'Black Magic' is an improved Italian Black Kale, more cold tolerant, vigorous and slower-to-bolt than other Italian kales. They form an easy-to-harvest rosette of very dark, savoyed leaves with a flavour that is rich and mild.
Gardeners are often looking for good solid perennials that will have attractive flowers, be easy to take care of, grow nicely but not take over the garden. One group of plants that should be considered is the Veronicas.
Known as ‘Asagao’, Ipomoea nil is one of the traditional horticultural flowers of Japan. 'Kikyozaki' produces exceptionally large blooms with a unique star shape and is one of the most prolific and showy of all Morning Glories.
Spinach ‘F1 Banjo’ is one of a series of modern varieties named after instruments. With greater resistance from going to seed and to disease, they are suitable for spring, summer and autumn production.
Salvia verticulata 'Purple Fairy Tale' is a spectacular first year flowering perennial. The irresistible deep purple petals gather like raindrops in tiered pools to form whorled flowers.
Spectacularly draped with long, velour-like cerise tassels. Persicaria ‘Cerise Pearls’ is a modern-day, low growing variety. Tall enough to give the same airy effect, yet so much easier to place in the garden.
Linaria 'Licilia Azure' is a fabulous award winning variety with clouds of charming little long-spurred, snapdragon-like flowers in sparkling shades of light blue to indigo-violet.
Sometimes referred to as Perilla 'Britton' and called ‘Hojiso’ in Japan, this less typical form has beautiful bi-coloured leaves. The serrated, red-veined leaves are green on top and deep purple-red underneath.
The 'Gourmet Salad Mix' is a blend of the very best tasting and most beautiful lettuces, each variety has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. They can be grown all year round for a continuous supply.
In spring, the tiny white, vanilla-scented flowers of Sweet Woodruff hover above whorls of star-like leaves. Valuable as an under-planting, the plants add texture and spark to a deeply shaded part of the garden.
Pea 'Jaguar' is a fast maturing second early variety that is ideal for succession sowing. This prolific cropper has been excelling in trials, giving good yields with of outstanding quality and flavour. RHS AGM
Nicotiana langsdorffii is one of those plants that deserves its present high reputation. A species of ornamental tobacco that blooms with the most astonishing chartreuse green trumpets, that fall gently in loose clusters.
Ipomoea lobata is a fast growing climber with an exotic appearance. Tubular, flame-crimson flowers that look spectacular for months. It is one of the best climbers you can grow.