HERBACEOUS PLANTS

During the past few years we have built up a wide range of herbaceous plants for sale on our Garden Centres and are now able to offer a wider range than ever before. All plants are pot grown either in 9cm pots for sale from late summer till early spring. Larger plants grown in 3 litre pots are normally available from late spring until early autumn.

Herbaceous plants are gross feeders, so it is important to prepare a new bed well prior to planting. All perennial weeds should be carefully forked out or killed with a suitable weedkiller. It is almost impossible to eradicate couch, docks, thistles, bindweed when the bed is planted up. Incorporate manure, compost or peat with a liberal dressing of bonemeal prior to planting in the autumn.

When planting a mixed border or island bed it is important to realise that the vigorous and quick growing kinds will need dividing every 3 years or so in order to maintain quality and size. This division usually entails the selection of strong healthy shoots from the outside of the clump for replanting and discarding the old worn out middle section. Paeonies should not be treated in this manner; once planted they should remain undisturbed for years.

The mixed border is one way of combining a selection of favourite shrubs, roses, conifers, etc., with a carefully chosen selection of hardy plants; e.g., Delphiniums, Paeonies and Pinks can look particularly effective when grouped in a bed of mixed Shrub Roses. Island beds are a particularly attractive way of growing hardy plants. Visible from all angles they add a new dimension to gardening, but the important thing to remember when planting such beds is to choose plants that require little or no staking, and to place the larger growing sorts to the centre and the shorter ones to the outside.

ACANTHUS mollis latifolius. A beautiful flowering and foliage plant. Flowers pale pink and

purple; late summer. 4ft.

spinosus. Very handsome leaves, deeply cut and spmey. White and purple flowers with

green bracts are borne on 3-4 ft spikes in July and August. ACHILLEA ‘Cloth of Gold’. Large flat heads of a clear golden-yellow, excellent for cutting fresh

or drying for winter decoration. 4ft.

AGAPANTHUS ‘Headbourne Hybrids’ (African Lily). Excellent for tubs or sheltered borders.

Keep moist during growing season and well drained in winter. Erect stems carry

spherical clusters of deep violet-blue to pale blue flowers July-September. Height 2-3 ft.

AJUGA /Bugle). Excellent low growing ground cover; flowers blue appearing in April and May.

‘Burgundy Glow’. Excellent purple foliage spreads well in good soil, particularly effective

when planted with grey foliage shrubs. 6 ins.

‘Multicolor’. An attractive combination of green, yellow and pink foliage. 6 ins.

‘Purpurea’. A rapidly spreading carpet of purple foliage above which the blue flowers

appear. ALCHEMILLA mollis. Wonderful for any flower arranger – with its lovely soft, apple-green,

rounded foliage and greenish-yellow flowers in May-July. Height 1-1 1/2 ft.

ALSTROEMERIA ‘Ligtu Hybrids’ /Peruvian Lily). A blend of salmon-pink, rose, soft pink and

buff dowers. Excellent cut flower for a sunny well drained position. Needs time to

establish. 2 1/2-3 ft.

ALTHAEA ‘Chaters Double’ /Hollyhock). The double form of this well loved cottage garden

plant in a good mixture of colours. 6-8 ft.

ALYSSUM montanum ‘Mountain Gold’. A free growing lax plant, excellent for tumbling over

walls and rocks, bright yellow flowers in spring. 1 2 ins.

saxatile ‘Gold Ball’ /Gold Dust). A dwarf compact plant covered in early spring with

sheets of golden-yellow flowers. 6 ins.

– ‘Silver Queen’. Soft primrose-yellow flowers and silvery foliage in a dense mound.

10 ins.

ANEMONE japonica. The Japanese Anemones are invaluable plants for late summer flowering. They spread rapidly during the second year after planting but are not invasive.

– ‘Queen Charlotte’. An attractive single pink flower. 21/4 ft.

– ‘September Charm’. Neat compact habit, single pink flowers with golden stamens are

produced well into late autumn. 2 ft.

– ‘Vftifolia’. Vine-like foliage and single white flowers. 2 1/2-3 ft.

– ‘White Queen’. Large white single flowers produced on a strong growing plant up to 4 ft

high. Pulsatilla ‘Rubra’ (Pulsatilla vulgaris) (Pasque Flower). Nodding ‘bells’ in various shades of red, followed by attractive feathery seed heads. Delicate ferny foliage. 9 ins.

ANTHEMIS tinctoria ‘Mrs E. C. Buxton’. Daisy-like flowers of pale lemon-yellow with ferny foliage. Excellent for cutting. 2/6 ft.

