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The following is our recently updated plant list showing plants that are currently available or scheduled for propagation at some point during the season. An * indicates that plants will not be ready before late spring. Shrubs and Bamboos may be later. Due to carriage costs orders are despatched when all plants are ready. Orders will not be split unless requested (the carriage fee will be extra).

Please note that some of the plants are in very large pots. Due to the high carriage costs we are unable to send any plants in a pot size of 4 litres or over unless by special arrangement. Please telephone for costs.

Date of last update: 14-1-2009

Where photographs for a specific plant are available these are indicated by an icon next to the plant description. The plant photograph will be displayed when the View Image Button is clicked. Only one image can be displayed at a time. The window should be closed before trying to view another image. If you "lose" the image window it may be retrieved by clicking it on the task bar.

During 2009 we hope to photograph more plants individually, as they flower in the garden and include them in the catalogue.

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Herbaceous Perennials

Perennial Plants for all situations are our main speciality. We offer a wide range of flowering and foliage plants to suit all conditions. The vast majority of plants are slug proof and are grown in the garden without the use of slug pellets.


Aconitum Monkshood. Interesting plants for cool soil in partly shaded positions. They are grown for their attractive, rounded, bright green leaves and their long spikes of hooded flowers. They are ideal plants for a woodland garden with some varieties flowering later in the season, providing valuable autumn colour. All parts are poisenous.

Ajuga reptans Bugle. An evergreen ground covering plant and native wild flower that occurs in meadows and woodland margins. Short pyramids of whorled, dark blue flowers are borne in spring and intermittently later in the year. The dense mats of foliage spread by rooting runners. The following varieties have attractive foliage that can be used to create weed suppressing carpets of colour between shrubs and larger perennials.

Alchemilla mollis Ladys Mantle. A clump forming plant with rounded, shallowly lobed, downy, hairy pale green leaves. Loose sprays of tiny, greenish yellow flowers are borne over a long period.

Armeria maritima Sea Pink. Native wildflower that grows on cliffs with evergreen tufts of narrow, dark leaves. Globular pink flowers are borne in summer.

Aster novae-angliae New England Aster. Clump forming asters with stout stems and hairy bright green leaves. The flowers are borne in dense flower heads from late summer to late autumn. These plants have good healthy foliage and do not suffer from mildew.

Astilbe A good plant for damp, shady locations. Large plumes of flowers in shades of pink, lilac and salmon are held above attractive divided foliage during summer. A range of heights are available from 20cm dwarfs to 1.2m giants.



Campanula portenschlagiana Dalmation Bellflower. A very tough alpine bell flower that is ideal for rockeries, stone walls and edging. The dense mats of mid green leaves persist all year round and are smothered throughout the summer with deep lilac blue, starry bells.

Cardamine pratensis Cuckoo Flower, Ladys Smock. A pretty, native wild flower with dense rosettes of deeply divided, dark green leaves rather like an aristocratic, glossy bitter cress (however there is no other similarity to the invasive weed). Spikes of flowers that vary from white to lilac are borne in spring and early summer.

Crocosmia Summer flowering cormous perennials. The varieties we offer are hardy, the borderline varieties do not survive here. In exceptionally cold areas a dry mulch will help to prevent the corms freezing in penetrating frost. They have long, sword shaped leaves and funnel shaped flowers on arching stems.


Darmera peltata (syn. Peltiphyllum peltatum) An interesting, early flowering spring perennial for damp or boggy soils. Tall, thick stems emerge before the leaves. At the top of the stems are rounded heads of numerous bright pink flowers. Large round leaves appear later to make a clump of architectural foliage and colour red in autumn.

Dianthus deltoides Maiden Pink. An excellent plant to infill gaps at the front of the border or rockery. Prolific quantities of single flowers are borne in summer above mats of dark evergreen, grassy looking foliage.

