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    Flowering Period
    Height
    Spread
    Pot Size
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    Flower Colour
  • Bushy medium sized shrub, usually evergreen with small pale pink flowers; leaves turn purplish in winter. Good for most soil conditions but best kept away from cold winds.

    NO PIC
    ABELIA grandiflora Sherwoodii
    Jul-Oct
    120
    120
    5lt
    Pink
  • Good groundcover plant for a dry, sunny position. Red foliage is covered by many bright red burrs in summer. Delightful planted with dwarf spring bulbs.

    NO PIC
    ACAENA microphylla Kupferteppich (Copper Carpet)
    May-Jul
    10
    15
    1lt
    Red
  • More compact than the species with green hooded white flowers above glossy dark green leaves.

    NO PIC
    ACANTHUS mollis latifolius Rue Ledan 
    Jul-Sep
    60
    90
    2lt
    White
  • Large hooded purple and white flowers above deeply cut 'spiny' foliage. Lovely in a shady area with silver or purple leaved Heucheras such as Paris or Chocolate Ruffles.

    NO PIC
    ACANTHUS spinosus
    Jul-Sep
    100
    90
    2lt
    Purple
  • Bright yellow flower heads and silver foliage. Good with Aconitum napellus.

    NO PIC
    ACHILLEA Coronation Gold 
    Jun-Aug
    80
    60
    2lt
    Golden Yellow
  • Pale yellow flower heads that resist fading. Would pair with a mauve Monarda such as Mohawk.

    NO PIC
    ACHILLEA Hella Glashoff 
    Jun-Aug
    70
    60
    2lt
    Pale Yellow
  • A good contrasting combination of silver foliage and pale yellow flowers. Beautiful grown with blue Agapanthus.

    NO PIC
    ACHILLEA Moonshine 
    Jun-Aug
    60
    60
    2lt
    Yellow
  • Heads of pale orange on stout stems, lovely with white flowering umbels such as Seseli or Selinum.

    NO PIC
    ACHILLEA Terracotta
    Jun-Aug
    60
    40
    2lt
    Terracotta Orange
  • Excellent plant with grey/blue foliage, flowers starting red but fading to orange. Create a fiery scheme with red Crocosmias.

    NO PIC
    ACHILLEA Walther Funcke
    Jun-Aug
    80
    60
    2lt
    Brick Red
  • Broadly upright in habit, with pale yellow flowers, ideal for a naturalistic planting in semi shade.

    NO PIC
    ACONITUM lycoctonum vulparia
    Jun-Aug
    90
    60
    2lt
    Pale Yellow
  • Excellent blue spires, ideal in shadier areas. Use behind a planting of Geranium phaeum Album.

    NO PIC
    ACONITUM napellus
    Jun-Aug
    100
    30
    2lt
    Deep Blue
  • Deep violet blue flowers that associate very well with dark yellows. The glossy dark green foliage is as much a reason to grow this plant as the flowers.

    NO PIC
    ACONITUM Spark's Variety 
    Jun-Aug
    150
    50
    2lt
    Deep Violet Blue
  • Steely blue/grey flowers on branching stems. Associates well with shade tolerant Campanulas like glomerata Superba.

    NO PIC
    ACONITUM Stainless Steel 
    Jun-Aug
    100
    30
    2lt
    Blue Grey
  • Dark purple/red leaves with scented white flowers. A fine moist shade partner for Kirengeshoma palmata.

    NO PIC
    ACTAEA (CIMICIFUGA) simplex Brunette 
    Jul-Sep
    120
    60
    2lt
    White
  • Large impressive spikes of white flowers above green foliage will brighten up shady areas.

    NO PIC
    ACTAEA racemosa 
    Jul-Aug
    150
    60
    2lt
    White
  • White flowered deciduous variety noted for its hardiness. Try growing with Geraniums such as Russell Prichard.

    NO PIC
    AGAPANTHUS campanulatus Albidus
    Jul-Aug
    70
    50
    2lt
    White
  • Well known hardy Agapanthus in shades of blue. Try in large groups with grasses such as Stipa tenuifolia.

