" Plant List (Fully Updated Jan 2020) *Succulent plants are included in this list, but there is a separate list to make it easier to view. Find it at the end of the main listing. This List covers most of the varieties that we regularly stock through the season. It is by no means complete, and many other plants can be sourced or propagated on request. For pricing and sizes please refer to the Mail Order tab on the Menu and see the 'How To Buy' section.
We endeavour to show the original country of origin for as many plants as we can, in line with The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, even if they have been 'improved' by breeding. For example, Abutilon 'Nabob' has been bred by man, but the genus originates from South America. Under Construction: images and some descriptions still to come. New additions to the list will be listed below in bold text until they can be added to the listing.
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Items marked with * are currently out of stock, we are busy growing on more for later in the season- I may be able to source from other suppliers though, so always ask!! A Abutilon 'Kentish Belle' AGM: Compact, semi-evergreen arching shrub with dark green palmate leaves. Large bell shaped flowers with pale yellow petals and a dark red calyx making for a nice contrast. Pretty hardy, didn't kill mine last year so fingers crossed! Up to 2 metres tall on a sheltered site. Abutilon 'Nabob' AGM: South America. Huge bowl shaped flowers in a rich red. Pinch tips during the growing season to keep bushy. Not hardy, but should make it in a very sheltered corner with horticultural fleece- worth the extra work though! Abutilon 'Waltz': South America. Huge bowl shaped flowers in a rich golden yellow. Pinch tips during the growing season to keep bushy. Not hardy, but should make it in a very sheltered corner with horticultural fleece- worth the extra work though! Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' Highly ornamental large shrub. Light grey-blue leaves, purple flushed new growth. Golden fluffy flowers in spring. Hardy in a sheltered spot. Acacia dealbata AGM: "Mimosa" Fast growing evergreen tree with very ferny leaves. Masses of fragrant fluffy yellow flowers in spring. Full Sun. Agapanthus 'Black Pantha': "African Lily" Almost black buds produce deep blue trumpets on long stems with a dark tinge. Really unusual- we have supplied this variety as the selection in the World Garden (Sienna/Senna) is no longer commercially produced, and is unreliable from seed. Absolutely every person who sees these dark flowers on almost black stems falls in love with them Agapanthus 'Senna' Glorious black tinged stems and flower spikes topped with deepest blue tubular flowers. Inapterus hybrid, but hardy. Slow to clump up, which may explain the scarcity of supply? Agastache 'Black Adder': Deep violet flowers on long spires above strongly aromatic foliage. Well worth adding to the mixed border, very dramatic! Up to 1 metre Agastache 'Blue Boa': "Mexican Mint" A must for the bee friendly garden. A hardy herbaceous perennial with nettle type foliage smelling strongly of mint when brushed past. Lovely large flower spikes with a rich violet at the centre of the spike surrounded by violet-blue flowers. The inner spike persists long after the flowers have dropped so lengthening the display. Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate': "Snakeroot" Herbaceous perennial with delicious rich purpley to chocolate tinged stems and foliage. Nice strong upright growth, and tiny little white flowers in autumn. Makes a bold statement. Up to 1 metre, hardy Albizia julibrissin f. rosea AGM: "Persian Silk Tree" Iran, Japan/China. Slow growing to begin, Albizia is a medium height tree with a domed appearance. Long pinnate leaves, reminiscent of Mimosa. Summer brings fluffy rich pink flower heads with prominent stamens. Not bomb proof, so sheltered spots only. Alogyne hugellii: * "Blue Hibiscus" Australia. Coarse almost bristly stems and foliage, tendancy to rocket straight up so may need pinching out. Also not hardy but is completely saved by the most beautiful pale violet-blue flowers over a long spring/summer period. Anisodontea 'El Rayo': Hardy semi evergreen shrub, up to 1.5 metres tall. Strong upright stems and slightly hairy leaves bush out to make a nice shaped shrub. Very large saucer shaped strong rose pink flowers with darker magenta centre and veining are produced over a long summer period, flowering well into the winter (under plastic). Outside, although knocked back to the ground by The Beast From The East, it is flourishing again. Armeria juniperifolia 'Bevan's Variety' AGM: Hardy alpine from the Mediterranean. Also known as thrift or sea pink. This variety has needle like foliage and rosy pale pink flowers, repeating with good dead heading right through the season. Low mat-forming plant. Arum italicum susp. italicum 'Marmoratum' AGM: North Africa. Hardy tuberous perennial grown for the pretty marbled foliage and spathes which are followed by bright long lasting berries. B Baptisia australis AGM: Northern American hardy summer flowering perennial. Pea like pale green foliage is topped by beautiful indigo flowers. Prefers moist, neutral to acidic soil. Begonia fuchsioides pink syn foliosa var. miniata pink flowered AGM: Tender evergreen Begonia from South America. Can be grown up a cane to reach 4 foot tall! Small dark green leaves and numerous pendant pale pink flowers which darken later in the season. Begonia luxurians AGM: "Palm Leaf Begonia" Can grow up to 2 metres in a season! Brazilian lovely that likes humid shaded conditions, producing large leaves made up of many leaflets which hang downwards from the petiole. Yellow and white racemes of flowers are pretty, but it is mainly grown for the tropical foliage LOW STOCK Begonia sutherlandii AGM: Tanzania. Tuberous hardy variety, emerging in late spring-fresh green leaves with thin red edging are held on reddish stems. Prefers full shade, somewhere it can act as ground cover, or is very pleasing grown in a basket or trough as it will trail at least 0.5 Metres! Plentiful pale apricot flowers with yellow anthers show up well in a gloomy spot, one of my favourite plants. LOW STOCK Bidens heterophylla/aurea: "Beggar's Ticks" Unusual cottage garden plant from Northern America. Loose sprays of primrose flowers above feathery foliage in summer and autumn. Up to 1.8m in damper conditions! Hardy. Blechnum penna-marina: * Chile/Argentina "Water Fern" Likes damp as the common name suggests, very low growing tough little fern with ladder like fronds and spreading rhizomes. Semi-evergreen. Bletilla striata pink AGM and white varieties: "Hyacinth Orchid" Hardy ground Orchid from Asia. Deciduous terrestrial Orchid with long lance shaped leaves and bell shaped flowers in spring and summer. Buddleja x weyeriana: Hybrid of B. davidii and B. globosa, with prolific buttery yellow flower spikes from June until November. Very hardy, growth up to 2 metres C Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' AGM: "Bottlebrush" Narrow pointed leaves and beautiful flower clusters most noted for their many long stamens. Brilliant red flowers and pinky young growth. Needs some winter protection but will tolerate light frost if the wood is ripe. Callistemon citrinus 'White Anzac': "Bottlebrush" Narrow pointed leaves and beautiful flower clusters most noted for their many long stamens. Low spreading form with the best white flowers. Loved by bees, butterflies and all insects. Needs some winter protection but will tolerate light frost if the wood is ripe. Callistemon glaucus/linearis AGM: "Albany Bottlebrush" Slightly smaller flowers and thinner leaves but much hardier than citrinus. Very upright growth, loved by bees, butterflies and all insects. Strong red flowers. Callistemon 'Mauve Mist': Willowy leaves and long upright to arching growth. Pinky-mauve flowers in spring and summer. Seems fairly hardy... Callistemon pallidus: "Lemon Bottlebrush" Half hardy, grey-green foliage and lemon yellow long flower spikes, loved by bees, butterflies and all insects. Callistemon pityoides: "Alpine Bottlebrush" Fine needle like leaves sprouting from very hard bark. Pale cream to golden yellow fluffy flowers, loved by bees, butterflies and all insects. Caltha palustris: "Marsh Marigold" Hardy pond marginal with fresh green rounded leaves in a dense clump and large buttery gold flowers with prominent stamens. Calycanthus floridus *: "Carolina Allspice" Hardy decidous shrub growing to 8 foot. Very unusual deep red waterlily-style flowers with many strappy petals giving off a fruit scent. The leaves and bark release a camphor/clove scent when crushed. Adaptable to different sites Canna indica 'Purpurea' Herbaceous perennial with large upright bronzy-purple leaves up to 2metres tall growth. Bright orange-red flowers from mid summer. Canna 'Musifolia' AGM *: "Banana-Leaved Canna" Well over 2 metres tall with reedy canes and palmy foliage flushed red. Small red flowers in warm areas. Canna 'Striata' syn 'Pretoria' AGM: "Bengal Tiger" Green and yellow striped leaves with maroon edges up to 1 metre. Bright orange flowers in summer. Cantua buxifolia (red form) AGM: "Sacred Flower of the Incas" "Peruvian Magic Tree" Southern America Upright scrambling semi evergreen shrub (no frost for this one..) Spring brings an amazing show of strong pink tubular flowers with red petal lobes. Hanging in large clusters, these flowers certainly look magical! Can reach 3-4 metres with support!! Carex 'Silver Sceptre' *: European hardy, low mound forming variety of Carex with many thin, soft cream and green variegated leaves. Tough as old boots and spreads well to make a carpet, even on dry shaded areas. Carex testacea: "New Zealand Sedge" Very nice upright variety, with tough thin leaves in shades of gold through to orange. Good on hot dry sites. Hardy. Carex trifida 'Chatham Blue' * Nice selection with curving light grey-blue foliage, hardy evergreen Ceanothus 'Puget Blue' AGM: North American hardy shrub with a profusion of small dark green tough leaves. Many rounded clusters of brilliant blue flowers are produced in early summer. Ceratostigma abyssinicum: Half hardy shrub from Ethiopia with sky blue flowers particularly reminiscent of Plumbago. Foliage