Acaena (Pirri pirri) - Ground cover with burrs - purple and grey forms
Acanthus mollis (Bears Breeches) - great foliage plant all year, and stunning hooded flowers in summer
Achillea 'Gold Plate' - grey leaves and yellow flowers, tall and very useful
Achillea chrysocoma Grandiflora - Tall imposing plant with aromatic foliage and large white heads
Acorus gramineus variegatus - Flowing grass-like leaves, striped creamy-white
Adenophora (Ladybells) - Campanula relative, free flowering blue perennial sun or partial shade
Aegopodium variegatum (Variegated ground elder) - wonderful in a pot or ground cover in shade
Agastache (Giant Hyssop) - upright, bushy perennial with aromatic leaves and tall spires of tubular, ;avendar blue flowers in late summer
Ageratina 'Chocolate' - Many branching stems create a compact bushy plant clothed from tip to base with pointed leaves strikingly stained purple, topped with fuzzy white flowers in late summer-autumn. A splendid accent plant for retentive soil, in sun or light shade. 122 cm.
Ajuga reptans ‘Atropurpureum (Bronze foliage bugle) - vivid blue flowers in Spring - good ground cover
Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle) - Good all round yellow border plant
Alchemilla erythropoda - A miniature Lady’s Mantle for edging borders or growing in the rock garden.
Alchemilla conjuncta - Silver Lady's Mantle, a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with deeply lobed, blue-green leaves above and silvery beneath
Allium schoenoprasm - chives
Alstromeria+aurantica (Peruvian Lily) - orange trumpets, very reliable
Anaphalis triplinervis - Silver leaves, white flowers
Anenome huphensis japonica (Windflowers) - August to October pink flowers
Anthemis - yellow and white daisy, flowers over long period
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' - Dark leaved cow parsley
Aquilegia (Columbine) - various colours
Argyranthemum 'Jamaica Primrose' - Tender perennial with fabulous yellow daisies for months
Artemisia alba 'Canescens' - a semi-evergreen sub-shrub of bushy habit to 50cm in height, with much-dissected silvery-grey leaves
Artemisia lactiflora - (White mugwort) Stiff stems, cream plumes, stalwart of the border
Artemisia Ludovicana - Attractive grey foliage, white flowers.
Artemisia ‘Limelight’ - Variegated foliage autumn flowers
Artemisia pontica - fine filigree grey foliage - great complement for other plants
Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana’ - Compact silvery mounds
Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' - Lily flowers, beautiful marbled foliage, and red berry's late summer
Aster ‘Little Carlow’ - Short, with mauve/blue flowers prolific
Aster ‘September Flower’ - Tall small white flowers - dainty
Astrantia - various forms of Masterwort
Baptisia australis (False Indigo) - Stunning blue flowers and pea like foliage followed by black seed pods
Briza media - Perennial Quaking Grass
Brunnera 'Aluminium Spot' - Blue forget - me - not type flowers in spring
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' - as above with silver foliage
Buglossoides purpurocaerulea - Purple Gromwell
Bupleurum longifolium - Umbellifer Copper flowers from June-July, brilliant for flower arrangers.
Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth' - Huge pink bells
Campanula Glomerata 'Superba' - Large blue double flowers, hardy
Campanula 'Paul Furze' - Late summer, pale blue flowers, fantastic plant
Campanula persicifolia - Tall white flowered
Campanula poscharskyana - ground cover flowering all year if cut back several times
Carex comans - Bronze form
Carex elata 'Aurea' (Bowles Golden Sedge) - evergreen perennial forming a compact clump of upright or arching, narrow, bright yellow leaves, to 70cm in height, with small blackish flower spikes
Carex Frosted Curls
Carex muskingumensis - Palm sedge - good for pond margins or pots with no drainage
Carex Pendula - Grass, water or bog plant
Carex 'Variegata' - sedge with a yellow edge - impressive year round interest - good clumper
Centaurea ‘Bella’ - Grey foliage with pink tufty flowers
Centaurea Montana - Perennial cornflower
Centaurea montana 'Jonty' - Maroon flowers - unusual
Centranthus Rubra (Red valerian)- Pink rock lilac
Cephalaria gigantea - Giant yellow scabious, loved by bees (2m)
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer) - perennial white flowers thriving in dry, sunny areas
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurescens’ (Honeywort) - Annual with glaucous foliage and dark purple blue tubular flowers
Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Rosea' - a pink umbellifer of hairy chervil with soft apple-scented foliage.