    NO PIC
    AGAPANTHUS Headbourne Hybrids
    Jun-Aug
    75
    40
    2lt
    Blue
  • Large heads of very pale lilac grey flowers with grey anthers take on a later pink/purple flush. Particularly suits a pale scheme with Phlox such as Monica Lynden-Bell and Geraniums such as Dreamland.

    NO PIC
    AGAPANTHUS Windsor Grey
    Jul-Sep
    85
    50
    11cm
    Lilac
  • Aniseed scented, with lilac purple flowers from dark purple buds on dark stems. A lovely partner for Achillea Summerwine

    NO PIC
    AGASTACHE Black Adder
    Jul-Oct
    90
    40
    2lt
    Lilac Blue
  • A great mixing plant with scented foliage for the late garden especially in dry soils. A good choice with Penstemons such as Raven or Papal Purple.

    NO PIC
    AGASTACHE Blue Fortune 
    Jul-Sep
    60
    30
    2lt
    Purple/Blue
  • The extra large purple leaves of this plant make it perfect evergreen groundcover for large areas.

    NO PIC
    AJUGA reptans Catlin's Giant 
    Apr-Jun
    30
    60
    2lt
    Blue
  • Chocolate vine. Vigorous semi-evergreen twining climber with dark purple-red vanilla scented flowers in spring.

    NO PIC
    AKEBIA quinata
    Mar-May
    800
    10000
    2lt
    Purple/Red
  • A smaller more delicate plant than A. mollis. Its grey green leaves and green flowers make it a must for edging in sun or shade.

    NO PIC
    ALCHEMILLA erythropoda 
    Jun-Sep
    30
    45
    2lt
    Light Yellow
  • Lady's Mantle. One of the most popular of all perennials, invaluable as groundcover.

    NO PIC
    ALCHEMILLA mollis 
    Jun-Aug
    40
    75
    2lt
    Sulphur Yellow
  • Massive flower heads on short sturdy stems. Would suit a Mediterranean scheme with bearded Irises.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM cristophii (albopilosum) 
    Jun-Aug
    40
    20
    2lt
    Deep Lilac with metallic sheen
  • Very tall Allium, with large heads often up to six inches in diameter.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM giganteum
    Jun-Aug
    130
    10
    2lt
    Bright Lilac
  • Large intense purple flowers on tall stems. Wonderful with Iris Jane Phillips.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM hollandicum Purple Sensation 
    May-Jun
    80
    15
    2lt
    Deep Purple
  • A fine tall form with creamy white heads. Excellent planted in small groups in a border and a good choice for cutting.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM Mont Blanc
    May-Jun
    120
    25
    2lt
    White
  • Brighter pink/purple flowers than the species. Works well in a dry garden with Helianthemums.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM schoenoprasm Forescate
    May-Jun
    25
    25
    1lt
    Pink Purple
  • Long stems of small intensely purple drumsticks. Great mixed with Knautia macedonica.

    NO PIC
    ALLIUM sphaerocephalon 
    Jul-Aug
    65
    10
    2lt
    Purple
  • Soft, buttery yellow blooms with a distinct brown marking in the throat make this selection the perfect complement to other flower colours in the garden. It forms a good, compact mound of waxy green foliage and short stemmed flowers.

    NO PIC
    ALSTROEMERIA Inca Sundance
    Jul-Oct
    25
    30
    2lt
    Yellow
  • Vivid mauve flowers with crimson streaks and cream throats. A very hardy variety, excellent cut flower and compact, so ideal for containers.

    NO PIC
    ALSTROEMERIA Mauve Majesty
    Jul-Oct
    60
    45
    2lt
    Mauve Purple
  • Palm-leaved marsh mallow. Tall stems of bright lavender pink cup-shaped flowers; late and long flowering. Useful but never unwelcome self seeder.

    NO PIC
    ALTHAEA cannabina
    Jul-Nov
    200
    50
    2lt
    Pink
  • June Berry. A lovely multi-stemmed shrub ideal for smaller areas, or en masse as a hedge or screen. White flowers coincide with spring bulbs; fruits in autumn turn from red to black as its leaves fade to a golden colour.

