PERENNIAL PLANTS

When plants are referred to as hardy - think of the cold winters we have - hardy means they will survive and grow again the following spring / summer.

Perennial means that the plant dies back in the autumn - some below ground level so that there is nothing to see - but they will reshoot the following spring and grow and flower again.  This continues year after year if the plant is looked after correctly.   

  

Indicates plant is good at attracting butterfiles and other insects

 

Please ask about any plants marked as NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT - they may just not be  vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvery established - and can be available very soon!                                

 


 ACANTHUS MOLLIS                                                                                                    AVAILABLE NOW 2017                                  

 

 

Height about 3 feet (90 cms) - although slightly more when in flower.

Spread 80 cms

Good for back of a border.  Likes full sun or partial shade.  Needs to be watered well in dry spells.  

Flowers about late July, August - long lasting.  

Can be lifted and divided in autumn. 

   

 

AJUGA                                                                                                                      AVAILABLE NOW 2017
  

                                    

 

Excellent ground cover plant - suit rockery too.

Foliage maroon / bronze.  Blue / mauve flowers

Flowers April / May.

Height with flowers about 9 inches  (21 cms)

 


ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS                                                                                                           AVAILABLE NOW 2017            

                                   

 

Reliable border perennial

Hardy

Height in flower - about 8" (20 cms)

Spread - approx 2ft (60cms) depends how established the clump is.  Can be split and propogated in this way.

 


ARUM                                                                                                                                       AVAILABLE NOW 2017<

 

 

Hardy tuber.

Lush green arrow shaped leaves and creamy white veins though winter months and early spring - ;lasting to early summer.  As leaves die down established plants produce a column of orange berries. 

Likes some sun or shade.   Damp soil. 


ASTILBE                                                                                                         AVAILABLE NOW 2017           

                              

 

Very hardy - dwarf variety

White flowers - May, June

Height - 2ft (60 cms) 

Spread 1' 6  (45 cms) 

     

BERGENIA                                                                                                                        AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

 

Another very hardy plant

Large leaves, spring flowering - pink as shown

Height approx. 9 inches  (20 cms)  Covers large area (few square feet) quite quickly. 

Likes damp conditions

   will attract early insects and butterflies

ZANTEDESCHIA                                                                                                     NOT AVAILABLE    

   

Tall perennial.  Stunning white flowers in the summer.

 

Height - about 70 cms. 

Shade to partial shade - likes a moist site. 

CENTAUREA (CORNFLOWER)                                                                                               AVAILABLE NOW 2017                    &#

                                      

 

Easy to grow perennial.

Blue flowers - May, June - may flower again if cut back after first flowering.

Prefers full sun - will flower in partial shade.

Height in flower about 1 ft 6 (45 cms) 

 

CHIASTOPHYLLUM (VARIEGATED)                                                                                                                NOT AVAILABLE

   

Hardy

Bright yellow flowers in spring - April, May on tall stems.  Variegated leaves.

Height (stems) 8 / 9 inches 20 cms.  Spread 5 / 6 inches  (10 / 11 cms)

Soon covers larger area.

Good ground cover or rockery plant.

CHIASTOPHYLLUM                                                                                                                        NOT AVAILABLE

 

 

Hardy

Bright yellow flowers in spring - April, May on tall stems. 

Height (stems) 8 / 9 inches 20 cms.  Spread 5 / 6 inches  (10 / 11 cms)

Soon covers larger area.

Good ground cover or rockery plant.   Likes moist condtions - good for shaded areas. 

DELPHINIUM                                                                                                                      AVAILABLE NOW 2017           

   

Good tall plant for back of a border

Tall blue flower spikes in June / July.  Likes sunny spot - reasonably drained soil.

 

Very easy to grow.

ERIGERON                                                                                                                                              NOT AVAILABLE    

 

 

Euphorbia (variety unknow maybe fens ruby)                                                                      NOT AVAILABLE

 
                                        

 

Small euphorbia - height and spread about 25 cms

Feathery leaves - green and reddish.  Bright yellow bracts in late April, May.

 

Very easy to grow.

 

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FERN (OSTRICH)                                                                                                                     NOT AVAILABLE

   

A common fern but very attractive - good with lots of other plants

Height and spread about 3 feet (90 cms)

Likes damp soil (avoid full sun and particularly dry areas)

FILIPENDULA AUREA                                                                                         AVAILABLE NOW 2017       

                                        

 

Hardy

Bright yellow foliage, frothy white flowers on tall stems May, June

Height 2ft  (60 cms)  Spread 9"  (23cms)

GERANIUM (RENARDII)                                                                                                  NOT AVAILABLE                                    

 

 

Beautiful geranium - veined petals.  RHS Award of Garden Merit

Height about 2 feet  (60 cms)  Spread  2 feet 6 inches when established

Flowers - May, June - cut back and feed - may get second flowering.