Cleome (Spider flower) - Annual with spiky foliage and large spidery heads - mixed colours
Corydalis lutea - fine feathery foliage and yellow flowers
Cotula - small matt forming evergrey perennial. Single yellow button-like flowers in summer
Crocosmia - Old fashioned montbretia
Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) - Architectural silver leaves and huge thistle like flowers
Cyperus papyrus - A tender aquatic perennial forming a clump of erect stems with rounded umbels to 30cm wide, composed of many slender stalks each bearing a small light brown flower-head
Deschampsia flexuosa 'Tatra Gold' - Wavy hair grass - lime green tussocks, greenish purple flowers in summer
Dianthus - Matt forming alpine pink
Dianthus - Matt forming alpine white with maroon circle
Dianthus carthusianorum - perennial with tufts of grey green grass lilke leaves. From mid-summer to early autumn it bears clusters of delicate pink-red scented flowers on wiry stems
Diascia personata - Upright semi-evergreen perennial with mid-green leaves pink flowers from late spring to mid-autumn.
Digitalis - various forms of foxglove
Epimedium (Barrenwort) - Yellow spring flowering woodlander with attractive foliage
Erodium - Alpine green ferny foliage producing stems ogf white flowers with a maroon blotch
Erodium manescavii - Deepest lilac-pink flowers are produced for many months over a cascading clump of lovely feathery leaves
Erigeron (dark blue) - possibly 'Azurfee' gorgeous form of the perennial, really dark flowers over a long period
Erigeron (Fleabane) - matt former with large pink flowers - old fashioned
Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican fleabane) - little perennial covered in white, yellow centred flowers that fade to pink and purple
Eryngium giganteum Miss Willmott's ghost - Giant Sea Holly, this produces large spiny flower heads in an unusual silvery-grey shade, with a greenish cone in the centre.
Eryngium variifolium (Sea Holly) - Basal evergreen variegated foliage
Eryngium planum - intense small blue flowers and stems
Erysimum Bowles Mauve - perennial wallflower with purple flowers
Erysimum 'Cotswold Gem' - Tan and pale purple flowers over creamy yellow variegated leaves Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov, neat shape, 50cm.
Erysimum multicoloured - perennial wallflower with multicoloured flowers
Erysimum Apricot Beauty - perennial wallflower with apricot coloured flowers
Eupatorium cannabinum (Joe Pye weed) - Moisture loving
Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’ (Woodspurge)- Winter flowering , ground cover
Euphorbia Dulcis Chameleon - Bronze foliage
Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby' - Lovely ground cover
Euphorbia myrsinites - sun loving grey foliage form
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' - stunning red flowers and autumn foliage
Ferula Communis - A noble fennel, unscented. From a huge mound of dark-green, finely-cut foliage rises the vast flower-stalk, thick as a broomstick, purple tinted, topped with yellow umbellifer flowers. Wonderful against a blue sky, in midsummer. 4 m.
Festuca glauca - blue fescue grass
Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort) - Ferny foliage white flower heads tinged pink
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' - Bronze fennel
Francoa sonchifolia - Bridal wreath, long lasting pink spikes
Fuschia Valencia - pink flowered shrubby hardy fuschia
Galactites tomentosa - Variegated foliage is stunning on this annual thistle
Galega officinalis 'Alba' (Goats rue) -Perennial with pea like foliage and white flowers four feet
Gallium odoratum - Sweet woodruff
Geranium - Hardy, vigorous, multiplies
Geum - various forms
Gypsophylla repens 'Rosea' - This is a dwarf cousin to the more familiar tall Baby's Breath.
Haloragis erecta 'Wellington Bronze' - This unusual perennial from New Zealand is grown for its attractive saw-toothed leaves which are various shades of bronze and purple.
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' - Strong stemmed pale yellow perennial sunflower, star of the late summer border
Hellebore foetidus - a winter favourite, cmmonly called 'Stinking Hellebore'!