Dicentra Bleeding Heart, Lyre Flower. A group of leafy perennials with mounds of deeply cut leaves with a ferny appearance. The panicles of small flesh to dark pink or white, heart shaped flowers are borne on graceful drooping stems. In my garden here, all varieties except spectabilis flower grom spring until autumn. They are a lovely group of plants for cool, damp, partially shaded positions.


Epimedium Barronwort. Clump forming, spring flowering perennials that grow well in dry shady places. They are attractive ground cover in woodland gardens or between shrubs. The small leaves, held on wiry stems, are heart or shield shaped and often attractively coloured.


Filipendula ulmaria Meadow Sweet. An attractive native wild flower that inhabits damp meadows and roadside verges. In the garden it grows well in most positions including boggy soil. The leaves are dark green and deeply divided. The fluffy corymbs of creamy white flowers are borne during summer.

Francoa Pretty, evergreen rosette forming perennials that require well drained soil in dappled shade, being ideally suited to woodland or courtyard gardens. The handsome, dark green, oval leaves have scalloped edges. During summer spikes of flowers are borne on slender stems.


Geranium clarkei All clarkei forms have elegant deeply and narrowly cut leaves, the delicate tracery resembling snowflakes. The flowers are large (approx 4 - 5cm) and are borne early and midsummer with later flushes. They require sun or dappled shade.

Geranium macrorrhizum All macrorrhizums have aromatic hairy leaves which are retained in the winter and colour well in the autumn by taking on attractive red and yellow tints. Clusters of flowers are borne early summer. If grown in sun, a moisture retentive (but not boggy) soil is required but dryness is tolerated in shade.

Geranium nodosum Another attractive plant for dry shady conditions but it will also thrive in sunnier sites with a little more moisture. The evergreen leaves are bright and glossy. The funnel shaped flowers are in shades of purplish pink with lightly veined petals and are borne from early summer until late autumn.

Geranium oxonianum endressii x versicolour. All the oxonianum hybrids are garden worthy plants that are tolerant of a variety of soils and will grow happily in sun or shade. They form semi evergreen, weed smothering clumps of foliage and all varieties have an extremely long flowering period, from early May until the first frosts. The flowers are all shades of pink, depending on variety.

Geranium phaeum A good, strong growing, evergreen geranium with many different forms. It is ideal for dry shady borders or woodland. It carries flatish, slightly reflexed flowers in small clusters during spring and early summer. Cutting back will produce further flushes of flower.

Geranium sanguineum This plant forms low mats of rounded leaves which are deeply divided and colour well in the autumn. The rounded flowers are magenta with a small white eye and stud the foliage from early summer to autumn.

Geum Avens. A versatile group of plants with attractive, dense, ground covering foliage and sprays of flowers borne over a long period from early summer to autumn. Grow in fertile, moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade.


Helenium Sneezewort. A late flowering border plant grown for its sprays of daisy flowers with prominent central disks. The flowers are yellow, red and brown, depending on the variety.

Hemerocallis Day Lily. A lovely group of clump forming perennials with long arching, dark green, strap shaped leaves that bear over several months, large, lily like flowers that individually only last a day. They prefer full sun and a fertile, moist soil.

Hosta Plantain Lily. A group of clump forming perennials grown for their large, thick, leathery, ground covering leaves and spikes of flowers. They are good for moist shade. The following varieties are fairly mollusc proof, growing in our borders.


Iris ensata Japanese water iris. Beautiful plants with large, flat, upright flowers that are five inches or more in diameter. They like moist soils but despite their common name do not like to stand in water (although they are lovely reflected in it).

Iris laevigata Water iris. Mid blue flowers early and mid summer, above broad, soft green leaves. It grows well here in damp borders but also grows in a few inches of water.

Iris sibirica A versatile plant that will grow in part shade. It needs a moist soil and is a good pool side plant. Dark veined blue flowers are borne above narrow sword shaped leaves during late spring and early summer.




