+ Bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens, Inc.

Monarda Purple Rooster or Beebalm

Beebalm! Great food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies! Monarda or Beebalm is a wonderful old fashioned perennial that is more commonly seen in gardens in its red form. A few years ago, my cutting supplier made an error and sent me purple plants instead of the pink that I had ordered, so that’s how I came to discover the lovely Purple Rooster! I have never… Read More

+ Ligularia Desdemona

Ligularia Desdemona

The beautiful large dark green – purple foliage of Ligularia Desdemona creates a dramatic tropical effect in the garden. Ligularia Desdemona blooms late summer when the garden can use a burst of colour. The yellow Daisy flowers rise above the foliage, blooming late summer and fall, offering excellent colour at a time of year that often needs a colour lift. Ligularia Desdemona is very… Read More

+ 25 special and unusual Peonies

25 Peonies for 25 years!

Choose from our specialty Peony collection As part of our celebrations to mark our 25th year in business, we had a brainwave to grow 25 special and unusual Peonies. The project has been a huge success and in our perennial house is an outstanding display of our 25 selected varieties. Peonies are very easy to grow – every garden should have one or more!… Read More

+ Allium Millenium 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Allium Millenium: 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Award winning unique summer colour! This unusual perennial is named the 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association and we are excited to be growing it! Allium Millenium is an ornamental onion that flowers mid summer. Plants form a compact, neat upright clump of glossy green leaves. When does Allium Millenium bloom? In late July and August a profusion of large… Read More

Butterfly Bush

Buddleia, Butterfly magnets for the garden Our aptly named Buddleia or Butterfly Bush are just starting to come into bloom in our perennial house. If you would like to try growing a real butterfly magnet plant and you have a sunny, sheltered location, then you must consider Buddleia! Choose from Prince Charming (cerise pink flowers) or Blue Knight (lavender purple flowers). Woody plants reach… Read More

Creeping Phlox Red Wing

Vibrant spring time colour! Need an extra splash of colour in your garden in the spring? Creeping Phlox Red Wing may be the plant for you! Vibrant carmine pink flowers are extremely eye catching, blooming when most other perennials are just starting to poke out of the ground. This hardy perennial ground cover forms a low growing carpet of evergreen foliage which is completely… Read More

Astilbe Vision in Red

Long lasting colour for the shade This fabulous Astilbe is one of my favourite perennials! Long lasting, upright, fluffy dark red flowers are very striking and last for 6 to 8 weeks in July and August. When the flowers are finished, the glossy foliage remains fresh and full and the seed heads are interesting into the fall. Vision in Red will grow better in… Read More

Rhubarb

Pie or crisp anyone? Love cooking with rhubarb? Why not try growing some? Rhubarb is a very easy plant to grow which will steadily expand into a larger clump over the years. Plant in a sunny spot in your garden and watch as the leaves emerge and it grows quickly in the spring. How to grow rhubarb Plants will grow quite large so allow… Read More

Lavender Munstead

Add some sweet fragrance to your garden! Lavender is one of my favourite perennials! We used to grow it in our cut flower fields many years ago. Its unmistakable sweet fragrance is widely used in commercial soaps, shampoos and air fresheners – but why settle for the artificial scent when it’s easy to grow fresh in your own garden! Lavender is a low, woody,… Read More

Primula Pacific Hybrids

Bright early colour for wet spots This low growing brightly coloured perennial spring beauty produces large flowers, held in small clusters in vibrant shades of yellow, maroon, lavender, white, pink and violet. The dark green foliage forms a low rosette. Plants reach 6-8” in height, so plant at the front of the garden for the best display. Primula loves to be in a wet… Read More