This Achillea was raised by the great English nurseryman Alan Bloom whom I had the privilege of meeting before he died a few years ago. To my mind it is one of, if not the best of all Achilleas as it is beautiful both in flower and in foliage.
A fine selected clone grown from division from imported plants.Makes a low clump of very wide, handsome glossy green leaves and 60cm. tall stems carrying large mop heads of white flowers faintly lined with blue. Prefers sun. 60cm.x70cm.
‘Twister’ is a new relatively small growing bicolour Agapanthus. The base of the white trumpets is mauve-blue and the flowers are held in loose but elegant heads on 60cm tall stems above low mounds of evergreen foliage. 60cm by 50cm.
A superb variety of shade loving groundcover. Its evergreen glossy dark purple almost black foliage makes a dense carpet in any shady spot which doesn’t parch during summer. Showy spikes of deep blue flowers on 25 cm tall stems are produced in spring.
From the dry western areas of the USA beautiful in all its parts from the burnished copper-bronze twisted trunks to its wonderful large grey-green leaves and exquisite lily-of-the-valley flowers. Thoroughly drought tolerant when once established.
Growing a mere 15cm tall but spreading up to 150cm, ‘Green Bay’ makes a dense carpet of small dark green leathery leaves. Nodding pink, lily-of-the-valley flowers are produced in late winter and early spring when the shrub has matured.
This, one of the best silver foliage plants, has been a mainstay of our double borders for years. It's planted next to the deep violet flowered Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’. Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ makes a dramatic suckering thicket of large jagged silver leaves.
This beautiful new variety with icy mauve flowers has the same growth habit and flower structure as the popular Aster ‘Ruby Buttons. Metre tall arching stems are covered with flowers through most of March and April.
This is the Aster x frikartii that Dennis Norgate sold for so many years and it is one of the best of all Easter daisies. It produces its large well shaped cool lavender-blue flowers from February until May.
A plant of mostly dry ground in the eastern parts of the USA, this species does well for us. Aster ‘Calliope’ was raised in the 1890s at the RHS gardens and is more elegant in flower than most Easter daisies.
‘Ruby Buttons’ is one of a new breed of Easter Daisy bred for the commercial cut flower trade as much as for the garden. 100cm tall stems clothed in glossy green, pointed leaves carry heads of full double ruby purple flowers in autumn.
The best white flowered Bergenia we know with good tough foliage and the old leaves colouring well in winter. The flower stems are held well above the leaves and have horizontal secondary stems which display the white flowers beautifully.
A newly imported dwarf growing variety, with quite narrow glossy evergreen leaves which turn rich plum during cold weather. The flower heads are large in relation to the foliage clumps and the flowers are bright coral pink.
‘Sea Heart’, a stunning new introduction, has strong textured heart shaped silver leaves with green edging and green veins. 50cm tall stems of blue for-get-me-not flowers are produced during late spring and early summer.
‘Silver Heart’ is a wonderful new introduction with silver heart shaped leaves lightly veined green. The leaves are strongly textured and stand heat and humidity well. Blue for-get-me-not flowers are produced on 50cm tall stems during late spring and early summer.
A really good foliage and flowering plant for shade. Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ has silver, heart shaped basal leaves which are hidden during spring and early summer by clouds of true blue for-get-me-not flowers held well above the foliage on thin wiry stems.
I remember a beautifully grown plant of Buddleja alternifolia grown as standard in the walled garden at Cruden Farm. The arching willowy branches were densely foliaged and in full bloom and what pleasure it gave.
These ‘Buzz’™ series are the first truly dwarf Buddlejas to be released on the Australian market. Suited to growing in pots as well as small gardens, it took ten years of dedicated and painstaking breeding work to develop these award winning plants.