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Achillea grandifolia
£6.00

Large flat heads of many small white flowers. Imposing clumps of divided, feathery, grey-green, hairy leaves. 100cm. Sun or part shade. Any soil. Will flower from June to frosts if dead-headed. Very hardy. In the wild in Turkey is a woodland plant. Often confused with Tanacetum macrophyllum, which has much larger, coarser leaves, is clump-forming rather than semi-shrubby, with larger flat heads of a dull white and seeds over-enthusiastically.

Ajuga reptans 'Julia'
£5.00

Spikes of pinky-mauve flowers over brown-highlighted, green leaves. Summer leaves greener. Vigorous and spreading. 15 to 20cm. April/May and can repeat. Any dampish soil in part shade. Named for, and found by, Julia Leslie. Very pretty.

Ajuga reptans 'Minicrisp'
£5.00

Brilliant blue flowers on very short stems. Rich dark purple, but very small and crispy, leaves. Spreads much more slowly than the normal types. 5 to 10cm. April/May. Any dampish soil in part shade. One of our favourites.

Ajuga reptans 'Page's Yellow'
£5.00

Bright blue flowers on short spikes. Brilliant golden leaves, especially when growing strongly in Spring and early Summer. 15cm, April/May. Any dampish soil in part shade. Found by Ken Page.

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Going For Gold'
£5.00

Umbels of white, cow parsley, flowers. The leaves are a superb rich yellow and a large clump looks magnificent. Clump-forming and may seed about. To 120cm. May/June. Grows best in dry part shade but damper full sun could be tried. Leafs up over-winter and is good in early spring. Summer-dormant. New.

Bupleurum longifolium, short bronze
£6.00

Heads of coppery brown bracts surround the tiny flowers. A unique colour which is slightly more orange than in Tall Bronze. Sun preferred, but will do part shade. Clump forming perennial to 30cm and will seed around.

Campanula persicifolia 'Blue Bloomers'
£5.00

Very large dark blue flowers which are double but usually only with two sets of petals and therefore open in the middle. Typical leaves. Clumping and running when happy. Vigorous. 75 to 90cm. June /July. Sun or part shade. Joe Sharman named this one for its resemblance to old-fashioned ladies bloomers.

Chrysanthemum 'Esther'
£6.00

Double flowers in apricot to pink. The early flowers are more orange and the later ones pinker. Stout clumps of greyish-green leaves on purple stems. 60cm. This has the longest flowering season of any Chrysanthemum starting amazingly early in July and still in full flower in September. Well-drained soil in sun. Raised by joe Sharman from seed of the Rubellum types, in the 1990s.

Commelina dianthifolia 'Sapphirino'
£6.00

Many, pale blue, three-petalled flowers over a long period. Very narrow green leaves. 30cm. Late summer. Deciduous. Seems to be completely hardy. Makes small tubers. A selection made by Joe Sharman from the normal dark blue form. Beautiful and still surprisingly rare.

Convallaria majalis 'Golden Jubilee'
Convallaria majalis 'Golden Jubilee'
£6.00

Flowers larger than usual and very sweetly-scented. However, the unique character is the leaves which are a rich golden yellow. Leaves are large, like its parent. Very vigorous and running when happy. To 30cm. May. Dryish soils in part shade. Too shady and it will go green, too sunny and it will bleach a bit. Selected from the polyploid 'Hardwick Hall' by Margaret Owen.

Dianthus 'Napoleon III'
Dianthus 'Napoleon III'
£5.00

Rich cherry-red very double flowers which are strongly scented. Greenish leaves. Clump-forming. 15cm. Well-drained soil in sun. July/ August. An old rare mule pink and surprisingly vigorous.

Eryngium 'Forncett Ultra'
Eryngium 'Forncett Ultra'
£8.00

Rich silvery-blue, spiky flowers. Greeny-silver leaves. Dense clumping habit. 60cm. July. Full sun and dry. Selected by John Metcalf at Four Seasons and still one of the best. An E. bourgatii hybrid.

Eryngium eburneum
£5.00

Many white flowers in marble-sized heads on stiffly-branching stems. The pale green leaves are sword-shaped, arching and produced in rosettes. The margins are set with many bristle-like teeth. Upright to 75cm. July / August. Totally hardy. Very tough growing in dry sun or part shade.

Eucomis bicolor
£6.00

Spectacular purple, cream and green flowers in late summer. In short spikes to 40cm with a pineapple-like ruff of spotted leaves on top. Very distinctive rosettes with purple spots underneath. The hardiest species. Sun or part shade in a dry spot.