 

 RHS Award of Garden Merit

 

GERANIUM  SANGUINEUM ' Max Frei'                                                                               NOT AVAILABLE  
                                               

   

Very reliable perennial - easy to grow.

Good ground cover - suit a rockery.

Hardy

Flowers - June, July

Height 8 / 9 inches (25 cms)     Spread gradually spreads over about 2 feet but may be spreading by new plantlets that can easily be seperated to produce new plants. 

Sun or partial shade

 


GERANIUM  (Sylvaticum possibly or similar)                                                               NOT AVAILABLE  
                                                          

                                  

 

Very reliable perennial - easy to grow.

Hardy

Flowers - June, July

Height 2ft  (60 cms)     Spread 2ft 6   (70 cms)

Sun or partial shade

 

 

GERANIUM  (Wargrave Pink possibly or similar)                                                          NOT AVAILABLE  

 

                                       

 

Very hardy and reliable perennial - easy to grow.  

Hardy

Flowers - May  June

Height and spread about 1ft 6 (40 cms)

Forms low dome - covered with pink flowers.

Sun - partial shade

 

  

HELLEBORE                                                                                                       AVAILABLE NOW 2017      

   

Beautiful deep red / purple flowers in the spring.

Height - about 70 cms. 

Shade to partial shade - likes a moist site. Easily divided when large.

 

HEMEROCALIS                                                                                                                   NOT AVAILABLE                                 
                                        

 

 

Very hardy and reliable perennial - easy to grow.  

Flowers - from May through the summer- needs regular dead heading

Height and spread about 2 ft (60 cms)

Prefers sunny location.  

 

HEMEROCALIS MINOR                                                                                                            AVAILABLE NOW 2017    

   

Very hardy and reliable perennial - easy to grow.  

Flowers - from May through the summer- needs regular dead heading

Height and spread about 2 ft (60 cms)

Prefers sunny location. 

 

 

HEUCHERA  'Amber Waves'                                                                   NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                                   
                                                   

   

Hardy.  

Striking orange / yellow leaves.  Lifts any border even when not in flower!  White / cream flowers on tall stems in early summer.

Needs sunny position - but will take some shade

Height approx 1 metre 

Spread 1 ft 6  (45 cms)

Produces new offshoots / plants from the base.

I think this variety is Amber Waves - there are so many now and some look very similar.

 

HEUCHERA  'PALACE PURPLE'                                                           NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                                  

 

 

Attractive maroon bronze foliage - white flower spikes in June / July - may flower again later in summer.

Height - 7 / 8 inches (20 cms)   Spread similar about 20 cms.

 

HEUCHERA  'PLUM PUDDING'                                                                                                  AVAILABLE NOW 2016

                                       

 

Hardy.  

Purple foliage.  White flowers on atll stems in summer.

 

Height approx 1ft  6  (45 cms) 

Spread 2 ft  (60 cms)

Can grow into bigger plant.

 

HOSTA 'FIRE AND ICE'                                                                              NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017 
                                                    

 

Beautiful hosta - dark green and white leaves.  Pale lilac flowers - June, August

Likes partial shade and damp soil - must not dry out for prolonged periods. 

IRIS                                                                                                                                          AVAILABLE NOW 2017<

 


 

Hardy.  

Purple blue flowers.

 

Height approx 1 metre (max) 

Spread 2 ft  (60 cms)

 

IRIS - YELLOW FLAG                                                                                                                        AVAILABLE NOW 2017
 

Bright yellow flowers in summer.

A pond / lake marginal plant.  Likes wet conditions.

Easy to dig up rooted clumps and divide.

Height about 1 metre

 

 

IRIS Variegated                                                                                                                             AVAILABLE NOW 2017                   

   

Hardy.  

Striking variegated cream and green leaves.  Yellow flowers on tall stems in early summer.

 

Height approx 1 metre 

Spread 1 ft  (30 cms)

Produces new offshoots / plants from the base.

JAPANESE PAINTED FERN   (ATHYRIUM NIPONICUM var. PICTUM)                                                                              NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017

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Beautifully patterned fern.  Works well in borders but also an excellent plant for a container - either on its own or in a mixed arrangement.

