Perennials

Perennials

NEW FOR 2020

The cancellation of all the early flower shows, due to coronovirus,  has been a source of huge disappointment to gardeners and growers alike. With the nation in lockdown just as warmer weather arrives, our gardens have become a refuge where we might hope to escape the worries of the world more than ever before. How frustrating then, to be denied the joy of shopping for new plants in the convivial atmosphere of a specialist plant fair, where nurserymen offer the special plants that we all love to fill our gardens with. As both gardeners and nurserymen ourselves, we feel that sense of loss at being unable to enjoy what always seemed such a simple pleasure - the search for and discovery of a long wished for plant, or one that we never knew we wanted but suddenly felt we couldn't live without.

Shopping by mail order might seem a poor substitute but, for the time being, it is all we have. So, this Spring, for the first time, we are offering our range of perennials on-line.  From the safety of your own home, you can now access a choice selection of desirable plants, all grown on our farm nursery, for delivery right to your door. 

Propagation is on-going at the nursery, so that new stock and new varieties will be added as they become available. Many other varieties are stocked at the nursery, which can now be safely visited by appointment (1 set of visitors at a time only), with dahlia plants now becoming available also.

PLEASE NOTE P&P: We have to charge P&P at £8.50 instead of £4.95 for perennials, as there is a lot more involved in ensuring your plants arrive in good condition. This will cover all Mainland UK, but not Scottish Highlands & Islands and other Islands around the UK.  If you order Summer bulbs (including Dahlias) at the same time, two P&P's will be added, but if we are able to ship them together, we will only charge the higher rate of £8.50.  If you're unsure, please use the 'Pay by Phone' option at checkout and call us for clarification.

We have received many emails from customers saying how pleased they have been in the condition of the plants they have received, and we hope you'll also agree.

Note also that HP denotes Hardy Perennial and AGM the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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Achillea millefolium 'Lilac Beauty'
Achillea millefolium 'Lilac Beauty'
Flat heads of lilac flowers above ferny foliage in summer. Achileas are wonderful for attracting bees and other pollinating insects. Their horizontal form makes a good counterpoint to more upright border subjects. HP for sun & well-drained soil. Ht.2’ (60cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
Achillea millefolium 'Salmon Beauty' (syn 'Lachsschönheit')
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Achillea millefolium 'Salmon Beauty' (syn 'Lachsschönheit')
 Flat heads of salmon flowers, fading to peach-pink, above ferny foliage in summer. Cut back faded flowers to promote fresh flowering stems. HP for sun & well-drained soil. Ht.2’ (60cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
 
Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'
Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate'
Broccoli-sized heads of small, fluffy white flowers, above strikingly dark, maroon-brown foliage. Long flowering period, late summer/autumn, but mostly used for foliage effect.  HP for moisture-retentive soil in sun/part shade. Ht.4’ (120cm). 11cm pot £5.00
£5.00
Alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Park Friedan'
Alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Park Friedan'
Miniature ‘hollyhock’ flowers in the softest shell pink appear in mid- summer/early autumn. Rust free!  Cut old stems back when new basal growth is seen in spring. HP for sun/well-drained soil.  Ht. to 10' (3m). 9cm pot £6.00
£6.00
Alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’
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Alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’
Beautiful, double flowered mallow, which is both perennial & rust resistant. The open, cream blooms are enhanced by the purple anthers. HP for sun & most ordinary soils. Cut old stems back when new basal growth is seen in spring. Ht. to 10’ (3M). 9cm pot £6.00
£6.00
 
