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Echium vulgare (Vipers bugloss)

Echium vulgare is a annual or perennial with spikes of blue flowers in the species but other colours are available. The flowers are popular with bees. It requires full sun and a fertile, alkaline soil to grow well. They are hardy up to zone 7. more...



Hypericum

Hypericum (St. John's Wort)

Hypericums are a group of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs usually with yellow flower in late summer and early autumn and often followed by colourful fruits. Hypericums grow well in most soils in sun or shade. They are usually hardy to a... more...



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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Lantana

Lantana

Lantana are tender evergreen perennials and shrubs grown for their clusters of bright yellow, orange and red flowers borne throughout summer. Lanatanas require a site on well-drained, reasonably dry, fertile soil in full sun. Young plants require ... more...


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Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (Wild marjoram, Golden oregano)

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' is a herbaceous perennial grown as kitchen herb and also for its mauve flowers in summer. This variety has decorative golden-yellow foliage and looks good in a winter tub or hanging basket. Its spreading stems are also su... more...


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Pentas

Pentas

Pentas are evergreen shrubs and perennials grown for their displays of bright pink, red or white flowers borne throughout summer. Grow Pentas in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. more...



Plumbago

Plumbago (Leadwort)

Plumbagos are perennials and shrubs grown for their usually blue or white flowers borne intermittently throughout summer but mainly in late summer and autumn. Some varieties are scrambling climbers which can be trained against a wall. Plumbagos gr... more...


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Potentilla

Potentilla (Cinquefoil)

Potentillas are a popular group of deciduous shrubs and perennials bearing flat, five-petaled flowers in colours ranging from red, yellow and orange to white and sometimes pink. Flowers are borne sporadically from late spring through to early autu... more...


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Sambucus

Sambucus (Elder)

Sambucus is a group of perennials, shrubs and small trees. A number of selections are available with interestingly coloured foliage. Most bear clusters of small pink flowers in mid summer to early autumn and some have colourful fruits. Elders pref... 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...



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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Acanthus

Acanthus (Bear's breeches)

Acanthus are perennials with large, elegant foliage and spikes of flowers borne from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers are in shades of pink and purple Acanthus grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun. more...


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Achillea

Achillea (Yarrow, Milfoil)

Achilleas are perennials with finely cut foliage and broad heads of flowers in shades of yellow, pink, red or white. Flowers are borne from early summer to early autumn. Achilleas grows well in most soils but prefers a sunny site. more...


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Aconitum (Aconite, Monkshood)

Aconitums are perennials bearing distinctive hooded flowers. Flowers are usually in shades of blue and are borne from early to late summer. The roots are poisonous. Aconitums require fertile soil in full sun or light shade. They are best if mulche... more...



Agapanthus

Agapanthus (African lily)

Agapanthus are perennials with sword shaped leaves and ball shaped heads of either blue or white 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 div... more...


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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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Alcea

Alcea (Hollyhock)

Hollyhocks are biennials and short lived perennials. In early to late summer they bear tall flower stems carrying large flowers in shades of red, pink and white. Hollyhocks need full sun and well-drained soil.Propagation They are easily grown from... 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...


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Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria's agave)

Agave victoriae-reginae is a perennial with fleshy, succulent, lance-shaped leaves. Leaves form a neat round ball and are green with white stripes. They are of great architectural value and are often used as housplants. The leaf clusters are usual... more...


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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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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)

Alstroemeria are evergreen perennials bearing lily-like flowers in shade of pink, yellow, orange and red throughout summer. They are popular as cut flowers. Alstroemeria require a sheltered, sunny position and fertile well drained soil. Some types... more...


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Anthemis

Anthemis

Anthemis are perennials with finely divided leaves and masses of daisy like flowers from late spring to late summer. Grow Anthemis in full sun in well-drained soil. They can be short lived unless divided each spring. 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...


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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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Argyranthemum

Argyranthemum (Marguerite)

Argyranthemum are marginally hardy perennials grown for their displays of white, pink or yellow daisy like flowers. Flowers are borne throughout summer. A number of selections are now available which make excellent plants for planting in summer pl... more...


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Asphodeline

Asphodeline

Asphodelines are perennials which produce spikes of yellow flowers during summer. They require a site in full sun on soil which is not too fertile. 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...



Astilbe

Astilbe (Goats beard)

Astilbes are summer flowering perennials. The flowers are borne in feathery spikes above the foliage and continue to look good once dried brown through winter. Flowers come in shades of pink, mauve, red and white. Astilbes prefer a fertile soil wh... more...


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Astrantia (Masterwort)

Astrantias are perennials with interestingly shaped flowers which are useful in dried flower arrangements. Flower in shades of pink, mauve and white are displayed throughout summer. Astrantias will grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny position. 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...