Hellebore orientalis (Lenten Rose)
Hemerocallis (Day Lily) - various colours including orang and a creamy white
Heuchera - many varieties
Hieraceum (Hawkweed) - Tall - Orange flowers
Holcus mollis ‘Albo variegatus’ - Cool season grass - great in winter
Hosta - Great foliage plants for shade or semi - shade
Houtteniya cordata chameleon - Moist soil great foliage
Hyssop officinalis - compact, spreading, semi-evergreen sub-shrub with erect shoots bearing aromatic, leaves and terminal spikes of tubular blue flowers in summer and early autumn
Iberis ‘Betty Swainson’ - Perennial candytuft with brilliant white flowers
Iris - Tall white flowers in June
Iris foetidissima - woodland variety blue flowers, red berries
Iris - bearded iris
Iris unguicularis (Algerian Iris) - mid-winter flowering with sweetly scented soft blue-lavender flowers
Isatis tinctoria (Woad) - A famous natural dye and source of natural indigo dye. Tall with yellow flowers
Knautia macedonica - Crimson flowered scabious - early summer - autumn
Lamium (Dead nettle) - Ground cover, variegated leaf
Lamium galeobdolon - Year round interest - yellow flowers
Lamium 'Hermann's Pride' - neat compact plants which produce rapid ground cover. The short, upright stems of silver- streaked foliage carry clusters of small, hooded, yellow flowers.
Lathyrus - everlasting sweet pea - pink and white forms available
Lavandula angustifolium - English lavender
Leucanthemum 'Manhattan' - Tall white penny daisies
Levisticum officinale - lovage, aromatic foliage, tall statement umbellifer
Libertia - various forms with colourful strappy foliage and pure white flowers
Linaria - Blue spikes
Linaria triornithophora - Hardy perennial for full sun
Liriope muscari - Lily Turf, good for edging
Luzula sylvatica 'Hohe Tatra' - Bright-yellow foliage making an arching clump that brightens up the garden in winter.
Luzula sylvatica ‘Marginata’ - Common woodrush with narrow white margins
Lychnis coronaria - Grey foliage - white to magenta flowers
Lysmachia ciliata 'Firecracker' - Bronze foliage, yellow flowers
Lysimachia clethroides (Gooseneck loosestrife ) - produces unique spikes of white flowers that are bent like a goose's neck.
Lysimachia ephemerum (Willow-leaved loosestrife) - Grey-green leaves, narrow spires of many small white flowers in summer
Lysimachia mummularia - low creeping form
Lysimachia Vulgaris - Prolific yellow flowers
Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway’s Coral Plume' (Plume Poppy) - tall great foliage
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Shuttlecock Fern) - Strong - multiplies in light soil
Melianthus major (Honey flower) - sparsely branched, medium-sized evergreen sub-shrub of sprawling habit, with handsome glaucous, pinnate leaves to 45cm in length. Small, tubular maroon flowers in erect racemes to 30cm in length in spring and summer
Mentha - Garden mint
Monarda (Bee Balm) - various forms, loved by bees
Muehlenbeckia complexa - Vine which is native from New Zealand.
Muscari - grape hyacinth
Nectaroscordum siculum - Allium bulgaricum Sicilian Honey Lily - unusual
Nepeta - Long flowering catmint
Origanum - Gold and green marjoram
Origanum 'Rosenkuppel' - purple flowers
Ornithagalum nutans - Star of Bethlehem - green and white flowering spring bulb
Osteospermum - Hardy South African Daisy
Oxalis deppei 'Iron Cross' - Summer flowering bulb grown mainly for its attractive foliage
Papaver orientalis (Oriental Poppy) - bright orange
Parahebe white and blue - Low growing bush - flowers all summer
Penstemon - various, including Lyallii, Roger Skipper, Geoff Hamilton, serrulatus and St James
Penstemon ‘Margery Fish’ - Prostrate form - mauve blue flowers
Penstemon 'Heavenly Blue' - Prostrate form - blue flowers
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ - Classic long flowering taller variety
Persicaria 'Red Dragon' - Grown for its foliage rather than its flowers, 'Red Dragon' is an unusual herbaceous plant. The sharply-pointed leaves are dark maroon in colour with a darker centre It forms a handsome, upright clump and is happy on most soils in full sun or light shade.
Petasites japonica ‘Nishiki - buki’ giganteus (Butturbur)- Large variegated leaves
Petrohagia saxifraga - (Formerly Tunica saxifraga) Tunic Flower is a low-growing alpine, which forms a mound of fresh-green leaves, bearing a cloud of tiny pale pink flowers beginning in early summer, and continuing for weeks.
