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PERENNIALS. Perennials are ideal to add colour and form to your borders year after year. We have selected some varieties from our wide range of perennials from our Garden Centre. Availability varies through the year with most varieties being available from Spring to Autumn.

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Achillea Cloth of Gold (filipendulina) (Yarrow). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Very hardy, tall, bushy, robust variety with finely cut, ferny foliage which is semi-evergreen. From June to September it produces a continuous display of large, flattened, plate-like heads of bright yellow flowers well above the foliage which are excellent for cutting and drying. Plants should be staked as they may flop in wet weather. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soil. Height 1.5m (5ft), spread 45cm (18ins).

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Achillea Paprika. NewGo to Top of Page

Neat, mat forming variety with ferny, grey-green fragrant leaves. From June to September it produces masses of carmine-red, flat headed flowers with yellow centres which fade with age. These can either be removed to encourage further flowering or left as they will make an architectural feature in winter. Excellent for cut flowers or for dried flowers in winter. Plant in a sunny position and avoid soil which is heavy and wet in winter. Height 70cm (28ins), spread 60cm (2ft).

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Achillea Summerwine (Yarrow). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Very attractive variety with feathery dark green leaves. From June to August it produces a continuous display of white eyed, velvety-crimson flowers in loose, flattened flower heads, which fade to buff-pink giving a superb two tone effect. These are held high on tall stems well above the foliage and should not be cut down until late winter so one can enjoy the dried seed heads in the winter sunlight. The flowers which are attractive to bees are good for cutting. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soil, but when established tolerant of dryer conditions. Happy in exposed sites. Height 90cm (3ft), spread 75cm (30ins).

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Astilbe Amethyst. NewGo to Top of Page

An outstanding plant for rich moist soil which does not dry out. Graceful, deep lilac, long, feathery plumes, which consist of hundreds of densely packed tiny flowers, appear over the mound of lacy green leaves from early to mid summer. These are attractive to bees and butterflies and make excellent cut flowers or can be dried for winter decorations. Makes a good ground cover plant for moist shady areas, but is tolerant of partial shade. Good for waterside planting. Height 75-80cm (30-31ins), spread 45-60cm (18-24ins).

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Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) (Great Forget-me-not). NewGo to Top of Page

This plant really comes into its own in spring when the broad sprays of tiny, intensely clear blue, star-shaped flowers appear from April to May and some years earlier. These are held on stems well above the large, heart shaped, long stalked, mid to deep green leaves. Thrives in partial or full shade in humus rich, moist but well drained soil, so good and reliable for moist shady areas of the garden.Height 45cm (18ins), spread 60cm (2ft).

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Centranthus ruber coccineus (Red Valerian). NewGo to Top of Page

Bushy, clump-forming, drought tolerant variety with semi-evergreen blue-green foliage. Profuse, small funnel-shaped red flowers in dense clusters from spring to autumn, attractive to butterflies. These are good for cutting. Readily naturalises in well-drained soil in a sunny position. Height 60cm (2ft), spread 40cm (16ins).

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Digitalis ferruginea Gigantea (Rusty Foxglove). NewGo to Top of Page

This magnificent Foxglove produces towering, tall wands of very large honey-brown flowers with red-brown veins in June and July making it a real feature plant. The flowers make unusual and good cut flowers. A clump forming, easy, semi-evergreen plant for full sun or partial shade. Height 1-1.5m (40ins-5ft), spread 45-60cm (18ins-2ft).

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Echinacea purpurea Magnus (Coneflower). NewGo to Top of Page

Erect, clump forming plant with narrow, oval, dark green leaves. From July to September masses of daisy-like flowers appear on long, erect, stiff stems. These have a prominent, conical, orange- brown central cone surrounded by rays of slightly drooping deep pink petals, about 10cm (4ins) wide. These are attractive to butterflies and bees and are good for cutting. Plant in well drained, humus rich soil in full sun. Height 90cm (3ft), spread 60cm (2ft).

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Echinops bannaticus Blue Globe (Blue Globe Thistle). NewGo to Top of Page

Architectural, clump forming plant with strong upright grey woolly stems and attractive spiny, hairy, grey-green foliage. Produces masses of stunning blue thistle-like global flowers up to 5cm (2ins) across from July to September which are very attractive to bees and butterflies. These make ideal cut flowers. Plant in sun or partial shade. Height 1.2m (4ft), spread 75cm-1m (30-40ins).

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Fuchsia Lady Thumb. Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

A compact, neat, bushy, deciduous dwarf variety which is ideal for containers or for planting in sheltered borders in full sun or partial shade. From June to October it will be laden with deep pink buds opening to semi-double flowers with carmine-pink sepals and pink veined white petals. Dead-head flowers to encourage continuous flowering. Plant in moist, well drained soil and mulch in winter to protect the roots. Height and spread up to 50cm (20ins).

