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An easy-to-grow perennial, and an excellent choice for planting in hot, dry sunny locations. This selection produces showy clusters of cherry-red flowers over a bushy mound of ferny green leaves. Excellent for fresh cutting, the flowers may also be dried or the ripe seed heads used in arrangements.
Achillea sibirica 'Love Parade' is unusual but highly ornamental perennial with unique bright green, leathery foliage composed of narrow, lance-shaped, saw-edged and rather fern-like leaves is quite unlike many others in the genus. It bears from June to September flat-topped flower heads clustered with numerous large and lovely soft pink flowers with pale yellow stamens. One of the best plants for poor dry soils.
Agastache 'Black Adder' is an upright,clump-forming giant hyssop that grows up to 90cm in height. A long lived and hardy perennial, it is a hybrid resulting from a cross between Agastache rugosum and Agastache foeniculum. It is noted for its long summer until first frost floral display of tubular, 2-lipped, deep smoky violet flowers that bloom in showy bottle-brush terminal spikes. Flowers appearing many-flowered whorls which are densely packed to form the flower spikes,from nearly black buds. The aromatic anise/licorice scented, lance-shaped to ovate leaves are blue green. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and yet this plant defies rabbits, deer, slugs and virtually all sucking pests.
Carex flagellifera 'Auburn Cascade' a selection discovered and named on our nurseries. Colour and form are the best attributes for this New Zealand sedge. As a young plant, the bronze-red, fine-textured leaves are very attractive and as it matures, the upright leaves start to arch over to the ground. It is hard to believe that this ornamental grass, Carex flagellifera 'Auburn Cascade' is both hardy, evergreen and can be grown in full sun. When grown in shade, the leaves appear a more reddish-green colour. This sedge will quietly enhance any suitable landscape for many years with minimal care. The high arching clumps are very effective when planted quite close together.
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Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Pixie Fountain' is a low-growing or dwarf, tufted evergreen perennial variety. Ethereal blooms appear in June on sturdy stems and turn amber by early autumn. Tufted hair grasses have been the mainstay in ornamental grass gardens for a long time. Now we have a new miniature, one which is every bit as pretty as its larger cousins. Planted in mass and when in full bloom, Pixie Fountains can be a breathtaking sight. It is also very effective in that it can make other plants in the landscape stand out even more.
6 plants one each of: Salvia sclaria Vatican White, Lychnis coronaria Occulata, Achillea ‘Cassis', Libertia ixioides, Verbascum blattaria Albiflora, Carex secta tenuiculmis
Six great varieties to beat the hosepipe ban and water shortage. A mix of perennials and ornamental grasses to provide texture, colour and interest throughout the year.
Recent summers have been very dry and climate change, whether man induced or natural, may make summers drier in the future. To put the rainfall level in perspective, East Anglia is currently drier than the Eastern Mediterranean.....