Peucedanum ostruthium - Peuce Masterwort with heads of white Queen-Anne's-Lace - shade lover
Phalaris arundinacea var. picta (Gardener’s Garters) - Pleasing variegated foliage grassPh
Phormium tenax - dark form - great in a pot when young
Pimpinella major 'Rosea' - Greater Burnett saxifrage clump-forming perennial with umbels of soft, lacy pink flowers.
Pleioblastus variegatus - Slow spreading low bamboo
Polemonium - Soft blue tubular flowers
Polygonatum - Solomon's Seal
Primula Dark Rosaleen - it is the foliage that is dark here
Prunella grandiflora - Self heal with large flowers
Pulmonaria - Spring flowering, attractive leaf foliage all summer
Rhodiola - Rosea and Rhodantha - rockery plants with fleshy roots and foliage
Rosemary - upright and prostrate forms
Rumex sanguineus - Bloody Dock is named for the blood-red veins in its green fronds. It is also called Bloodwort, Bloody Wood Dock
Ruta graveolens (Common rue) - evergreen sub shrub
Salvia lavandulifolia (Spanish sage) - compact bush of narrow grey leaves, with an abundance of rich purplish-blue flowers held upright above the foliage in midsummer.
Salvia ‘Officinalis’ purpurescens - Purple Sage
Salvia ‘Officinalis’ maxima - Large leaved Sage
Salvia ‘Purple Rain’ - Long flowering prostrate form
Salvia 'Christine Yeo' - compact perennial forming a substantial clump of erect stems bearing small, aromatic leaves and terminal spikes of purple flowers from late spring to early autumn
Sanguisorba Officianalis (Great burnet) - dark red egg - shaped heads from mid summer
Santolina chamaecyparissus - Cotton Lavender
Santolina Incana - Cotton Lavender - full sun
Scilla peruviana - Portuguese Squill. Clump-forming, bulbous perennial with a cluster of basal leaves and large, purple-blue flowers early summer.
Sedum acre - Ground cover stonecrop
Sedum telephium 'Autumn Joy' - The most popular variety - blooms August to November - attracts bees and buttrflies
Sedum sediferum -
Sedum spathulifolium 'Casa Blanca' - grey leaved rockery form
Sedum spurium - stonecrop with pink flowers
Sempervivum - Rockery must
Senecio tanguticus - Sinacalia tangutica or Ligularia tangutica - moist shade loving plant with froths of yellow flowers
Sisyrinchium striatum - Yellow cottage garden plant
Solidago flexicaulis 'Variegata' - Shorter form with yellow specks and streaks on foliage, especially before flowering
Stachys Byzantine - Grey woolly foliage, matt forming white flowers.
Stachys macrantha superba - May - August flowers of deep pinkish purple
Stipa arundinacea - Lovely Autumn and Winter bronze fountain grass
Symphytum - Hardy plant, most soils, sun or shade white flowers in spring
Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy) - Tall - Yellow heads
Thalictrum - Feathery foliage - white flowers
Thalictrum flavum ssp glaucum - Meadow Rue upright stems to 2m, ferny, steely blue foliage yellow clouds of flowers
Thermopsis rhombifolia var. Montana - Yellow pea like flowers in Spring grey foliage
Tradescantia andersonii - Rich purple flowers, closes at night.
Trifolium ochroleucon - clumping, herbaceous perennial with alternate, trifoliate leaves and white flowers in summer.
Trifolium trichocephalum - Low growing version of the above
Valeriana pyrenaica -This introduction form the Pyrenees prefers damp shady places - stunning in the May garden
Verbascum hybridum 'Wega'- Banana custard mullein, long flowering, yellow spikes with dark centres
Verbena bonariensis - Tall, wiry stems for the front of the border
Veronica gentianoides - herbaceous perennial to 45cm in height, forming a mat of bright glossy green, ovate leaves, with long, erect terminal racemes of pale blue flowers in early summer
Veronica austriaca teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue' - Abundant spires of ultramarine flowers in May and June
Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’ - Mat forming - bright blue flowers with white eyes
Viola soraria 'Freckles' - White speckled with violet flowers
Waldestein Ternata (Barren strawberry)- Ground cover with attractive foliage, yellow flowers will grow in shade
Zaluzianskya ovata - A lovely alpine plant with night scented white flowers with red reverses
Zauscheneria 'Ed Carmen' (californian fuschia) - late summer flowering with a profusion of orange fuschi like flowers
Artemisia 'Powis Castle' - Fine silver foliage shrub for a sunny spot, cut back to ground in spring
Ballota pseudodictamnus - From a woody base spring long curving stems of round leaves clothed in grey-white felt. The drier the better
Bay laurel - Bay trees
Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' - a small, spreading evergreen shrub with greyish leaves, white-felted beneath. Bright yellow flowers.
