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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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    Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride'

    Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride' has wonderful long, elegant spikes of pink buds opening to white flowers which flower longer – from May until November – than any other plant in my garden. When cultivated outdoors in cold periods you may notice a bruise like pattern on the plant. This dark…

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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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    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

    These Nerine bowdenii bulbs give brilliant pink, autumn flowers. Once Nerine bowdenii settles in, it will flower in your garden for decades and the splendid thing about it is it's looking good even as you're off out to do the Christmas shopping, the last fantastically coloured bulb of the year.…

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    Papaver nudicaule 'Wind Song' F2 Hybrid

    A beautiful, soft, romantic mix of long-vase-life, long-flowering, huge-headed Iceland poppies.

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    Penstemon barbatus 'Twizzle Coral'

    I love these new to the market, super-tall, prairie-style perennials. They are super-delicate, tiered raindrop style penstemons, airier and more natural than those usual hybrid forms. And they're perfect, ethereal and beautiful, cut for a vase. 'Twizzle Coral' is a wonderful colour, particularly…

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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 April to November and flower almost as long. We inter- 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 'Lollipop'

    We all know and love the towering purple Verbena bonariensis. This is its newly bred, container sized offspring.

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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'

    Alstroemeria makes supreme cut flowers, lasting months in a vase. 'Indian Summer' is one of a new, glamorous garden-bred series of mid-height varieties. It has fiery orange-red flowers which contrast fabulously against its chocolate brown foliage. This is a superb variety which does well in a sunny…

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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 and rare.

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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…