AQUILEGIA alptna ‘Columbine’. A dwarf variety suitable for the rock garden, short spurred

blue flowers produced in May. 1-1 1/2 ft.

‘Crimson Star’. Flowers red and white with delicate ferny foliage. 2 ft.

‘Dragonfly Hybrids’. Fern-like foliage with long spurs are produced in a good mixed colour

range. Dwarf habit. 1-1 1/2 ft.

‘Mrs Scott-Elliot Hybrids’. A popular strain with large ‘spurred’ flowers in a good colour

mixture. 3 ft.

ARABIS. Excellent rock garden plants also suitable for ground cover in front of the herbaceous

border. ‘Pink Pearl’. Deep rose-pink, compact habit, March to April. 6 ins.

Snowdrop’. Pure white, compact, March to April. 6 ins.

‘Spring Charm’. Masses of pink flowers in spring. 6 ins.

ARMERIA maritima (Thrift). Dense evergreen cushions covered with rose-pink flowers in May

and June. 9 ins.

ASPHODELINE lutea. Stiff spikes of sulphur-yellow flowers arising from blue-green grassy

foliage in June to September. 3 ft.

ASTER (Michaelmas Daisy). They look best planted in bold groups of one colour, excellent for

cutting. Lovely autumn display. Perfect on rich, heavy soil. If attacked by mildew it is

worthwhile spraying them, at regular intervals, throughout the summer months with

Karathane. ‘Ada Ballard’. Lavender-blue, double. 2 1/2-3 ft.

‘Chequers’. Violet-purple. 2 ft.

‘Lady Frances’. Deep pink. 3 ft.

‘Percy Thrower’. Deep blue. 3 ft.

‘Winston Churchill’. Ruby-red 3 ft.

Dwarf Varieties

‘Audrey’. Single mauve-blue. 1 2 ins.

‘Jenny’. Violet-purple, double. 1 2 ins.

‘Little Pink Beauty’. Pale pink, semi-double. 15 ins.

‘Snowsprite’. Pure white, single. 1 2 ins.

ASTILBE. Particularly effective when planted in groups by a pool in rich moist loam. Water well

in dry spells. ‘Bressingham Beauty’. Long spikes of pale pink, free flowering and long lasting. 3 ft.

‘Deutschland’. White, shows up well in a dark corner. 2 ft.

‘Fanal’. Deep red flower spikes on a compact plant. One of the best varieties. 1 1/2 ft.

AUBRETIA (Rock Cress). Popular spring flowering rock plants excellent for planting at the top

of a wall to cascade down. ‘Purple Cascade’. Royal purple. April-May. ‘Red Cascade’. Carmine-red. April-May. AVENA sempervirens. One of the best ornamental grasses. Elegant tufts of blue foliage even

through the winter. Long arching sprays of flowers in early summer. BERGENIA. Virtually evergreen, glossy leathery leaves, sometimes changing to shades of red

in autumn. Very useful for ground cover and flower arranging. ‘Ballawley’. Large branched heads of rich rosy-red flowers in April-May. 2ft.

cord’rfolia. Drooping heads of lilac-rose bell-shaped flowers in March and April. 1 2 ins.

‘Silberiicht’. White bell-shaped flowers appear in April. 1 2-15 ins.

‘Sunningdale’. Large reddish leaves, especially in the winter months. Rich pink flowers from

March to May. 1 2 ins.

CALTHA palustris (Marsh Marigold). Large lush clumps of foliage, yellow buttercup-like

flowers produced in early spring. Excellent in moist, wet soils near pools and streams,

etc. 2 ft.

– ‘Plena’. The beautiful double form of the Marsh Marigold. March/May. 1 2 ins.

CAMPANULA (Bell Flower).

carpatica ‘Blue Chips’. Large pure light blue flowers cover compact rounded plants.

June-August. 6-9 ins.

– ‘White Chips’. Glistening white counterpart of the above. 6-9 ins.

garganica. A top of the wall plant, neat compact habit with sprays of star-shaped blue flowers. 9 ins.

glomerata ‘Superba’. Clusters of deep violet-purple flowers on stiff stems. June-July.

1-1 1/2 ft.

persicifolia. A popular cottage garden plant. The long, narrow, leathery leaves grow in rosettes from which tall spikes of cup-shaped blue flowers are produced. Excellent for

cutting. 3 ft.

– ‘Alba’. The white form of the above. 3 ft.

‘Telham Beauty’. Wiry stems carrying nodding cup-shaped flowers of a bright China-blue in June/August. 3 ft.

