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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'

Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'

Burnet

Price: £6.50

Unusual maroon bobbles on tall, slender stems make a delicate addition to a border and add height and movement without swamping or blocking views of plants behind it. Use in a similar way as you would Verbena bonariensis. It looks great planted with grasses in a prairie style scheme and is really hardy and easy to grow. Delicate, lush green, fern-like foliage forms dense, low mounds. the tall flower spikes are sent up in summer and the dark red, tightly packed flower heads bloom from June to September.  Read More...

Small Scabious

Small Scabious

Scabiosa columbaria

Price: £4.95

Large, pale lilac-blue flower heads on slender stems with the characteristic pincushion centres that are loved by bumblebees and a wide variety of butterflies. So pretty in drifts in a meadow and due to its shorter, more compact habit, ideal for attracting wildlife in the front of a sunny border. Can be confused with Field Scabious as the flowers are very similar but, Small Scabious is shorter, more slender and less hairy. Height to 60cm (2ft). Hardy perennial. Flowers June - October. Read More...

Square-stemmed St. John's Wort

Square-stemmed St. John's Wort

Hypericum tetrapterum

Price: £4.95

A clump-forming herbaceous perennial with attractive starry, golden yellow flowers in dense clusters up to 1m high from June - September. A native of damp meadows, and river banks, it is happy in full sun or part shade in any reasonably moist garden soil and will tolerate boggy sites. A herbal remedy containing the extract from this plant is used to treat mild anxiety and can be found in most health food shops. The woody stems of this plant die right back after flowering. Read More...

Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Price: £4.50

Masses of tiny white star-like flowers above whorls of shiny,lush green leaves carpet the ground from April- June on this pretty woodland plant. Leaves smell of vanilla when crushed and are sweetly hay-scented when dried. Was used as an ancient strewing herb on floors of chapels to sweeten the air and also to stuff mattresses. Try putting some in the airing cupboard to make all your laundry smell meadow-fresh! Prefers good drainage but, equally happy against a north-facing wall, deep under the canopy of trees or in an open,sunny position. Makes an excellent groundcover plant. A perfect plant for deep dry shade where nothing else will grow. Read More...

Thalictrum flavum subsp. glaucum

Thalictrum flavum subsp. glaucum

Yellow Meadow Rue

Price: £6.50

Delicate blue-green, fern-like foliage is similar to Columbines with tall stiff stems carrying soft clouds of lemon yellow flowers throughout the summer. Flowers are excellent for cutting. A stately, tall perennial for the back of a border growing to 1.5m (6ft). Prefers a moist soil in sun or partial shade and would be perfect beside a stream or pond. Really hardy and easy to grow.  Read More...

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Trachelospermum asiaticum

Chinese Star Jasmine

Price: £7.99

A gorgeous evergreen climber with glossy dark green foliage and heavily scented, cream coloured, pinwheel shaped flowers in summer. Grows to a height of 6m. Perfect for training over a wall or arch. Flowers July – August. Happy in full sun or part shade. Read More...

Trachelospermum jasminoides Variegatum

Trachelospermum jasminoides Variegatum

Variegated Star Jasmine

Price: £12.50

Sprays of extremely fragrant, tubular, starry white flowers in Summer which smell particularly strongly in the evenings. A relatively slow-growing, self-twining, evergreen climber with glossy green leaves edged and splashed with cream and tinged coppery red in Winter. A truly glamorous addition to a courtyard or patio and its year-round interest and less vigorous habit make it perfect for the small garden. Hardy to -10C this plant would benefit from the shelter of a South or West-facing wall or fence or a sheltered site.  Read More...

Trifolium rubens 'Red Feathers'

Trifolium rubens 'Red Feathers'

Ornamental Clover

Price: £6.50

A gorgeous ornamental Clover with huge, fat spikes of fluffy, crimson pea flowers on tall stems to 40cm (1.5ft) tall. Summer blooming, the flowers are held aloft over soft, grey-green, lobed foliage. Happy in any soil in sun or part shade. Belonging to the legume family, Trifoliums are soil improvers and fix nitrogen into the soil, improving the health of surrounding plants in the border. Loved by bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Fully hardy. Read More...

Water Avens

Water Avens

Geum rivale

Price: £4.95

Dusky, purplish-red stems with nodding apricot-pink flowers May- September. A delicate plant with an airy habit. Found wild in woodland and damp shady places, this is an ideal plant for the margins of ponds or a damp border. Flowers are followed by attractive seedheads. Read More...

Wild Foxglove

Wild Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea

Price: £4.95

A robust plant of woodland margins and wastelands, and one of my personal favourites! Huge downy leaves form a basal rosette which sends up tall, many-flowered spikes of purplish-pink bells dappled on the insides with black spots. A firm favourite of the bumblebee. Flowers from June - September. Fabulous planted in large clumps. Read More...

Wild Mignonette

Wild Mignonette

Reseda lutea

Price: £4.95

Numerous pale yellowish-green frothy flowers on long slender spikes from May, right through to October make this an absolute must for any border. Forms a sturdy clump and is excellent for attracting bees. Give it a little sun and reasonable drainage for best results. Makes an excellent cut flower too! Read More...

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Fragaria vesca

Price: £2.50

The tiny scarlet fruits of the Wild Strawberry, which appear from May-July, have a far superior flavour to any other strawberry as though being small has somehow concentrated the stawberryness! They are excellent for decorating summer desserts and cakes and I always sprinkle a few in the champagne for summer barbecues. I always grow a few extra as they are brilliant for children, who will graze happily on them all day, keeping them away from my more valuable main crop! They are a plant of open woods and sunny banks in the wild and are extremely hardy. Give them a little bit of sun and a bit of room to spread about. Alternatively, why not try growing in a pot for easier picking! Read More...

Yarrow

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Price: £4.95

Soft feathery, almost fern-like foliage, forms dense mats above which are borne huge, dense flat heads of white flowers up to 5ins wide on erect stems 60cm /2' high. This is a brilliant meadow plant but, works equally well in a border and makes excellent cut flowers. Attracts bees and butterflies and is drought tolerant. Yarrow has a long history as a healing and magical herb. Yarrow tea is supposed to be great for treating colds and rheumatism. Read More...

Yellow Flag

Yellow Flag

Iris pseudacorus

Price: £4.95

A must for the margins of your wildlife pond or natural bog garden! This erect, colourful plant can be seen growing in wet conditions, including coastal salt marshes, throughout Britain. Its fleshy rhizomes are adapted to cope in airless waterlogged soils and can be used as a black dye. The stately flower spikes carry clusters of 4-12 buds, but only 1-3 open at the same time revealing sunny yellow falls with purple-veined centres. A robust perennial with evergreen, sword-shaped leaves that quickly forms a sturdy clump. Flower spikes can be anything from 50cm - 150cm tall. Flowers May - July RHS - AGM Royal Horticultural Society - Award of Garden Merit Read More...

Yellow Pimpernel

Yellow Pimpernel

Lysimachia nemorum

Price: £3.00

A cousin of the more well known annual, Scarlet Pimpernel, this hardy perennial is an absolute gem for growing on heavy clay soil in shade. Its bright yellow star-like flowers track the sun across the sky and bring a glimmer of sunshine to that tricky part of the garden where nothing will grow. An incredibly long flowering period ( May - September ) and its leafy evergreen, mat-forming habit, make this an excellent ground-cover choice. And proves, in our book, that small really can be beautiful. Incredibly easygoing and trouble-free. Dislikes too much lime. Read More...