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Gaillardia grandiflora Kobold (Blanket Flower). NewGo to Top of Page

Easy to grow, bushy plant with a basal rosette of lance shaped mid-green leaves. From early summer to autumn it produces masses of daisy-like flowers with rich red centres and red petals tipped with yellow. These make good cut flowers as produced on upright stems 30-40cm (12-16ins) high. Plant in full sun in well drained soil, preferably poor, sandy or stony. Drought resistant. Height and spread up to 50cm (20ins).

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Gaura lindheimeri Whirling Butterflies. NewGo to Top of Page

This stunning, graceful plant, with slender grey-green leaves, is covered with airy wands of pink buds opening to star shaped white flowers with some pale pink shading and with long white stamens for an exceptional long period from May until September. In a breeze the flowers constantly move around looking like a cloud of swirling butterflies. Leave cutting back until after autumn as the plant takes on beautiful autumn tints. Plant in full sun or partial shade in any normal soil, but when established is drought tolerant. Height 80cm (31ins), spread 45cm (18ins).

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Geum Borisii. NewGo to Top of Page

Masses of single, long lasting, brilliant orange blooms with attractive yellow stamens in clusters on long, upright stems throughout the summer, excellent for cutting. It forms a neat rosette of hairy, scallop shaped, fresh green leaves. Perfect for mixed or herbaceous borders, rock gardens or gravel. Grow in rich soil in a sheltered, sunny position, not in water-logged soil. To prolong flowering deadhead regularly. Height and spread 30cm (1ft).

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Gypsophila Filou White (Gypsophila repens Filou White). NewGo to Top of Page

Dwarf cousin of the familiar taller Gypsophilas which forms a neat low mat of semi-evergreen blue-green leaves. It produces masses of small, starry, single, fragrant, dainty white flowers which smother the plant in early summer, attractive to butterflies and bees. Trim lightly after blooming to encourage more flowers. Many uses - containers, rock gardens, for cascading over walls, edging borders, ground cover and hanging baskets. Sunny position, well drained soil. Height 15cm (6ins), spread 25cm (10ins).

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Knautia macedonica (Macedinian Scabious). NewGo to Top of Page

Clump forming with pinnately lobed basal leaves. From July to September it produces a succession of long lasting, deep crimson pincushion-like flowers 3-4cm (1.2-1.6ins) wide held high on slender stems. These are a magnet for bees and butterflies and are good for cutting. Plant in full sun in well drained soil, preferably alkaline. Height 75cm - 1m (30-40ins), spread 50cm (20ins).

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Leucanthemum Alaska (Shasta Daisy). NewGo to Top of Page

Easy to grow, robust, clump forming plant with narrow deep green leaves. All summer to autumn it produces a continuous display of large, single, daisy-like white flowers with yellow eye. The flowers are on erect stems and are excellent for cutting and attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. Good in colder regions. Height 60-90cm (2-3ft), spread 45-60cm (18ins-2ft).

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Leucanthemum Goldrausch (Shasta Daisy). NewGo to Top of Page

Easy to grow, robust, clump forming plant with narrow deep green leaves. All summer to autumn it produces a continuous display of daisy-like semi-double flowers 10-12cm (4-5ins) wide on erect stems. The flowers outer petals are butter yellow, fading to white with a pale yellow centre and are excellent for cutting and attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist but well drained soil. Height and spread 50cm (20ins).

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Lobelia cardinalis Queen Victoria. Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Spectacular, exotic looking, clump forming plant with glossy, deep maroon oblong leaves. From June to October terminal spikes of brilliant scarlet flowers stand proud of the foliage and are attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in moist, deep, fertile soil in full or partial shade. Good for bog gardens or near a pond. Height 90cm (3ft), spread 30cm (1ft).

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Lysimachia ciliata Firecracker (Loosestrife). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

This cracking upright plant has whorls of lance shaped deep purple leaves which make it colourful even when not in flower. In July and August starry yellow flowers appear nestled in the upper leaf axils and these are an amazing contrast to the colourful purple leaves. The flowers are attractive to butterflies. This variety does spread but is not invasive. Needs soil which does not dry out. Height up to 1m (3ft 3ins), spread 50cm (20ins) but will slowly increase if not cut back.

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Lysimachia punctata (Loosestrife). NewGo to Top of Page

Spreading, especially in moist soil, clump forming variety with lance-shaped light green leaves. From mid to late summer produces masses of spikes of bowl-shaped, bright yellow starry flowers attractive to bees and butterflies and good for cutting. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moisture retentive but well-drained soil. Height and spread 50cm (20ins).

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Monarda didyma Sugar Lace. NewGo to Top of Page

A new variety bred for its floriferous, clump forming dwarf habit. It has ovate, pointed, aromatic, dark green foliage, over which erect stems appear bearing dense, fluffy, semi-double, rose pink flowers with a cone like darker centre in great profusion from mid-summer to autumn. These have a slightly spicy fragrance. Height 45cm (18ins), spread 30cm (12ins).