HERBACEOUS PLANTS

poscharskyana. Light blue starry flowers produced on a strong robust plant. Excellent

ground cover. July to October. CARNATION. Hardy Border Mixed. Plants of sturdy habit with medium to large flowers in June and July. Good colour range. 20 ins.

CERASTIUM tomentosum (Snow in Summer). A rather invasive, but none the less attractive

ground cover plant for front of the border or tumbling over banks and walls. Silvery-grey

foliage with white flowers m June and July. 6 ins.

CHRYSANTHEMUM maximum ‘Esther Read’ (Shasta Daisy). The every popular Esther

Read. Large white daisies in June/August. Excellent for cutting. 3 ft.

CLEMATIS heracleifolia ‘Wyevale’. The coarsely trifoliate dark green leaves are slightly

downy. The fragrant flax-blue flowers are borne from August-September. Very good for

cutting. Height 3-4 ft.

COREOPSIS ‘Sunny Boy’. Bright golden-yellow flowers on sturdy stems, useful as a cut

flower, the semi-double flowers bloom between June and August. 1 1/2 ft.

‘Sunray’. The first perennial to receive nine Fleuroselect awards. Compact, self-branching

habit producing double and semi-double rich golden-yellow flowers from July until late

autumn. Useful cut flower. 20 ins.

verticillata ‘Grandiflora’. Small starry flowers of a rich golden-yellow cover the neat bushy

plants all through the summer. 2 ft.

CRAMBE cordifolia. A large aristocratic plant needing plenty of space. The large dark green

leaves are 2-3 ft across, the massive panicles of white star-shaped flowers in June and

July can reach up to 6-7 ft high! CROCOSMIA ‘Lucifer’. Brilliant flame-red flowers on strong wiry stems. Beautiful sword-like

foliage. Excellent cut flower, 3-4 ft.

masonorum. Long arching sprays of brilliant orange flowers. Excellent cut flowers. 3 ft.

‘Firebird’. An improvement on C. masonorum. Large flame-orange flowers, on

attractive arching stems, produced in July/September. First-rate plant. 3 ft.

DELPHINIUM. One of the most popular perennial garden plants much appreciated for their

majestic flower spikes, ranging in colour from white, through to pink to many shades of

blue and purple. All Pacific Giant varieties grow up to 5-6 ft.

‘Astolat’. Pink Shades. ‘Bluebird’. Clear bright blue with white eye. ‘Blue Jay’. Mid-blue with white eye. ‘Black Knight’. Deep violet-blue. ‘Galahad’. White. Dwarf Varieties:

‘Blue Fountains’ Mixed. A true dwarf selection in shades of sky-blue, with all the appeal

of the taller varieties but without the drawbacks. 3-4 ft.

DIANTHUS (Pinks). Excellent plants for the edge of borders, particularly effective when

planted with roses. The very dwarf varieties make excellent rock garden plants. alpinus. Pink or deep rose with a darker centre, prefers good drainage. 8 ins.

caesius (Cheddar Pink). Small pink flowers produced on a compact plant, scented. 9 ins.

deltoides ‘Albus’. Deep green mats covered with white flowers. 9 ins.

‘Brilliancy’ (Maiden Pink). Bright crimson flowers and dark bronze-green foliage. 9 ins.

‘Flashing Light’. Bright scarlet-red. 9 ins.

– ‘Samos’. Brilliant carmine-red flowers freely produced. 6 ins.

‘Doris’. Possibly one of the best pinks ever produced. Pale to mid-pink with a distinct red

eye. Its long flowering period coupled with its good form and scent makes it an

outstanding plant. Excellent for cutting. 9-1 2 ins.

‘Highland Hybrids’. White with a pink or red centre ring. 9 ins.

‘Mrs Sinkins’. An old favourite, untidy double white flowers with a captivating scent.

12-15 ins.

‘Pink Mrs Sinkins’. Similar to above but the flowers are pale pink with a maroon eye. DIASCIA rigescens. A new introduction of great promise. Spikes of warm strawberry-pink

flowers produced over a long period from June till October. Excellent for front of border

or rockeries. 1-1 1/2 ft.

DICENTRA spectabilis (Bleeding Heart). The rose-red, heart-shaped flowers have glistening

white protruding inner petals. Flowers are borne in arching racemes in May and June.

Grows in any reasonable garden soil. Height 1 1/2-2Vj ft.

DIGITALIS ‘Excelsior’ (Foxglove). An outstanding strain of Foxgloves. The flowers are carried all round the spikes, they are held horizontally, therefore showing the markings in the

tubular florets. The 5ft long spikes bear white, cream or pink to purple flowers. Suitable

for shady borders, excellent for cutting.

