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Buddleia

Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

Buddleias are vigorous, deciduous shrubs renowned for their ability to attract butterflies and other wildlife to their flowers. They can often be seen colonising derelict sites. The flowers are born (usually) in long spikes on the arching stems. F... more...


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Genista

Genista (Broom)

Genistas are tough deciduous shrubs bearing yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. The leaves are small and dark green. Genistas grow best on poor infertile soils and will cope with both acid and alkaline conditions. They like ... more...


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Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens

Bergenia purpurascens is a ground-cover perennial renowned for its weed-smothering ability. It has large, shiny, evergreen leaves and displays of pink flowers in spring. Bergenias grow in any well-drained soil in sun or shade, but leaf colour is b... more...


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Centaurea

Centaurea (Knapweed, Perennial cornflower)

Centaureas are perennials with purple thistle-like flowers borne throughout summer. Grow centaureas in well-drained soil, even poor soil in full sun. more...


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Centranthus ruber

Centranthus ruber (Red valerian)

Centranthus ruber is a British native perennial with pink flowers borne from late spring to early autumn. It frequently self seeds even on the poorest of soils. Centranthus grows best in full sun on any soil. more...



Echeveria 'Victor Reiter'

Echeveria 'Victor Reiter' (Hen and chickens)

A variety of echeveria with foliage tipped red, which is especially bright in winter. more...


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Protea

Protea (Sugarbush)

Proteas are evergreen shrubs and trees grown for their large to very large and colourful flowers. The usually pink flowers are borne in either winter or summer depending on the variety. Proteas are only marginally hardy but they can be raised in a... more...


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Echinops

Echinops (Globe thistle)

Echinops are perennial plants with prickly, greyish foliage and rounded, metallic blue flowers heads. Some species may require staking. All types are attractive to butterflies. They require full sun and moderate to poor chalky or sandy soil. more...


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Erica x darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson'

Erica x darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson' (Heath)

E. x darleyensis varieties are taller and more vigorous than most heaths. They are tough plants originally from exposed mountain sides, hardy up to zone 7. Flowers are bright pink and borne from winter to late spring. Plants will tolerate light s... more...


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Erica carnea 'Foxhollow Fairy'

Erica carnea 'Foxhollow Fairy' (Heath)

'Foxhollow Fairy' is a low growing heath with a spreading habit. They are tough plants originally from exposed mountain sides, hardy up to zones 5-7. Flowers are pale pink but this is not a prolific flowerer. It is mainly grown for it's brilliant... more...



Euphorbia amygdaloides

Euphorbia amygdaloides (Spurge, Milkweed)

Euphorbia amygdaloides is a semi-evergreen perennial with bright green leaves and sulphur yellow flowers, correctly called bracts. Flowers are borne in large clusters during mid to late spring. It's flowers may appear to lack colour, but it is exc... more...


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Gentiana

Gentiana (Gentian)

Gentians are mostly alpine perennials with upward pointing bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are borne in either spring, summer or autumn depending on the species. Most varieties have blue flowers but there are a few with white blooms. Grow gentian... more...


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Geranium

Geranium (Crane's bill)

Note: this article is about the hardy perennial plant with the latin name Geranium and the common name crane's bill. Geranium is also the common name of a group of showy plants, grown as annuals, with the latin name [Pelargonium]. Geraniums are pe... more...


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Helianthemum

Helianthemum (Sun rose)

Helianthemums are shrubby alpines with a bushy or spreading habit. They bear brightly coloured flowers during early summer. Flowers may be white, pink, red, yellow or orange. These are all sun-loving plants which can tolerate dry and infertile soi... more...