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Phlomis tuberosa Amazone | How dramatic! As tall dark strong upright stems hold many whorls of lilac pink flowers that stack up looking rather like a chandelier! Phlomis are best known for their handsome woolly dark green foliage and are excellent for cutting and drying. Drought tolerant. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun. Height 120cm (48”). Spread 90cm (36”). Hardy perennial.


Ammi majus

Ammi Majus (Bishop's flower) has lacy, white flowers, like a more delicate form of cow parsley. Ammi Majus is the best white filler-foliage plant you can grow and spectacular arranged in a great cloud on its own. It forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.


Owen Morgan's 'To The Beat' garden in the 'Orchestra Gardens' category at the RHS Tatton Park 2012. Winner GOLD & Best in Show Inner ring: Cosmos Chocomocha 2nd ring: Achillea Moonshine, Achillea Paprika, Achillea Terracotta. 3rd ring: Achillea Indian Gold, Anemanthele lessoniana, Crocosmia Lucifer, Deschampsia. Outer ring: Stipa tenuissima , Calamagrostis Karl Foerster, Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem


9 lessons in growing the perfect peonies

We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.


meadow rue Thalictrum 'Splendide WhitePosition: full sun or lightly dappled shade Soil: fertile, moist soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to July Hardiness: fully hardy This pretty perennial can be used to add height without density in the herbaceous border or edge of woodland. It has very attractive aquilegia-like foliage, but is at its best in summer, when the open sprays of pure white flowers burst


Clematis montana 'Mayleen' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection Nicknamed the 'mile a minute' clematis, height 33'(10m) and spread 10'(3m). Good scent of vanilla, rated as a 'beginner' hardy perennial. Pruning Group 1.


The Landform garden was designed by Catherine MacDonald and sponsored and built by Landform Consultants. It won Gold and Best Summer Garden and it wasn’t difficult to see why. The planting in this garden – rich and warm and perfectly in tune with the steel pergola and grey boundary fences.


10 best perennial tulips

Looking for a new tulip to brighten up your garden? Try these beautiful perennials

What to Prune When

In general, remove dead, damaged or diseased stems as soon as you see them. Find out the best time to trim hydrangeas, fruit trees, clipped hedges, roses, deciduous shade trees, evergreens, pines, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, and berry plants. Also, check out our tips on how to prune different plants!

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The Best Perennial Plants for Cottage Gardens


Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' - Clusters of small, white-throated, pale pink, bell-shaped flowers appear for several months from midsummer above the mounds of mid-green foliage. This pretty perennial is perfect for the middle of a sunny, mixed or herbaceous border, where it will mix happily with richer pinks, white and most shades of blue or purple. For the best results chose a well-drained site as it strongly dislikes waterlogged winter soils.


How to create a wildflower meadow in the garden

How to grow a wildflower meadow - sow wildflower seeds in any unused patch in your garden and transform it into a thriving flower meadow - great for wildlife too!


English Roses are some of the best-loved, high-performance flowers in the garden, so they are perfect for growing in the mixed border. When David Austin set out to breed the English Roses, one of his guiding principles was that his new roses should have the natural, shrubby growth that is typical of their ancestors the Old Roses.