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Seldom seen yet very garden worthy plant, with stems of willowy leaves topped by ice blue flowers. Easily grown in most ordinary soils in sun/part shade.  Ht. 12” (30cm) +. One 9cm pot for £6.00
£6.00
Anemone 'Ruffled Swan'
Anemone 'Ruffled Swan'
 This is a taller, more vigorous form of ‘Wild Swan’, with white, semi-double flowers, broadly banded lilac on the reverse, produced from mid-June to late October. HP for fertile soil in sun or shade. Ht.30” (76cm).   2 Ltr pot for £10.50 11/2 Ltr Pot for £9.50  
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Angelica sylvestris 'Vicar's Mead'
Glorious, architectural plant. The purple foliage and stems are topped by white/palest pink flowerheads in late summer/early autumn. HB for retentive soil in sun Ht. 6’ (1.8m) 9cm pot for £9.00
£9.00
 
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
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Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE. A beautiful form of dark leafed cow parsley topped with heads of white flowers from April to May. Clump forming. Self seeding, hardy, short-lived perennial. Height and spread 18-24inches (80cm). Any ordinary soil in sun/part shade.  9cm pot £5.00
£5.00
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Blue Barlow'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Blue Barlow'
Deep violet-blue double flowers, a variety which we find goes with practically anything you care to put it next to. A lovely cottage garden perennial suited to most ordinary soils in sun or part shade. Ht.18” (45cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'Ruby Port'
Double flowers of deep wine-red in early summer. HP for sun/part shade & well-drained soil. Ht.18” (45cm) Spread 12” (30cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
 
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness'
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness'
The near-black and white blooms of this sought-after variety make a stunning addition to the border.  HP flowering in late spring/early summer in sun or part shade.  Ht. 18' (45cm).   9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
Astrantia major 'Roma'
Astrantia major 'Roma'
 Long-lasting ‘pincushion’ flowers of dusky pink. One of the best astrantia varieties in our opinion. HP for sun/part shade & moisture-retentive soil. Ht.28” (70cm). 11cm pot £8.50
£8.50
Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate'
Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate'
Striking chocolate-purple flowers on strong, upright stems, in late spring/early summer. Good bee plant. HP for sun/well-drained soil. Ht. to 3’ (90cm) Spread 2’ (60cm). 9cm pot for £9.00
£9.00
 
Campanula 'Elizabeth'
Campanula 'Elizabeth'
Lovely hybrid with pink bellflowers spotted maroon and elegantly pendant. A swathe of this plant at the front of a shady border was always a highlight of  summer Open Days during our time at Rose Cottage. HP for sun/part shade & moist but well-drained soil. Ht.2’ (60cm) Spread 2’ (60cm) or more. 9cm pot £5.00
£5.00
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Campanula glomerata ‘Caroline’
New for 2020 Really choice form with flowers of prettiest lilac-pink. HP for sun/part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Ht.2’ (60cm) Spread 2’ (60cm). 11cm pots @ £6.50 each
£6.50
Campanula 'Iridescent Bells'®
Campanula 'Iridescent Bells'®
Recent introduction, flowering June to September. The profusion of pale, silvery-lilac bells open from deep purple buds, to striking effect. HP for sun/part shade & most ordinary soils. Ht. & spread 2’ (60cm) 9cm pot £5.00
£5.00
 
Campanula 'Pink Octopus'®
Campanula 'Pink Octopus'®
The pink bells of this variety are maroon-spotted and divided into a delicate, spidery form. Really charming. HP for sun/part shade & ordinary soil. Ht. 2’ (60cm), spreading habit. 9cm pot £5.50
£5.50
Campanula 'Sarastro'
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Campanula 'Sarastro'
Striking hybrid bearing a profusion of  pendant bells of very dark purple. HP for sun/part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Ht.2’(60cm) Spread 1’ (30cm). 11cm pot £5.50
£5.50
Centaurea montana 'Alba'
Centaurea montana 'Alba'
Lovely, white flowered form of the perennial cornflower. HP for sun/part shade and any ordinary soil. Cutting back after flowering will promote further flushes of flowers. Ht.20” (50cm) Spread 24” (60cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
 
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'
Deep wine-red, thistle-like flowers on strong stems in summer. As a sterile hybrid, cutting back faded flower stems will promote further flower production over a long period. HP for sun or shade and most ordinary soils. Ht.4’ (1.2m) Spread 2’ (60cm). 9cm pot £6.50
£6.50
Dahlia 'Knockout' AGM (Mystic Illusion)
Dahlia 'Knockout' AGM (Mystic Illusion)
Single flowers of bright, cadmium yellow, shine against the near-black foliage. 