Lamium maculatum A group of useful semi evergreen mat forming plants often with attractively coloured and marked, small nettle shaped leaves. The whorled spikes of hooded flowers are borne over a long period from mid spring to winter. They are good ground cover around shrubs and in shady places under trees.

Lobelia The Lobelia varieties grown here are hardy herbaceous perennials, quite different from the better known annuals. All make leafy rosettes that overwinter in a reduced form. These elongate during spring to make tall leafy clumps of foliage. Thick flowering stems bear long racemes of flowers during late summer and autumn.

Lupinus Lupin. Attractive perennials or occasionally shrubs with palmate, softly hairy leaves and spikes of pea like flowers. They require full sun and a well drained soil. Flowering normally occurs early to mid summer. The Russel type perennial lupins with large flowers on densely crowded spikes will repeat flower if the flowers are removed before setting seed.


Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm. A bushy upright perennial herb with hairy stems and wrinkled pale green leaves that smell strongly of lemons when bruised. Leafy whorled spikes of small pale yellow flowers are borne throughout the summer and are attractive to bees. The leaves may be used in tea or in pot pourri. It enjoys a sunny well drained position.




Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy. A clump forming perennial with hairy, grey green, deeply divided foliage and tall bristly stems bearing large, solitary, cup shaped, silky petalled flowers during mid summer. We offer the following cultivars:

Patrinia triloba Mounds of shining, bright green leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. The leaves are divided into 3 lobes with the central lobe being larger. During summer masses of scented, small, bright yellow, short spurred flowers are carried on reddish stems.

Persicaria bistorta A semi evergreen perennial with handsome, oval, boldly veined mid green leaves. Narrowly bell shaped, pink or white flowers are borne in dense spikes from early summer until autumn.

Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant. A vigorous, upright perennial with lance shaped, toothed, mid green leaves. During late summer and early autumn spikes of hooded flowers are borne up the length of the flowering spikes. The flowers may be moved and stay in position, hence the common name.

Pulmonaria Lungwort, Soldiers and Sailors. A group of leafy carpeting perennials that make good ground cover in shady places or among shrubs. The foliage is semi evergreen and may be attractively spotted or variegated with silvery areas. Funnel shaped flowers are borne from spring until early summer.


Rodgersia All rodgersias are impressive feature plants with large, imposing leaves and flower spikes. They grow in sun or part shade and require a permanently moist soil.

Rudbeckia fulgida Black Eyed Susan. A spreading perennial with mid green, slightly hairy, lance shaped leaves. During mid summer and early autumn, branched stems bear daisy type flowers, to 15cm across, with orange yellow petals and prominent, conical, blackish brown central disks.


Schizostylis coccinea Kaffir Lily. A vigorous perennial that quickly forms large clumps of long, narrow, sword shaped leaves and bears cup shaped, red, lily type flowers from late summer to late autumn. In cold areas an organic mulch is required.

Sidalcea A group of pretty perennials that are indispensable in cottage style gardens. They resemble miniature hollyhocks in appearance, having dense mounds of rounded leaves and tall, erect, spikes of flat or shallowly cup shaped flowers that are borne mid summer to early autumn.

Stokesia laevis Stokes Aster. A perennial with over wintering, evergreen rosettes of foliage. In the summer large flowers that resemble cornflowers (but bigger), soft blue with pale cream centres open from large toothed edged buds.




Verbena hastata A tall, erect perennial with stems that branch near the top. The dark green leaves are narrowly lance shaped and the dark green stems may be flushed with purple. From early summer until early autumn the stems are topped by dense spikes of tiny flowers.



We use shrubs as a backbone to our mixed borders where they provide a permanent framework and some shelter in our exposed hillside garden. Generous planting bays are left for our herbaceous plants. The shrubs are chosen for their evergreen leaves, attractive foliage in a variety of colours or for their long season of flowering.

