditions. Found wild on steep banks and thin soils. Unlike Meadowsweet, this plant will not like waterlogged soils. Very pretty in a meadow. Will tolerate regular mowing. Read More...

Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow'

Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow'

White Globe Thistle

Price: £6.50

Strong, branching, slightly reddish stems above silver-green, deeply dissected foliage, carrying large spheres of white flowers in late summer. The pretty white ball flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies and make excellent dried flowers.  Plants form a good strong clump and require some space.  Tall and very architectural, these are ideal for the back of a mixed border where they put on a stunning display late in the year Easy to grow in any soil but, prefers a sunny location. Height 1.8m (5ft) Read More...

English Mace

English Mace

Achillea ageratum

Price: £4.95

Sturdy clumps of narrow, aromatic, toothed green leaves which are excellent for use in stews, salads and potato salads. Topped by delicate clouds of small creamy, daisy-like flowers in Summer which are long-lived and the plant may bloom well into the Autumn. The flowers are ideal for cutting and drying.  Stiff stems require no staking and make this an ideal plant for height in exposed and windy sites. Drought resistant. Fully hardy perennial. Leaves of this plant added to the compost bin will speed up the process (much like comfrey but, far less invasive) and the phosphorous, calcium and silica exuded by its roots will help improve the health of surrounding plants in the garden. Flowers attract hoverflies and ladybirds.   Read More...