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HEIRLOOM PERENNIAL NURSERY Philippa Foes-Lamb email: [email protected] phone or text: (021) 522-775 for an appointment Specialising in hardy and unusual perennials, particularly cranesbill geraniums which I adore and other treasures that thrive in shady spots. I will be adding to my plant list regularly, as I continue to add to my treasures. I also have other treasures that are too few in number to list here. Please feel free to ask about them. PLANT LIST: SPRING 2009 – SPRING 2010 Hardy Cranesbill Geraniums These wonderful, hardy perennials are not very well known in New Zealand. G. Johnson’s Blue was the first to be introduced here and unfortunately it is not one of the best performers. All of the geraniums listed here are top performers, grown in my garden, and some are hard to find anywhere else in New Zealand. Unless stated otherwise, all are incredibly frost hardy. I adore this genus of plants! G. albanum – This gorgeous creature has soft green leaves and bowl shaped pink flowers with slightly darker veins that are produced on trailing stems. Perfect in sun or semi-shade. Very pretty! Semi-evergreen. 30cm x 30cm approx. G. bohemicum – This is an annual geranium but is well worth having in the garden for its stunning flowers. Its 2cm flowers are an intense violet-blue with darker forked veins and a pink central zone. Self-seeds but is not invasive – just gorgeous! Best in sun but will tolerate semi-shade. 45 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. ‘Brookside’ - G. pratense x G. clarkei Kashmir Purple – finely cut foliage and large bowl-shaped flowers of a gorgeous clear blue, paler at centre. Sun or semi-shade. Winter dormant. 45 x 45cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. canariense – similar to G. palmatum except with smaller foliage and lower growing. Flower stems are covered in a pretty pink ‘fuzz’ and the smallish dark pink flowers and the back of the petals are white. Very pretty. Semi-shade. Lives for around three years. Selfseeds well. Slightly frost tender. 45 x 30cm. Available in Summer. G. cantabrigiense ‘Cambridge’ – This wonderful ground-cover grows steadily to form dense mats of glossy, very aromatic foliage that has fabulous autumn colour. Bright pink 2.5cm flowers are produced freely over a long period of time. Perfect for rockeries or under shrubs in sun or semi-shade. 20 x 60cm approx. Does not self-seed. G. cinereum var. subcaulescens – a very pretty ground-cover with small dark green foliage and the most intense crimson-magenta flowers with a dark eye. A definite must have for a container or in the rock garden. Take care it doesn’t get smothered. Best in full sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 20cm x 20cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. cinereum ‘Ballerina’ – as above with 1cm boysenberry coloured flowers and almost black veins! Stunning. Available in Autumn. G. cinereum ‘Lawrence Flatman’ – as above but with 1.5cm purplish-pink flowers and boysenberry coloured veins. Very similar to ‘ballerina’ and absolutely stunning! Available in Autumn. G. clarkei ‘Kashmir White’ – lovely heavily cut, elegant foliage is topped with airy stems of saucer-shaped 3-4cm white flowers with greyish lilac-pale pink veins. Full sun or semishade. Winter dormant. Few only. G. clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’ – as above with 4-5cm deep violet-purple flowers with lilacpink veins. Flowers face upwards and this plant forms strong clumps quickly. 30 x 45cm approx. Few only. G. ‘Criss Canning’ – This is one of the most beautiful blue geraniums. A much better performer than Johnson’s Blue, it has foliage similar to G. pratense and is smothered with rich blue flowers with red veining, all season. Sun to semi-shade. Winter dormant. 30-40 x 30cm approx. Few only. G. endressii – this beauty forms leafy semi-evergreen clumps of fresh, slightly shiny green foliage. Copious amounts of 3cm funnel-shaped pink flowers appear from late spring right through until autumn. Benefits from being cut back in mid-summer as this promotes fresh new growth and more flowers. A must-have!! Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 45cm x 45cm approx. G. endressii ‘Wargrave Pink’ – as above but with salmon-pink flowers that have a silvery sheen. Gorgeous! G. grandiflorum – Similar to G. Himalayense but with purplish-blue flowers. Sun or semishade. Winter dormant. 30 x 30cm approx. G. harveyi – a beautiful ground cover with small silver foliage. 1cm pink flowers smother the plant from late spring through until autumn. Lovely cascading over rocks or retaining walls. Best in full sun. Evergreen. 15 x 60cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. himalayense ‘Graveyte’ – Lovely foliage topped with intense 3cm violet flowers with a reddish centre. Perfect in sun or semi-shade. Winter dormant. 50cm x 50cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. himalayense ‘Flore Plena’ syn ‘Birch Double’– The gorgeous double form. Smallish round, divided leaves and lovely double 2.5cm soft lilac flowers tinged with pinkish-violet. Sun or semi-shade. Winter dormant. 25cm x 30cm approx. G. ibericum (sometimes confused with G. magnificum) – one of the most beautiful hardy geraniums. Large scalloped foliage is smothered with large rich purple flowers in late spring through summer. Dead-head to produce another flush of flowers. Totally stunning. Sun or semi-shade. Winter dormant. 60 x 60cm. G. incanum – this geranium is perfect for growing down a wall or bank. Fine, lacy green foliage is topped with small but prolific deep reddish-purple flowers with a white eye. Sun and good drainage. Benefits from a good cut back several times a year. Evergreen. 20cm x 1m approx. Available in Autumn. G. lambertii ‘Swansdown’ – Beautifully marked, soft dull green leaves and masses of white flowers with pink veins and a crimson centre. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 30 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. ‘Joy’ – G. traversii x elegans x G. lambertii cross. This really is a beautiful geranium with 3cm bowl shaped soft pink flowers with darker veins. Flowers from spring through to autumn. Sun or semi-shade. 30 x 30cm. Available in Autumn. G. macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ – One of the best ground-cover types for shady spots. Spreads by fleshy underground rhizomes and forms fairly dense mats. Perfect for dry shade. This is one of the loveliest varieties with soft pink flowers for a very long period from spring. Semi-evergreen. 20 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ – as above but with deep pink flowers. Available in Autumn. G. macrorrhizum ‘White Ness’ – As above but with pure white flowers. Gorgeous! G. madarense – the King of the hardy geraniums. This magnificent creature has rich green dissected foliage the size of dinner plates. Taking 2-3 years to flower it thrives in semi-shade making it perfect for woodland areas. Old leaves reach down to the ground to support the plant when it flowers. A large flower head, smothered in hundreds of flowers rises above the foliage. After seed is set the parent plant dies. Semi to full shade. 1m x 1m approx. Available in Autumn. G. nodosum – a stunning plant for that shady spot. Will colonise really well in dry shade under trees and has bright green, glossy leaves. Its flowers are funnel-shaped and are a pretty lilac-pink with light veining. Delicate looking but very hardy. Semi to full shade, including dry shade. Semi-evergreen. 20 x 20cm. – A rockery treasure, forming mats of spreading bronze green foliage. Deep pink flowers are produced for a long period from early summer. Full sun. Evergreen. 15 x 20cm approx. G. ‘Orkney Pink’ G. oxonianum – a wonderfully robust hardy geranium raised in 1900. It’s lush green foliage is large and forms magnificent clumps in the first season. Large funnel-shaped pink flowers are produced over a very long period and respond well to dead-heading. Sun through to shade. Semi-evergreen. 70 x 80cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. oxonianum ‘A T Johnson’ – a cross between G. endressii and G. versicolor. Delightful silvered mid-pink flowers with darker veins are produced from late spring. Sun or semishade. Evergreen. 