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Penstemon digitalis Husker Red. NewGo to Top of Page

This bushy, semi-evergreen perennial is very colourful in spring when its new foliage appears a deep wine-red on wine-red stems. As summer approaches the leaves slowly turn greener. From spring to early summer stiff panicles of bell to funnel-shaped pure white flowers, 2.5cm (1in) long, appear, and these are attractive to bees and butterflies. Will benefit from a winter mulch and may need protection from winter weather in cold areas. Plant in full sun or partial shade in well drained soil. Height 75cm (30ins), spread 50cm (20ins).

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Perovskia Blue Spire (Russian Sage). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Erect sub-shrub with fragrant, deeply divided blue-green leaves on silver-grey stems. Masses of large, plumy panicles of small violet-blue flowers July to October, good for bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun in well-drained poor to moderately fertile soil. Height up to 1.2m (4ft), spread 1m (40ins).

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Phlox paniculata White Admiral. Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

A very hardy undemanding variety with an upright habit and large clusters of pure white, delightfully fragrant flowers on tall, erect stems from mid to late summer, attractive to bees and butterflies, and excellent for cut flowers as this brings the delightful fragrance into the house. Mid-green foliage is clump forming. Plant in moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Height up to 90cm (3ft), spread to 50cm (20ins).

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Rudbeckia Goldsturm (Golden Coneflower) (Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii Goldsturm). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Hardy and very easy to grow in either exposed or sheltered positions making a neat clump which grows symmetrically from the centre with narrowly ovate toothed mid-green leaves. From July well into autumn when the first severe frosts arrive, it will carry an abundance of single daisy like flowers on long, strong stalks which do not flop, making excellent cut flowers. They are attractive to bees and butterflies. Also the dried seed heads are attractive and useful for everlasting arrangements. This variety has been awarded the R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit and the 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year. It is not surprising this plant has gained these two prestigious awards as its abundance of flowers are up to 12cm across and are deep yellow with a prominent nearly black central cone. Plant in sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil and tolerant of clay. It forms a neat clump of up to 60cm (2ft).

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Salvia Caradonna (Salvia nemorosa Caradonna). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Showy plant with a compact mound of aromatic, grey-green foliage. Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade in a warm position to give protection in winter. From June to October it produces numerous, slender, purple-black flower spikes with violet-purple flowers. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Height and spread 50cm (20ins).

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Salvia Hot Trumpets (Salvia roemeriana Hot Trumpets). NewGo to Top of Page

Showy plant with a compact mound of blackcurrant scented, grey-green foliage. Unusual, eye-catching, 'open mouthed', slightly fragrant flowers appear on erect stems as loose terminal racemes and vary in colour from red in the hot mid-summer to bi-coloured with red lips and white in July and August and sometimes all white when the light levels drop in autumn. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade in a warm position to give protection in winter. Mulch in winter. Height and spread 20-30cm (8-12ins).

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Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear). NewGo to Top of Page

Excellent carpeting evergreen for a sunny position. The paired leaves are thick, soft, and densely woolly white. The stems are also white and woolly, making the plant a valuable, unusual ground cover for positions with well drained soil. In summer it produces long flower spikes held above the foliage with inconspicuous purplish-pink flowers which are hidden in the white woolly leaves. In hard winters the foliage may die down but it will regenerate in the spring. Height up to 45cm (18ins), spread 1m (40cm).

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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Elegant clouds of rich rosy-lilac flowers are produced in late spring to mid-summer followed by wispy, thistledown seed heads on branched stems above clumps of dainty, finely divided, fernlike, light green foliage. Perfect for borders and wild gardens, in sun or partial shade in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Stems may need support. Both the leaves and flowers are good for flower arrangements. Height 90cm (3ft), spread 45cm (18ins).

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Trollius Lemon Queen (Globeflower). NewGo to Top of Page

Very showy plant for moist, boggy soil, particularly suited to pond or streamside situations. Good compact habit with dark green, gleaming cut leaves. In May and June the rounded, globe shaped, double, lemon yellow flowers appear on tall, sleek stalks contrasting wonderfully with the foliage. Height 60cm (2ft), spread 60cm (2ft).

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Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian Vervain). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

A perennial which makes an elegant statement in a sunny border with its tightly packed clusters of dainty lilac-purple flowers on tall, stiff, square, wiry branching stems from June /July to as late as October. Growing from 1.5 to 2.5 metres (5 to 8ft) tall the effect is a haze of purple at shoulder height. These flowers are excellent for bees and butterflies and also for cutting for flower arrangements. Cut the flower stems down after flowering, and in cold areas protect the plant with a mulch over winter. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soil, preferably sandy or chalky. This is a short lived perennial but it will self-seed and the seedlings will flower in the first year. Height in flower up to 2.5m (8ft).

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Veronica gentianoides (Gentian Speedwell). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

In late spring and early summer this easy perennial produces very beautiful, graceful spikes of powder blue flowers finely marked and with prominent white stamens. These make superb cut flowers. It should be grown in rich fertile soil where the mat forming rosettes of thick, bright, glossy green leaves make it a good plant at the front of borders if in full sun or partial shade. Height and spread 45cm (18ins).

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