Eucomis pallidiflora subsp. pole-evansii
£8.00

The flowers are pale yellow to green in 80cm long spikes, with a distinct pineapple-like ruff of leaves on the top. Huge rosettes of broad green leaves with distinctively serrated edges. To 150cm tall. Late flowering and has proved hardy with us, but plant deeply.

Euphorbia 'Copton Ash'
£6.00

Many heads of yellow flowers. Makes wide-spreading mounds of many narrow blue-green leaves. Pinkish stems. Well-drained soil in sun. 30cm. June/July. A hybrid of E. nicaeensis and seguireana discovered by Tim Ingram.

Euphorbia ceratocarpa
Euphorbia ceratocarpa
£8.00

Rich golden-yellow heads of flowers to 20cm across. Narrow, pale green leaves to 8cm long with paler midribs on beautiful, wiry, pinky-orange stems. To 1m high and 2m across. An established plant will flower a full 12 months of the year. Very dry, in full sun. Can be cut back by a hard winter but very rarely killed. Collected by John Raven in the 1970s in Sicily.

Felicia rosulata
£5.00

A very beautiful diminutive herbaceous plant with bright blue, yellow-centred flowers and dark green, daisy-like basal leaves. Very hardy to minus 14C. 15cm. Damper soils soil in sun. May/June.

Hosta plantaginea 'Grandiflora'
£5.00

Spikes of sweetly-scented, pure white flowers in late Summer to Autumn. Fresh green leaves. Vigorous to 60cm. Part shade in a damper position.

Iberis sempervirens 'Taff's Starkers'
£7.00

Each narrow leaf is margined with cream. Spikes of white flowers in April/May. Hardy, tough, evergreen subshrub to 30cm. Can occasionally revert to green. Found by Stephen Taffler.

Iris tectorum
£6.00

Relatively large flowers in shades of pale blue in May and June. Fans of pale green leaves. Easy and can seed around but the rhizomes must be above ground. Grows to 40cm. Very dry sun or shade.

Lilium 'Doubleen'
£6.00

The flowers start fully double and pale green and as they grow and expand, the petals get yellower and yellower. Very swetly scented. July and August. Glossy green leaves on upright stems to 90cm. Sun or part shade.

Linaria vulgaris 'Peloria'
£6.00

Amazing pale yellow flowers like 5-pointed stars with a central proboscis looking like pouting lips. Very narrow grey-green leaves. Clumping and running but dodging here and there between other things. To 45cm. From July to frosts. Very well-drained soil in full sun. A curious and unusual form of a British native found in the 1960s.

Lobelia sessilifolia
£6.00

Brilliant blue flowers set on a long, narrow, leafy spike. Narrow, pale green leaves. Fully deciduous and very hardy. 75-90cm. Any moist soil in sun or part shade. September/October. Collected in Yunnan, China, in 1987. Often changing to brilliant yellow Autumn colour whilst in bloom.

Lunaria rediviva
£8.00

Rounded heads of very pale lavender to white, strongly scented flowers. Serrated-edged, triangular leaves and interesting seed-pods which are pointed at each end. 75cm-1m. Any soil in sun or part shade.Very hardy. April to June. It grows in the wild in shady moist woods and gorges. A lovely plant in leaf, flower, or fruit. Here, it grows well in horrible dry shade.

Lychnis x walkeri 'Hill Grounds'
Lychnis x walkeri 'Hill Grounds'
£6.00

Brilliant rose pink flowers produced in long succession in June and July. Densely grey-hairy leaves and stems. Clump-forming. Good perennial to 90cm. Full sun and dry. Found in Janet Cropley's garden in Northamptonshire.

Omphalodes nitida
£5.00

Long, loose spikes of bright blue flowers a little smaller than in O. cappadocica. Long, narrow, shiny, dark green, evergreen leaves with brownish petioles. Clump-forming and will seed around. 20-30cm. April to June. Any soil in sun or part shade. Very hardy.

Pachyphragma macrophyllum
£8.00

Many spikes of pure white, Arabis-like flowers produced to very striking effect. Forms solid clumps of rounded green leaves. Fully evergreen. 30-45cm. Any soil. Especially good in horribly dry, part shade. Seeds around. Will do in the worst spots.

Primula denticulata 'Karryann'
£5.00

Typical drumstick primula heads in soft purple. The leaves are strongly variegated with cream margins. Forms solid clumps when happy. 30cm. March /April. Damp soils in sun. The odd green reversions should be removed. An unusual form launched by Blooms in the 1970s and which almost disappeared.

Rhodiola fastigiata
Rhodiola fastigiata
£6.00

A small clump-forming plant with many upright, green stems each bearing a small cluster of rich, dark red flowers which age to brown in seed. Leaves small, short and pointed. Makes brown trunks above ground looking like a small tree. 10cm. April / May. Any soil in sun but not too dry. One of my most popular plants.

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