DIMORPHOTHECA barbariae (Cape Marigold). South African plants requiring a warm sunny

position. Daisy-like flowers are produced throughout the summer. OORONICUM caucasium ‘Magnificum’ (Leopards Bane). Large bright yellow daisies pro­duced on tall stems, one of the first herbaceous plants to flower. 2-2 1/2 ft.

ECHINOPS ritro (Blue Globe Thistle). Steel-blue globular flower heads, invaluable for cutting

and dried arrangements. Free flowering from July onwards. 3 ft.

ECHINACEA purpurea. Rose to purple-crimson daisy flowers produced on strong erect stems in August. 3 ft.

ERIGERON ‘Azure Fairy’. Large mid-blue flowers during summer. 2 ft.

‘Pink Jewel’. Attractive clear rose-pink flowers produced over a long period during the summer. 2 ft.

ERINUS alpinus. Dense mounds of foliage covered with small rose-purple flowers. Good

rockery subject. 3-4 ins.

ERYNGiUM planum. A branching bushy plant with navy blue and grey thistle-hke flowers. Excellent for cutting and drying for winter use. tripartitum. Small blue ‘flowers’ produced on wide branching stems. June-August. 3-4 ft.

EUPHORBIA griffrthii ‘Fireglow’. A choice Euphorbia with brilliant orange-red bracts con­trasting with dark green foliage in late spring, some smaller flowers may be produced until September. 2-3 ft.

myrsinites. A trailing plant with distinct fleshy grey foliage. Large heads of yellow flowers

are produced in June and July. 1 ft.

polychroma. A great gem among Euphorbias, producing mounds of sulphur-yellow flower heads against the fresh green foliage in early spring. Height 15 ins.

FESTUCA glauca. The bnstle-hke biue-grey leaves form a thick tuft.

Oval purple spikelets in

lune-July. Height 6-9 ins FOENICULUM vulgare ‘Purpureum’ (Fennel). An attractive form of the common ‘Fennel’. The young finely divided foliage is an attractive bronze colour. Flowers are a yellowy-green. 5 ins.

GAILLARDIA ‘Burgundy’. Pure deep scarlet. 2 ft ‘Dazzler’. Golden-yellow with a maroon centre.

‘Mixed’. One of the best multi-coloured daisies for cut flowers and border colour, flowering through July and August. 21/2 ft.

GENTIANA acaulis (Trumpet Gentian). The well-known Alpine Gentian with intense blue trumpet-shaped flowers on short stems in spring. Can be shy to flower, but if suited is a magnificent sight. 4 ins.

septemfida. One of the easiest Gentians to grow. Prostrate stems carrying bright blue flowers during the summer. 4-6 ins.

GERANIUM (Crane’s Bill). Valuable trouble free plants in the garden, giving excellent ground cover and flowering long periods. Very flonferous in shades of blue, mauve and pink. endressii ‘Wargrave Pink’. Clear pink flowers from May-August. Height 1 8 ins.

‘Johnson’s Blue’. Bright blue flowers. 12-18 ins.

macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’. Aromatic foliage when crushed Pale magenta-pink

flowers from May-July. 12-15 ins.

pratense. Long stalked, deeply divided leaves. Blue or violet-blue flowers with crimson veins borne from July-September. 1 1/2-21/2 ft.

‘Mrs Kendall Clarke’. A stronger growing and deep blue flowering variety of the native

Cranesbill. 2 ft.

‘Russell Pritchard’. Prostrate growth, bright carmine-red flowers throughout the summer.

9 ins.

sanguineum. Deep magenta-purple flowers during the summer. 8-1 0 ins.

lancastriense ‘Splendens’. Clear rose-pink. June-September. 1 1/2 ft.GEUM borisii. Orange-yellow flowers throughout the summer. 1 2 ins.

‘Lady Stratheden’. Flowers in any garden soil. Long flowering, double golden-yellow.

18-24 ins.

‘Mrs Bradshaw’. Double, orange-red flowers from May-August. Height 1 8 ins.

GUNNERA manicata. Enormous, dark green, kidney-shaped leaves, sometimes 10 ft across, are borne on stout prickly stems. The majestic plants are most suitable grown beside a lake or pool. GYPSOPHILA ‘Bristol Fairy’. Huge frothy heads composed of thousands of small, white, starry flowers. Excellent for cutting. 3 ft.