40 x 60cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. oxonianum ‘Heirloom Seedling’ – this gorgeous creature popped up in my garden. A stunning form of ‘oxonianum’, forming a large mound of lush foliage with beautiful silverypink flowers with darker veins from mid-spring through to autumn. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 60 x 90cm approx. G. oxonianum ‘Pearl Boland’ – a New Zealand hybrid. Especially pretty as pale pink flowers with darker veins turn darker pink as they age, causing a two-tone effect on the clump. Lovely and vigorous. Sun or semi-shade. Evergreen. 60-75 x 75cm approx. Availabe in Autumn. G. oxonianum ‘Thurstonianum’ – as above but with more dissected foliage - gorgeous. Pale pink flowers with fully divided petals appear from late spring through until autumn – unusual and very pretty. 60 x 60cm approx. G. oxonianum ‘Thurstonianum x Heirloom seedling’ – this seedling sprang up in my garden this year. As above but with darker pink petals and a ruffled centre. Very pretty. 60 x 60cm approx. Available in Autumn . G. oxonianum ‘Walter’s Gift’ – A smaller growing hybrid with beautifully blotched foliage and pale pink flowers with darker veins. Very pretty and a must have. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 40 x 40cm approx. G. palmatum – this majestic creature is a must have. It’s foliage is green and lush and it’s crown has to be seen to be believed. Stunning deep pink flowers appear from mid-spring onwards and if dead-headed will keep flowering all season long. Thrives in semi to full shade and will also tolerate dry conditions. Note: do not cut off the old foliage as it helps to support the plant when it is in flower. Life-span of three years. Self-seeds readily so if you don’t want oodles of seedlings, dead-head before they are produced. Evergreen. Grows in difficult shady spots. Slightly frost tender. 1m x 1m approx. G. phaeum ‘Mourning Widow’ – the first hardy geranium I ever bought. Gorgeous clumps of blotched foliage with 60cm stems of dark maroon flowers. Responds well to dead-heading. Very hardy and reliable. Loves dry shade too. Semi-evergreen. 40 x 60cm approx. Available in Summer. G. phaeum ‘Album’ – as above but with stunning pure white flowers. 30 x 30cm approx. G. phaeum ‘Heirloom Seedling’ – as above but with large deep lavender flowers. 45 x 60cm approx. G. phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ – as above but with gorgeous pale to mid-lilac flowers. 60 x 60cm. G. phaeum ‘Samobor’ – as above with amazingly blotched markings on foliage. Dark maroon flowers. Very sought after. 30 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. ‘Philippe Vapelle’ – a cross between G. renardii and G. platypetalum. Glorious textured foliage is topped with stunning blue flowers. Needs dividing regularly to keep its vigour. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 300 x 30cm. Few only. G. platyanthum – Lovely downy soft green foliage is topped with saucer-shaped slatey mauve-pink flowers. Grows well in semi-shade. Winter dormant. 60cm x 45cm. Available in Autumn. G. platypetalum – A gorgeous geranium! Its foliage is similar to G. ibericum, slightly smaller and not as crinkly, forming a compact clump. Stunning shallow saucer-shaped flowers are around 2.5-3cm and are violet-blue, slightly paler in the centre with bluish-black anthers. Very pretty. Sun or part-shade. Winter dormant. Available in Autumn. G. polyanthes – This beauty has small, shiny, almost succulent-like leaves. In summer 2.5cm funnel shaped bright pink flowers with very finely penciled veins are produced on stems that sometimes reach 45cm, but are more often 20cm. Perfect for the alpine garden or the front of a flower border. Can be slow to appear in spring. Winter dormant. Few only. G. pratense ‘Heirloom Seedlings’ – Meadow cranesbill. Very hardy with lovely dissected fresh green foliage that appears in early Spring. These selected seedlings from my garden have flowers in various shades of blue. If dead-headed regularly you will have flowers all season. Sun or semi-shade. Winter dormant. 60 x 60cm approx. G. pratense ‘Alba’ – as above but with pure white flowers. Available in Autumn. G. pratense ‘Plenum Caeruleum’ – The much sought after double form of the above. Stunning mid-blue flowers with a pink centre. Needs dividing every two years or so to retain its vigour. Winter dormant. 