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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...



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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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...


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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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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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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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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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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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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...



Cistus

Cistus (Rock rose, Sun rose)

Cistus are dwarf shrubs suitable for the rock garden. They bear single rose-like flowers in early summer in shades of pink, red and white. Cistus require a site in full sun on very well-drained soil. Add grit or vermiculite to the soil when planting. more...


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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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Draba

Drabas are small, low growing rockery perennials. They bear small yellow or pink flowers in spring. Drabas require a sunny site in well-drained, gritty soil and protection from winter wetness. 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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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...



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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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...