With bowl shaped, nodding flowers the colour of 'Granny Smith' apples, the Corsican Hellebore is an unmistakable plant. Its stout stems, deep green, leathery leaves and large heads of flowers mark it apart from all other hellebores. Easy to grow in sun or shade.
Christmas Rose, Christmas Hellebore, Black Hellebore
Helleborus niger is smaller and more compact than any of its relatives and is the first in bloom, producing a succession of delicate white flowers throughout winter. It is a welcome sight when the snow thaws to see something so pretty in bloom.
'Blackthorn Strain' is a carefully selected seed strain, with delicate pink flowers backed with pink and green, the stems, petioles and often the anthers are an enchanting ripe berry rose. The saw-toothed foliage is pewter-blue above, burgundy-grey beneath.
'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.
Like most first loves, 'Frances Williams' holds a special place in the hearts of many hosta lovers. The large thick quilted leaves are heart-shaped and can easily reach dinner-plate proportions. The flowers which are pale lilac-white follow on tall spires in summer.
The queen of all the large blue hostas, Hosta sieboldiana elegans makes a bold statement in the garden. Introduced in 1905 it is still the standard for steely foliage. The huge, sculptural, blue-green leaves make a dramatic full stop in a pot or the garden.
Hosta ventricosa is a very special species. In Japan it is named 'Murasaki Giboshi' meaning ‘dark-purple flowered Hosta’. Sturdy and dependable, the plant forms a medium sized mound of rich, dark green foliage with deeply veined, heart-shaped leaves.
Iberis sempervirens is an early season favorite. This low bushy plant produces mounds of blinding white flowers in spring to early summer. An all round tough plant suitable for problem areas, use for containers, for pathways and crevices of ornamental walls.
'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.
Fleur-de-lys, Flag Iris Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
Yellow Flag Iris is a common and widespread native plant in Britain. This good-looking plant is a wetland plant that is especially showy in bloom and has been transplanted into well-watered gardens all over the world.
Lagurus ovatus is probably the most appealing of all the ornamental grasses. The name ‘Hare’s Tail’ perfectly accurately describes the creamy-white flower heads, which are hare's tail-shaped, fur-like and soft to the touch!
This everlasting or perennial sweet pea bears delicate masses of blooms in pinks, soft whites and mauves. Flowering right through the summer, from June to September, it has one of the finest cut flowers available.
This stunning sweet pea has clusters of delicate pink flowers from June to September. It was introduced before 1635 and became popular in gardens in the early 1900s, often grown over a floral cage - very fashionable in Victorian England!
Furled clusters of pristine crimson-rose flowers bloom at the top of arching winged stems. This perennial relative of the annual sweet pea is justifiably popular; it will bloom throughout the summer months.
This perennial Sweet Pea has masses of gorgeous pure white flowers. Easy to grow, it requires little care and will quickly cover arbors, trellis or fences with perfect foliage and tresses of flowers all summer. A stunning flower that comes back year after year.