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Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’

Flowers: March-July.  Plant in full sun/part shade.  HxS 45x45cm A great euphorbia for winter containers with its gold and green variegated foliage, tinged with pink in colder weather and green bracts with red flowers.  Happy in full sun and is drought tolerant. Forms great low weed-smothering ground cover. Pest and disease resistant.  Herbaceous and hardy […]

Digitalis lutea (yellow foxglove)

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Flowers: June-Aug.  Plant in full sun/part or full shade.  HxS 60cmx50cm An upright but shortish perennial foxglove with narrow, oval, bright-green glossy leaves and spires of soft-yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers from early to mid-summer. Prefers well-drained, alkaline soil in part shade. Hardiness rating H6. Pot size 1.5 litre. Care & Maintenance. Propagate by seed in late […]

Iris louisiana ‘Ann Chowning’

Flowers:  May-July.  Plant in sun or part shade.  HxS  90x60cm This Louisiana iris is a great plant for bogs or as a marginal in up to 10cm/4″ of water. It will also perform well as a waterside plant. The flowers are a bright cherry red with a flash of yellow at the base of the […]

Paris polyphylla

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Flowers: April-May.  Plant in part or full shade.  HxS 45x30cm A green, starry flowered woodlander, native to Kashmir and Afghanistan.  The flower is attractive and complex, made up of broad green sepals and golden threadlike petals.  The lime-green stamens radiate from the prominent maroon tinged green boss in the middle.  This develops into unusual fruits […]

Iris ‘Black Gamecock’ (louisiana hybrid)

Flowers:  June-July.  Plant in sun or part shade.  HxS  75x60cm Synonym: Iris louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’.  A North American native hybrid which absolutely flourishes in wet soils or as a pond marginal in standing water.  The giant near-black blooms (fully open are 10cm/4in across) appear in early summer and return effortlessly year after year.  It is […]

Convallaria majalis

Flowers: May-June.  Plant in part shade or woodland.  HxS 20x30cm A classic native, woodland plant.  The highly perfumed bell-shaped flowers are white and eventually form a good clump.  Tolerant of most conditions but particularly good on banks and under deciduous trees and shrubs.  Best on non-acidic soils.  Mix it with the pink-flowered form for added effect!  Hardiness […]

Convallaria majalis var. rosea

Flowers: June-July.  Plant in part shade or woodland.  HxS 20x30cm A highly scented Lily of the Valley with beautiful pale pink flowers. A traditional spring woodland plant which can take a season to establish but is well worth the wait. The forms look good together when mixed with the white form. Best on an alkaline soil.  *CAUTION toxic […]

Aruncus dioicus

Flowers: June-August.  Plant in sun or part shade.  HxS 1mx1m A lovely shrubby plant which is clump forming with large leaves and plumes of creamy-white flowers in summer.  These are held well clear of the foliage.  Goat’s Beard prefers a moist soil and looks particularly effective near water.  It always draws comment in flower and has superb tints […]

Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'

Flowers: September-November.  Plant in part shade or woodland.  HxS 1.2mx50cm Amethyst-blue, hooded racemes of flowers, throughout autumn, which makes it a very valuable plant for extending the season’s colours.  Although tall it has an erect habit and does not need staking.  The leaves are glossy and dark green and are dissected.  Tolerant of most soils it […]

Aconitum ‘Ivorine’

Aconitum 'Ivorine'

Flowers: June-August.  Plant in part shade or woodland.  HxS 50x50cm Parchment-white flowers throughout the summer on this variety, which is much shorter and more compact than other members of the family.  The hooded clusters of flowers are borne on branching stems above deep glossy green leaves.  A form which looks luminous in evening light, is […]