60 x 60cm. Few only. G. pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’ – Extremely sought after. Similar to above but with perfectly formed pompoms of rich violet flowers. Blooms later than ‘Plenum Caeruleum’. Just gorgeous. Available in Autumn. G. pratense ‘Rose Queen’ – same as pratense but with lovely pale pink flowers. Few only. G. pratense ‘Silver Queen’ – same as pratense but with pale mauve buds, opening to white flowers flushed with silver. Very pretty! Available in Autumn. G. pratense ‘Striatum’ – As above but with lovely white flowers, individually splashed with mauve, as though someone has painted each one. Very pretty. Winter dormant. 40 x 40cm. Few only. G. pratense ‘Summer Skies’ – as above with 2cm pale mauve fully double flowers with a white eye. 60 x 60cm. Few only. G. pratense ‘Victor Reiter’ – As above but with stunning purple foliage that turns dark green later in the summer. Beautiful large deep blue-purple flowers all season if deadheaded regularly. 45 x 45cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. psilostemon – perhaps the most sought after hardy geranium of all. Very large, deeply toothed foliage forms a magnificent clump up to 1.2m in ideal conditions. 4cm bowl-shaped sizzling magenta flowers with black veins and a black eye put on a show right through from late spring to autumn. Gorgeous when planted with silver foliage, lemon flowers or the cool blue of G. pratense. Very hard to find. Sun to semi-shade and fertile soil. Winter dormant. Grown to order. G. pulchrum – A beautiful, very hardy South African species. Strong-growing with slightly woody stems and beautiful grey-green soft foliage. 4cm mauvish-pink flowers are produced from late spring through to late summer. Dead-head regularly to keep flowers coming. A must have and simply stunning during frosty weather – the frost hugs the leaves. Best in sun. Evergreen. 60-70cm x 70cm approx. G. pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’ – A lovely cultivar that grows rapidly and is smothered with small purple flowers. Seeds very readily so best dead-headed regularly to encourage new flowers on existing plants. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. I’ve had flowers on mine in winter. 30 x 30 cm. G. pyrenaicum ‘Summer Sky’ – as above but with pinkish-mauve flowers. Available in Summer. G. pyrenaicum ‘Summer Snow’ – as above but with white flowers. Available in Summer. G. ‘Red Propellers’ – this hybrid geranium has lovely robust mid-green foliage and a slightly spreading habit. Hot magenta flowers with dark veins are produced from late spring. Perfect for the front of a border. Sun. Semi-evergreen. 30 x 40cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. renardii – soft sage green textured leaves make this plant a must have in the garden. 3cm white flowers with purple veins produced from early summer and sometimes again in early winter. This beauty can be temperamental if given too much nitrogen, which results in masses of foliage and not many flowers. Best underfed and does well in sun or semishade. Semi-evergreen. 30 x 30cm. G. riversleaianum ‘Mavis Simpson’ – a cross between G. endressii and our native G. traversii. This is a wonderful groundcover with pale green leaves and saucer-shaped silvery pink flowers all summer long. Forms a low spreading mat and the elegant stems of flowers weave through surrounding plants in the border, just beautiful. Sun is best. Semievergreen. 20 x 60cm approx. G. l ‘Russell Prichard’ – the original clonal cultivar raised at Prichards Nursery in Hampshire, UK. As above but with deep raspberry flowers. Delicious. G. robustum – spreading mounds of finely cut foliage and smothered with successive flushes of large purple-pink flowers. Hard to beat for sheer flower-power. Sun or semishade. Semi-evergreen. 30 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. rubescens – similar to G. canariense, with red stems and 2.5cm bright pink flowers with pale veins and a small crimson-red eye. Perfect in semi or full shade and will also do well in drier positions. Very pretty. Evergreen. 