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Aquilegia vulgaris, various NCG 298 Aquilegia vulgaris, various
Granny's bonnet, various

A mixture of single, double and ruffled plants or seeds in a variety of colours - dark-purple, blue, white and pink. I'm also offering packets containing seeds from specific plants, but there may be some cross-pollination.

Note: Plants, when offered, may be bare-rooted, depending on season.

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Argemone mexicana NCG 010 Argemone mexicana
Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy

This unusual and attractive late-flowering plant with distinctive vareigated and prickly leaves is drought tolerant. The poppy-like, papery lemon-yellow blooms have red-orange centres and are a welcome sight at a time of year when other flowers are saying their goodbyes. Watch out! All parts of the plant are, true to…

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Armeria pseudarmeria NCG 434 Armeria pseudarmeria
Sea thrift

The pretty little soft-red, globe-shaped flowerheads on stems 8-12in/20-30cm tall rising above low-growing rosettes of evergreen foliage are a magnet for pollinating insects. These tough plants are easy to grow and tolerate quite harsh conditions and poor, sandy soil.

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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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Asparagus officinalis NCG 400 Asparagus officinalis
Garden asparagus

Growing this delicious and exceedingly healthy vegetable from seed might seem a strange idea, since there is a long wait before even crowns can be harvested. Seed-grown asparagus means another year's wait, but the plants will tend to be stronger and healthier than those from bare-rooted crowns that may have…

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Asphodeline Syn. Asphodelus lutea Syn. luteus, flava NCG 369 Asphodeline Syn. Asphodelus lutea Syn. luteus, flava
Yellow candle

This unusual plant bears fragrant, star-shaped yellow or white flowers in spring, rising above narrow, grassy leaves.

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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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Aster sedifolius AGM NCG 232 Aster sedifolius AGM
Michaelmas daisy

This dainty little aster does best in part shade, but will tolerate a sunny position. The pale lavender flowers appear in abundance on wiry stems with small, narrow leaves. The plant is rather lax in habit, so if nearby plants fail to support it, staking is recommended. Unlike many asters,…

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Astrantia major 'Roma' NCG 826 Astrantia major 'Roma'
Masterwort 'Roma'

A lovely mid-pink variety of the traditional cottage garden plant. Astrantias are happy in shade and are said to repel slugs, so try planting near hostas. They are, though, tolerant of sun if kept well watered. They make a very good cut flower which lasts well and also can usually…

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Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' NCG 176 Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'
Masterwort 'Ruby Wedding'

An exquisite, deep-red variety of the traditional cottage garden plant.

NOTE: Seeds, when offered, have been collected exclusively from this variety, but since there are other astrantia in the garden there is the possibility of some cross-pollination.

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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 major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' AGM NCG 012 Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' AGM
Masterwort 'Shaggy' (a.k.a. 'Margery Fish')

This astrantia form, with its white pincushion blooms, which are tinted green, 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. Although harvested from plants…

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Astrantia major, deep pink NCG 827 Astrantia major, deep pink
Masterwort, deep pink

A lovely deep-pink variety of the traditional cottage garden plant. I don't know its name, unfortunately.

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Astrantia maxima AGM NCG 378 Astrantia maxima AGM
Largest Masterwort

This lovely astrantia has a long flowering period. Rings of stiff, finely toothed, rich-pink bracts surround umbels of very small, pink flowers on straight, wiry stems above attractive, deeply-lobed, bright-green foliage. The plant has a spreading habit but is generally not difficult to control. Much recommended!

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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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Barbarea verna NCG 091 Barbarea verna
American land cress, Winter Cress, Wild Rocket

Perhaps the best thing about wild rocket is that (as its other common name makes clear!) it produces lush foliage at times when other salad plants are not available. Its strong, pungent flavour is not dissimilar to water cress. Finely chopped, it makes an interesting addition to sandwiches. Treat as…

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Begonia sutherlandii NCG 863 Begonia sutherlandii
Sutherland begonia

Lovely in hanging baskets and containers, this very pretty trailing begonia was introduced to the UK from Natal in the mid 19th century. It produces masses of tiny orange flowers all summer beneath, small, rich-green, toothed leaves. They are likely to survive winters outside in milder areas, but it is…

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Belamcanda chinensis NCG 381 Belamcanda chinensis
Leopard lily

This most attractive perennial, which bears vividly orange blooms with dark spots, is a member of the Iris family. A lovely addition to a sunny hot bed, where it thrives even in quite arid conditions, although it will also tolerate light shade. A plant that is very easy to grow…

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