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Perennials for Spring and Summer Planting

Perennials for Spring and Summer Planting

Here are my all time favourite perennials and biennials for spring planting. They are all strong performers which will look good in the garden for months at a stretch.
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    Alstroemeria 'Peaches and Cream'

    Soft apricot flowers with raspberry petal reverse, more like a tropical orchid than an alstroemeria.

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    Baptisia 'Grape Taffy'

    A very special new introduction with silken, chocolatey-purple flowers on spikes of blue-green pea-like foliage. This makes an excellent cut flower, too.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

    A classic plant to mix up with your hellebores, pulmonarias and Solomon Seal in a shady spring bed. This plant has large, heart-shaped leaves with dappled silvery variegation and forget-me-not blue flowers, which if seared in boiling water for 20 seconds make good cut flowers. Also excellent for…

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    Eryngium x zabelii 'Violet'

    One of the most intensely coloured of all sea hollies which is very Good for Cutting –  the large flowers are fantastic used fresh in arrangements, but they also dry very well, if cut before the blooms are fully open. This plant is also very drought tolerant, but will do best in…

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    Eucomis pole-evansii

    An expensive bulb but unparalled in its show and total dominance of its patch of garden, standing at nearly 6 feet tall. You can't beat it. This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the…

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    Geum 'Totally Tangerine'

    Geums are the May colour-gap fillers par excellence. Like alliums and aquilegias, we all need them for our May garden and this one flowers long and hard. I love it in a softer orange than most. A big star of Chelsea 2016.

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    Helleborus x ballardiae 'Merlin'

    This hellebore is incredible with beautiful dark, slate grey-green leaves and smoky pink flowers which gradually darken to crimson. With stem ends seared for 10 seconds it makes the BEST winter and spring cut flower too.

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    Knautia macedonica

    The scabious-like Knautia macedonica flowers as long and hard as almost any plant in my garden and the bees and butterflies LOVE them.

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    Lychnis coronaria (Rose campion)

    We have this excellent plant edging the main Oast garden path on both sides. It’s a brilliant value, long-flowering perennial.

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    Nerine bowdenii

    A brilliant-pink, autumn bulb. It will flower in your garden for decades and looks good late in the year. This can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card. You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. To add a gift…

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    Ranunculus Collection

    The petal edge of the bicolour, crinkled 'Friandine White Picotee' matches the rich crimson black flowers of 'Pauline Violet', making this the perfect pairing in a spring container or vase. This collection contains 5 jumbo seedlings each of: Ranunculus asiaticus 'Fr

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    The Salvia Collection

    The view from my desk. I am obsessed by this succession of three salvias which look good from May to November and flower their socks off. We interplant and underplant our roses with these to keep the blackspot and mildew at bay. This collection contains 1 plant each of:

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    Verbena bonariensis

    A haze of purple flowers at head height from late summer to autumn, which is a confetti of butterflies the moment there is a glimpse of sun. Mix it with Cosmos 'Purity' and Gaura lindheimeri to create a lovely, airy filling to a border, and there is no better plant for lining a path.

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    Verbena hastata f. rosea

    Airy, puffy clouds of purple through much of summer and autumn, standing about 4 feet tall. Unlike Verbena bonariensis this is a true perennial and won't self-seed, scattering itself too prolifically in any tiny space it can find.

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    Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

    A new, glamorous mid-height variety, with fiery orange-red flowers which contrast fabulously against its chocolate brown foliage. This is a superb variety which does well in a sunny or part shady spot, where it will flower continuously from May until the first frosts.

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    Alstroemeria 'Cardinal Purple'

    I've been looking for a dark, rich Cardinal purple alstroe for ten years – honestly. Well, here it is.

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    Alstroemeria 'Royal Velvet'

    Sumptuous, dusky crimson alstroemeria. Unique, rare and repeat flowering. Pull up all the stems as it gowes over and it will flower again. Don't overcrowd.

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    Dark and Rich Alstroemeria Collection

    I was bowled over by these in our alstroe trials last summer and autumn. If pulled (like rhubarb), not cut, they just keep on flowering and then last 3 weeks in the vase. We love to hate alstroes, but you can't say that about this rich and exotic, hot off the breeding bench trio. This collection…