Category Archives: Hardy 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

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


The wormwoods would not have any claims but for their foliage effect and the most brightly silvered, with the most finely cut leaves, are not very reliable in my experience, mostly because they dislike winter wet. Artemisia argentea, A. discolor and A. splendens run a little below ground and lose compactness after a year orContinue Reading


The common thrift is Armeria maritima and it has produced some variations and hybrids of real garden value. Vindictive is one that can be used as an effective edging for it will make a continuous evergreen row 1 ft. wide within a year or two. The closely mounded deep green foliage is like sheep-grazed grass,Continue Reading

Anemone Quick Tips

Anemones are of easy cultivation. Generally speaking, they like a rather heavy, sandy loam, but not a wet position, and the addition of silver sand is an advantage. If planting substantial numbers of tubers, it is well worth digging in well-rotted manure, peat and either fish meal or bone meal. No garden should be withoutContinue Reading


Thalictrum should be included in every border of herbaceous plants, for they are unusual, interesting and valuable for cutting. They are not at all difficult to grow, and while enjoying full sunshine, they also do well in partial shade. Propagation can be effected by division of the roots, which is better carried out in theContinue Reading

Stokesia cyanea – Laevis

Stokesia Cyanea, or laevis as it is sometimes called, is an interesting perennial plant. It has large lavender-blue flowers, which resemble the well-known annual China Aster and are often 3 in. in diameter. They commence to appear in late August and, under ordinary conditions, continue to do so until early November. The plant is ofContinue Reading

Solidago – Golden Rod

As an autumn-cut flower, Golden Rod is not to be despised, although it is often referred to slightingly. Growing well in ordinary soil and in full sun or partial shade, the plants do not require any spedalsituation. It is wise to thin out growths and so obtain better spikes of flowers. Unrestricted growth results inContinue Reading


There is something quite distinct about a plant which carries its flowers in spikes, and this is particularly so in the case of the sidalcea, which produces its colour just as the delphiniums are passing over. They are, therefore, very useful for giving a display during July and August. There are two or three dozenContinue Reading