turns brilliant red as the flowers are produced. Can be trained as a climber- ours has reached 10 foot under a covered outdoor path and is still flowering as snow is falling in January! Ceratostigma plumbaginoides *: "False Plumbago". Chinese hardy ground covering sub shrub with fresh green leaves. Late summer deep blue flowers are produced foliage turned to red and orange. Treat as herbaceous and cut to the ground each season. Very tough, and invaluable colour into autumn. Ceratostigma willmottianum: * "False Plumbago" Chinese hardy shrub. Flowers better on young growth, so trim in the spring. Profuse bright blue flowers through the summer are followed by prickly, burr-like seed heads which persist all winter. Deciduous. Cercidiphyllum japonicum: * "Katsura" Beautiful small tree from Japan with heart shaped leaves giving season long interest. Starting as a bronzy mauve in the spring, they turn to a fresh green over the summer then explode into yellows, oranges and reds. The autumn leaves also give off the now famous 'burnt sugar/candy floss' scent. Up to 15 metres, but easily containable with pruning. Cestrum elegans: Semi evergreen shrub with upright growth and pretty soft rose pink flowers in simmer sometimes followed by purple berries. Cestrum 'Newelii AGM: Tall variety reaching 2-2.5metres. Not reliably hardy in cold winters (will take minus 5 deg) but if sheltered will flower right through winter with wonderful slightly pendulous sprays of rich ruby red tubular flowers. Cestrum parquii AGM: "Willow-leaved Jessamine" Chile. Semi evergreen shrub with deep green pointed leaves, oddly aromatic. Greeny yellow small flowers in clusters are scented at night, not totally hardy though only needs to be out of all the rain and ice. Chaenomeles "Ornamental Quince" Hardy Japanese shrub that flowers just as the new leaves are bursting open. Blowsy double apricot shaded flowers, pink tones or white. Good trained as a wall shrub, will happily survive in a north facing/shaded site. Chamaerops humilisAGM: "Mediterranean Dwarf Palm" European small evergreen palm. Bushy growth with up to 45cm fan-shaped leaves in mid green growing in dense clusters. Hardy. Chloranthus henryi: Lovely woodland hardy perennial from Asia, with glossy deep green leaves and small sprays of scented white flowers. Up to 30 cm maximum. Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' AGM *: "Plume Thistle" Eurasian hardy perennial with spiky leaves in a dense rosette and long flower stems topped with deep red thistle-like flower heads in summer. Up to 1 metre. Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice': "Summersweet" Medium sized deciduous shrub, slow growing, good for smaller gardens with its more upright growth. Fluffy flower spikes in shades of rose pink through to white. Up to 2 metres. Colquhounia coccinea: "Himalayan Mint Shrub" Pretty hardy, although will appreciate shelter from waterlogging in the winter. Soft silvery grey pointed leaves, strongly aromatic- smells like pineapple! In late summer to autumn it will have whorls of orange-red showy tubular flowers. Another favourite! Coprosma rugosa 'Clearwater Gold': New Zealand. Very unusual and rarely offered divaricating shrub. Tiny green leaves on reddish brown zig-zag stems, very pale gold when young making the whole shrub seem to glow. Makes a good statement shrub. Hardy, semi evergreen. Will regenerate from base if damaged or harsh weather. Coprosma repens 'Evening Glow': "Mirror Plant" High impact recent introduction, spectacular glossy foliage, colours especially bright in summer- green, red, yellow and orange through the year. Not totally hardy but only needs to be out of the wet and cold winds. Coprosma 'Lemon and Lime': "Mirror Plant" Another recent introduction, spectacular glossy foliage, colours especially bright in summer- yellow with apple green wavy edges. Not totally hardy but only needs to be out of the wet and cold winds. Corokia cotoneaster: "Wire netting bush" Very hardy shrub from New Zealand with zig-zag branches covered in tiny dark green leaves. Many small gold flowers in spring. Corokia x virgata 'Frosted Chocolate': Hybrid with matt beige-green foliage in winter which deepens to a hot chocolate shade in the summer. Up to approx 1.5 metres. Coronilla varia: "Crown Vetch" Absolutely beautiful hardy clumping plant- keep in a container though as it can run away!! Palest pink pea flowers, above grey green foliage. Cosmos astrosanguineus 'Chocamocha': "The Chocolate Plant" Upright tuberous perennial discovered growing in the wild in Mexico (now extinct) Hardy if planted deep and mulched thickly in winter. Long stems are topped by beautiful large maroon-red flowers which smell strongly of chocolate, especially when the sun is on them. Crocosmia 'George Davison' and 'Lucifer': "Montbretia" Cormous South African hardy perennials with sword shaped leaves and showy funnel shaped flowers in summer. 'Lucifer' has vivid red flowers on stems up to 1.5 metres. 'George Davison' has rich amber yellow flowers up to 1 metre. Cyclamen coum AGM: Turkey. Hardy, winter flowering tuber with rounded leaves. Pale pink or white flowers. Cyclamen hederifolium AGM: Turkey. Autumn flowering hardy tuber. Leaves are usually ivy shaped, sometimes marbled in silver. Flowers range from rich pink through to a pale pink and white. Cyperus papyrus AGM *: "Paper Reed" Africa. Tall clumps of reed like fresh green vegetation and in summer, long stems are topped with a starburst effect of clustered flower spikes. Very tender, will need a conservatory to survive the winter, but so worth the extra hassle! D Dahlia merckii: Rarely offered variety of Dahlia with small single pale pink flowers with gold centres on slender stems. Fresh green foliage is softer to handle than other Dahlias, and the whole plants moves beautifully in the breeze. Up to 1.5-2 metres. Dahlia 'Mexican Black' *: Very desirable Dahlia x Chocolate Cosmos. Retaining the chocolate scent, the sultry dark red flowers with golden anthers appear early summer and last until the frosts. Hardy Dahlia 'War of The Roses': Not often offered for sale, this variety is a bit of an enigma. Originating from France, the story goes that in the 1850's a family warring over the inheritance of a chateau ended in allowing it to fall into disrepair. Out of the neglected gardens, this variety survived and was collected, although it's original French name is unknown. The total randomness of the colours on individual flowers has some experts baffled, as it follows no known pattern! Hardy too!! Delosperma cooperi: "Jewel of the Desert" Hardy alpine from South Africa. Fleshy grey-green trailing foliage with large magenta flowers with tiny pale yellow/white anthers in spring/early summer. Delosperma nubigenum: Hardy miniature Ice Plant from South Africa. Forms a dense mat of small fleshy leaves. Starry yellow flowers with gold anthers smother the plant in spring/early summer. Dianella tasmanica 'Tas Red': "Flax Lily" This selection is particularly adaptable to many situations. Hardy, dense clumping strappy foliage with red-flushed bases in summer. Wiry stems hold small flowers which are followed by amazing almost metallic blue berries. Hardy Dianthus barbatus 'Monksilver Black': Europe. Evergreen perennial, up to 35cm, velvety dark flowers May-July above rich dark red/purple foliage. Hardy, full sun for best foliage colour. Diascia fetcaniensis: South African hardy variety that keeps on flowering all summer in shades of rich rose pink. It tends to form a low mound and spread that way, or does extremely well in raised tubs as it trails down the sides. Diascia personata *: Strong growing upright square stems with mid green spear shaped leaves. Loads of dusty pink flowers clothe the ends of the stems and last for a long period. The plant itself it semi evergreen and perennial (hardy). Up to 90cm. Dicentra 'King of Hearts': North America. Hardy woodland plant. Fern leaved "Bleeding Heart" Greyish green foliage with a compact habit and much longer flowering than other varieties. Deep pink heart shaped flowers persist well into summer, particularly if kept moist and shaded. Dichroa febrifuga: Half hardy Hydrangea like shrub from South and South East Asia. Showy blue or pink flowers with prominent stamens. Used as an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine. Dicksonia antarctica 'Soft Tree Fern' AGM: Originating from Australia, this fern is deciduous in colder climates, leaving the stout reddish brown stem/trunk over winter. Glossy deep green deeply cut fronds of up to 3 metres in length emerge in the spring. Dislikes strong winds and dryness. Dierama: Graceful hardy perennials from South Africa with strappy stiff leaves with delicate arching flower stems which sway in the breeze in July-August. The flowers weigh the stems down hence the name "Angel's Fishing Rods". Prefer at least part sun, and a moist well drained soil. Dierama pulcherrimum: Strong growing variety with flowers in shades from pink, mauve or purple. Up to 1.5 metres. Diervilla x splendens: "Bush Honeysuckle" Asia. Invaluable hardy suckering shrub which can tolerate dry shade (although it will perform better with a little moisture!) Deciduous foliage which emerges as fresh green and darkens to a reddish bronze over the season. Small pretty pale yellow flowers in late spring. Unchecked it can reach 1.2 metres. Digitalis/Isoplexis canariensis: "Canary Island Foxglove" Woody based tender perennial with rough deep green toothed leaves. From early summer, the mature plant produces multiple spikes of hooded apricot to soft orange flowers until much later in the season. Worth a little extra care. Up to 1.5 metres. Digitalis/Isoplexis sceptrum: "Giant Madieran Foxglove" Large hairy leaves clothe a woody centre. Much more impressive than the Canary Island Foxglove. Needs winter protection to flower properly in the UK, but the large soft orange foxglove flower spikes are so worth it. Disporopsis pernyi: * "Evergreen Soloman's Seal" Shade loving, low spreading perennial. Shiny evergreen leaves with pendant white flowers along the stem. Hardy Dodonea viscosa purpurea: * "Purple Hop Bush" South Africa, Australia and America. Unusual evergreen foliar interest perennial shrub, up to 300cm, deep red foliage darkens in full sun. Shelter from frost, well drained soil. Doodia aspera 'Rough Ruby' *: Hardy upright fern with deeply cut fronds which emerge pinky-red then fade to green later in the season. Semi evergreen, 60cm Drimys/Tasmannia lanceolata: "Tasmanian Pepperberry" Compact hardy evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves held on red stems. Cream coloured perfumed flowers in spring are followed by shiny black berries. Makes a nice statement shrub. E Echinacea pallida: Prominent central cone edged with drooping thin pale pink to purple petals. Vigorous and long lasting flowers, hardy too! Echinacea purpurea *: "Purple Coneflower" Hardy herbaceous perennial native to North America. Low clumps of dark green leaves, long flower stems topped with a large "daisy" flowerhead with a pronounced pale orange centre. Echinacea purpurea 'Alba': (White Swan) Slightly shorter than E. purpurea, and with paler green foliage. White daisies with a cool gold central cone from mid summer. Hardy. Epimedium: "Bishop's Hat" China. Very tolerant hardy rhizomatous perennial- even dry shade. Mainly originating from Asia, they stay evergreen through the winter. Cut back old leaves in spring to reveal the most dainty spurred flowers on long thin stems ranging from white to yellow, pink and through to reds and oranges. Epiumedium 'Akebono': White flowers flushed pale pink above fresh green foliage. Very tolerant of shade and dry shade once established. Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee': Purple tinted foliage ageing to green followed by masses of wiry stems holding lavender-lilac spurred flowers tipped with white. Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten': Bronzed young foliage ages to green and back to bronze in the autumn. Profuse small yellow flowers held above the foliage, which is a bonus if you forgot to cut it back! Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' AGM: Beautiful flowers like tiny daffodils. The outer petals are pale lemon with darker yellow in the centre. A European variety, and one of the easiest. Epimedium warleyense: An old variety but extremely reliable. Mottled foliage with coppery orange flowers paler near the centre. Erigeron karvinskianus AGM: "Mexican Fleabane" Spreading perennial up to 15cm high. Narrow foliage and daisy flowers opening white then turning pink with age. Eringium x zabelii 'Big Blue' AGM: Very prickly steel blue flowers on long stems from mounding variegated foliage. Stunning en masse, a real showstopper. 75cm Erysium 'Bowles Mauve': Violet flower spikes begin in spring and can continue right through the winter if it"s not too icy. A woody small hardy shrub needing very little care, although cutting back will keep it fresh. Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' AGM: "Winged Spindle Tree" Siberia. A must have hardy dwarf shrub for autumn colour- stinging pinky red to purple colours persisting well through the season. Corky ridged bark with fresh green leaves in spring. Early winter the red seed pods burst open to reveal bright orange fruits. Up to 1 metre. Eupatorium rugosum/Ageritina 'Chocolate': Northern USA. Hardy herbaceous perennial with deep chocolate foliage all season. Insignificant white fluffy flowers late in the year. Prefers sun with moist soil. Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow': Europe. Hardy evergreen, colourful foliage variegated in fresh green and yellow with pink new growth. Smaller flowers than some varieies, lime green. Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea': "Wood Spurge" Europe. Another good shade plant. Deep purple leaves and stems, flowering in zingy acid yellow in spring and early summer. Compact growth, hardy. Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae AGM: European hardy evergreen perennial to 50cm. Larger more rounded leaves in dense rosettes- good groundcover and a shade lover. Greeny yellow flowers rise above the foliage on thin stems in late spring. Excellent tolerance to dry shade. Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby': "Cypress Spurge" Europe. Unusal fast growing rhizomatous groundcover. Blue-green spiky foliage on reddish stems turns golden orange in autumn. Long lasting lime green flowers. Semi evergreen, hardy. Euphorbia 'Excalibur' *: Very striking upright variety, foliage emerging red in the spring and maturing to gray-green with a white midrib. Most leaves still retain a thin red edge as well. Bright yellow flowers give the plant a really punchy look. Most attractive, hardy, 1 metre tall. Euphorbia mellifera AGM: "Canary Spurge" "Honey Spurge" Semi evergreen dramatic variety- big bold growth, pale yellow-green foliage with a central white stripe. Spring brings small browny bronze flowers with a strong honey scent. Seems hardy so far fingers crossed! Up to 2 metres Euphorbia x pasteurii: * Cross between E. mellifera and E. stygiana. Dark green leaves with white midribs, turning reddish in the autumn. Forms a rounded habit up to 1.5 metres. Euphorbia polychroma: "Cushion Spurge" Mediterranean/Europe. Pale green foliage, in a rounded form- not a very noticeableplant until it is covered with long lasting lime-yellow flower bracts in spring. F Fascicularia bicolor ssp. canaliculata: Tropical looking member of the bromeliad family from Chile. Long, thin spiky leaves in large rosettes, grey green in colour. In late summer these redden at the bases to a bright red, with a cluster of rounded bright turquoisy-blue flowers! Pretty hardy in the UK, although dislikes excess wet and ice/snow sitting on it. Fatsia japonica: "Paper Plant" Native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan. A good tough shrub which will thrive in most places but even in deep dry shade, which makes it a must have! Large glossy green leaves on long trunks topped with large umbels of densely packed white flowers in late autumn, which show well in darker areas. Up to 12 foot but responds to thinning (or shortening) well by shooting from the base. Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web': Boldy variegated form of Fatsia, really lights up a dark corner! Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue': "Blue Fescue" Clump forming evergreen/semi-evergreen grass from France. Very fine palest icy blue leaves, which green up in winter. Striking in early summer when it produces blue-green flower plumes held above the main plant. Hardy on well drained sites (dislikes wet feet in winter!) Fragaria x ananassa 'Pink Panda' and 'Lipstick' Fremontodendron 'Californian Glory' AGM: "Flannel Bush" SW United States and Mexico. Vigorous evergreen/semi-evergreen shrub good for growing against a warm sunny wall. Brown fuzzy stems and dull blue-green lobed leaves. Large deep gold flowers from late spring to early autumn. May be knocked back a bit in colder areas so might not reach the RHS prediction of 6 metres!!European hardy evergreen perennial to 50cm. Larger more rounded leaves in dense rosettes- good groundcover and a shade lover. Greeny yellow flowers rise above the foliage on thin stems in late spring. Excellent tolerance to dry shade. Fuchsia 'Conspicua' AGM: South America. Hardy shrub with dark green leaves veined pink. Shiny bright red flowers, white corolla tube and purple anthers. Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' AGM: South America. Hardy Fuchsia with red/purple large flowers all season. Called "the climbing Fuchsia" due to the strong very tall growth produced- I managed about 3 metres one year before the frosts came! Fuchsia 'Thalia' AGM: Upright bushy variety with deep orange-red long tubular flowers until the frosts. Bronzed large leaves set the flowers off very nicely. Fuchsia arborescens: "Tree Fuchsia" From the mountains of central America, this unusual variety of Fuchsia has very straight stems and large fresh green leaves giving it a slightly tropical appearance. In summer each stem tip has a spectacular panicle of many small bright pink flowers held aloft followed by edible purple-black berries. This really dislikes drying out and will thrive if given filtered sun and a moister atmosphere. Protect from frost- despite advice to the contrary we have never managed to keep it through the winter unprotected. Fuchsia excorticata: New Zealand. Light brown/orange bark which peels with age. Very small greeny-purple flowers change to red, followed by dark purple berries. Can grow up to 15m in it's native habitat!! Fuchsia fulgens subsp. grandiflora *: Beautiful long slender flowers Fuchsia hatschbachii AGM: Elegant and rarely sold Fuchsia from Brazil with lovely glossy leaves which can be tinged pink and pale yellow according to the temperatures. Slender pink/ purple flowers. Growth up to 1.2m. Frost hardy. Fuchsia procumbens: Hardy very unusual Fuschsia from New Zealand. Totally prostrate, with many tiny rounded leaves. Curious tiny flowers facing upwards in greeny yellow and mauve with orange anthers. A good trailing basket plant for a talking point! Fuchsia x bacillaris: Hardy naturally occuring Fuchsia hybrid from Mexico with many red/purple small flowers all season. Small leaves in profusion, up to 1 metre tall. Furcraea selloa var. marginata: "Variegated Wild Sisal" A thick trunk forming plant which can reach 1-2m high. Topped by an rosette of elegant long fresh green leaves with pale gold margins. Needs frost protection. G Gaura lindheimeri 'Freefolk Rosy': "Wandflower" Excellent mid-border perennial from North America. Attractive yellow-cream and green variegated foliage topped by the thinnest stems carrying pretty white flowers with pink picotee all through the season. Ideal for hot dry areas. Gaura 'RosyJane': As above, no variegation to the foiage, more green with reddish streaking to the leaves. Geranium x catabrigiense 'Biokovo': "Cranesbill" Low growing hardy ground cover, very tolerant of most sites. Lovely aromatic semi evergreen foliage, palest pink flowers with dark pink anthers in early summer. Some autumn colour too. 20 cm. Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety' *: Northern Europe. Vigorous mat forming variety with aromatic semi-evergreen foliage. Strong rose pink-purple flowers in abundance in summer, up to 50cm. Hardy and tolerant of dry shade. Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor': "Dusky Cranesbill" Northern Europe. A very useful hardy herbaceous Geranium. Extremely tolerant of all situations including dry shade. Small deep purple flowers appear in spring to early summer above deeply lobed leaves with purple blotching in the centres. Reaches about 60cm in good conditions. Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety': Beautiful flared semi-double peachy pink bell flowers on slender stems above a rosette of deeply cut foliage. Moisture loving and prefers a shady spot. Totally hardy. Gillenia trifoliata AGM: North America. Everyone should have one of these- just beautiful. Clump forming rhizomatous perennial with delicate green foliage on reddish stems. All through the summer profuse white starry flowers sparkle in shadier corners. Although reputed to like well drained soil I have found it dries out quite easily and crisps up, so I grow mine in pots sitting in trays of water (taken out over winter to avoid the root ball freezing) Ginkgo biloba: "Maidenhair Tree" One of the oldest living tree species. China. Deciduous conical shaped tree, fan shaped fresh green leaves turn clear buttery yellow in autumn. Although it is a large tree (up to 10 metres!) I have bonsai'd mine and it's growing nicely as a small shrub. Hardy. Grevillea alpina 'Olympic Flame': "Cat's Claws" Australia. Evergreen rounded shrub with deep green needle leaves and dense racemes of red and cream flowers from spring onwards. Tender, but I have found it will survive outside on the driest soil in a sunny sheltered spot. Grevillea rosmarinifolia 'Jenkinsii' and williamsonii, or sulphureum also available H Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' AGM: "Golden Japanese Forest Grass" Bright gold and green variegated foliage, slightly pendant but forming a nice clump. Reminiscent of Bamboo, but non invasive. Does well on moist soils. This variety will stay golden all summer if shaded, but in the sun will bleach to pale yellow and green with pink tones coming through in the autumn. Holds its form well into winter, hardy. Helleborus argutifolius, foetidus and various orientalis hybrids: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' AGM Helianthus helianthoides 'Loraine Sunshine' Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Pink' Helwingia chinensis (broad leaves): Extremely unusual evergreen shrub from China. Up to 1.5 metres, this shrub has deep green leaves with a maroon-reddish underside matched by the leaf stalks and stems. Interesting as it is the only plant to produce flowers from the centre of its leaves. Purple buds form, opening to greenish white flowers in spring. Likes a woodland situation on well drained soil. Heptacodium miconioides: "Seven Son Tree" Vigorous upright growing tree with peeling bark and many small fragrant white flowers in late summer. These fall and leave behind creamy bracts which darken to pink with age. Hardy, not often offered for sale. Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' AGM: Miniature variety with thick glaucous rounded blue leaves. Stocky short flower spikes with lilac tubular flowers, hardy. Hosta 'Great Expectations': Very large variety with variegated leaves- blue green broad edges and golden centres which fade as the leaves age. Hosta 'Lemon and Lime': Miniature variety- pretty slim slightly wavy leaves of bright gold, Slender spikes topped with rich purple tubular flowers. Hylotelephium/Sedum 'Matrona' AGM: Bomb proof variety, up to 0.75m stout growth flushed with purple. Grey green leaves and dusty rose flat flower heads adored by all insects/bees /butterflies etc. Stands well into winter giving structure and interest to the garden. Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli': Bushy growing variety with smaller gray leaves on slightly sprawling stems. Red flat flower heads gradually deepen in colour, followed by the foliage so the whole plant is ablaze! Hylotelephium 'Purple Emperor' AGM: Shiny rich purple foliage, shorter growth than 'Matrona' but solidly bushy. Pinky purple flower heads in late summer. I Impatiens flanaganae: "Poor Man's Orchid' Hardy Impatiens. Unusual East African variety originating from vigorous red potato like tuberous roots. Pretty, large pink flowers in summer. Grow in part shade out of midday sun or flowering can be impeded. Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron: "Japanese Blood Grass" Hardy rhizomatous grass with flat fresh green leaves which redden gradually from the tips downwards in the summer until they are deep red. Extremely striking, and spreads well. Inula magnifica: "Giant Fleabane" Tall hardy herbaceous perennial with enormous soft crinkled leaves growing in a clumped basal rosette. Stout stems are topped with many large thin rayed daisies. Very striking, up to 2m tall! Iochroma australe AGM: "Blue Angel's Trumpet" Hardy large shrub from Argentina. Unassuming green leaves give way to 2 inch wonderful gentian-blue trumpet flowers from spring through summer. Iris japonica 'Ledger's Variety': "Orchid Iris" Hardy semi-evergreen Crested Iris that spreads via rhizomes. Short dark green sword shaped leaves held in a fan shape. In spring it produces flat white flowers with sky blue markings and orange crests. Grows up to 60cm tall. Isoplexis (now Digitalis) canariensis: "Canary Island Foxglove" Stunning evergreen shrub native to the Canaries and Madiera. It grows very upright, and produces long spikes of lovely orange/yellow open flowers held outwards. Can reach 4-5 foot, and is recommended for sunny sheltered walls out of cold winds. Personally I polytunnel mine rather than risk losing it! Isoplexis sceptrum: "Giant Madeira Foxglove" Magnificent variety, robust growth with large rough leaves and branching habit. Densely packed deep orange flower spikes. Minimum 2 degrees, or flowering is impeded. Itea virginica 'Merlot': "Virginia Sweetspire" Dwarf selection of Itea, growing in a very compact habit up to about 1 metre. Long flower spires rise above the foliage, white and fragrant. The autumn foliage is stunning- deep reds and purples. Prefers moist soil in full sun or part shade. J Jovibarba allionii: Hardy, clump forming succulent alpine, very drought tolerant K Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud' AGM: "Beauty Bush" Deciduous hardy shrub from Asia, growing fairly fast in an arching shape. Smothered in rich rose pink buds opening to bell shaped pale pink flowers with yellow speckled throats in spring. 2.5 metres at full height, this is great for a statement stand alone shrub, or a back of border star performer. L Lamium orvala "Giant Deadnettle"/ "Balm Leaved Archangel": Hardy perennial, loves shade and damper conditions, up to 0.5m tall, with large hairy crinkled leaves and whorls of large pink/purple flowers. A firm favorite Lavandula dentata: "Fringed Lavender" Slightly tender variety of Lavender from the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Islands and the Arabian peninsula. Highly aromatic with more citrusy tones than the usual musky Lavender scent. Large Fathead style pale mauve flowers from late summer through the winter if kept in a frost free area. Lavandula x intermedia 'Lullingstone Castle': Discovered in the grounds of Lullingstone Castle by Lady Zoe Hart Dyke. Wonderfully aromatic foliage in soft grey-green, and profuse light blue mauve flowers on long stems in the summer. Up to 80cm. (Sold with a colour information label unique to us) Ledebouria socialis: "Silver Squill" S. Africa Bulbous perennial with long pointed silver grey leaves with purple spotting. Tiny Wite sprays of flowers. Tender, 10cm Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black': "Brass Buttons" Hardy New Zealand evergreen creeping plant with very fine feathery foliage in shades of greeny bronze (young growth) to a striking dark charcoal colour when mature. Insignificant greenish flowers in the summer. Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask' AGM: "Manuka" New Zealand origin half hardy evergreen shrub with aromatic glossy dark green spiky leaves. Vibrant red flowers with darker red stamens. Up to 6 foot if protected from hard frosts and cold winds. Leptospermum scoparium 'Autumn Glory': "Tea Tree" Very pretty ruffled pink flowers which deepen with in the centres. Upright mid green spiky growth to 3 metres if protected from frost and cold winds. Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Logan's Form': Evergreen shrub, upright growth of small leaves with mottled variegations of yellow, green, pink, purple, which deepen in colour in winter. Plant in a spot sheltered from snow, ice or freezing winds. Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Red Dragon': Evergreen shrub, upright growth of small leaves in rich red darkening to a purplish colour in winter. Plant in a spot sheltered from snow, ice or freezing winds. Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Daybreak's Flame': "Chinese Witch Hazel" An evergreen shrub with pink young foliage that turns to a pale green in the summer then a buttery dull gold colour. Beautiful spidery frilly flowers of stinging pink in spring to early summer. Will survive outside in milder areas, or in a sheltered corner away from ice and cold winds elsewhere. Growth up to 2 metres. *Out of stock presently* Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Firedance': "Chinese Witch Hazel" An evergreen shrub with lovely rich red foliage that deepens through the season to a dark purple. Beautiful spidery frilly flowers of rich pink in spring to early summer. Will survive outside in milder areas, or in a sheltered corner away from ice and cold winds elsewhere. Growth up to 1 metre. Lotus hirsutus 'Lois': "Hairy Canary Clover" Hailing from the Canary Islands, this semi-evergreen sub shrub has silvery grey furry leaves and a spreading habit. In late summer it has pale pink and white "pea" type flowers, followed by interesting large reddish brown seed pods. 'Brimstone' also available. Lupinus arboreus (yellow) AGM: * "Tree Lupin" Hardy semi evergreen shrub originally from the USA, with very upright usually unbranched stems with grey green foliage. In mid spring it produces many beautiful pale yellow small Lupin flowers with a light perfume. This is great for a mid to back of border star performer during the spring, toning well with Alchemilla mollis and Primula vulgaris. Lysmachia ephemerum AGM: "Willow Leaved Loosestrife" Grey-green narrow leaves on slender upright stems. Plentiful graceful flower spires with many small white flowers July/Aug Hardy, likes damp conditions Lysmachia 'Snow Candles': "Willow Leaved Loosestrife" Fresh green rounder leaves on slender upright stems. Plentiful graceful flower spires with many saucer shaped white flowers summer to autumn. Foliage turns buttery yellow before dropping leaving red stems showing until the frosts. Hardy, likes damp conditions
