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  1. Teasel Blooms

    Dipsacus sativus fullonum, Organic

    Fuller’s Teasel, Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.10

    Out of stock

    Fullers Teasel is perfect for attracting wildlife to your garden, especially bees and butterflies while birds love to feed on the seed. It is unique in the plant world in the way in which it blooms: purple-pink flowers form first in a ring around the middle of the head, it grows in width over a few days. Organic Seed.
  2. Dipsacus sativus sylvestris

    Dipsacus sativus sylvestris

    Common Teasel, Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €1.74

    Out of stock

    The wildflower, Teasel can grow to six feet tall and is an architectural wonder when in full bloom. It is primarily a native of roadsides, rough pastures and rural fields. Perfect for attracting wildlife to your garden, especially bees and butterflies and is famously associated with small birds, especially goldfinches, who love to feed on the seed.

  3. One of my favourites for the back row and I love the prickly blue balls in July.
    €1.98
    One of my favourites for the back row. The rounded, violet-blue flower heads on silvery, branched, leafy stems are actually much softer than they look. An unusual colour and structure, so a great conversation piece and an excellent dried flower.
  4. One of my favourites for the back row and I love the prickly blue balls in July.
    €2.34
    Echinops ritro is a superb hardy perennial with great structure for the back row of the border. In late summer through to autumn, globular violet-blue flower heads appear, each on silvery, branched leafy stems. An unusual colour, the flowers have a metallic lustre. Organic Seed.
  5. With large amethyst-blue flowers and metallic stems, Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum' is one of the showiest of all the Sea Hollies

    Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum'

    Alpine Sea Holly, Queen of the Alps
    €1.98

    Out of stock

    Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum' is an elegant species for the herbaceous border, with metallic stems and large amethyst-blue flowers that mature to an intense steel blue/purple, it is one of the showiest of all the Sea Hollies. Perfect for exciting displays in the garden and for cutting.

  6. Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott's Ghost' reaches its peak in a blaze of silver, the extravagantly jagged ruff to each flower veined with pale buff as it dries.
    €2.10
    I love the drama of big spiky plants. The most elaborately formed flowers belong to Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott’s Ghost'. As the summer moves to its later stages, the whole plant reaches its peak in a blaze of silver. The plant will reward you with a glamorous late-summer display.
  7. A highly ornamental plant often grown in gardens for its metallic bluish flowers and intensely whitish-glaucous leaves.

    Eryngium maritimum

    Seaside Eryngo, Sea Holly.
    Ancient Crop. Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.70

    Eryngium maritimum is an evergreen perennial plant native to Europe. Often found on sea shores, it is a protected species in many parts of the world. Highly ornamental, it is grown in gardens for its metallic bluish flowers and intensely whitish-glaucous leaves, it is very attractive to bees and butterflies.

  8. Eryngium planum

    Eryngium planum

    Blue Sea Holly
    €1.62

    This attractive sea holly forms clumps of evergreen, soft, deep green heart-shaped leaves. In early summer, the thin wirey stems emerge, set with spiny leaves. The branched stems carry a profusion of small, sea holly flowers in bright, steely blue. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

  9. Eryngium variifolium ‘Miss Marble’

    Eryngium variifolium ‘Miss Marble’

    Variable-Leaved Sea Holly, Moroccan Sea Holly
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    Eryngium variifolium ‘Miss Marble’ is a spectacular evergreen perennial. The neat mound of basal leaves are attractively marbled with silver veining. In summer upright stems bear silvery-blue flowers, each thimble is surrounded by long, slender bracts which splay outwards, adding to the prickly appearance.

  10. Erythronium dens-canis is attractive from the moment it pokes up from the soil in early spring.

    Erythronium dens-canis

    Dog's Tooth Violet
    €3.30
    Erythronium dens-canis is attractive from the moment it pokes up from the soil in early spring. The oval pointed leaves with bronze patterns appear in early spring and are followed shortly by nodding rose pink to purple, elfin-cap flowers that bloom for several weeks.
  11. The flowers are produced from earliest spring right through until early winter and are as valuable in the border as they are in the cutting garden.

    Euphorbia oblongata

    Eggleaf spurge. Oblong spurge
    €2.10

    Out of stock

    Euphorbia oblongata is one of the very loveliest euphorbias. With dazzling yellow flowers, vibrant lime green bracts and dark green, oval leaves with pale green veins. Often grown as an annual, this fabulous and attractive plant is one of the longest-flowering and most valuable of commercial cut flowers.

  12. Plants develop into magnificent clumps of airy feather foliage,

    Fennel, Green Fennel

    Herb Fennel, Green Fennel
    €1.50

    The green garden fennel is a handsome and popular perennial, often planted on its own for impact or combined with other flowers in borders. The airy feather foliage is crowned in late summer with large heads of tiny flowers. Both leaves and seeds are useful and seeds may be left to ripen as a crop.