 Flower size 3" (7cm)

 Height 24" (60cm) 2 Ltr pot for £9.50
£9.50
Dahlia 'Mystic Dreamer'
Dahlia 'Mystic Dreamer'
Candy-striped flowers of pink & white combine beautifully with the near-black foliage. These little plants are just budding up and will produce blooms until the first frost. At around 2' (60cm) this is a great variety for front of borders or containers. Tender perennial for rich, well-drained soil which retains moisture. Can be overwintered in-situ with a protective mulch or, in cold/wet areas,...
£9.50
 
Dianthus carthusianorum
Dianthus carthusianorum
Tall species ‘pink’, bearing magenta flowers from early summer – autumn. HP for sun and well-drained soil.  Ht. to 2’ (60cm). 9cm pot £4.00
£4.00
Digitalis 'Glory of Roundway'
Digitalis 'Glory of Roundway'
A very special perennial foxglove. The plentiful small flowers are peach pink on the outside and primrose yellow within. Blooms throughout summer in normal soil in part shade. Ht. to 3’ (90cm). 9cm pot £7.00
£7.00
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Digitalis ferruginea 'Gigantea'
Exotic, orchid-like blooms of orange-brown & white on spires 2-4’ (60-130cm) high. Flowers mid-late summer in sun/semi-shade & retentive soil. Hardy perennial/biennial. 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
 
Digitalis mertonensis
Digitalis mertonensis
The Strawberry Foxglove - with large blooms the colour of crushed strawberries. Hardy perennial variety for sun/part shade. Ht.30” (75cm) Spread 12” (30cm). 9cm pot £4.00
£4.00
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Digitalis parviflora
Perennial Mediterranean species bearing spires of small chocolate-coloured flowers in summer. Evergreen HP for partial shade & moist but reasonably well-drained soil. Ht. To 36” (90cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
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Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Peach
Hybrid foxglove, with upright spikes of peach coloured flowers with orange speckling in the throats. HB/short lived perennial for ordinary soil in sun/partial shade. Ht.24” (60cm).
£4.50
 
Echinacea pallida
Echinacea pallida
Wonderful species, with pale pink petals suspended from the central burgundy cone. HP for well-drained soil and sun. Ht. 3’ (90cm’ Spread 18” (45cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
Echinacea White Swan
Echinacea White Swan
Lustrous white-flowered variety of coneflower with prominent amber centres. Summer-flowering HP for sun & moist, well-drained soil. Ht. 3-4’ (90-120cm) Spread 18” (45cm). 1.5 Ltr pot for £8.50
£8.50
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Eragrostis trichodes
Airy, delicate ornamental grass, producing a mist-like cloud of red-tinted panicles from mid-summer.  Clump forming & deciduous HP. Ht. to 4’ (120cm) Spread 2’ (60cm). 9cm pot £4.50
£4.50
 
Erigeron 'Quakeress'
Erigeron 'Quakeress'
Pretty, many-petalled daisy flowers of soft lilac, produced freely over a long period in summer. HP for well-drained soil & sun. Ht.& spread 20” (50cm). 9cm pot £5.00
£5.00
Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'
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Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'
Striking cultivar sporting a black ‘eye’ to each'flower'. HP for sun/part shade & well-drained soil. Cut back old flowering stems in spring, taking care to wear gloves as the milky sap can cause irritation. Ht.3’ (90cm). 9cm pot £6.00
£6.00
Euphorbia seguieriana subsp. niciciana
Euphorbia seguieriana subsp. niciciana
Long-flowering species, bearing acid yellow flowers from late spring throughout summer. The blue-green leaves are very fine - almost linaria-like. and the stems reddish in colour. Good for front of border or rock garden. Clump-forming, evergreen HP for sun & well-drained soil. Cut back old flowered stems in spring, taking care to wear gloves as the milky sap can cause irritation. Ht. & spread...
£6.00
 