M Maianthemum canadense: Low growing member of the Lily family. Almost Hosta like foliage in miniature with frothy white flowers in late spring. Hardy, likes shade, 10-15cm Malvastrum/ Modiolastrum lateritum: Hardy prostrate perennial from Uruguay. Long stems topped by single large peach flowers with yellow centres from late spring to summer. This can be grown as groundcover, or tied to a support to fully appreciate the lovely flowers. Metrosideros umbellata *: "New Zealand Christmas Tree" Endemic to NZ this tree *can* grow up to 15metres but is equally happy as a container plant. Beautiful bright red flowers in summer, protect from UK winter weather. Mitraria coccinea 'Clark's Form': Perennial evergreen scrambling 'climber' Beautiful large tubular orange flowers in summer, can be grown as more trailing, where it will layer root into the soil, or grow up through shrubs or on canes. Very sheltered spot to really thrive, but so worth the extra protection. Morina longifolia: "Long leaved whorlflower" Hardy evergreen from the Himalayas. Rosette forming perennial with aromatic spiny leaves and whorls of slender white tubed flowers which age to pink then crimson. Muehlenbeckia astonii: New Zealand endemic shrub, fascinating habit with wiry interlocking thin stems and tiny yellowy green heart shaped leaves. Extremely rare in the wild. Currently testing hardiness *fingers crossed* Muehlenbeckia complexa: "Maidenhair Vine" Native to New Zealand, this vigorous hardy perennial can be used as groundcover, tree stump coverage or even topiary. Many small dark green leaves on wiry stems with small creamy green flowers followed by fascinating swollen white berries with black seeds. Mukdenia rossii: Hardy rhizomatous perennial from Eastern Asia, pretty white flowers in spring followed by fresh green maple leaves which turn stunning rich red late summer. Very tolerant, including dry shade. Myosotidium hortensia: * "Chatham Island Forget Me Not" Another beautiful New Zealand native. Large glossy bright green leaves, reminiscent of Bergenia or Waterlillies. In spring it produces dense clumps of sky blue Forget-me-not style flowers on short stems. Evergreen, but appreciates shelter from snow and ice- I only bring mine under a wood shelter when snow and hard frost is forecast, it isn't heated, yet looks like it's image every year! Likes rich moist soil, but avoid waterlogging. Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish' AGM: Compact growing, suckering variety up to approx 2.5m. Large paddle shaped leaves with purple blotching which fades with maturity. Frost tender, ideal for sunrooms/conservatories. Musa basjoo: "Hardy Banana Tree" N Nandina domestica: "Heavenly Bamboo" Japanese hardy elegant shrub with upright Bamboo-like habit. Purple young foliage turns to green in summer and then bright reds and purples through the winter. In the summer it produces sprays of many small white flowers which are followed by red berries. Tolerates drought well, dislikes ice and cold winds. Nandina domestica 'Firepower': "Heavenly Bamboo" Japanese hardy compact shrub with upright Bamboo-like habit. Larger more crinkly leaves than straight domestica, yellowy green in summer turning to startling oranges and reds through the winter. In the summer it produces conical panicles of many small white flowers which are followed by red berries. Tolerates drought well, dislikes ice and cold winds. Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant': "Catmint" Garden origin hardy perennial with oval soft grey-green foliage which is strongly aromatic. Tall mounding fast growing shrub with small yet showy lavender blue flowers in the summer. Growth up to 100cm, genus originally from Europe, Asia and Africa.
O Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' AGM: "Black Mondo Grass" Hardy, Japan. Low growing spreading evergreen grass. The strappy leaves are a deep purple/black and clump up to form a very striking plant. In summer small bell shaped flowers in a pale mauve appear on short stems, followed by round black berries. Prefers a little shade and moister conditions than most grasses. Osteospermum jucundum compactum: "Cape Daisy" South African hardy spreading plant with daisy-like pinky purple flowers with a yellow and blue centre. Lower and more densely growing than O. "Lady Leitrim". A real tough guy, will tolerate drought and a fair amount of shade (although it will become leggier in shade) Height to 15cm. P Paeonia ludlowii lutea: "Yellow flowering Tree Peony" Chinese deciduous woody shrub, with deeply cut apple green leaves and butter yellow flowers. Up to 3m high but containable with pruning. Pelargoniums: tomentosum AGM, P. 'Lady Plymouth', P. peltatum variegated, peltatum 'Balkan', 'P. Mr Wren, P. 'Bird Dancer' AGM tetragonum and echinatum 'White Form' Penstemon 'Alice Hindley': "Beardtongue" Southern USA including Mexico. Hardy semi-evergreen perennial with narrow leaves and tall stems of pale mauve tubular flowers with white throats in the summer persisting through to the early autumn. A reliable late summer performer, up to 1 metre tall. Penstemon heterophyllus 'True Blue': Hardy, drought tolerant variety with a low spreading habit. Thinner dark green leaves and spikes of mauvey flowers which disappoint at first but mature to a proper rich sky blue! Penstemon 'King George V': "Beardtongue" Southern USA including Mexico. Hardy semi-evergreen shrubby perennial with deep green leaves and tall stems of bright scarlet tubular flowers with white throats in the summer persisting through to the early autumn. A reliable late summer performer, 60-90cm tall. Penstemon 'Midnight': Only propped to order as personally I find it too scrawny to hold well in pots, but the intense flower colour is still garden worthy Penstemon 'Raven' AGM *: "Beardtongue" Southern USA including Mexico. Hardy semi-evergreen perennial with wider mid green leaves than some varieties and an upright habit. Tall stems of large rich plum-purple tubular flowers with white throats appear in the summer and continue through to the early autumn. A reliable late summer performer, 50-80cm tall. Penstemon 'Snowstorm': "Beardtongue" Southern USA including Mexico. Hardy semi-evergreen shrubby perennial with wide pale green leaves and tall stems of pure white tubular flowers, sometimes with a pink tinge. Flowers appear in the summer and through to the early autumn. A reliable late summer performer, 60cm tall. Phalaris arundinacea var picta 'Feesey' AGM: "Gardener's Gaiters" American spreading clump forming tall grass with white/cream and green variegation flushed pink in spring and autumn. Beige flower spikes appear in summer, and the grass gradually fades to a pale gold which stands well into winter if not squashed flat by snow! 40-70cm tall. Phygelius aequalis 'Sensation': "Cape Figwort" South African hardy woody based perennial. This compact selection has lovely rich magenta-pink long tubular flowers in hanging clusters from summer to autumn. Makes a showy feature, 90-120cm tall. Pinus patula: "Mexican Weeping Pine" Medium size evergreen conifer from Mexico with fresh pale green long hanging 'needles' giving it a fringed effect. Reddish bark and curved 10cm cones. South or east facing sheltered site. Pittosporum anomalum *: Highly unusual shrub from New Zealand, extremely hardy with tiny creamy flowers in spring which are strongly fragranced. Evergreen, to 1 metre. Polemonium carneum 'Apricot Delight': "Jacob's Ladder" Beautiful variety, less prone to mildew than others, tall flower stems in spring/summer. P. reptans and 'Lambrook Mauve' also available Polygala x dalmaisiana AGM: "Sweet Pea Shrub" Small evergreen shrub of garden origin with grey-green leaves on slightly lax stems with the most beautiful rich purple flowers tipped with a lighter purple or white tuft. Outstanding flowering performance from summer through to autumn. 1-2 metres tall if protected from the worst winter weather- I kept mine outside in Kent until the winter of 2010, which killed it stone dead. Polygala virgata: "Broom Milkwort" Slender shrub with tall thin stems and small pointed leaves sparsely arranged along the length. Smallish bright purple pea-flowers. Sheltered spot. Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum' "Soloman's Seal" Hardy rhizomatous perennial approx 2metres- Arching stems with small greenish-white bell shaped flowers hanging underneath. Fresh green and white variegated leaves persist long into the autumn showing up well in shady corners. Primula beesiana: * "Candelabra/Chinese Primula" grown from seed selected for Lullingstone Castle's World Garden. Grow in damp conditions for the best flowers Primula 'Millers Crimson'* Prostanthera cuneata AGM: "Alpine Mint Bush" Australian evergreen small shrub. Very compact and dense growth, with tiny dark green leaves with a strong minty fragrance. White bell shaped flowers with mauve back are produced freely in summer. 30-60cm tall. Prostanthera ovalifolia variegata: "Australian Mint Bush" (variegated bright cream and fresh green). An erect evergreen shrub reaching 2 metres in a sheltered sunny spot. Abundant pretty purple flowers on the stem tips in spring. Wonderfully aromatic small oval leaves. Prostanthera rotundifolia AGM: "Australian Mint Bush" An erect evergreen shrub reaching 2 metres in a sheltered sunny spot. Abundant pretty purple flowers on the stem tips in spring. Wonderfully aromatic slightly wavy leaved foliage. Prostanthera walteri: "Monkey Mint Bush" Very unusual Australian shrub, large violet flowers strongly tinted with blue-green. Spreading habit, with small dark green leaves. Growth up to 1-2 metres tall. Cool greenhouse/shed/porch over winter to guarantee survival. Punica granatum: "Pomegranate" Hardy small tree/large shrub. Small yellowy-green leaves on upright stems, impressive bright red-orange flowers in summer.
