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Matthiola Cinderella Series , mixed


Matthiola can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs, with simple or lobed leaves and dense terminal racemes or panicles of fragrant, 4-petalled flowers

Cinderella Series are grown as annuals or biennials to 25cm in height, with oblong, greyish leaves and dense panicles of sweetly scented double flowers in shades of purple, mauve, pink or white, in late spring and summer

Common Name: stock Cinderella Series
Family: Brassicaceae
Color flower: Pink, Purple and White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to aphids, flea beetles and cabbage root fly
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in a sunny, sheltered bed where the soil is well-drained and neutral to slightly alkaline. This Series is also compact enough for growing in a container. The photo shows the cultivar ‘Cinderella White’ in this Series
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’


Hakonechloa is a deciduous perennial grass forming a compact tuft of arching stems bearing linear leaves, with arching flower panicles in late sumer and autumn

‘Aureola’ is a neat, clump-forming deciduous grass to 30cm, with narrow, arching, green-striped, bright yellow leaves, often reddish-tinged in autumn and early winter. Flowers insignificant

Common Name: golden hakonechloa
Family: Poaceae
Color flower: Brown in Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Yellow Red in Autumn and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back old, flowered stems and dead foliage at the bases in late winter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in most moist, humus-rich, well-drained fertile soils in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

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Veronica prostrata ‘Spode Blue’


Veronica can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs with paired leaves and small flowers usually in terminal or axillary racemes or spikes

‘Spode Blue’ is a prostrate perennial 10cm tall, forming a mat of narrow, semi-evergreen leaves and erect racemes of small blue flowers in early summer

Common Name: prostrate speedwell ‘Spode Blue’
Family: Plantaginaceae
Color flower: Blue in Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Suitable for rock garden, trough or alpine house
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants


Sedum spectabile – a great choice for your garden


Sedum may be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials with succulent stems and leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in summer or autumn

S. spectabile is an herbaceous perennial to 45cm, with thick erect stems bearing shallowly scalloped, broadly elliptic, grey-green leaves and starry pink flowers in flat terminal clusters to 15cm across in late summer

Common Name: ice plant
Family: Crassulaceae
Color flower: Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back after flowering to maintain shape or leave seedheads overwinter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. A drought-tolerant plant, attractive to wildlife
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildlife Gardens

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Pelargonium Rosais


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowersDouble-flowered Ivy-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen perennials of trailing habit, with fleshy, palmately lobed leaves and clusters of showy double red, purple, pink or white flowers from early summer to autumn

Rosais is a bushy plant to 30cm with bold foliage and trailing stems to 50cm; semi-double rosy-pink flowers with purple markings on lower petals

Common Name: pelargonium Rosais
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


Lantana camara


Lantana can be evergreen shrubs or perennials, with simple, often wrinkled leaves, and domed terminal clusters of small, salver-shaped flowers

L. camara is an evergreen shrub with sometimes prickly stems bearing wrinkled, ovate leaves and terminal clusters of salver-shaped flowers 1cm across, opening yellow and ageing to red, from late spring to autumn

Common Name: yellow sage
Family: Verbenaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite under glass
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun in frost-free conditions. Grow under glass in a loam-based compost in full light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser fortnightly. Keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


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Cytisus × boskoopii ‘Hollandia’


Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer’Hollandia’ is a small deciduous shrub with slender green shoots and small leaves. Flowers cream with wings and back of standard petal crimson
Common Name: broom ‘Hollandia’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: Cream and Red in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Broom gall mites may be a problem
Pruning: Pruning group 1 or pruning group 3 but do not cut into old wood
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in well-drained, poor acid soils in full sun. Tolerant of lime but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils. Brooms resent transplanting
Garden characteristics: Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Drought Resistant


Lathyrus latifolius ‘White Pearl’


Lathyrus can be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly climbing, with pinnate leaves ending in a tendril, and showy pea-like flowers, fragrant in some species

‘White Pearl’ is a vigorous climbing herbaceous perennial to 2m, with winged stems and paired grey-green leaflets bearing tendrils. Up to 11 pure white flowers 2-3cm in width are borne in racemes

Common Name: everlasting pea ‘White Pearl’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: White in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, slugs and snails
Pruning: Cut back to ground level in autumn
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Can be grown as a climber or allowed to scramble over banks and slopes. It copes with sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Drought Resistant or Wall-side Borders