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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. These are sold in 1 litre pots and are excellent value at 2.99 each, or buy 3 and save 99p. Availability varies through the year with most varieties being available from Spring to Autumn.


ANEMONE HYBRIDA WHIRLWIND. NewGo to Top of Page

A profusion of beautiful pure-white, semi-double flowers with wavy edge petals and yellow stamens around agreen centre appear over a long period from June to October contrasting wellagainst the dark green foliage. These make excellent cut flowers. Plant in sun orpartial shade in moist but well drained soil which does not become waterlogged inwinter. They are even happy in clay. Anemones are easy to grow but dislike beingmoved, however, left in the correct position, they will spread rapidly. Even whennot in flower the foliage forms attractive clumps. Height in flower 90-120cm (3-4ft).

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ASTILBE ARENDSII (False Goats Beard). NewGo to Top of Page

Deep red fluffy plumes appear on strong stems above dark green, serrated leaves in early summer. Ideal for a bog garden or moist border, in full sun or partial shade. If grown in drier soil they must be in a shady spot. Newly planted astilbes must be kept moist. Mulch with well-rotted organic matter in spring. Height and spread 30-60cm (2-3ft).

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DELPHINIUM HYBRIDUM PACIFIC GIANT MIX (Larkspur). NewGo to Top of Page

Excellent plant for the back of a border as the flowers will reach up to 150cm in height giving a stunning effect. The semi-double blooms in blends of pink, lilac, purple, violet blue, sky-blue and white are held on tall strong spikes in June, July and August. The flowers, which are attractive to bees and butterflies, make excellent, impressive cut flowers. A reliable plant which should be planted in full sun or in a position with morning sun and afternoon shade. Height in flower up to 150cm (5ft).

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DIGITALIS EXCELSIOR HYBRIDS (Digitalis purpurea Excelsior). Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

Outstanding, spectacular strain of foxgloves which bring a majestic structure and drama to a garden. From the rosettes of semi-evergreen simple leaves tall, slender dense spikes of bell-shaped flowers appear from late spring to early summer. Unlike many strains on which the flowers form on one side of the flower spike only, these flower all round the spike. The flowers can be white, pink, cream or purple and all are held horizontally displaying the beautiful spotted throats. They are short lived but as they self-seed readily a continuous supply of plants is ensured. They thrive in moist but well drained soil in sun or shade where they will be attractive to bees, moths and other pollinating insects. They make excellent, bold cut flowers.Height between 1.5 and 2.5m.

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GYPSOPHILA SNOWFLAKE (Gypsophila paniculata Snowflake). NewGo to Top of Page

Delicate perennial producing an abundance of small white flowers on branching stems mid to late summer, creating a cloud of flowers over the low mounds of grey-green foliage. Plant in full sun in deep, well-drained soil and use twiggy pea sticks for support before the flowers appear. Sprays of Snowflake are ideal for flower arrangements either fresh or dried. Height 90-120cm (3-4ft), spread 30-60cm (1-2ft).

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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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KNIPHOFIA BORDER BALLET (Red Hot Poker). NewGo to Top of Page

Popular plant with striking torch-like flowers that range from red to orange and yellow held high above compact clumps of strap-like, green foliage. Tall flowers provide height and interest making bold statement in sunny, well drained beds and borders. An easy, undemanding plant - just cut back faded flower spikes. Mulch well, and cut back to ground in spring. Height 60-90cm (2-3ft), spread 75cm (30ins).

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LUPINS are reliable, tough, robust, easy to grow plants with fresh green, deeply fingered foliage which radiates from the tip of the leaf stalk like the spokes of a wheel and forms a neat mound all summer. From May to July beautiful, sturdy flower spikes are formed with pea-like flowers opening from the base of the flower spike upwards. Deadhead faded blooms to encourage a second small flush of flowers in early autumn. Plant in well-drained, humus rich, sandy soil, slightly acidic if possible, in sun or lightly dappled shade. All parts of the plant, especially the seeds, may cause severe discomfort if eaten.


LUPIN THE GOVERNOR. NewGo to Top of Page

Beautiful reddish, hairy, sturdy flower spikes which reach up to 1.2m are formed with deep blue, tightly packed, pea-like flowers with white standards, occasionally streaked purple, opening from the base of the flower spike upwards. Especially in windy areas, it is advisable to insert bamboo canes to support the flower spikes. Height 90cm.

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LYSIMACHIA GOLDEN ALEXANDER (Loosestrife). NewGo to Top of Page

Vigorous and erect with elliptic to lance-shaped mid-green leaves with deep golden margins, complimented with whorls of cup-shaped, bright yellow flowers blooming from the leaf axils in summer. In spring the new tips are extremely attractive emerging with hints of pink and cream. Remove faded flower stems. Plant in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Height and spread 60cm (2ft).

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All the Pensham PENSTEMON varieties were bred by Edward Wilson who lived in the village of Pensham in an area famous for growing plums. The flowers are bee and butterfly friendly and are produced on sturdy upright stems so they make good cut flowers. These are produced from June through to October but to ensure continual flowering and to keep the plants looking neat dead-head the flowers. Penstemons have handsome lance shaped leaves. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. These are tough plants coping with most weather conditions except drought, so water well if conditions do become dry and they will need some protection over winter in cold areas.


PENSTEMON PENSHAM LAURA. NewGo to Top of Page

Dramatic white flowers with the edge of the trumpet-shaped flower a strong purple-pink. Height 75cm.

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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. Height up to 90cm.

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RUDBECKIA. 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. Plant in sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil. They are even tolerant of clay.


RUDBECKIA SULLIVANTII GOLDSTURM. Award of Garden MeritNewGo to Top of Page

This variety like Deamii has been awarded the R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit but also 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. It forms a neat clump of up to 60cm. Height 60cm.

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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 GOLDEN QUEEN (Globe Flower). 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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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 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.

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VERONICA SPICATA. NewGo to Top of Page

Wonderful plant for giving an inspirational display of bright blue, erect, candle-like flowers spikes each covered with hundreds of tiny blooms. These are held over the very neat clumps of lance-shaped, glossy, fresh green, evergreen foliage which is resistant to rabbits. Flowers are produced from June to October, are excellent for cutting and are attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant in well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Height 60cm (2ft), spread 35cm (3ft).

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