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Category Archives: Perennial


The perennial beds are full of colour.  There are Achilleas,  Phlox , Monardas , Echinaceas and Rudbeckias.  We are particularly pleased with Terry Dowdeswell’s New Millennium Delphiniums – the flower spikes have real quality and some of the stems are like bamboo canes. The roses have survived the wet and...
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Mulch Alstroemerias planted this season

Mulch Alstroemerias planted this season There is a lot of breeding going on with Alstroemerias. The new hybrids flower for a long time and there are wonderful colours but they can be vulnerable to frost in their first winters.  The Hardy Plant Society recommends you mulch Alstroemerias planted this season...
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Heucheras (Coral Bells) and Heucherellas (Foamy Bells) at Downside

Heucheras (Coral Bells) and Heucherellas (Foamy Bells) at Downside Nurseries: Heuchera make excellent foliage plants for sun to part-shade gardens…   Most flowers are not as impressive as the foliage, but they do add an extra level of interest. Heucherella are selected Coral Bells crossed with Tiarella to create amazing foliage...
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Penstemn Czar, Lobelia Hadspen Purple, Heuchera ‘Caramel’, Geranium ‘Blue Sunrise’ & Sedum ‘Jennifer’

What a lovely display… The tall Penstemn Czar in the centre flanked by Lobelia Hadspen Purple (spires of sumptuous plum-purple flowers are borne from summer to autumn above the distinctive, mid-green foliage, making a vibrant display in borders or near water – grows to 4ft), And in front the Heuchera ‘Caramel’, with its caramel coloured...
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White plants for your borders – Orlaya grandiflora, Perennial Stocks, Nicotiana affinis and sylvestris, White tree lupins and New Guinea Impatiens

If you’re looking for white plants for your borders, then here’s a few options for your consideration: Orlaya grandiflora- the white flowers of this gorgeous short lived perennial form in big, flat-topped clusters, which can look a little like lace-cap hydrangeas.  They flower throughout the summer and continue until first frosts...
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