With the continuation of unseasonably high temperatures over the last week, many of our plants have put on a flush of new growth. Below are a range of perennials and grasses now available on our website.
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'White Eastfield'
One of many fabulous Persicarias bred by Belgian Landscape Architect, Chris Ghyselen. Only recently have Persicaria been used widely in garden planting. Their increase in popularity due in part to the influence of Piet Oudolf. Persicarias are fantastic plants to incorporate into the garden. We grow them in amongst Rudbeckia, Sanguisorbia, Helenium, Miscanthus, Panicum and Pennisetum. The soil in these beds is enriched with compost, is moisture retentive and heavily mulched.
'White Eastfield' is a shorter variety that reaches 90cm high and has dark green leaves which are narrow and pointed. Numerous spikes of white slightly drooping flowers appear in Summer and continue until early Winter. 90cm x 90cm.
Salvia 'Blue Abyss'
Similar but smaller than Salvia 'Anthony Parker' but with a strong vivid blue flower and darker velvet calyces with its parentage being Salvia leucanthe. It is robust and remarkably tolerant of heat and dry conditions. 1m x 1m.
With bright sunshine yellow flowers and cheery composure, this Achillea will add light and joy to the garden and bring a sense of excitement when the flowers first appear. The highly divided grey foliage adds an extra feature to the plant. Flowers last all through the Summer and well into Autumn. 60 x 60cm in free draining soil. Surprisingly, the rabbits don't seem to be interested in eating the leaves of this plant.
Ligularia dentata 'Pandora'
The deep purple foliage on this newer release Ligularia is particularly eye catching. Yellow orange daisy-like flowers emerge in Summer, contrasting with the foliage. Exceptional in raised beds or containers. Enjoys being planted in soil that remains moist and out of the extreme heat of direct Summer sun. 40 x 40cm.
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Lisaura'
A RHS Award of Garden Merit recipient, 'Lisaura' bears clusters of rich cobalt blue flowers that contrast with the lime green foliage. With the common name of 'Bluebeard' Caryopteris are generous in flower production and attract bees and butterflies from late Summer into Autumn. This is a well behaved deciduous shrub. Maximum height 80cm.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Capriccio'
A seriously handsome ornamental grass. The upright nature of 'Capriccio' catches the eye in any landscape. Silvery plumes held high above the foliage add to the appeal of this grass. At 2 metres tall in bloom it certainly grabs attention. Approx. 2m high x 60cm wide.
Rudbeckia maxima is native to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Grown for its large yellow coneflowers, it is equally recognisable for its large blue-green cabbage like basal leaves. A stunning plant that produces flowers on stalks up to 180cm in height. The flowers are up to 8cm across and have strong yellow petals with dark brown tall central cones. Best results are achieved when grown in organically enriched soils with a little extra moisture and plenty of sunshine. Fun fact: The genus Rudbeckia was named in honour of Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702). He was a Swedish botanist.
Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii
A proven performer with stunning displays of golden yellow daisies with black centres are produced in late summer to 80cm. Best used in groups, drifts or en masse. Combines really well with Sedums.