R Ratibida pinnata: "Prarie Coneflower" Tall perennial with showy daisy like lemon flowers, approx 2m Rhodohypoxis deflexa: South African herbaceous corm. Short grass like leaves appear in the spring, with pretty mid pink flowers in summer on slender stems. Possibly the shortest growing variety at around 8cm tall. These don't like to dry out completely, but should not have wet feet in the winter to avoid rot. Rhodanthemum 'African Spring': "Moroccan Daisy" Hardy, low growing fine silver foliage and daisy-like pinkish-white flowers with golden brown centres. Drought tolerant. Rhodanthemum 'Casablanca': "Moroccan Daisy" Hardy, low growing tight knit silver foliage and daisy-like white flowers with golden brown centres. Drought tolerant. Rhodohypoxis deflexa: South african herbaceous corm. Forms a neat small dome with numerous deep pink flowers. These don't like to dry out completely, but should not have wet feet in the winter to avoid rot. Rhodohypoxis milliodes 'Claret': South African herbaceous corm. Thin grassy leaves emerge in spring with bright pink flowers in profusion mid to late summer. Slightly taller growing than other varieties. These don't like to dry out completely, but should not have wet feet in the winter to avoid rot. Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm': Herbaceous hardy perennial from the USA. Dark green ovate leaves form a clump, then in late summer tall stems grow to 60cm with deep yellow 'daisy' type flowers, thin petalled and with a dark centre. Rudbeckia x hirta: Grown from seed collected from particularly hardy and colourful specimens at Lullingstone Castle.Flowers mid summer onwards with extremely long lasting blooms. Fuzzy dark green foliage, up to 30cm
S Salvia 'African Sky': Shrubby Salvia from New Zealand. Many lovely mauve-blue flowers that last well over aromatic foliage. Up to 75cm. Salvia 'Amante': *New Variety from breeder Rolando Uria* A colour break developed from 'Amistad', this variety has fuchsia-red flowers in cooler weather which lighten to rosy tones in the heat. The dark calyces stay a good deep colour all season. Definitely one to watch in coming seasons! Salvia 'Amigo': *New Variety from breeder Rolando Uria* Coming in late spring 2020, the next in the series, this one will have lovely lavender coloured blooms! Salvia 'Amistad' AGM: Tall spiky stems with unusually large tubular rich purple flowers over a very long season. Green pointed foliage and square dark (almost black) stems. Hardy Salvia arizonica: "Desert Indigo Sage" South American. Spreading clump forming hardy Salvia, height up to 45cm. Copious light purple/blue flowers with violet calyces from mid summer. Shade and drought tolerant, small aromatic nettle shaped leaves. Salvia atrocyanea *: Bolivia. Up to 1.8m, this Salvia is notable for its imposing triangular foliage on large square stems that gradually deepen to an airbrushed black effect. Flower spikes are tightly packed with tubular bright blue blooms. Always in short supply as its a pig to prop haha Salvia bullulata- pale form *: Peruvian woody based perennial. Prefers part shade to perform well, rewards with many bright turquoise blue flowers through the summer. Frost tender. Salvia bulleyana/ flava var. Megalantha: "Purple and Yellow Yunnan Sage" Chinese species with lovely pale yellow flowers with a purple lip on spikes emerging from a densely clumping base. Wrinkled fuzzy foliage. Up to 30cm. Salvia chamaedryoides: "Germander Sage" Hardy perennial Salvia from the high desert in Mexico. A subshrub with spreading habit up to 40cm high. Sky blue flowers from July to October above grey green rounded leaves. Salvia 'Christine Yeo': Hardy shrubby perennial, violet-purple flowers with grey green small leaves. Salvia 'Clotted Cream: Bushy clumping variety with fresh green aromatic foliage. Copious pale creamy primrose flowers over a long period. Hardy Salvia coahuilensis: Hardy perennial subshrub from the state of Coahuila in Mexico. Vigorous spreading variety with many strong purplish blue flowers from June to October over narrow extremely aromatic foliage. Salvia concolor: "Blue Black Mexican Sage" Native to central Mexico, large purple-blue flowers on long spikes appear in autumn above vigorous greyish green foliage. 1.5 - 2 metres tall. Salvia confertiflora: Herbaceous perennial shrub up to 1.8-2metres! Large strongly aromatic velevety leaves, squared reddish stems and long flower spikes- lots of small flowers of a scorching orange color! Frost tender Salvia corrugata: Perennial shrub with a woody structure and dark crinkled leaves. Fabulously dark blue flowers with pale rusty colour calyces, frost tender but worth it!! Salvia 'Crazy Dolls' *: Hardy shrubby variety with larger flowers of two tone apricot-peach and bright magenta Salvia curviflora: Tender perennial with gorgeous lipstick-pink furry flowers on tall spikes. Really eyecatching, up to 1.5m Salvia discolor *: "Andean Sage" Slightly scrambling habit with white-silver foliage and sticky, strongly aromatic flower stems. Superbly contrasting dark, dark purple (pretty much black) flowers stand out from pale green calyces. Frost tender. Salvia dombeyi: *waiting list applies* "Giant Bolivian Sage" The longest flowers of any Salvia- 4-5inches long and a beautiful cherry red with dark calyces. Scrawny scrambling habit, prefers to grow as a Clematis, cool shaded roots and head in the sun. Looks like nothing on earth until it flowers, then WOW!! Salvia 'Dyson's Joy'/ 'Joy' AGM: Bushy slightly lax growing variety, 30-50cm with pretty pale pink flowers. Salvia elegans 'Scarlet Pineapple': "Pineapple Sage" Mexico and Guatemalan variety, growing to a sturdy bush of 90cm with ovate soft green leaves which smell strongly of pineapple when touched. Many short spikes of tubular scarlet flowers in winter through to spring if kept frost free. Salvia forreri: Mexican hardy Salvia with horizontal scrambling growth only reaching around 20cm. Lovely deep sky blue flowers with a white throat in mid to late summer. Makes a showy clump in a tub or border. Salvia glutinosa: "Jupiter's Distaff" Hardy herbaceous variety which does very well in shade. Large pointed sticky leaves/stems and good sized lemon yellow flowers July-Sept. 1m Salvia greggii 'Emperor': Mexican small shrubby Salvia, with fresh green aromatic foliage. Deep velvet-red/purple flowers over a long period. Hardy, growth to 60cm high. Salvia greggii 'Icing Sugar': Hardy Salvia with very thin fragile looking growth, which outshines others for sheer volume of flowers and length of blooming. Flowers are a pretty pale rose with a deeper throat. Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies': South American hardy herbaceous perennial, up to 120cm. Beautiful pale sky blue flowers with green calyces from early summer, above mid green ovate soft foliage. Salvia guaranitica 'Blue Enigma' AGM: Very hardy herbaceous Salvia with mid green foliage growing in a dense bush. Beautiful rich deep blue long tubular flowers in mid to late summer. Growth up to 1.5 metres. Salvia guaranitica 'Costa Rica Blue': Hardy shrubby perennial from North America. Large grey-green leaves on tall stout stems topped by mid purple-blue tubular flowers with paler tips, mid summer. Growth up to 3 metres! Salvia involucrata 'Hadspen': "Hadspen Roseleaf Sage". Hailing from Mexico, this Salvia produces long spikes of huge bright pink slightly fuzzy flowers in the autumn. Nice greyish green foliage. Height up to 1-1.5 metres. Reputedly hardy- well drained soil will help. Salvia involucrata 'Mulberry Jam' Very different appearance to its parent (involucrata). Half hardy. Small aromatic ovate leaves on upright stems. Quite brittle, but stake it well and it will reward you with lovely red/deep pink fuzzy flowers late summer up to 1.5 metres. Salvia x jamensis 'Cherry Pie': Upright tough small-leaved variety with rich cherry flowers summer to autumn. Hardy Salvia x jamensis 'Hot Lips' AGM: Hardy shrubby Salvia with bushy mid green aromatic foliage. Profusely flowering, white flowers with bright lipstick red lips. It is possible to have the two-tone flowers, pure red and pure white on the same plant. Up to 50cm. Salvia x jamensis 'Javier'/ 'Lavender Dilly Dilly': Light green scented foliage with lovely lavender shaded flowers which fade with heat and deepen in cooler weather. Hardy, 1m Salvia x jamensis 'Kentish Pink': Hardy shrubby Salvia. Many small aromatic leaves with a bushy habit. Mid rose-pink flowers all summer up to 60-70cm. Salvia x jamensis 'Peter Vidgeon' AGM: Hardy bushy shrub, with aromatic foliage and beautiful pale lilac pink flowers- much larger than other varieties over a long period. Up to 75cm. Salvia jamensis 'Nachtvlinder' AGM: A bushy semi-evergreen Salvia, growing to around 75cm tall. Dark purple flowers over a long period from spring to autumn. Aromatic thin leaves on slightly lax stems. Salvia karwinskyi: Tall tender Salvia up to 2m with soft velvety grey leaves and almost white wooly stems. Small almost flourescent peach flowers in winter. Salvia leucantha 'Phyllis' Fancy': Vigorous hardy free-flowering Salvia. Branching growth up to 4-5ft. Fuzzy lavender-white flower spikes in dark blue bracts up to 1ft long. Aromatic narrow greyish foliage. Salvia leucantha 'Purple Velvet': Very similar appearance to "Phyllis Fancy", growing slightly denser, and more compact. Wonderful rich royal purple fuzzy flowers on shorter spikes than the above, but still splendid. Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara': Dwarfer more compact growth than 'Purple Velvet', slightly paler flowers but not noticeably. Half hardy. Salvia leucantha 'White Mischief' *: Large clumping variety with silver grey foliage and profuse white flowers from velvety bracts. Tender. VERY short supply Salvia 'Love and Wishes': Possible cross between S. buchananii and S. chiapensis. Large tubular scarlet-red flowers in orange calyces. Very long flowering, and once the flowers have dropped the remaining calyces provide colour. Darker green smooth foliage, strongly aromatic- more fruity scent than other varieties. Growth up to 80cm. With winter protection this comes through brilliantly. Salvia 'Maraschino': Perennial hardy shrub, a cross between S. greggii and S. microphylla with deep cherry red flowers appearing from summer. Growth to 80cm, very free flowering. Salvia microphylla 'Bordeaux': Small erect shrub flowering continuously from mid-spring to autumn. Growth up to 1m, with larger than normal light bordeaux-red flowers. Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon': Untidy hardy Salvia entirely redeemed by the amazing large rosy-pink flowers produced copiously through the season. Salvia miniata: "Misty Mountain Sage" Glossy green foliage with red tingeing s the season cools. Very striking scarlet tubular flowers produced long into the winter (needs frost protection) Salvia oxyphora: "Bolivian Hummingbird Sage" Found in subtropical forests of Bolivia. Stunning large cherry-red fuzzy flowers above glossy deeper green foliage. Height up to 1 metre. Protect from frost. Salvia 'Penny's Smile': Upright extremely strong growth with large rounded crinkly leaves. Beautiful rich pink large flowers come in waves through the summer. Related to darcyii, so hardy! Salvia x repens: Extremely hardy cross discovered by Rolando Uria in the grounds of Lullingstone Castle, Kent. South African hardy herbaceous perennial with mounding, spreading growth up to 60cm. Tall flower spikes of pale blue above pale sage-green aromatic foliage. Salvia stolonifera: Mexico. Moss green foliage with orange tinted undersides. Tall thin spires of widely spaced, long tubular flowers of rusty-orange. Needs a little protection. Salvia uliginosa AGM: "Bog Sage" A native of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Spectacular sky blue flowers on long waving spikes above fresh green strongly aromatic foliage. Hardy but a bit fussy on siting! Likes boggy conditions as the name suggests, but will die if it gets waterlogged and frozen over winter. Salvia x 'Waverly': Graceful habit and lovely flowers spires- purple calyces, with white flowers tinged lavender-pink. Hardy. Sambucus 'Black Lace': Bred in Kent, UK this large shrub can reach up to 6 metres in the right situation. Finely cut purple-black foliage and large flat flower heads of many tiny soft pink flowers, followed by black berries. Sarcococca hookeriana var digyna: "Sweet Box" This is a Chinese small evergreen suckering shrub with dark green glossy lanceolate leaves. In late winter fringed white highly scented flowers appear. Hardy. Sedum/Hylotelephium 'Matrona': Europe to Russia. Stout hardy Sedum with pale grey-green stems and oval leaves tinged purple which intensifies in the winter. Flat flower heads with many tiny pink flowers which all insects, bees etc find irresistible! Turns to a mid brown once frosted but unlike other varieties which collapse, this stays standing all winter providing nice structure. Sedum/ Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli': Succulent perennial with a compact bushy habit. Flat heads of numerous deep pink flowers deepen with age until they are a dazzling red! Hardy Sedum/ Hylotelephium'Purple Emperor': Dramatic bronze-purple leaves topped with red/purple flowers late summer onwards. Sedum 'Dark Magic': Much shorter sturdy, upright habit. Glossy purple-black foliage and dark pink flowers. Sedum nussbaumerianum AGM: "Coppertone Sedum" Hardy perennial subshrub, yellow green foliage with a pinky central stripe in shade, and copper-red colours in full sun Sedum palmeri subsp. palmeri: Hardy rarely offered Sedum with palest green Aeonium-like rosettes flushed pink under stress. Trails and clumps nicely. Sedum reflexum: Europe to Russia. Hardy trailing alpine with succulent stems and spiky pale grey foliage. In summer yellow flower heads on long stems. Sedum spurium 'Tricolor': Europe to Russia. Hardy creeping alpine with round succulent foliage in cream, green and pink. Pink flowers in summer. Sempervivum- various "Houseleeks" Senecio 'Angel Wings': Large silvery-white soft foliage, a real talking point! Full sun, free-draining soil. Setaria palmifolia AGM: "Palm Grass" Elegant pleated wide leaves. Clump forming tender perennial. Sisyrichium striatum: Grey green Iris like foliage, slender spires of creamy yellow flowers. Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' AGM *: "Potato Tree" From Chile, this woody framed 'climber' (non clinging, needs support) has small, semi-evergreen mid green leaves on long wiry stems which thicken quickly. Mid summer to autumn it produces many pale blue flowers with a yellow centre. Can reach 6 metres in the right conditions! Soleirolia soleirolii 'Aurea': "Mind Your Own Business"! Hardy ground cover with tiny leaves, useful addition around ponds etc to cover the edging. Bright golden foliage. Sollya heterophylla AGM: "Australian Bluebell Creeper" Twining semi-evergreen climber with thin wiry stems and darker green spear shaped leaves. Many nodding flower clusters in pale blue to rich sky blue. Lovely, but does require a sheltered site to get through the winter. Sonchus: "Tree Dandelion" Amazing plants, giant trunks with Dandelion flowers and long toothed foliage, tender. Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby': "Pagoda Tree" A small shrub from New Zealand with wiry zig-zagging yellow-green stems and tiny green rounded leaves. In late summer it produces really unusual pointed golden-orange flowers- like a bird's beak! Dislikes winter wet and ice. Sphaeralcea incana: "Grey Globemallow" Perennial sprawling subshrub. Grey leaves and beautiful soft tangerine flowers June-Oct Evergreen, hardy 2m Sphaeralcea 'Newleaze Coral' Bright coral flowers on more upright growth than incana. Evergreen, hardy Stachys macrantha 'Superba': Hardy clump forming perennial. Dark green wrinkled leaves with dense erect spikes of hooded rosy purple flowers from early summer to Autumn. Stipa tenuissima: "Mexican Feather Grass" This Mexican/Argentine hardy grass produces fine pale green leaves in a dense clump. Later summer it produces flowing palest gold feathery seed heads adding movement to the garden. Stipa tenuissima 'Wind Whispers' *: "Mexican Feather Grass" This Mexican/Argentine hardy grass produces fine pale green leaves in a dense clump. Later summer it produces palest gold feathery seed heads adding movement to the garden. Stands well into the winter unless squashed by snow. Much more upright growth than straight tenuissima.
