Plant Advice Blog

Siberian irises
They flower around the same time as bearded irises but the blooms are smaller. Some have delicate slim petals, more modern varieties have petals that are thicker and flare outwards. Often these pro...
02 August •  3 min read
Asters
In recent years, some of the Latin names of these late summer and autumn blooming perennial have changed to the really hard to say name of Symphyotrichum, Galatella, etc. To most gardeners they are...
01 August •  7 min read
Hemerocallis
This easy-to-grow, extremely tolerant group of plants produces lots of colourful flowers and for those who are just venturing into gardening or have little time Hemerocallis (Daylilies) require alm...
22 July •  5 min read
About Hybrid Peonies
Hybrid peonies produce some of the most stunning late spring flowers. Large, often single and cupped, the flowers come in a glorious array of colours ranging from bright poppy red to stunning lipst...
23 June •  6 min read
How To Create A Border
No flower border is complete without at least a few herbaceous perennials. The top growth of these non-woody plants dies right back in autumn and emerge again in spring. Some herbaceous perennials ...
10 March •  3 min read
Growing & Caring For Perennial Plants
No flower border is complete without at least some herbaceous perennials. These are the non-woody plants that die right back in autumn and emerge again in spring. Some herbaceous perennials are eve...
23 February •  3 min read
Intersectional Peonies
Of the different types of peonies Intersectional Peonies are not only the most beautiful, they are the longest to bloom. The flowers and foliage are in perfect proportion to each other, taking on t...
21 January •  7 min read
Peonies as Cut Flowers
Peonies make wonderful cut flowers. The blooms are large, soft, silky and romantic. They can be found in a range of soft colours, and a few brighter ones, making them ideal for weddings, as well as...
21 January •  3 min read
About Herbaceous Peonies
Peonies are beautiful, long-lived and easy to grow once established. We sell three distinctive types of peonies, herbaceous, intersectional and the tree peony. The difference between tree peonies ...
21 January •  4 min read
Acanthus
(Bear's Breeches) Despite being a bit of thug, these stately plants add a touch of grandness to a border. Both varieties produce white flowers with two floppy lips that shelter under a shell-like p...
07 January •  3 min read
Astrantia
Among the loveliest border perennials, the distinctive, papery flowers look like small pin cushions.
26 December •  3 min read
Achillea
(Yarrow) These colourful plants are incredibly useful for growing in borders with other perennials. They add a horizontal accent to the who layout of the border, breaking what might otherwise be a ...
25 November •  5 min read
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