    NO PIC
    AMELANCHIER canadensis
    Apr
    700
    600
    3lt
    White
  • June Berry. A lovely multi-stemmed shrub ideal for smaller areas, or en masse as a hedge or screen. White flowers coincide with spring bulbs; fruits in autumn turn from red to black as its leaves fade to a golden colour.

    NO PIC
    AMELANCHIER canadensis
    Apr
    700
    600
    10lt
    White
  • Spikes of deep blue flowers on stems of coarse hairy green leaves. In a sunny spot, Aquilegia White Star or Cirsium Atropurpureum would be suitable partners. Usually should not need staking.

    NO PIC
    ANCHUSA azurea Loddon Royalist
    Jun
    100
    50
    2lt
    Blue
  • Late flowering with single pink blooms. Fine in shade with Kirengeshoma palmata.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE hupehensis Hadspen Abundance 
    Aug-Oct
    90
    60
    2lt
    Pink Purple
  • Japanese Anemone with semi-double dark pink flowers. Stunning amongst Persicaria amplexicaulis Alba.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE hupehensis var. japonica Prinz Heinrich (Prince Henry)
    Aug-Sep
    70
    50
    2lt
    Semi double Purple/Red
  • Beautiful white flowers with lilac undersides and blue stamens. Ideal for brightening up an area of moist light shade.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE leveillei
    May-Jun
    70
    30
    2lt
    White/Lilac
  • Easy to grow as a woodland ground cover. Large fragrant flowers followed by fluffy seed heads. Delightful with Brunnera Jack Frost.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE sylvestris
    May-Jul
    30
    30
    2lt
    White
  • Large white flowers with lilac undersides from spring to autumn. Excellent groundcover for partial shade.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE Wild Swan
    May-Oct
    30
    45
    2lt
    White/Lilac backs
  • Always exceedingly popular and in demand for its bright white flowers. Particularly good with late grasses like Panicum Heavy Metal.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE x hybrida Honorine Jobert 
    Aug-Oct
    130
    150
    2lt
    White
  • Semi-double dark pink red flowers with prominent yellow stamens on a usefully shorter variety. Lovely with blue flowers like Perovskia or Agastache.

    NO PIC
    ANEMONE x hybrida Serenade
    Aug-Oct
    70
    50
    2lt
    Semi double Dark Pink/Red
  • Lax plant with grey leaves. Tolerates dry sunny sites and coastal exposure.

    NO PIC
    ANTHEMIS punctata cupaniana 
    May-Sep
    40
    30
    2lt
    White
  • Masses of pale yellow daisies on strong stems. An ideal choice for sunny, dry soils where Erysimum Bowles Mauve makes a good early pairing.

    NO PIC
    ANTHEMIS tinctoria E.C. Buxton 
    Jun-Aug
    50
    90
    2lt
    Lemon Yellow
  • St. Bernhard's Lily. Terminal spikes of white flowers; tolerates alkaline conditions.

    NO PIC
    ANTHERICUM liliago
    May-Jun
    50
    50
    1lt
    White
  • Hanging double pompoms open pale green fading to cream later. Beautiful in a spring garden with early Geraniums and Euphorbias.

    NO PIC
    AQUILEGIA vulgaris stellata Greenapples
    May-Jul
    80
    45
    2lt
    Green/Creamy White
  • Japanese Angelica Tree. Small suckering deciduous tree or large shrub with spiny stems and large green leaves composed of many leaflets that take on bright shades of orange and yellow in autumn. Large heads of frothy white flowers in late summer and autumn are followed by purple black berries.

    NO PIC
    ARALIA elata
    Aug-Sep
    1000
    1000
    3lt
    Creamy White
  • Much favoured for its aromatic ferny silver foliage. Cut back in late spring to keep tidy. Create a foliage contrast with purple Heucheras.

    NO PIC
    ARTEMISIA Powis Castle (cut back) 
    Aug-Sep
    60
    90
    2lt
    Yellow
  • Low growing groundcover with ferny silver foliage. Ideal for a rock garden, wall or bank. Does best in sandy peaty soil.

    NO PIC
    ARTEMISIA schmidtiana Nana 
    Jul-Aug
    10
    20
    2lt
    Yellow