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 Chilean glory flower is an exotic-looking climber with dark fern-like foliage and twining tendrils that cling to fences and trellises.This useful climbing plant will quickly cover walls, archways or pergolas. The clusters of small tubular flowers range from bright orange-scarlet and carmine rose to clear golden yellow.
'Palace Purple' is a small but striking plant with plush, shiny, rich purple foliage. Although the colour is at its very best in early summer, it is retained all year. In midsummer the plants flower, with short, upright stems of small, creamy white, bell flowers.
A highly scented heirloom sweet pea introduced by Henry Eckford in 1903. Deep Crimson with three flowers per stem. Taller and stronger growing that most grandifloras and impressive to behold with deep crimson blooms. Strongly scented too.
A highly scented heirloom sweet pea introduced by Henry Eckford in 1903. Deep Crimson with 3 flowers per stem.
Taller and stronger growing that most grandifloras and impressive to behold with its bright scarlet blooms. Strongly scented too.
'Cambridge Blue' has many fans who love its soft, subtle, light blue flowers. Its light green foliage is not often seen because of the abundance of flowers. Blooming from spring to autumn it is perfect in a pot, a rock garden or a hanging basket.
'Crystal Palace' is still considered by many to be the very best Lobelia for border edging and formal bedding. The deep blue flowers offset by dark, bronzed foliage will provide a long lasting and stunning display from late spring through to early autumn.
Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower, Japanese Bellflower
Platycodon is a very floriferous, robust, long lived perennial that produces handfuls of rich lavender-violet flowers accented with darker violet veins. Beginning at the tips of the stems, buds slowly swell into 2 inch 'balloons', which pop open into bell-shaped flowers.
Aubrieta ‘Royal Violet’ is an excellent choice, they flower so prolifically, that the blossoms almost completely cover the foliage below. Hardy to -23°C (-10°F), the foliage of Aubrieta is evergreen and provides year-round cover. RHS AGM.
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.
‘Queen Victoria’ is a much sought-after perennial lobelia which is grown for both its wonderful foliage and brilliant flowers. This stately, upright plant bears stunning spikes of crimson-scarlet flowers which rise up among the beautiful, maroon-bronze coloured foliage.
Pomponette Mix boasts masses of tightly quilled 4cm button, fully double flowers on neat, compact plants. They bloom repeatedly from late winter to late spring in vibrant shades of red, rose and white.
'Heavenly Blue' is one of the loveliest of all climbers. The buds are long and tightly furled, but as the morning sunshine reaches them, they steadily unfold themselves into wide sky-blue trumpet-shaped flowers of deep azure-blue, the colour of a Mediterranean sky.
Veteran gardeners are probably already aware of nepeta’s versatility in the garden. From its popular partnering with roses to the softening effect it has on hard edges. Nepeta is an ideal perennial for new gardeners and, of course, cats adore it.
With its wonderfully large blooms, 'Silver Cup' is a delightful variety bedecked with glistening pale pink flowers. The pink-flowered counterpart of the white 'Silver Cup'. Lavatera makes a beautiful bushy plant whose long flowering period well justifies a place in the border.