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Dabeocia (Heather)

Daboecia are hardy evergreen heathers which display bright flowers in summer. They are compact plants growing to less that a foot (30cm) high. Flowers are usually in shades or purple, red and white. As with all heathers they look good planted in g... more...



Gaultheria

Gaultheria are a group of evergreen shrubs, most of which are low growing and best as ground cover. They have hanging bell-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by berries. Gaultheria require a moist, acid soil in shade to grow well. Ha... more...


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Hebe

Hebes are a large group of evergreen shrubs. The most common varieties have large green or variegated leaves and lax spikes of flowers throughout summer. There are also dwarf and ground cover types which are grown largely for their colourful folia... more...


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Iberis

Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis are dwarf shrubs suitable for an alpine border. They bear white flowers in spring which completely cover the plant. Foliage is evergreen and dark green. Iberis require a sunny site on well-drained soil to grow. They are hardy to about zone 4. more...


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Lampranthus

Lampranthus (Ice plant)

Lampranthus are tender succulent perennials bearing bright daisy like flowers over a long. They can be used effectively as summer bedding. Lampranthus require full sun and a very well-drained soil, coping well with dry conditions. more...


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Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodora diffusa 'Heavenly Blue'

Lithodoras diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' is a compact, low growing shrubs suitable for the alpine border. It displays deep blue flowers from late spring. Lithodoras cope well with wetter soils than most alpines, prefering humus to a gritty soil. It requ... more...


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Origanum

Origanum (Dittany)

Origanums are herbaceous perennials and annuals. Some are grown as kitchen herbs, others for their usually pink flowers in summer. They are compact plants, often with spreading stems suitable for the rock garden. Origanums require a well drained s... more...



Rubus tricolor (Ornamental bramble)

This ornamental bramble makes useful groundcover, especially in a shady site, with vigorous spreading stems. The evergreen leaves are shiny and slightly bronzed. Stems are bristly. Rubus tricolor bears white flowers in late summer which are follow... more...



Thymus (Thyme)

Thymus are dwarf shrubs and perennials with scented foliage. They are useful in rock gardens and coloured leaf forms can be used in winter planters and baskets. In summer they bear usually pink flowers. Thymus grows best on well-drained soil in fu... more...


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Vinca major

Vinca major (Periwinkle)

Vinca major is a spreading groundcover perennials. It bears blue flowers held above the foliage during late spring and summer. Vincas grow in any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade. more...


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Agapanthus africanus

Agapanthus africanus (African lily)

Agapanthus africanus is a perennial with sword shaped leaves and ball shaped heads of blue lily-like flowers. Flowers are borne from mid summer to early autumn. Agapanthus grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Old clumps can be divided i... more...



Ajuga (Bugle)

Ajugas are low growing perennials suitable for ground cover under trees. In spring they bear short spikes of blue flowers. There are a number of selections available with interesting coloured foliage. Ajugas require a shady site in moist soil and... more...


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Alchemilla

Alchemilla (Lady's mantle)

Alchemillas are tough perennials bearing clusters of sulphur-yellow flowers throughout summer. They are useful as cut flowers. Alchemillas will grow in most soils where not waterlogged and in sun or shade. more...



Aloe

Aloe

Aloes are perennials and small trees with rosettes of succulent lance shaped leaves. Leaves can be green, blue-grey or variegated. Spikes if lily-like flowers may be borne usually during spring. They can be planted outdoors in frost free areas or ... more...


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Aquilegia

Aquilegia (Columbine, Granny's bonnets)

Aquilegias are short lived perennials bearing usually bell-shaped, spurred flowers held above the foliage. Flowers come in colours of pink, white, blue, yellow, red and even purple-black. Flowers are borne from mid spring to early summer. Some var... more...



Arabis

Arabis (Rock cress)

Arabis are compact rockery perennials. They have clumps of foliage which slowly spread and in spring bear white or pink flowers held above the foliage. Arabis require full sun and a very well-drained soil. more...


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Aster (Michaelmas daisy)

Asters are a large group of often autumn flowering perennials and annuals. The daisy-like flowers come in shades of blue, purple, pink and white. Many varieties are suitable as cut flowers. Asters will grow in any reasonable soil in full sun to li... more...



Aubretia

Aubretias are spreading rockery perennials grown for their spring flowers. Flowers come in colours of pink, mauve and white. All aubretias like a site in full sun on well-drained, limy soil. They are best if pruned back hard after flowering. more...



Campanula

Campanula (Bellflower)

Campanulas are a large group of perennials including many suitable for the rockery. All have bell shaped flowers in shades of blue and white. Campanulas grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...



Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Oxeye daisy)

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum is a perennial vareity which grows to about two feet high and bears white daisy-like flowers in summer. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...



Convallaria majalis

Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-valley)

Lily-of-the-valley is a hardy perennial grown for its strongly scented white flowers borne in spring. The plants are low growing and spread by underground roots and can become invasive. They have traditionally been grown in pots for the windowsill... more...



Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen are small perennials which bear pink, red or white flowers. Hardy varieties are suitable for naturalising under trees and banks. Some types are commonly used as houseplants or in winter tubs and baskets. Cyclamen like a fertile soil in su... more...


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Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlias are a vast group of annuals and perennials. Flowers come in virtually any colour except true blue and in a variety of different forms. Dwarf varieties are used as annual bedding, larger types are used in the perennial border or as dot plan... more...



Dianthus

Dianthus (Pink, Carnation, Sweet william)

The genus dianthus represents a number of types of plants including pinks, carnations and sweet williams. All are small plants, either perennial, biennial or annual with flat topped, pink or white flowers. Many varieties are suitable for a rock ga... more...


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Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon (Shooting stars)

Dodecatheon is a clump-like plant similar to a primula bearing flowers on upright stems. The flowers initially point downwards with their petals bent back, but then turn to face skyward after pollination giving the plant it's common name. Dodecath... more...



Echeveria

Echeveria (Hen and chickens)

This is a genus of succulents with tight rosettes of leaves and spikes of small flowers borne at various times of the year depending on the species, but mainly i spring or autumn. The leaves may be green, silver-grey, purple or red and bi-colour v... more...



Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (Wormwood)

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' is a spreading shrub with finely divided silvery-grey foliage. It is grown for its foliage, its flowers being insignificant. It makes an excellent foil to more colourful specimens in the perennial border. Artemisias grow b... more...



Epimedium

Epimedium (Barrenwort)

Epimediums are spring flowering perennials which make effective ground cover. The are noted for their unusual spider shaped flowers. Flowers are usually pink or yellow and are held above the foliage. Some varieties are evergreen, others have colou... more...



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...



Erica

Erica (Heath)

Heaths are low growing bushy or spreading plants. They are tough plants originally from exposed mountain sides, hardy up to zones 5-8 depending on variety. Flowers are mostly in pinks or reds with occasional varieties in white. Flowering is mostl... more...