  13. Festuca amethystina, with silvery-blue, tufted blades of foliage
    €2.34

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    Festuca amethystina has the most striking combination of silvery-blue, tufted blades of foliage, with drooping, dark violet-tinged flower stems that will rise above the foliage in the first year if sown early enough. It is a gem for containers or a rock garden.

  14. Dainty diminutive Festuca glauca is one of the most tactile of the evergreen grasses.
    €1.98

    Diminutive Festuca glauca makes a tight mound of steely blue, needle-like blades and is one of the most tactile of the evergreen grasses. Planted as a specimen or in swathes across a garden, the colour is so unexpected it can't help but catch the eye.

  15. Gunnera is one of the biggest and most spectacular, architectural, herbaceous plants, commonly thought of as giant rhubarb.

    Gunnera manicata

    Giant Rhubarb
    €2.22

    Out of stock

    Gunnera is one of the biggest and most spectacular, architectural, herbaceous plants. With gigantic, deeply lobed, deep green leaves, they look best standing as specimen plants or beside a large pond where the reflections reveal the undersides of the leaves
  16. This lovely bright green creeper spreads effortlessly in all directions filling up to two feet per plant.

    Herniaria glabra

    Smooth Rupturewort
    €2.70

    Herniaria glabra is a relatively unknown perennial that deserves to be used more often in our gardens. The nursery industry calls it ‘Green Carpet’ and well they should. This lovely bright green creeper spreads effortlessly in all directions. An excellent choice for between flagstones or as a lawn substitute.

  17. Hordeum jubatum with silky, golden-grey panicles in early and mid summer

    Hordeum jubatum

    Squirrel-Tail, Foxtail Barley
    €1.98
    Squirrel-Tail Grasses are the ultimate architectural plant, adding see-through effects, autumn colour and winter shapes. They carry silky, golden-greyish panicles in early and mid summer, which develop a reddish or purple tinge at the tips. Fantastic in massed groups, or around taller, more stately plants.
  18. Lagurus ovatus

    Lagurus ovatus

    Hares-tail, Bouquet Grass, Ornamental Grass
    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!
  19. Climate change is partly responsible for this plant's popularity, but just as significant is our increasing sense of adventure as gardeners.
    €3.54

    Out of stock

    The lush growth, coupled with the large, glaucous leaves of Melianthus major has made it as fashionable as tree ferns. If you don't want to mimic the rain forest, try growing it amongst slender-leaved grasses and perennials. The plants add texture and provide a good background to bright colours in the garden.
  20. Milium effusum Aureum takes on an almost magical quality, bringing incandescent light to the shady places it prefers.

    Milium effusum 'Aureum'

    Bowles Golden Grass
    €2.58

    Out of stock

    Milium effusum Aureum has a magical quality, bringing incandescent light to the shady places it prefers. As the season progresses tiny golden, bead-like flowers on hair-thin stems arch gracefully creating fountains of gold.
  21. The plants are topped with large silky white plumes throughout autumn and winter and into early spring.

    Miscanthus sinensis

    Chinese Silver Grass, Maiden Grass or Eulalia Grass
    €2.10

    Introduced from Japan circa 1870, Miscanthus sinensis has been grown in gardens for over a hundred years. It is one of the best tall grasses for a winter garden. They provide handsome clumps of deep green foliage and airy, plumed seed heads that endure from August until late January.

  22. Miscanthus sinensis 'Early Hybrids'

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Early Hybrids'

    Maiden Grass or Eulalia Grass
    €2.34

    An icon for well over a hundred years, the range of Miscanthus cultivars expanded dramatically in the 1950's when the German plant breeder Ernst Pagels persuaded two of his plants to set seed at the same time. The result of his work has provided us with some of the finest flowering grasses available today. ‘Early Hybrids’ are a selection of early blooming cultivars with differing colours and forms.

  23. Miscanthus cultivars provide airy, plumed seed heads that endure from August until late January or longer.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'New Hybrids'

    Maiden Grass or Eulalia Grass
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    Miscanthus are the queen of ornamental grasses. Miscanthus sinensis ‘New Hybrids’ provide a multitude of cultivars with varying heights, leaf widths and bloom times. Some plants will be upright growing and others will have a cascading habit, also expect variation in colouring.

  24. Molinia caerulea ssp.arundinacea feature clumps of arching foliage and tall, see-through flower spikes.

    Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea

    Tall Moor Grass, Purple Moor Grass
    €1.98

    Few other grasses have such a great separation between foliage and flowers than Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinaceae. With clumps of arching, blue-green leaves above which the most slender stems and delicate see-through flowers grow to six foot or more. In autumn they turn golden yellow to deep copper.

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