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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    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…

  2. Starting at £11.95

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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…

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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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    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, quick to flower from seed and gently self-sows.

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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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    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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    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 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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    Helleborus x glandorfensis

    Flowering tirelessly from December well into April, this is a perfect winter container plant.

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    Ranunculus Collection

    The bicolour, crinkled 'Friandine White Picotee' and rich, crimson double flowers of 'Pauline Chocolate' are an excellent pairing for the garden or vase. This collection contains 5 jumbo seedlings each of:

Perennials for Spring & Summer Planting

Our perennials for spring planting are chosen by Sarah as her top picks for performance and reliability. These plants are strong growers, great performers and all deserve a space in your garden where they will look good for months at a stretch. Buy your perennial plants online from us and they’ll be delivered right to your door, ready to plant in the garden.

Our range features a number of beautifully unusual varieties that will thrive in sunny spots and fill your borders with scent, texture and vibrant colour. We also have perennials that will flourish in shade or part shade and perennials that are perfect for pots and containers. Many of our perennial varieties are loved by pollinators too, so look out for the bee symbol to find out which ones to choose.

Our well-established perennial and biennial plants are carefully grown for us by specialist nurseries so you can plant them directly into your garden with ease. Trialled by Sarah in her garden at Perch Hill, our perennials are strong, healthy plants that will get bigger and better each year. All of our plants come with detailed planting instructions.

Choosing Your Perfect Perennials

We offer an extensive range of spring and summer planting perennials in all colours and styles. Choose cool blue perennials for a beautiful calm palette. Purple and silver perennials are marvellous with any colour and will go well with bold, rich and pale colours. Crimson, orange and yellow perennials are perfect for adding contrast in the garden and the vase, whereas white is the best colour for bringing light to a dull corner.