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Achillea millefolium, Pink NCG 638 Achillea millefolium, Pink
Pink yarrow

A cultivar of the familiar white or cream wild flower, with flat heads of tiny, deep-pink blooms with white eyes, held on wiry stems clothed in very fine, ferny, dark-green foliage. Attractive to bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects.

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Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' NCG 456 Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl'
Sneezewort 'The Pearl'

'The Pearl' produces sprays of small, white, double flowers on wiry stems about 24 inches/60cm high, with narrow, toothed leaves. A spreading plant which is not too difficult to control in lighter soils. The blooms tend to last longer if the plant is sited in part shade, but full sunlight…

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Acis or Leucojum autumnalis Syn. autumnale NCG 399 Acis or Leucojum autumnalis Syn. autumnale
Autumn Snowflake

Little white nodding bells on slender, red stems appear from late summer above bright-green, grass-like foliage. This is an attractive and unusual plant for the front of the border or in containers. Although said to prefer full sun, mine are in part shade and flourish there. Classified as half hardy,…

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Acorus  gramineus 'Ogon' NCG 722 Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
Golden Japanese rush, Variegated slender sweet flag

Although strictly speaking a marginal pond plant, this small and attractive grass-like plant will grow successfully in almost any reasonable, moist soil - in fact it seems quite content in quite dry spots in my garden. It produces strongly variegated, green and yellow, fan-shaped tufts of stiff, aromatic foliage and…

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Agapanthus campanulatus var. albidus NCG 087 Agapanthus campanulatus var. albidus
White bell agapanthus

Given the right conditions - full sun and rich, moisture retentive but well-drained soil, this deciduous form of Agapanthus will reward with lovely white blooms above bright green strap-like leaves, particularly if fed regularly. A good choice for large containers, but must be kept well-watered. Generally hardy, but may benefit…

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Ajuga reptans NCG 420 Ajuga reptans
Creeping bugle

Creeping bugle is a low-growing, evergreen plant that is useful to provide ground cover or to grow between paving stones. It produces spikes of rich blue/purple flowers in Spring, above dark, sometimes almost black, foliage.

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Alchemilla alpina NCG 585 Alchemilla alpina
Alpine lady's mantle

My favourite alchemilla - the delicate, deeply cut, silver edged leaves of this small plant are altogether more refined than those of other varieties. Lovely at the front of the border and useful in containers. Sprays of tiny yellow-green flowers on wiry stems appear in spring and summer.

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Alchemilla erythropoda AGM NCG 313 Alchemilla erythropoda AGM
Alpine alchemilla, Dwarf lady's mantle

Much daintier than the familiar Alchemilla mollis, this miniature variety looks lovely at the front of the border or in containers. Sprays of tiny yellow-green flowers on short, wiry, reddish stems appear in spring and summer.

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Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise' NCG 082 Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise'
Mayweed, Golden Marguerite, Dyer's Chamomile

With its masses of creamy-yellow daisy-like flowers on wiry stems with finely divided aromatic foliage, this drought-tolerant plant is a bright and cheerful choice for dry areas, although it will be happy in most soils. Cut back hard in the autumn to encourage strong new shoots in the spring. The…

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Antirrhinum majus ssp. tortuosum NCG 283 Antirrhinum majus ssp. tortuosum
Greater Snapdragon

The seeds of this unusual variety of antirrhinum were collected in the Rif Mountains, Morocco. The plant has a rather lax, sprawling habit and bright, purplish-red blooms, Although a perennial, antirrhinums are usually treated as annuals, but you can try cutting them back from late autumn to early spring.

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Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' AGM NCG 011 Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' AGM
Italian arum 'Marmoratum', Variegated Cuckoopint, Lords-and-Ladies

The boldly marbled, arrow-shaped leaves appear in autumn and last right through most of the year. Seedlings may look unpromising at first, but as the plants grow the leaves develop their beautiful markings. Plant under trees to light up dark areas. When plants are on offer they are usually self…

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Aruncus dioicus AGM NCG 247 Aruncus dioicus AGM
Goatsbeard, Goat's Beard

Resembling an astilbe, but larger and more vigorous, this stunning plant gives a wonderful display of creamy-white, feathery flower plumes in late spring to early summer. The flowers retain their freshness longer in more shady areas, but the plant will also perform well in full sun. Well deserving of the…

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Aster novae-angliae NCG 230 Aster novae-angliae
New England Aster 'Purple Dome', Michaelmas Daisy

This very pretty aster has a compact form, generally needing no support. From late summer it is studded with hundreds of rich, pinkish-purple flowers with yellow centres. It continues to flower even past the first frosts, providing welcome colour at the back end of the year. A very good cut…

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Aster Novae-angliae 'Harringtons Pink' AGM NCG 391 Aster Novae-angliae 'Harringtons Pink' AGM
New England aster 'Harrington's Pink'.

A wonderful cut flower, this aster has tall, strong, straight stems and is self-supporting on all but the most exposed sites. The flowers, which appear from late summer and well into autumn, are about 3.5cm across, a lovely warm-pink with a yellow centre and are very attractive to pollinating insects.…

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Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated' NCG 539 Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'
Masterwort 'Sunningdale Variegated'

This lovely astrantia produces masses of the usual pincushion blooms, which are pink with green tinges. But it really comes into its own in early spring, when the young foliage has strong white and green variegation. The white changes to cream and then yellow as the season progresses, and eventually…

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Astrantia mixed NCG 069 Astrantia mixed
Masterwort, mixed

This astrantia mix should produce pincushion blooms which are pink or white with green tinges. It is happy in shade and is said to repel slugs, so try planting near hostas. Makes a very good cut flower which lasts well and also can usually be successfully dried for winter arrangements.

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Billbergia nutans NCG 688 Billbergia nutans
Queen's tears, Friendship plant

A bromeliad native to South America, the Friendship plant is so called because it produces side shoots which can be removed and grown on give to friends and family. The flowers are a kaleidoscope of pink, green, purple and yellow. They are evergreen perennials, generally quite forgiving of cold -…

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Billbergia x windii NCG 746 Billbergia x windii
Angel's tears, Friendship plant

A bromeliad native to South America with flowers in a kaleidoscope of pink, green, purple and yellow. They are evergreen perennials, generally quite forgiving of cold - mine survive well over the winter in an insulated but unheated greenhouse, and spend the rest of the year outside in dappled sunshine,…

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Brunnera  macrophylla 'Jack Frost' NCG 550 Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Siberian bugloss 'Jack Frost'

One of my favourite spring-flowering plants, with delicate sprays of sky-blue flowers, somewhat similar to forget-me-not, but with rather more wiry flower stems, above large, heart-shaped, exquisitely marked leaves. NOTE: Depending on the season, plants, when offered, may be delivered bare-rooted and trimmed back, but will soon produce fresh growth.

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Brunnera macrophylla NCG 691 Brunnera macrophylla
Siberian bugloss

One of my favourite spring-flowering plants, with delicate sprays of sky-blue flowers, somewhat similar to forget-me-not, but with rather more wiry flower stems, above large, rich-green, heart-shaped leaves.

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