‘Flamingo’. Masses of double pink flowers covering the bushy growth. 3 ft.

repens ‘Rosea’. Small, dainty pink, single flowers produced in profusion over a spreading plant. 1 2 ins.

HELENIUM hoopsii. Bright yellow flowers, with brown centres, throughout the summer.

Excellent for cut flowers. 3 ft.

HELIANTHEMUM ‘Rock Rose’. Dwarf evergreen shrublets producing myriads of brilliant

flowers throughout the summer. They revel in sunny, dry situations. We are able to offer

a number of varieties in the Garden Centres during the spring and early summer ranging

in colour from pale pink, yellow, bronze, red, both single and double forms. HELLEBORUS foetidus (Stinking Hellebore). Evergreen shiny, deeply cut leaves. Crowded

panicles of Vj-1 in. wide yellow-green flowers, often rimmed with purple in March-May.

Suitable for borders. Very good, long lasting, cut flowers. Height 2 ft.

lividus corsicus. Grey-green, sharp toothed, evergreen leaves with clusters of cup-shaped

yellow-green flowers in March and April. Height 24 ins.

niger (Christmas Rose). Cover with a cloche for Christmas flowering. Saucer-shaped white

flowers with golden anthers are produced from January-March. Height 1 ft.

orientalis (Lenten Rose). Broad dark green leaves are evergreen. The slightly branched

stems carry saucer-shaped cream flowers, freckled crimson within, in February-March.

The plant can produce flowers in shades of cream, crimson, purple to white. Height

18-24 ins.

HEMEROCALLIS (Day Lily). Easily grown in most soils, tolerating both sun and shade.

Trumpet-shaped flowers which fall after a day or two, but they are immediately replaced

by the next bud. They range in colour from yellow, red, orange to pink. ‘Black Magic’. Dusky maroon. 2-2 Vs ft.

‘Blythe Spirit’. Pale lemon-yellow. 2 1/2 ft.

‘Cartwheels’. Large flowers. Yellow. 2 1/2 ft.

‘Contessa’. Bright orange. Dwarf. 2 ft.

‘Glowing Gold’. Golden-orange. Large flowers. ‘Golden Chimes’. Dwarf. Masses of small golden-yellow flowers. 2 ft.

‘Pink Damask’. Best pink. 2 1/2 ft.

‘Stafford’. Red with orange-yellow throat. 3 ft.

Towhead’. Pale yellow. 2-2 1/2 ft.

‘Zora’. Warm orange. Early. 1 1/2-2 ft.

HEUCHERA ‘Bressingham Hybrids’. By far the best strain, all colours from deep crimson to

palest pink. Good for cutting. 1 ‘A-2 ft.

HOSTA. Excellent subjects for ground cover particularly suitable for moist situations in sun or

shade, although the variegated varieties are not too happy in full sun. Without exception

all varieties have very ornamental foliage, much loved by floral arrangers, while most

produce tall spikes of tubular flowers in shades of white to pale mauve. fortunei ‘Aurea-marginata’. Yellow edged foliage, flowers mauve. 2 ft.

‘Royal Standard’. Green foliage with sweetly scented white flowers. August-October. 3 ft.

sieboldiana ‘Elegans’. Large blue-green leaves, pale lilac flowers. 3 ft.

‘Thomas Hogg’. Broad leaves edged creamy-white; Mauve flowers. 2 ft.

undulata ‘Medio-variegata’. An attractive variegated form with a broad cream variegation

in the centre of the wavy leaves. ventricosa. Large green leaves and bold spikes of purple flowers. 3 ft.

IBERIS sempervirens. Excellent subject for tops of walls. Prostrate habit, the large mounds of

evergreen foliage covered with pure white flowers. 1-1 1/2 ft.

INCARVILLEA delavayi. Suitable for growing in a sunny border. The deep green cut leaves

develop after the flowers, which are rich rose-pink 2-3 ins long and wide. First flowers

open in May or June-July. Put down slug pellets, slugs love the plant and fleshy tubers.

Height 2 ft.

IRIS foetidissima (Gladwyn Iris). Grown especially for its fine seed pods which, when they burst open, reveal rows of orange seeds which stay within the pod and are prized by floral

arrangers. 1-1 1/2 ft.

‘Variegata’. Attractively variegated green and cream. Excellent foliage plant. 1 1/2-2 ft germanica (Bearded Iris). Gives a magnificent show in May and June. Plant in groups or

give them a bed of their own. Divide every three years after flowering.

‘Berkeley Gold’. Deep yellow. 3 ft.

‘Dancers Veil’. Attractive blue-purple etching on a white ground. 3 ft.