Likes shade and damp leafy soil. 

Height approx. 20csm


JAPANESE ANEMONE                                                                                       AVAILABLE NOW 2017

   

Tall perennial - suits back of a border.  Unsure of variety.  Pink flowers.

Height - about 1 metre  Spread 20 cms.    

Flowers - August, September

Easily divided.

 

LINARIA                                                                                                               AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

 

Approx 3 feet tall (90 cms)  Spread  10 / 15 cms - soon grows to larger clump - or put several together.

Purple flower spikes in summer - June, July

Very upright, reliable perennial

LYSIMACHEA 'FIRECRACKER'                                                               NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2016 
                     

 

Hardy.  

Purple foliage.  Yellow flowers on tall stems in summer.

 

Height approx 1 metre (max) 

Spread 2 ft  (60 cms)

Will need staking unless supported by other plants

LYSIMACHIA PUNCTATA                                                                                                               AVAILABLE NOW 2017     


 

Very tough perennial.

Height 2ft (60 cms)

Spread 2 ft (60 cms)

Quickly form larger clump.  Easy to split and divide.

 

Flowers summer - May, June.

 

LYSIMACHIA PUNCTATA (Alexander)                                                                           AVAILABLE NOW 2017
                   

                                    

 

Very tough perennial.

Height 2ft (60 cms)

Spread 2 ft (60 cms)

Quickly form larger clump.  Easy to split and divide.

Flowers summer - May, June.

Attractive new foliage - pink at beginning of season.

 

MYoSOTIS  (FORGET-ME-NOT)                                                                                                AVAILABLE NOW 2017
                             

                                  

 

Reliable and east to grow.  Self seeds producing lots of new plants each year.

Pale blue flowers - March, April

Height in flower about 1 foot (30 cms)

 

PHLOMIS                                                                                                                                       AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun - will tolerate partial shade Height 50 - 75 cms.  Spread up to 50 cms clump - taking 2 - 5 years.

PHLOX (pink)                                                                                                                                    AVAILABLE NOW 2017

   

Hardy

Flowers - June  July

Height 3ft  (90cms)        Spread 2ft (60 cms) - although depends on size of clump.

Easy to split and divide to propogate

Full sun

PHLOX (WHITE)                                                                                                                                   AVAILABLE NOW 2017

                                     

Hardy

Flowers - June  July

Height 3ft  (90cms)        Spread 2ft (60 cms) - although depends on size of clump.

Easy to split and divide to propogate

Full sun

 

POLEMONIUM   (Jacob's Ladder)                   NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                                         

   

Hardy

Flowers - June,  July,

Height about 2 ft + flower stems nearer 3ft (90cms)      Spread 1ft (30 cms) - although depends on size of clump.

Self seeds - easy to plant up seedlings

Needs sunny position - takes some shade

 

PHLOMIS                                                                                                                                              

   

PERSICARIA BISTORTA                                                                                AVAILABLE NOW 2017
                                  

   

Hardy

Flowers - June,  July, August

Height about 2 ft + flower stems nearer 3ft (90cms)      Spread 2ft (60 cms) - although depends on size of clump.

Easy to split and divide to propogate- also self seeds

Likes partial shade - damp soil (conditions not too dry)

 

PRIMULA                                                                                 NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                       
   

Hardy.

Spring / early summer flowering - March, April, May

Height in flower approx 1 ft  (30 cms)  Spread 

Easily divided

Sun or partial shade

PRIMULA                                                                                                                                  AVAILABLE NOW 2017

                                     

 

Hardy.

Spring / early summer flowering - March, April, May

Height in flower approx 1 ft  (30 cms)  Spread 

Easily divided

Sun or partial shade

PULMONARIA                                                                                                                                AVAILABLE NOW 2017<

 

                                      

 

Hardy.

Spring flowering - March, April

Height in flower approx 1 ft  (30 cms)  Spread 

Easily divided and will probably self seed.

 

PULMONARIA     (or LunGwort)                                                                                        AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

                                      

 

Hardy.

Spring flowering - March, April

Height in flower approx 1 ft  (30 cms)  Spread 

White flowers - mottled foliage

Easily divided and will probably self seed.

 

RHEUM PALMATUM                                                                        NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                                                

 

Very tough, hardy perennial with large, palmate leaves and tall leafy stems bearing large panicles of tiny flowers.

 

Likes sunny or part shade location.  Needs moist soil but well drained - doesn't like dry conditions.

