A lovely soft pink foxglove which flowers at the same time and looks beautiful with peonies in June. This is one of my absolute favourite plants. Bees and butterflies love them too.
Have you got some steps, paths or walls you want softening with curtains of daisies? That's exactly what this wonderful plant – Erigeron karvinskianus – is for. It flowers for about nine months of the year and gently Self-sows into all the nooks and crannies. A brilliant value plant which no garden should be without.
One of my long-term favourite plants which featured in every Chelsea garden about ten years ago and has since slightly disappeared from centre stage.
I love Helleborus orientalis 'Pink Spotted Lady', which look as if their flowers have been freckled by a paint brush in the richest crimson.
No cottage garden is complete without its towers of lupins – 'The Pages' is a rich carmine-pink variety.
A prolific flowerer and brilliant for late colour. Let it spread gently through other perennials and shrubs.
No good garden is complete without its poppies, lovely open flowers, ethereal and transient in their appearance, but robust and easy to grow. These Oriental varieties of poppy are all perennial too so will come back year after year.
White honesty is our mainstay for soft coloured arrangements and garden combinations for the whole of spring.
A new F1 hybrid sweet William which has triumphed now for three years at Perch Hill. It’s truly a brilliant garden and cut flower variety.