‘Deep Black’. The darkest purple. 3 ft.

‘Jane Phillips’. Large light blue. 3 ft.

– – ‘Redward’. Cnmson-red. 3 ft.

‘St Crispin’. Lemon-yellow. 3 ft.

‘The Rocket’. Orange and chrome-yellow. 3 ft

kaempferi (Japanese Ins). Large flat heads of while, mauve, deep blue flowers. Happiest

in a moist, but not waterlogged soil 3 ft.

pallida ‘Variegata’. By far the best variegated Ins. boldly striped grey and cream, blue

flowers. 2 ft.

siberica ‘Perry’s Blue’. Deep blue flowers amongst the rushy growth. Adaptable but prefers

moisture. 3 ft.

‘Snow Queen’. Pure white. Beautiful variety. 3 ft.

‘Tropic Night’. Dark velvety-blue flowers. Striking 3 ft

unguicularis (stylosa). A gem for the winter months. Prefers poor gritty soil. It will then

produce its delicate pale mauve flowers, in profusion, throughout the winter months

9-12 ins.

KNIPHOFIA Mixed (Red Hot Poker). A good mixture in varying shades and combinations of

yellow, orange and red. June-August. 2-3 ft.

galpinii. Beautiful, dainty spikes of orange-yellow flowers m September and October. Well

worth having. 1 1/2-2 ft.

LAMIUM (Ornamental Dead Nettle). Excellent plants for gound cover, though careful

positioning is essential as some varieties are invasive. Any good garden soil. galeobdolen. (Dead Nettle). Suitable for the wild garden, gives very good ground cover.

Silver-flushed evergreen leaves assume bronze tints in autumn. Whorled spikes of

yellow flowers are produced in June and July. Height 6-1 8 ins.

maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’. The aristocrat amongst Lamiums, and outstanding silver and

green foliage with pink flowers. Quick to establish but not invasive. Recommended.

‘Chequers’. Marbled leaves and deep pink flowers, restrained growthLATHYRUS latifolius mixed (Perennial Sweet Pea). An old cottage garden favourite. Colours

include magenta-pink, pale pink, white. 6-8 ft.

LAVANDULA (Lavender). Although not an herbaceous plant, Lavenders have a place in the mixed and herbaceous border. The grey foliage is complemented by blue flowers in the summer. Small plants are offered in 9cm O1/2 in.) pots.

‘Hidcote’. Dwarf. Deep blue flowers. ‘Munstead’. Blue flowers, bushy habit. ‘Spica’. Strong growing. Greyish-blue flowers. ‘Vera’. Lavender-blue flowers. LIATRIS spicata (The Kanzan Feather). Spikes of rose-purple flowers produced between July and September in well drained soil. Useful as a cut flower, removing faded flower spikes will encourage extra flowers to be produced. 2 ft.

LIGULARIA ‘Desdemona’. Striking deep purple foliage in spring and summer, followed by large deep orange flowers in July-September. Useful in damp soils and light shade. 4 ft.

LINUM flavum (Flax). Bright yellow flowers on a low bush. 1 2 ins.

perenne. Soft blue flowers in summer. 2 ft.

LOBELIA ‘Queen Victoria’. Beautiful purple foliage complementing deep red flowers in August-September. Prefers a moisture retentive soil. Should be protected against severe frost in exposed areas. 3 ft.

LUPIN. Flowers from June-September. Plant in light soil. Cut dead flower spikes off to induce second flowering. Height 2-2 1/2 ft.

‘Chandelier’. Yellow shades

‘Minarette’. Dwarf. Covering a good colour range and flowering in profusion. 1 Vz-2 ft.

‘My Castle’. Brick-red. ‘Noble Maiden’. White and ivory. ‘The Chatelaine’. Pink and white bicolour. ‘The Governor’. Marine-blue and white. Carmine shades. LYCHNIS chalcedonica. Heads of brilliant scarlet flowers on top of stiff erect stems. 3 ft.

LYSIMACHIA nummularia ‘Aurea’. The golden-yellow leaved form of Creeping Jenny. Prefers

a moist position. Yellow flowers. Good ground cover plant. LYTHRUM saiicaria ‘Firecandle’. Rosy-red spikes, useful for summer display. Flourishes in

damp soil. 2 1/2-3 ft.

MELISSA officinalis ‘Aurea’. A golden foliaged form of the popular Lemon Balm as much at

home in the herbaceous border as it is in the herb garden. 2 ft MONARDA ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ (Bergamot). Whorls of red flowers produced from July to

September. Aromatic foliage. 3 ft.

