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. A unique, easy and reliable plant to add to any border.
Agave parryi is a dramatic specimen that forms a compact rosette of bluish green leaves, heavily armed with dark tipped spines. Cold hardy to minus 18°C it will withstand snow and ice and has the ability to grow 60cm wide and as tall. This stylish succulent has long been highlighted in magazines and television shows.
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.
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.
A. karataviense is a bulbous, herbaceous perennial to 25cm in height, with broad, paired, glaucous green leaves tinged with purple, especially beneath, with deep lines or ridges, and star-shaped, near-white flowers in short-stalked, rounded clusters.
Amaranthus paniculatus 'Oeschberg', commonly known as the Foxtail Amaranthus, is the upright form of Love Lies Bleeding. An amazing deep purple-red amaranth with dark foliage and crimson flower spikes that are very highly branched and hold their colour longer than other amaranths, making it great for flower arrangements.
Ammi majus is tall, branching flower, with finely divided, feathery foliage. In summer, it bears an abundance of large round blooms made up of clusters of tiny white florets on tall, branched, slender stems. The delicate clusters add beauty and depth to bouquets and meadows alike.
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.
This lovely woodlander makes a striking impact in the spring garden. 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".
Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Golden Queen’, is quite simply one of the most beautiful Aquilegias. With mid-green foliage and long-spurred, golden-yellow flowers. The large blooms are upward facing and are produced generously in early summer. This is one plant that is guaranteed to create a stunning display.
Aquilegia 'Munstead White' is a handsome form, is reputed to have been specially selected by early twentieth-century garden writer and designer Gertrude Jekyll. Their abundant, bee-pleasing, white flowers will bloom in late spring and early summer are perfect for shade.
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. Together they produced a cottage garden classic.
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.
Arenaria montana is a classic little alpine or rock garden plant, still relatively unknown to many gardeners. The plant forms prostrate mats of evergreen foliage, blanketed by large white flowers. They are at their loveliest spilling over walls and will quickly fill in the spaces between stepping stones.
'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.
Calamagrostis brachytricha is a beautiful ornamental grass that is well suited to perennial herbaceous borders and naturalistic planting schemes. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions and is one of the few flowering grasses that can be grown in shade. In late summer fluffy, silvery-white flower heads emerge that in autumn take on buttery shades.
'Caltha palustris, commonly called Marsh Marigold is one of the most cheerful native plants to adorn the edges of a pond or stream and possesses the added benefit of flowering in the shade. The plant’s yellow flowers and dark green shiny leaves cheer up the otherwise barren landscape as winter recedes.
Campanula carpatica 'Blue' is a lovely lavender-blue-flowered variety of this easily-grown campanula. It covers its low mounds of foliage with upward-facing blue bells for weeks in summer. The flowers are held on short stems above dainty heart shaped, bright green leaves.
Campanula carpatica 'White' is a lovely white-flowered variety of this easily-grown campanula. It covers its low mounds of foliage with upward-facing white bells for weeks in summer. The flowers are held on short stems above dainty heart shaped, bright green leaves.
Prichard’s Variety is a cottage-garden classic, appreciated for its long bloom time, stately presence and violet-blue clusters of flowers. The plants have an upright habit and deep green leaves that provide a lovely backdrop to the handsome blooms.
Cobaea scandens is an impressive climber and is one of the fastest-growing and most trouble-free vines you will ever grow. Extremely attractive when scrambling upward through trellis work, archways, over small buildings or old trees.
Cobaea scandens alba will appeal to anyone who longs for something with panache and visual impact. This rare variety has clear white flowers and will fill the air with a very pleasant honey scent throughout the growing season.
Conjure up the colour red, fix it in your mind’s eye, and fast forward to a much warmer, dare I say sizzling time in your life…. and then imagine this colour in a flower. Let me introduce you to Cosmos Rubenza. It is red that combines favourably with other colours. The very same colour as Dorothy’s shoes - the ones that got her back to Kansas.