60cm x 60cm approx. Few only. G. sanguineum – A wonderful groundcover with dark green, very dissected small leaves. Large bright pink flowers are produced from late spring until almost into winter. Sun to semi-shade. Semi-evergreen, winter dormant in colder areas. 45 x 45cm. G. sanguineum ‘Album’ – as above with large pure white flowers. A wonderful contrast to the dark green foliage. Stunning. 45 x 45cm approx. G. sanguineum ‘New Hampshire Purple’ – as above with rich purple flowers. 25 x 45cm approx. Available in Summer. G. sanguineum ‘Lancastriense var. Striatum’ – worth the name! As above with the prettiest pale pink flowers with slightly darker pink veins – like candy-striping. Available in Autumn. G. Sue Crug – this beauty is a cross between G. procurrens and G. lambertii. Its mauvemagenta flowers with darker veins and a dark central eye are produced over a long period of time and look fabulous when planted with contrasting colours such as lime green. Sun or semi-shade. Semi-evergreen. 40 x 40cm. G. sylvaticum – a lovely upright form with dark pink flowers. Best in semi-shade and does well in ordinary garden soil that doesn’t get too dry. Winter dormant. 50 x 30cm approx. Available in Autumn. G. sylvaticum ‘Album’ – as above but with white flowers. Available in Autumn. G. sylvaticum ‘Ray’s Pink’ – as above but with lovely pale pink flowers in mid-summer. Few only. G. versicolor – a superb specimen for shady spots. This beauty has light green foliage that looks similar to G. endressii with brown blotches between the leaf divisions. Very pretty white trumpet-shaped flowers with magenta veins are produced over a long period, from spring through to autumn. Semi to full shade. Evergreen. 25 x 30cm approx. G. wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Blue’ – this is a very pretty ground-cover with heavily marbled foliage and large sky-blue flowers with a white eye on trailing stems. Sun or semishade. Winter dormant. 20cm x 30cm. OTHERS Aquilegia viridiflora ‘Chocolate Soldier’ - a delightful small granny’s bonnet with green and brown flowers with a lovely fragrance. Semi-shade. 30 x 30cm approx. Few only. Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Raven’s Wing’ – Beautiful ferny bronze-like foliage topped with fine queen anne’s lace-like flowers from spring onwards. If regularly dead-headed will flower all season. Sun through to shade. 60 x 80cm approx. Available in Summer. Astrantia major – A wonderful cut flower, this treasure has beautiful lobed foliage and pink toned flowers with a creamy white ‘ruff’. Great for drying and last a long time in the vase. Sun to semi-shade and rich soil. 70 x 60cm approx. Can be slow to establish. Few only. Campanula persicifolia ‘Alba’ – this lovely perennials forms deep green rosettes of finely lanced foliage. Pure white 2.5cm flowers are produced over a long period of time from late spring. A wonderful cut flower. Sun or semi-shade, hardy and easy. Flower stems to 75cm approx. Semi-evergreen. Campanula takesimana ‘Alba’ – this is the perfect ground cover for large areas such as under trees. Spreading by underground runners, this lovely creature can become a thug if planted in rich soil so it is best to plant it in slightly difficult conditions – making it perfect for dry areas. Large drooping tubular white flowers with maroon spots in the throat are produced from late spring onwards. My garden wouldn’t be without it as it lights up difficult shady spots. 75cm x 1m approx. Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ – this herbaceous clematis is a non-climber and produces lovely upright stems of purple tinged foliage with masses of small white flowers over a long period from late spring. Appreciates some support. Sun. Winter dormant. 1.5m x 60cm approx. Clematis stans – a shrubby herbaceous clematis with very pretty ‘maple-like’ foliage. Flowers are fairly small and are a gorgeous shade of dusky blue. Deciduous in winter. Sun or semi-shade. 75cm x 75cm approx. Few only. Dianthus x hybrida ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ – These fragrant, antique charmers have an intense sweet and spicy aroma. Flowers are lacy and deeply cut in shades of rosy pink, lilac, white, purple and red on long stems. Gorgeous rich green foliage. Sometimes bloom in first season. Hardy perennials. Full sun or semi-shade. 