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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...



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...



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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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...



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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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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



Doronicum

Doronicum (Leopard's bane)

Doronicums are useful spring flowering perennials with bright yellow daisy like flowers borne above clumps of green heart shaped foliage. Doronicums grow best in moist, acidic soil in full sun to part shade. 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...



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

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...



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...



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...



Geum

Geum (Avens)

Geums are compact perennials bearing brightly coloured flowers from late spring to late summer. Flowers are available in shades of reds, oranges and yellows. Geums are easy to look after. They require a sunny site on well drained soil. They are be... more...



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...