Geranium 'Ann Thomson' AGM
Geranium 'Ann Thomson' AGM
Vivid magenta flowers with black centres & veining contrast with attractive gold-green foliage. Strong growing, making a substantial mound, so allow it space. HP for sun/light shade. Ht.22” (56cm) Spread 3’+ (90cm). 9cm Pot for £6.00
£6.50
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Geranium 'Dragon Heart'
Strongly coloured hybrid, with dark-centred flowers of deep magenta throughout summer. HP for sun/part shade and good garden soil. Ht. & Spread 18” (45cm). Scrambling/trailing habit. 9cm pot £7.50
£7.50
Geranium 'Havana Blues'
Geranium 'Havana Blues'
Striking introduction, with large lilac-blue flowers, darkly veined. We find the colour easier to place in the border than the bluer 'Rozanne'. Blooms May – first frosts. HP for sun/part shade. Ht.15” (38cm) Spread 18” (45cm). 11cm pot £8.50
£8.50
 
Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'
Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'
Rare, white flowered form of this pretty species, which performs well in many situations, including dry shade. In bloom for months and the glossy foliage is a major asset also. Ht. & Spread to 1’ (30cm) 9cm pot £8.00
£8.00
Geranium sanguineum striatum
Geranium sanguineum striatum
Many cup-shaped pink flowers with darker veining, produced throughout summer. Spreading habit makes good ground cover in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. HP. Ht.4-6” (10-15cm) Spread 12+” (30cm)  11cm pot £5.00
£5.00
Geum 'Bell Bank'
Geum 'Bell Bank'
Copper-pink, semi-double flowers, with prettily frilled edges to the petals. Vigorous hybrid for retentive soil in a cool position. Ht. 18” (45cm). 9cm pot £6.00
£6.00
 
Geum 'Lady Clementine'
Geum 'Lady Clementine'
Vibrant orange, semi-double flowers, produced over a long period from early summer. HP for sun/part shade & most ordinary soils. Ht.18” (45cm).  9cm pot for £8.00
£8.00
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’
Clouds of starry pink flowers appear to hover above handsome, bronze-purple leaves. HP for fertile soil in part shade.  Ht. & spread 24” (60cm). 1 Ltr pot for £8.50 1 1/2 Ltr Pot for 10.50
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Hesperis matronalis
Hesperis matronalis
‘Sweet Rocket’ produces long-flowering stems of lilac blooms, with wonderful evening fragrance. This is a plant which is so generous with its flowering that it can easily 'flower itself to death'. To prevent this, we stop the plants flowering before they can go to seed, which encourages the formation of a substantial plant in the second year, when a small amount of seed can be allowed to...
£4.00
 
Iberis sempervirens 'Absolutely Amethyst'
Iberis sempervirens 'Absolutely Amethyst'
Wonderful form of perennial candytuft, this ground-covering little evergreen sports gorgeous deep lilac flowers from spring into summer. Before the introduction of this variety, we relied on an annual form of candytuft to achieve this desirable colour, so a very welcome new plant! Best in sun/well-drained soil. Ht.12” (30cm).  9cm pot for £5.00
£5.00
Knautia macedonica
Knautia macedonica
Valuable for long & prolific flowering, with strong, wiry stems bearing masses of wine-red, scabious-like pincushion flowers from late June until first frosts. HP for sun & well drained soil. Ht. 30” (75cm) Spread 12” (30cm). 9cm port for £4.50
£4.50
Lamium orvala
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Lamium orvala
Tall species bearing large clusters of orchid-like, dusky pink flowers with netted lip. Very striking and will make a good sized clump by its second season.HP for sun/semi-shade & well-drained soil. Ht. & spread 12” (30cm). 9cm pot £5.00
£5.00
 
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