Pennisetum ‘hameln’

Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage […]

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Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’

Probably the best Michaelmas daisy, flowering late summer through autumn, mildew free, and about a metre tall, unless you chelsea-chop early in the season. Always very reliable and forms a large clump after a few years. A very beautiful blue. I find it very mildew resistant and very hardy, a bomb=pfoof plant every border should

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Calamintha nepeta ssp. ‘nepeta’

Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta is the 2021 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year™. This sun-loving perennial is the perfect choice for attracting pollinators since it blooms from early summer until frost. Dot them around the garden at the front of borders its such a great performer and is always swarming with bees. If choosing

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Aster pilosum var. pringlei

Sprays of many small, pure white daisy flowers, with golden yellow eyes, in late summer and autumn. Sun or part shade, any good soil. H:70cm RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit) New to me this year but wow! what a beautiful plant, something to look forward to in the autumn, held itself up pretty well

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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ is a tall-growing grass, perfect for growing at the back of the border, where it forms a good backdrop to shorter growing grasses and perennials. The long, ribbon-like foliage is streaked with white. In late summer Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ produces long, attractive plumes of silvery flowerheads that last well into winter. For

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Eurybia divaricatus

Very adaptable, tough mounding perennial. White Wood Aster has smaller, fragrant, starry flowers (slightly less than 1” in diameter) that are borne very abundantly on wiry stems. In full bloom this perennial is covered with flowers; if grown in shade there are less blooms, but on the other hand you can plant it in full

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Pennisetum ‘redhead’

One of the hardiest pennisetum,  and always gives superb winter show, cut back in feb. for next seasons growth. This can be split-up at most times of the year and it takes very easily to most soil conditions. It gets its name from the changing colour of the flower heads, starting off as reddish buds

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My new border

Planted a year ago in July ’21. Covered the bed with a foot of old potting compost from the heap at the end of the garden and planted the plants straight into it, so no digging required ! This is only a year old so they’ve established really quickly but have had to move things

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Epimedium fargesii

This epimedium I’ve been growing and slowly increasing for years it seems, and now eventually have a few 2 litre plants ready in the shop. Heres a few images of it in my test bed, which I use to see how different plant varieties perform. I’ll update the images annually to see how it copes

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Persicaria polymorpha

‘Giant white fleece flower’, ‘Alpine knotweed’ The tallest of all persicaria, and a beautiful plant that needs alot of space, but is not invasive in any way. This wonderful large, tough, clump-forming perennial produces plumes of long-lasting, creamy-white flowers for much of the summer and well into autumn on strong stems with pointed leaves. It

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