T Tasmannia/ Drimys lanceolata: "Tasmanian Pepper" Evergreen small tree/large shrub with maroon-red stems. Pink buds in spring open to creamy white flowers with yellow stamens. Hardy Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' "Rice Paper Tree" Large hardy suckering shrub. Enourmous grey green felty leaves, wonderful for the tropical effect garden. Evergreen if in a sheltered position. Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum': "Azure Tree Germander" Mediterranean lax shrub with long silvery wooly stems and silver-green ovate leaves. In the summer it produces beautiful deep blue two-lipped flowers. Up to 1 metre in a sunny sheltered site. Tiarella 'Spring Symphony': "Foam Flower" Hardy, North America. Clump forming evergreen with deeply lobed leaves in deep green with dark markings on the central veins. In late spring long slender stems emerge holding starry spikes of white tinged pink flowers. Great groundcover, even dry shade. Tibouchina organensis *: "Glory Bush" Brazilian shrub with hairy stems and felty mid green leaves which sometimes turn a bright red when older. The most beautiful satiny purple flowers emerge from large buds in the summer. One for the conservatory over winter, but so worth the trouble. Growth up to 4-5 metres. Tibouchina paratropica: Frost tender scrambling variety with pinkish red stems and pale green small leaves. Layers or climbs through other plants well. many small flowers, pretty shell pink with conspicuous yellow stamens. Long flowering. Trachaelospermum asiaticum 'Golden Memories' "Star Jasmine" Evergreen twining climber with small glossy golden leaves (evergreen). Clusters of creamy white star shaped highly scented flowers in summer. Trachelospermum jasminoides: "Star Jasmine" Evergreen Asian climber with glossy green leaves and twining stems. Mid to late summer produces highly fragrant white Jasmine-like flowers over a long period. If in a more exposed site, the foliage can turn rich red in the winter. Not bone hardy but should survive unless heavily iced. Trachycarpus fortunei AGM: "Chinese Windmill Palm" Hardy tree with stout stems and lage deeply cut leaves. Pendulous panicles of small flowers followed by black berries. Tweedia coerulea/ caerulea AGM: Scrambling evergreen sub-shrub, with long grey pointed leaves, slightly furry. Loose clusters of the most amazing pale turquoise flowers followed by large seed pods. Frost tender. U Ugni molinae 'Flambeau': "Chilean Guava" Slow growing evergreen prettily variegated shrub. Cream, pink and green foliage mounds and trails well. Waxy pink bell flowers with a faint bubblegum scent, folowed by edible berries- kind of like confectionary strawberry flavour! V Verbena bonariensis: "Purple Top" Brazilian must have for prairie gardens and back of borders. Tall perennial with strong almost prickly square stems and toothed rough feeling lobed leaves. Summer to autumn produces many clusters of small purple flowers on top of each stem. Up to 2 metres tall, but with a light, airy feel. Verbena 'Bampton': Outstanding newer variety with purple foliage with metallic pinky sheen in full summer! Strong upright bushy growth, topped with violet-pink small flower spikes. Hardy. Vinca difformis 'Jenny Pym': "Intermediate Periwinkle" European hardy subshrub with mid green shiny leaves, larger than those of Vinca minor. Two different stems come from the same plant (hence 'difformis') Long shoots do the travelling, layering anywhere the tip touches down. The other shoots are 30cm tall, and have many pale pink-mauve flowers with white centres. Great groundcover, and extremely tolerant of bad conditions (haven't managed to kill it yet!)
W Woodwardia fimbriata AGM *: "Giant Chain Fern" Vase shaped growth with dark green erect fronds.
Y Yucca filamentosa: "Adam's Needle and Thread" Hardy architectural evergreen shrub, grey green long leaves Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' AGM: "Adam's Needle" North America. Hardy perennial with architectural sword shaped leaves in bright green with a central rich yellow stripe. In colder weather the edges may turn pink, eventually flushing the whole central stripe pink. Tall stout stems bear large creamy white bell shaped flowers in the summer. Up to 60cm tall, fairly slow growing. *LOW* Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata' AGM: "Variegated Spanish Dagger" North America. Very tough sword shaped leaves in a fresh green with mid yellow edges flushed pink in colder weather. Hardy evergreen perennial forming a trunk as it grows taller and older leaves drop off. Very tall strong stems bear waxy white bell shaped flowers in summer. Up to 250cm. Succulents etc Some may be in shorter supply than others, but we can grow to order given some notice! Aeoniums Aeonium appendiculatum Aeonium arboreum: Tender succulent. Bright green shiny rosettes, yellow flowers late winter/spring, makes a good contrast grown with other varieties. Strongly branched, makes a good sturdy plant. Aeonium aboreum 'Atropurpureum' Aeonium arboreum 'Magnificum' Aeonium arnoldii Aeonium balsamiferum: Tender succulent, up to 90cm, yellow flowers late winter/spring. Strongly aromatic, slightly sticky mid green leaves. Aeonium canariense: Tender succulent. Low branched plant, with a velvety feel to the foliage. Large rosettes in a fresh green. Yellow flowers late winter/spring. Aeonium castello-pavaie: Many small rosettes in grey/green sometimes showing pink and red when growing strongly. Makes a small "tree" habit, with huge pyramidal inflorescences of pale yellow/white starry flowers. Aeonium goochiae: Tender succulent. Quite a floppy habit, so makes more of a mound/ trailing effect, but still an interesting smaller type of Aeonium. Small rosettes with pointed leaves and a sticky feel. Pale flowers in spring. Aeonium lancerottense: Aeonium lindleyi: Aeonium longithyrsum: Aeonium palmense: Aeonium sedifolium: Aeonium subplanum: Aeonium urbicum: Aeonium 'Ballerina' Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty' AGM: Tender succulent. Lovely large rosettes, green centres blending into rose pink and reddish colours. More compact and branching than some varieties, yellow flowers. Aeonium 'Cornish Tribute' Aeonium 'Kiwi': Aeonium 'Sunburst' AGM: Tender succulent. Really striking variety, with cream, green, pink and yellow variegation changing with the season. Not a chunky plant but well worth the wait! *LOW* Aeonium 'Tip Top' Aeonium 'Velour': Tender succulent. WOW.. just massive richly coloured rosettes, with a beautiful sheen to the foliage. Strong maroon/rosy chestnut colour. Due to the size of the rosettes, it will require support as it gets larger. Aeonium Voodoo (Schwarzkopf x undulatum) Aeonium 'Zwartkop/Schwarzkopf' AGM: Tender succulent. Very dramatic Aeonium- deep purple/black glossy rosettes turning darker the more sun it gets. Yellow flowers late winter/spring. Nicely branched without too much support needed. Andromischus cooperi AGM: "Plover Eggs Plant" South African dwarf succulent with unusual fan shaped leaves with a slight wavy edge. Each silvery green leaf is beautifully marked with purple speckles. Long straight flower stems hold tiny pale pink flowers. Not often offered for sale, so grab one! Adromischus filicaulis: Aichyrisonsyn. Aeonium domestica variegata:
Crassula Crassula arborescens ssp. undulatifolia 'Blue Wave': Crassula chamecereus: Crassula falcata 'Rochea' AGM: South Africa. Tender succulent. Long, flat leaves of a strong grey-green arranged around a central stem. Large bright orange-red flower clusters appear in the summer- very striking. Crassula 'Gollum' AGM: Crassula lycopodioides: Crassula ovata: South Africa. "Jade plant/ Friendship Tree". Tough branching succulent which can grow to 5 feet indoors! May produce white or pink star like flowers in spring. Bright indirect light. Crassula ovata 'Hobbit': Crassula ovata- very miniature form, 'minima'?: Crassula ovata 'Variegata': Crassula perforata: Crassula perforata 'Variegata': South Africa. Tender succulent. Extremely pretty pink, yellow and cream variegated foliage in a pagoda style. Crassula marnieriana 'Hottentot': "Worm Plant"! Tender succulent. Extremely unusual slow growing form of Crassula with cream and green variegation tinged pink. The leaves are packed so closely together it resembles worms. Apparently the flowers smell revolting so don't give it as a gift as I did without warning!! Crassula sarcocaulis AGM: South African semi-evergreen sub shrub, hardy if on a well drained sheltered site. Absolutely smothered with tiny pinky red flowers in summer. Delosperma cooperii nubigenum sutherlandii AGM Echeveria Echeveria agavoides AGM Echeveria 'Black Knight' Echeveria cana Echeveria 'Curly Locks' Echeveria 'Duchess of Nuremburg' Echeveria elegans AGM Echeveria hookeri Echeveria nodulosa Echeveria 'Pink Frills' Echeveria pulidonis: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvey' AGM Echeveria secunda var. glauca Echeveria setosa setosa var. deminuta Faucaria tuburculosa Furcrea selloa variegata Graptosedum 'Darley Sunshine' Kalanchoe thyrisifolia 'Bronze Sculpture' Pachyphytum bracteosum Pachyveria 2 varieties yet to be identified, one blue, one pink! Portulacaria afra variegata Rhipsalis cereuscula teres F Capilliformis Sedum 'Burrito' confusum exilis morgonianum palmerii rubrotinctum rubrotinctum 'Aurora' spurium 'Tricolor' stahlii Voodoo