 

Can grow to 1.5 metres high and spread over a few years.

SAXIFRAGA FORTUNEI                                                                    NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                                             
                    

   

Hardy.

Spring flowering - March, April - ours flowers again in late September and October.

Height in flower approx 1 ft  (30 cms)  Spread  20 cms

White flowers on tall stems as shown

Easily divided to multiply.

Glossy foliage and very attractive shape.

Prefers shady, damp position

SAXIFRAGE 'LONDON PRIDE'                                                                            AVAILABLE NOW 2017
                                       

 

                                        

 

Good for front of border or rockery

Foliage height - 6 / 7 cms

Flower stems approx 9 inches (25 cms) 

Flowers early summer.

 

 

SAXIFRAGE (White)                                                                          AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

 

Excellent ground cover - front of a border or rockery plant.

Only a few cms high but in flower - stems approx 6 cms

Flowers May, June.

Indiviudal plant has spread of only a few cms but soon spreads out over wider area as shown in photo.

 

 

SCHIZOSTYLIS                                                                                                                               AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

                                   

Reliable perennial

South African bulb

Autumn flowering - September, October

Height about 2ft (60 cms)

Will spread over large area but not invasive.  Easy to divide by digging up bulbs - splitting clump.

SEDUM Rhodiola                                                                          AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

                                      

 

Less common plant - grows well in border or rockery.  

A succulent that copes well with dry site / summer weather.

Orange / yellow flowers in May, June.

Height - 8 / 9 inches (19 cms)

SEDUM                                                                                                                                             AVAILABLE NOW 2017
     

                                    

 

Very hardy - and easy to grow .

Autumn flowering - September, October

Height - and spread about 1 ft 6  (45 cms)

Full sun 

 

 

SEDUM                                                                                                                                               AVAILABLE NOW 2017

 

 

Low ground cover plant - suitable for rockery.

Height when not in flower - two / three cms

Spread will gradually root from spreading branches and cover a few square feet.  Very easy to control though - not invasive.

Maroon / bronze coloured leaves.  Pink flowers late in summer.

 

SISYRINCHIUM CALIFORNICUM                                                                                                 AVAILABLE NOW 2017
                             

 

Very hardy.  Attractive small yellow flowers in May, June, July.

Likes damp soil or will grow in water as a pond marginal.

Sun or partial shade.

Height in flower about 8 inches (18 cms) - I generally find it's a bit smaller than this.  Spread 10 inches (14 / 15 cms) 

SISYRINCHIUM STRIATUM                                                                                         AVAILABLE NOW 2017                        

 

 

One of my favourites.  A strong perennial - very upright (doesn't flop).

Flowers  June, July.  Needs sunny spot.   Can be split and self seeds. Height in flower 40 / 50 cms.  Spread 30cms.   Likes sunny spot - will grow in quite heavy soils.

 


TELLIMA                                                                                                                                

 

                                            

 

Easy to grow and very hardy. Looks good against dark foliage plants like heucheras. 

Flowers - May  June

Flower height about and spread about 2 ft  (60 cms)

Flowers - very pale yellow

Sun or partial shade

 VALERIAN                                                                                      NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT 2017                       

   

Hardy.  

Pink flowers on tall stems in early summer.

Height approx 50 cms 

Spread 1 ft  (30 cms)

Can easily be split and divided.

Likes damp, cooler spot.  Some shade. 

VERONICA GENTIANOIDES                                                                                                      NOT AVAILABLE   

 

                                      
 

Very hardy and reliable perennial - easy to grow.  

Flowers - May  June

Flower height about and spread about 1ft 3 (35 cms)

Good ground cover plant.  White to pale blue flowers.

Sun - partial shade

VERONICA                                                                                 NOT AVAILABLE      
                                                                

   

Hardy and reliable perennial - easy to grow.  

Flowers - May  June

Flower height about and spread about 1ft 3 (35 cms)

Purple flowers.

Prefers sunny position

WALDSTEINIA                                                                                                        NOT AVAILABLE               

 

 

Useful ground cover - evergreen

Bright yellow flowers in spring - March April.

 

Height - a few cms (4/5)    Gradually spreads over several square feet.

Sun or partial shade - grows well under cover of other plants that don't give too much shade (I have it under a honeysuckle in a corner of my garden).

ZANTEDESCHIA                                                                                                   NOT AVAILABLE   

   

Tall perennial.  Stunning white flowers in the summer.

 

Height - about 70 cms. 

Shade to partial shade - likes a moist site.