Category Archives: Perennials


These have no special needs beyond ordinary well drained soil and an open sunny position. All are increased by division, best in early spring or early autumn.

A. ‘Coronation Gold’ is a smaller headed yellow, growing to a bushy 3 feet.

A. filipendulina, usually offered under the name ‘Gold Plate’ is the tallest, reaching 4 feet, with strong stems, carrying wide plate-head flowers June to August and pungent deeply cut leaves. Flowers hold their colour over winter, if cut and dried before they begin to fade on the plant.

A. millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’, grows from mat forming, rather untidy plants which need curbing or replanting every 2 to 3 years. Stems are filigree leaved about 2 ½ feet, tall, carrying loose heads June-August, which may need supporting.

A. ‘Moonshine’ is a hybrid of great merit, having silvery filigree foliage and glistening flower heads on 20 inches stems, beginning late May and often with some in autumn too.

Its parents A. clypeolata is a deeper yellow, but less reliably hardy and the lighter A. taygetea is less silvery and more erect at 2 feet tall.

Double white Achilleas are, Perry White and The Pearl, but both spread rather quickly and may need support when in flower.

All Achilleas are good for cutting, and if cut back in good time, sometimes flower a second time.

ACHILLEA filipendulina

ACHILLEA filipendulina ‘Gold Plate’

ACHILLEA moonshine

ACHILLEA ‘Moonshine

Perennial Plant names and origins

Whether one picks up a book or catalogue containing any wide variety of plants, they are listed under their Botanic or Latin names. This may be dispiriting or tedious for some, but not for those who, from love or experience of plants realise and accept that only by the use of such names —internationally knownContinue Reading


Weeds. The sensible approach to any form of gardening is to decide first whether the piece of ground you have is suitable for the type of decorative plants you wish to grow. All plants have their limits of adaptability, and whilst Hardy Perennials are generally very adaptable, it is best to make sure that theContinue Reading

Island beds: set up and maintenance

Island Beds can not only be seen from all sides, but access to them for such necessary maintenance tasks as hoeing or weeding is much easier than with the old conventional border style. With light and air plants grow to the height nature intended and no more. This brings them into the most effective positionContinue Reading

Hardy Perennials For The Garden

It is my belief that in terms of value for money and effort, Hardy Perennials exceed any other section of decorative gardening. It is nearly 10 years ago that I first became attracted to them. It is on this experience that the above testament of belief is based. But experience covers more than knowledge ofContinue Reading


O. cappadocica is a charming, reliable little plant for shady places, making a thick carpet of semi-glaucous ribbed leaves, evergreen for most of the year. In April-May come little 8 inches sprays of intensely blue forget-me-not type flowers above the foliage and the variety O. ‘Anthea Bloom’ is sky blue and freest to flower. ThereContinue Reading


O. planiscapus nigrescens has the appearance of a grass, but it is in fact a member of the Lily family, related to Liriope. Growth is unfortunately slow and though hardy and long lived, it is not happy in poor soils and dry sunny places. Its dark, almost black leaves seldom fail to appeal and thoughContinue Reading


P. terminalis is inserted because it is the kind of plant many gardeners need — of something to grow near or beneath trees. It is of evergreen sub-shrubby growth, giving permanent and trouble free ground cover and able to compete with the roots of trees and shrubs once established. It is especially useful as aContinue Reading


E. purpurea. The purple ‘Cone Flower’ is an offshoot from the Rudbeckias and is sufficiently distinct to warrant generic rank. The degree of reflex in the petals varies, as does the colour, for apart from purple shades, of varying intensity, there is a white variety. By far the most spectacular are those with broad petalsContinue Reading


The’Globe Thistle’is an attractive plant, with its grey and jagged foliage, and stems carrying rounded blue flower heads from midsummer onwards. Some kinds are rather too coarse growing for small gardens, but the more compact are not only elective, but can be left alone for years with no attention beyond cutting back one seasons growthContinue Reading