Buddleja davidii Butterfly Bush. A fast growing, deciduous shrub with long arching stems and pointed lance shaped grey green leaves with felted undersides. From summer until autumn it bears dense panicles, over 30 cm in length, of fragrant flowers that are attractive to bees and butterflies. It may be hard pruned in spring to attain 2m x 2m, but unpruned will reach 5m x 5m.

Cornus The dogwoods we offer are all grown primarily for their colourful stems although some also have decorative, variegated summer foliage. Combining and contrasting the various stem colours can form the basis of a colourful winter border. Dogwoods are tolerant of dry soils when established. They also grow in damp and boggy soils.

Escallonia Most escallonias are neat evergreen shrubs with glossy dark green leaves and bear clusters of flowers during the summer. Escallonias make attractive informal hedges. Starred varieties are available mid summer. Quantity discount is available for personal callers.

Hydrangea Attractive and colourful shrubs that contribute greatly to the end of season garden with their large flowers and foliage with rich autumn colouring. Flower colours vary with soil acidity, being pinker in alkaline soil or bluer in acid soil.

Ilex Holly. A group of evergreen shrubs or small trees with oval spiny, evergreen leaves that may be attractively variegated. They can be grown in a variety of positions including shade. To obtain berries a male and female must be grown.

Potentilla fruticosa A group of deciduous spreading shrubs with small deeply divided leaves. The saucer shaped, 5 petalled flowers resemble dog roses. They are freely produced from late spring until the middle of autumn providing continuous colour. Potentillas all grow to a height and spread of around 1.2m. We offer the following varieties:

Sambucus nigra Common elder. A deciduous foliage shrub with deeply divided leaves. Flat panicles of flowers in early summer are followed by purple black berries. It comes in many attractive foliage forms. The dark leaved varieties are often confused with Japanese maples and make a good alternative in exposed sites like ours where Japanese maples die.


Our tree list is not huge but all the trees listed are tough and grow well on our exposed hillside. Please note that the varieties marked * will not be available until late summer.

Ornamental Grasses

We have an extensive list of grasses suitable for all conditions. We grow many varieties in a terraced grass garden which allows the contrasting forms, habits, heights and leaf colours to be appreciated. Grasses are also incorporated into borders, mixed with other plants where they provide a contrast of form and texture: for example the broad, stripey leaves of Luzula sylvatica contrasting with ferns and the lacy foliage of Dicentra.

Acorus gramineus Evergreen rushes that have fans of grass-like leaves. They may be grown in shallow water at pond margins or in moist soil in full sun or part shade.

Carex testacea An evergreen sedge forming a dense clump of arching light sage green leaves that are marked with bright orange and golden yellow, particularly in full sun. These assume reddish brown glints during winter.

Luzula sylvatica Greater Woodrush. A densely tufted evergreen woodrush that is essential for the winter garden, forming excellent ground cover in shady places. The dark green leaves are broader than most grasses and small chestnut brown flower spikelets are borne in small panicles on tall, branching, slender stems from late spring to summer. (Heights refer to leaves, not flower stems)

Molinia caerulea Purple moor grass. A dense tufted grass with clumps of dark green leaves. The leaf bases are purple. Throughout summer tall stems bear dense narrow panicles of purple spikelets. Naturally it grows on damp moorland and it forms part of the vegetation in our natural bog. It also grows well in drier garden conditions where the cultivars are very effective.


Bamboos are really part of the grass family but I have listed them separately as they have a unique character of their own. Their tropical appearance makes them ideal subjects for hardy exotic planting schemes. They produce woody canes, some of them reaching 6 metres in height and many of which are attractively coloured and marked. The leaves are grassy, in all shades of green, some with attractive variegation. Some varieties are available in limited quantities. If travelling a long distance for a particular variety please telephone first to confirm availablilty. Note that the smaller pot sizes only are available mail order unless by special arrangement.


Ferns are ideal plants for moist shady positions, many having evergreen fronds that provide structure in the winter garden. The diversity and patterning of the fronds is quite diverse as is the height range. Please note that some ferns are available in limited quantities.