30 x 20cm approx. Digitalis ‘Yellow Carillon’ – this dwarf truly perennial foxglove is another must-have in the garden. Fresh green, smooth foliage and stems of clear lemon-yellow from late spring. Semi-shade to shade. Semi-evergreen. 30 x 20cm approx. Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ – Bishop’s Hat – a wonderful groundcover for shady areas. Graceful foliage topped in spring by delicate pure white flowers. Foliage changes colour in autumn. Winter dormant in colder areas. 20 x 30cm approx. Few only. Erodium gruinum – Storksbill. This is a gorgeous relative of cranesbill geraniums with pretty scalloped foliage and stunning violet blue flowers. Renowned for it’s slightly ghoulish seedheads that remind me of ‘Freddy Kruger’s’ fingernails! Just amazing and a must have. Sun. Semi-evergreen. 45cm x 30cm approx. Erodium manescavii – As above but with ferny foliage and bright pink flowers. Seedheads not quite as spectacular. Sun. Evergreen. 40cm x 30cm approx. Helleborus orientalis ‘Heirloom Mixed’ Seedlings – Selected seedlings from my most beautiful helleborus. Shades of white, pink, and burgundy. Some may have speckled centres. Sun through to shade, although they perform best in semi-shade. 70cm x 90cm. Helleborus orientalis ‘Lois’ – Dark Seedlings – beautiful dark seedlings from my friend’s Lois’ garden. Same conditions as above. Lobelia – Tall Perennial ‘Mixed Shades’ – This is a fabulous perennial and is suited to all sorts of situations from full sun to almost full shade. The flowers are identical to bedding lobelia only larger. They are shades of pale pink, purple and red and this wonderful hardy perennial will grow anywhere except the driest sites. The flower stems are produced from mid-summer to a height of around 70cm-90cm. After flowering new growth is produced from the base of the plant. Multiplies well. A must-have! Available in Summer. Lupin ‘The Chatelaine’ – this lupin has to be seen to be believed. Very surreal flowers of mushroom pink and white. Just gorgeous. Best in full sun but will tolerate semi-shade. Flower spikes to 70cm, plant width 60cm approx. Lupin ‘Carmine Shades’ – As above but in lovely shades of carmine-red. Lupin ‘Blue’ – As above but with blue flowers. Few only. Lupin ‘White’ – As above but with white flowers. Few only. Macleaya cordata – Plume Poppy. This is a much sought after, gorgeous perennial that has very attractive grey-green foliage with scalloped edges. The flower stems are very tall with tiny frothy buff-coloured flowers. Multiplies slowly by underground runners. Not invasive! Sun with some moisture or semi-shade. Also does well in dappled all-day shade. Winter dormant. 1.5m x 2m approx (over time). Narcissus ‘Hoop Petticoat’ – A delightful dwarf daffodil that looks just like a hoop petticoat. Perfect for the rockery. 10-15cm approx. Nicotiana sylvestris – one of the most beautiful of all summer perennials. This beauty thrives in semi or full shade and will also tolerate full sun really well. Long tubular, pure white flowers are produced over a very long period. Intensely fragrant in the evening perfect for an outdoor entertainment area. Tends to be biennial and then perennial if cut back after flowering. A must have and sought after. 1-1.2m x 90cm. Papaver orientalis ‘Pizzacato Mix’ – Oriental Poppy – Forms a robust clump of slightly hairy foliage and large flowers emerge from incredibly fat buds. Easy to grow in full sun or semi-shade and hardy to frosts. Mixed colours such as salmon and orange. 60 x 60cm approx. Semi-evergreen. Primula auricula – These gorgeous flowers were very popular in Victorian times and are much prized for botanical art. Their showy flowers appear from mid-spring onwards and they make perfect rockery specimens for semi-shade. Best in fairly rich soil with some grit added for drainage. Mixed colours. Semi-evergreen. 