Plant advice articles


Daylilies (Hemerocallis)

This easy-to-grow, extremely tolerant group of plants produces lots of colourful flowers and for those who are just venturing into gardening or have little time Hemerocallis (Daylilies) require almost no attention once planted and are almost impossible to kill.

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Oriental Poppies

Big, blousy, glamorous, fleeting, whatever you feel about Oriental poppies they are hard to ignore. Wonderful for mixing in borders, they produce large, often brightly coloured flowers that bloom from mid May into June.

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Persicaria (also known as Bistort or Knotweed) are handsome, carefree plants that can be divided into two - ones that are big, and ones that are small.

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Potentillas (The Herbaceous Kind)

Potentillas seem to have been forgotten in recent years. Distinctly different to the popular shrubby potentillas they have the same flowers, simple and pretty, but unlike their shrubby cousins they bloom for ages.

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Hardy and easy to grow, Pulmonarias have been grown in gardens for centuries and as a result have many common names. The most familiar is ‘Lungwort’ which refers to an old assumption that it was a cure for lung diseases.

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Sanguisorbas (commonly known as Burnets) are not the sort of plant that immediately leaps into the mind when considering what to grow in the garden. Which is a shame because these tolerant, long flowering hardy perennials are marvellous for creating a ‘see-through’ effect.

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Sedum, in my opinion, are amongst the most garden worthy perennials. I am referring to the big border types that tend to be the upright, not the little alpine sedums that form very short carpets.

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Growing plants in dry soils

Rain is not a problem here in the Welsh Marches, can’t stop the stuff from coming down. But this has not been the case with all the places I have gardened on or grown nursery stock.

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A Guide to Herbaceous Peonies

Peonies are beautiful, long-lived and easy to grow once established. We sell three distinctive types of peonies, herbaceous, intersectional and the tree peony. The difference between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies lies in the way....

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