NEPETA mussinii (Catmint). Small iavender-blue flowers from May-September. Useful edging plant. Height 1 2 ins.

NERINE bowdenii. Beautiful spikes of pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers, produced in October and November. The bulbs need a warm sunny position, preferably at the base of a wall. Nerines are without doubt one of the joys of the autumn garden. 12-18 ins.

OENOTHERA ‘Fireworks’. Clear yellow cup-shaped flowers, opening from red tinted buds. Purple-green foliage. Vigorous growth. 1 1/2 ft.

missouriensis. Huge lemon-yellow flowers on prostrate growth from June-August which open in the evening and persist for several days. Height 1 0 ins.

PAEONIA. A favourite in any garden, flowering from June-July. They need a rich soil with plenty of organic material and a mulch every autumn. Once planted they should be left undisturbed for years. We shall be offering up to ten varieties in the Garden Centre during the spring covering the complete colour range from white to deepest crimson. PAPAVER orientate ‘Allegro’. Large brilliant scarlet flowers produced on dwarf compact plants. 1 8 ins.

nudicaule ‘Champagne Bubbles’ (Iceland Poppy). The first hybrid Iceland Poppy with colours ranging from apricot to yellow, orange and red. Spectacular when planted in a mass. 15-18 ins.

PENTSTEMON ‘Apple Blossom’. Pale pink tubular flowers. 2 ft.

‘Garnet’. Deepest red. July to August. 2 ft.

‘Firebird’. Scarlet-red with a lighter throat. 2 ft.

PHLOX paniculata. A wonderfully scented border plant. Prefers a semi-shaded moist position, but will flower well in full sun from July-September. A good range of varieties will be available in the Garden Centre from late spring until summer. PHYSALIS franchettii (Chinese Lantern). The decorative orange ‘lanterns’ appear during the autumn as the leaves begin to colour and fade. Very attractive when dried for indoor decoration. Stems of lanterns should be cut as soon as the leaves fade, the lanterns being green will colour up when hung in a dry airy place. Do not choose an important place to plant in the garden as is tends to be invasive. 2 ft.

PLATYCODON grandrflorum ‘Mariesii (Balloon Flower). Easily grown with attractive buds formed as a bag with petals at the tips, later opening into saucer-shaped mid-blue flowers from July-August. Height 1-1 1/2 ft.

POLEMONIUM caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder). Lavender-blue flowers on strong upright stems.

Interesting foliaqe. 1 1/2 ft.

POLYGONATUM multiflorum (Solomon’sSeal). Arching sprays underneath which the greeny-white flowers hang. Ideal plant for moist semi shaded or woodland conditions. 21/2 ft.

POLYGONUM bistortum ‘Superbum’. Tall spikes of closely packed flowers resembling a poker. Any good garden soil, but does well in a moist situation. 3 ft.

‘Darjeeling Red’ An excellent carpeter. From the deep green foliage appear miniature pokers of pink-red flowers. 15 ins.

POTENTILLA ‘Miss Willmott’. Cherry-red flowers set against coarse-toothed foliage. Most

suited for border fronts, large rockeries in dry, poor soil. PRIMULA. They require ample moisture and prefer partial shade. When conditions are right these plants present a truly lovely sight in spring. acaulis. Our native primrose. Useful if planted amongst deciduous hedges and shrubs. 6 ins.

auricula. Outstanding for their unusual colour range, muted shades of yellow, orange, red and lilac. March-May. 6-9 ins.

bulleyana. Bold spikes of orange flowers. An excellent woodlander. 1 ½ ft.

denticulata. Suitable for spring bedding, a rock garden or for waterside planting. Leaves form a compact rosette. Numerous small flowers are borne in dense globular heads from March-May. Colours vary from pale lilac to deep purple or rose to deep carmine. Height 1 2 ins.

‘Alba’. A white form of the above.

florindae. Yellow and orange flowers, sweetly scented. June-August. 2 1/2 ft.

rosea ‘Grandiflora’. Brilliant pink-red flowers with a yellow eye. Very dwarf. 6 ins.

veris (Cowslip). The familar Cowslip of fields and hedgerows. Useful for naturalising in

woodland or wild garden. Scented flowers in April. 6 ins.

‘Wanda’. A popular old favourite, masses of crimson-purple flowers in early spring. Vigorous and dwarf. 7 ins.

PYRETHRUM ‘King Size’. Long slender stems carrying single daisy-like flowers in shades of pink and red. 2 xh ft ‘Double Mixed’. Similar colour range to the above but the flowers are completely double. Vh ft.