15 x 15cm approx once established. Primula bulleyana ‘Candelabra Primula’ – These lovely plants form magnificent clumps of fresh green foliage and flowers in whorls up the stem in shades of white, pink and purple. Perfect for damp semi-shade or shade. Will also do well in average garden conditions. Flower stems to 45cm. Winter dormant. Primula denticulata ‘Drumstick Primula’ – Thriving in semi-shade these gorgeous creatures have drumstick-shaped heads of mauve or white primula flowers in late spring/early summer. Does best with some moisture and is perfect in containers. 30 x 30cm approx. Primula vialii – Lovely soft green foliage, topped with unusual pointed heads of mauve flowers opening from crimson buds from early spring make this primula a must-have. Again, does best in an area that doesn’t dry out in semi-shade. Also fabulous in containers. 30 x 30cm approx. Salvia confertiflora – A very beautiful salvia for a semi-shady spot. Robust stems of foliage with a tamarillo-like fragrance, topped with terracotta coloured flowers from midautumn right into winter. Waxeyes really love it. 1-1.2m x 1m approx. Semi-evergreen. Frost tender so best under trees or amongst shrubs. Available in Summer. Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ – one of the most beautiful salvias and a wonderful all round performer. Thrives in sun and semi-shade in most soils and has the most stunning spikes of blue flowers from summer through to autumn. Prefers an area that won’t dry out completely but still very forgiving in dry weather. Winter dormant. Tolerates moderate frosts. 75 x 75cm approx. Available in Summer. Salvia madrensis – this rare and very beautiful yellow salvia is one of my absolute favourite perennials. Best in semi-shade, it sends up very sturdy reddish stems to around 1.5-2m and these are topped with beautiful pale yellow salvia flowers in mid autumn which remain right into winter. Loved by waxeyes. Semi-evergreen. Frost tender so best planted with some shelter from trees or shrubs. Foliage has a lovely lemony scent too. Few only. Salvia patens ‘Gentian Sage’ – the large, surreal electric blue flowers of this wonderful perennial have to be seen to be believed. Best in full sun or semi-shade in soil that doesn’t become waterlogged in winter. Winter dormant, frost tender. 60 x 45cm approx. Salvia patens ‘Chilcombe’ – as above with very pretty mauve flowers. Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Imperial Mixture’ – a wonderful performer in the garden. Used to be sold as an annual in punnets but is truly perennial. Fresh green foliage are smothered with pincushion flowers in shades of white, pink through to burgundy all season long. A great cut flower. Sun but will also tolerate semi-shade. 60-80cm x 30cm approx. Semievergreen. Verbascum hybrid ‘Banana Custard’ – a very hardy biennial with grey-green soft foliage – flowering in its second year from seedling – then perennial, for a well-drained spot in ordinary garden soil. Flowers are two shades of yellow and are approx 2cm across. Remove spent flower stems to encourage another flush. Full sun. Semi-evergreen. 1.5m flower stems x 60cm approx. Verbascum hybrid ‘Snow Maiden’ – as above but with pure white flowers with yellow stamens. 1m flower stems x 60cm approx. Verbascum phoenicum ‘Antique Rose’ – gorgeous dark green basal foliage. Produces 70-90cm soft purplish-rose flower spikes over a long period. Cut back after each flowering and will produce flowers all season. Sun or semi-shade. Very hardy. Semi-evergreen. Available in late Spring. Verbascum phoenicum ‘Flush of White’ – as above but with stunning white flower stems up to 100cm. Available in late Spring. Verbascum phoenicum ‘mixed shades’ – gorgeous dark green basal foliage. Produces 70-90cm high flower spikes in shades of pale pink, slate mauve, deep purple and rose. Sun or semi-shade. Cut back after flowering and will produce more all season. Very hardy. Semi-evergreen. Verbascum x hybrida ‘Southern Charm’ – this gorgeous verbascum has flowers in shades of creamy yellow, soft lavender or peach up to 75cm. Each flower has a fuzzy purple bee. Few only. Veronica spicata ‘Blue Bouquet’ – This is a wonderful performer in the garden. Deep green, slightly waxy foliage produces spikes of deep blue flowers all summer long. Deadhead regularly. Best in full sun. approx. Resistant to mildew. Semi-evergreen. 25 x 25cm. Available in Autumn.