Buddleja davidii (Butterfly bush) - various forms including white and Black Knight
Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus Zanzibar - Evergreen shrub green-yellow leaves. Bright blue flowers from mid spring . Coastal areas sunny and shelter
Cestrum parqui (Willow leaved jessamine) - deciduous or semi-evergreen medium-sized shrub, with lanceolate leaves to 12cm in length. Flowers tubular, 2.5cm in length, yellow-green and fragrant at night. I had this wrongly named as Diervilla sessilifolia for years!
Cistus - Pink originally from Harrington Hall
Clematis recta 'Alba' - Purple-leaved non-clinging stems can flop into surrounding plants or be supported masses of white, star-like flowers.
Cornus - red stemmed varieties for winter interest
Coronilla emerus (Scorpion Senna) - fragrant yellow marked with brown pea like flowers - interesting pods
Cotoneaster - Wall clinging shrub
Escallonia ‘Gold Ellen’ - Variegated foliage
Euonymous - Evergreen shrub
Fargesia nitida - Shade tolerant bamboo with small leaves and upward growth - good in pots
Hebe 'Blue/white' - Attractive 1 m shrub reliable flowers in summer
Hebe ‘Kirkii’ - Delicate and floriferous form
Hebe ‘Pewter Dome’ - Compact grey tight foliage
Hydranga - various including pink lacecap, white mophead and Annabelle
Hypericum - Yellow flowers
Leycesteria Formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle, Pheasant Berry)
Ligustrum variegatum - Variegated privet
Lonicera nitida ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ - Golden box - leaved honeysuckle shrub
Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty' - The boxwood like leaves of 'Lemon Beauty' are neatly edged in yellow,
Lotus hirsutum - Tender grey foliage shrub white flowers and dark brown seed pods
Neillia Thibetica - a suckering, thicket-forming, deciduous shrub with arching shoots, ovate, lobed, pointed, toothed, bright green leaves that turn yellow in fall and arching racemes of small, tubular to bell-shaped, rose-pink flowers in late spring and early summer.
Olearia macrodonta (Daisy bush) - from New Zealand, grey holly like foliage with which clusters of daisy flowers
Ozothamnus rosemarinifolius - 'Silver Jubilee' is a small, upright evergreen shrub with narrow, silvery-grey leaves and compact clusters of crimson buds opening to small, scented white flower-heads
Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ (Mock Orange) - Deciduous shrub - white fragrant flowers
Philadelphus Mrs Robinson - double form
Phlomis italica (or possibly cashmieriana)- woolly, silver-green leaves, from which tall woolly stems grow with lipped pink-purple flowers growing at intervals around the stem, with leaves forming under the flowers.
Phyllostachys nigra - Black stemmed bamboo
Piptanthus nepalensis - evergreen shrub suitable for a sunny wall with glossy leaves and bright yellow laburnum-like flowers
Potentilla 'Elizabeth' - Reliable yellow form - cut right down in Spring
Pyracantha - red berried form
Rosemary - Aromatic shrubby herb
Rosa rugosa - ideal for hedging
Spirea nipponica - Summer flowering with white flowers
Spirea arguta - The garland spiraea or bridal wreath, widely planted for its profuse spring flowers an old alternative name is May foam.
Spirea ‘Gold Flame’ - Golden foliage, deep pink flowering shrub
Vestia foetida (lycioides) - AGM. This unusual shrub, native to Chile, has interesting yellow-green fuschia-like flowers in early summer.
Weigela florida 'Variegata' - Pink flowering shrub
Weigela 'Bristol Ruby' - golden foliage - deep pink flowers
Weigela florida 'Foliis Purpureus' - purple foliage, carmine flowers
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