RHEUM palmatum tanguticum. A very fine ornamental Rhubarb. Large leaves. Flowers deep

pink in large panicles. An excellent plant for moist soils and waterside planting. 6 ft.

RODGERSIA aesculifolia. Large imposing leaves rather like the leaves of the Horse Chestnut. White tinged pink flowers. Particularly effective when planted by pools and streams. 3ft.

RUDBECKIA deamii. Masses of yellow daisy-like flowers with a black eye. 3 ft.

newmanii. Flowers smaller than the above. A good cut flower. July-September. 2 ft.

SALVIA (Sage). For all but soggy soils there is no finer herbaceous plant. Long lived. This plant throws up a wealth of vivid deep violet flowering spikes from June-August from amongst green, or purple and green or variegated foliage. Height 2 ft.

officinalis ‘Icterina’. Golden leaved Sage. ‘Purpurescens’. Purple leaved Sage.

‘Tricolour’. Compact plant the grey-green leaves are splashed pink, purple and white. SAPOIMARIA ocymoides (Rock Soapwort or Tumbling Ted). Vigorous trailing plant with rose-pink flowers in early spring. Excellent for cascading over walls and rockeries. SAXIFRAGA umbrosa (London Pride). The bright glossy green rosettes make a dense mat providing good ground cover. Dainty stems carry masses of pale pink flowers in April and May. 9 ins.

SCABIOSA ‘Clive Greaves’. Probably the most popular plant for cut flowers, with its large pastel-blue flowers above strong straight stems. They need a little time to establish after planting. June-September. 3 ft.

SCROPHULARIA aquatica ‘Variegata’. An outstanding specimen plant with ovate toothed

leaves, dark green and brightly variegated with cream. Height 2-3 ft.

SCHIZOSTYLIS coccinea. From the narrow sword-like leaves appear spikes of deep red flowers resembling a very miniature Gladioli. Prefers a warm sunny position. September-November. 1 8 ins.

‘Mrs Hegarty’. A charming pink variety. Excellent for cutting. 1 8 ins.

SEDUM acre. Rubust, carpet-forming Alpine suitable for shallow gritty soils. Masses of yellow flowers m spring and summer. 1 -2 ins maximum ‘Atropurpureum’ (Slonecrop). An excellent border plant with purple stems. Purple leaves are slightly toothed. Pink flower heads 2-6 ins.

across during September-October. Height 2 ft.

‘Ruby Glow’. Bright rose-red flowers. July-August. 9-1 2 ins.

spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’. Very popular for cuttng. Quite spectacular when displaying its enormous discs of beautiful light pink flowers which deepen to russet in autumn. Height

1 1/2-2 ft.

‘Brilliant’. Similar to the above, but the flowers are a deep rosy-red. August/October.

12-15 ins.

spurium ‘Coccineum’. Good ground cover subject. Green leaves overlaid purple, flowers pale pink. June/August. A ins.

SOLIDAGO ‘Golden Baby’. A dwarf form of the popular Golden Rod. Compact bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. 1-1 1/2 ft.

STACHYS lanata ‘Silver Carpet’. Beautiful silver-grey foliage providing excellent ground cover. A non-flowering form. 4-6 ins.

TIARELLA cordifolia. Attractive subject for semi-shaded or open situations. From the mounds of pretty foliage appears spikes of creamy-white flowers. May-July. 9-1 2 ins.

TRADESCANTIA ‘Iris’. Dull green pointed leaves Large Oxford-blue flowers from June-September. Height 2 ft.

‘Osprey’. Pure white flowers slightly suffused mauve. June-August. 1 ‘/a ft.

‘Purewell Giant’. Carmine-purple. June-August. 2 ft.

TROLLIUS ‘Orange Princess’ /Globe Flower). Magnificent on rich moist soils by the garden pool or bog garden. A fine display of huge orange buttercup flowers. Lovely for cutting in June-July. Height 2 ft.

VERBASCUM bombyciferum (Mullein). A spectacular plant up to 4-5 ft high. Large silvery-grey felt-like leaves forming a large rosette from which the spike appears with bright yellow flowers. June-August.

VERONICA teucrium ‘Shirley Blue’. Bright blue flower spikes making a brilliant display from June-August. 8-12 ins.

ZANTEDESCHIA aethiopica ‘Crowborough’. Slightly glossy, arrow-shaped leaves. White spathes. 5-9 ins long, surrounding a conspicuous yellow spadix, are borne from March-June. Height 1 ‘A-3 ft.

Suitable as a pot plant.

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