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Hardy Perennials

Hardy perennials are the mainstay of the herbaceous border, giving colour through the year for very little effort and attracting bees, butterflies and other invertebrates into the garden.

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Scabiosa triandra

Scabiosa triandra£6.00

A wild flower from Southern Europe, with small lilac flowers on thin stems over a long period summer, from June to September. A 'see through' plant, similar in habit to S.ochroleuca which has yellow flowers. Well drained soil in sun. Good wit

Sedum spectabile 'Iceberg'

Sedum spectabile 'Iceberg'£6.00


Compact cultivar with heads of white flowers from July to September. Loved by bees and butterflies.

Selinum wallichianum

Selinum wallichianum£6.00

Wallich milk parsley

Beautiful Cow parsley relative with finely divided leaves and large, flattened umbels of white flowers in late summer-autumn. Makes a good specimen. Good for a wild garden. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Senecio doria

Senecio doria£6.00

Golden Ragwort Unusual perennial with upright stems topped with bright yellow flowers which attract insects. The hairy glaucous grey leaves reach over a foot long. Drought tolerant. Related to the common ragwort so to be safe, keep away from horses.
Senecio polyodon

Senecio polyodon£5.00

Masses of lovely mauve daisies, to 2 cm across, on long stems in summer. For sun and well drained soil. Good for a rockery. Short lived but will seed around. Hardy in mild areas.

Solidago flexicaulis 'Variegata'

Solidago flexicaulis 'Variegata'£6.00

Zig-Zag Goldenrod

An unusual cultivar which makes an ideal plant for sun to part shade. The brightly variegated foliage on zig zag stems is topped by sprays of small yellow flowers in late summer.

Solidago uliginosa

Solidago uliginosa£6.00

Golden Rod

Tall species of Golden Rod with upright spikes of yellow flowers from June-September.

Symphyotrichum   novi-belgii 'Snowsprite'

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Snowsprite'£7.00

Early flowering compact form with masses of double white flowers in late summer to autumn, ideal for the front of a sunny border in well-drained soil.

Thalictrum delavayi

Thalictrum delavayi£6.00

This graceful species has tall, purple-tinted stems topped by widely branched airy panicles of tiny pale lilac flowers with prominent yellow stamens from July to September.

Thalictrum flavum 'Illuminator'

Thalictrum flavum 'Illuminator'£6.50

Meadow Rue

In this variety the leaves emerge a fresh lemon yellow before turning into glaucous blue. Airy sprays of small yellow flowers are borne on tall stems in mid-summer.

Thalictrum rochebrunianum

Thalictrum rochebrunianum£5.00

A tall Japanese species, with tall stiff stems carrying masses of small, downward facing purple-pink flowers with yellow anthers in midsummer. Sun to part-shade with a cool moist root run.

Thalictrum sphaerostachyum

Thalictrum sphaerostachyum£6.50

Chinese Meadow Rue

An imposing plant, producing pale yellow fluffy flower panicles on strong stems above a mass of grey-green foliage.

Tolmiea menziesii 'Taffs Gold'

Tolmiea menziesii 'Taffs Gold'£5.00

Pick a Back Plant

Woodland plant related to the Heuchera with hairy leaves which sometimes carry baby plants.

Tulbaghia violacea

Tulbaghia violacea£5.00

Society Garlic

Pretty chalky mauve flowers over narrow green leaves from July to the first frosts. Hardy down to -5C so give a protective mulch in winter. Grow in well drained soil in full sun. Suitable for a rockery.

Vernonia arkansana 'Mammuth'

Vernonia arkansana 'Mammuth'£5.00

A tall North American perennial in the Aster family, which makes a great partner for tall grasses in a prairie-style planting. Heads of tightly packed purple flowers in September to October, loved by bees and butterflies.

Veronica  longifolia 'Schneeriesin'

Veronica longifolia 'Schneeriesin'£6.00


('Snow Giant'.) Growing to around 60 to 80 cm, not sure where the reference to Giant fits in. Nonetheless this is a good plant for growing in wet heavy soil, along with Lythrum, Filipendula etc.

Veronica austriaca ssp. teucrium 'Royal Blue'

Veronica austriaca ssp. teucrium 'Royal Blue'£6.00

Saw leaved Speedwell

A compact, spreading perennial with deep blue flowers from June-August. Ideal for edging the front of the border. For moist, well drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Veronicastrum sibiricum 'Album'

Veronicastrum sibiricum 'Album'£6.00

Culver's Root

Stately North American perennial bearing large branching spikes of white flowers on stems clothed with whorls of foliage, from summer to autumn. A good cut flower, and attractive to bees and butterflies.

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