Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’ is an easy to grow plant which tolerates a fair amount of neglect which makes it a very versatile plant for use in many situations. It does require full sun for best flower production, but this is little to ask for such a grand reward.
A favourite of garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. The 'Pearl' is excellent for the middle of a sunny, well-drained border, especially when planted as a large drift and looks great with a backdrop of evergreens. A unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.
Raised by the Hon. Lewis Palmer in the late 1940s in his garden at Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire. The Headbourne Hybrids is a very special strain, being both one of the hardiest that you can grow and the most “violet” blue available. RHS AGM
The unpretentious lady's mantle is extremely useful for both its foliage and its flowers. The foliage has the additional virtue of looking especially beautiful after a rain, when it holds water droplets in the pleats of its surface like many pearls of liquid mercury.
Allium giganteum, also known as Giant Onion grows to 1.5 metres. It is the tallest ornamental Allium in common cultivation. Popular in both architectural and formal planting and perfect for providing vertical interest in a sunny border.
This is a stunning fashionable plant, with globes of rosy-purple crowded spherical umbels, and strap shaped leaves. The flowers are very long lasting and help fill that awkward gap between the later spring bulbs and the perennials.
In summer Anemanthele lessoniana produces open, airy panicles of purple-green flowers that give the plant a pleasing overall arching habit. The leaves become bronzed and turn orange-red in winter - This is still one of the most beautiful of all light grasses.
The Irish-born exponent of wild gardening, William Robinson, adored Anemone nemorosa. Writing in his English Flower Garden in 1883, he begins by saying "there is little need to plead for their culture".
‘Ministar’ is an outstanding dwarf variety of columbine from Japan. With bright blue flowers with a white corolla in late spring and stands only 20cm tall. Very hardy, it is one of the best selections for rock gardens, troughs and well-drained edges at walls or paths
Emma Nora Barlow was a formidable woman and a granddaughter of Charles Darwin. She enjoyed hybridising plants and gave some seeds to the nurseryman Alan Bloom who named his commercial stock after her. They produced a cottage garden classic.
syn A. alpina 'Schneehaube' Wall, White or Mountain Rockcress
One of the earliest spring flowers to appear, Arabis 'Snowcap' with dense masses of snow-white flowers looks wonderful in containers or under spring-blooming bulbs, the pretty white flowers will fill the void when yearning for blooms is tugging at your core.
Italian Arum, Lords & Ladies Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
'Arum Marmoratum' is extremely useful for shady spots or woodland planting. With unusual creamy-white flowers, attractively patterned leaves and scarlet, fleshy berries it stays lush right throughout winter, thriving in cold weather.
Aubretia at its bluest. It forms a low cushion of evergreen leaves that are smothered by blue flowers for weeks. Perfect for a rock garden in sun or part shade, used as a ground cover, growing over rock walls or in alpine troughs or containers. RHS AGM.
The Royal series is the only Aubrieta awarded to be awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. With supreme flowering ability ‘Royal Red’ forms a low cushion of leaves that are smothered by flowers for weeks. This variety takes a lot of beating. RHS AGM