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Easy Plants, Beginners Plants or Starter Plants?

Whether you've always dabbled a bit in the garden but not been bitten by the bug before, or are completely new to gardening it can be a bit difficult to know where to start when you see the range and variety of plants we offer.  So, this collection of plants will give you a smaller, easier to browse starting point - a "safe zone" if you like.

Tough, reliable, long lasting and garden worthy

All of the plants included here are generally easy going as long as you get the basics right, so if it says it needs Sun don't expect it to thrive in a dark corner behind your shed, and vice versa.  Equally bear in mind that most plants are tolerant of being slightly out of their comfort zone so many sun lovers will be fine if they get a bit of shade for some of the day for example.

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One of the reasons I started the nursery back in 1996 was to get a wider range of less common, new, unusual and outright rare plants to a wider audience and hopefully this selection will continue that aim.  Just because you've never heard of it, can't spell it or don't know how to say it doesn't mean that you can't grow it!

Oh, and just because something isn't listed here doesn't mean it isn't worth trying...

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Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'£4.50

A valuable, evergreen, yellow variegated version. Lovely for its bright winter effect. Grass-like arching foliage to 30cm in average to good soil in shade or part sun.


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Allium cyathophorum var. farreri

Allium cyathophorum var. farreri£4.00

A delightful low growing species producing glowing purple flowers in pendent clusters in spring and early summer. Makes neat clumps of grassy leaves, the flowers slightly taller to 20cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Anemone nemorosa 'Lychette'

Anemone nemorosa 'Lychette'£4.50

A vigorous form with large white flowers sometimes looking flushed bluish. For ordinary soil in light shade. Flowers in spring to 20cm.


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Bergenia 'Claire Maxine'

Bergenia 'Claire Maxine'£4.50

One of the best in the recent RHS trials with a compact habit, good purple-red winter foliage and lots of clear pink flowers in spring. Good for a sunny drained position. 40cm.


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Calamagrostis brachytricha

Calamagrostis brachytricha£4.50

Tufts of glossy, rich, green foliage and flowering stems to 1.2m. Upright plumes start pinkish in early autumn and fade to silvery buff. Good in winter.


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Cenolophium denudatum

Cenolophium denudatum£4.50

Clumps of fine cut dark green leaves and wiry stems topped with heads of white flowers in summer. Long lived and hardy.


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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Carmin Brilliant'

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Carmin Brilliant'£5.50

A compact form with sword-like foliage and sprays of red buds that open to light red flowers fading pinkish - better than it sounds! 60cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Lady Hamilton'

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Lady Hamilton'£5.50

Large open yellow flowers, with a ring of light orange, "fade" apricot as they age. Elegant habit to 90cm. Drained, good soil in sun.


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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Mount Usher'

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Mount Usher'£5.50

A lovely, floriferous form from the garden of the same name in Ireland. Compact growth and delightful pale yellow flowers to 60cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Cyclamen hederifolium pink

Cyclamen hederifolium pink£4.00

The classic autumn flowered hardy Cyclamen with pink flowers and broadly triangular leaves with silver-grey markings. Foliage and flower colour vary. 10cm.


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Geranium 'Blue Cloud'

Geranium 'Blue Cloud'£4.50

AGM A mound of large pale blue flowers veined crimson. 45cm. Flowering June-August onwards. Reasonable soil in open or sunny position. Unique colour for a long flowering plant.


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Geranium 'Brookside'

Geranium 'Brookside'£4.50

(pratense x clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’)

AGM This brilliant hybrid from Cambridge Botanic Garden has intense blue flowers with white centres from May to July and September onwards. Open position in average soil. 60cm x 90cm. Named after a street in Cambridge.


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Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'

Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'£4.50

Very large rich, deep blue flowers with a red flush at the centre, for a long period from early summer, repeating in autumn. Easy in sun or light shade. 30cm.


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Geranium nodosum seedlings

Geranium nodosum seedlings£4.00

Unnamed seedlings from our range of cultivars of this valuable cranesbill for shade, even quite dry. Likely to be lilac-pink maybe with purple markings. c. 30cm.


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Geranium sanguineum 'John Elsley'

Geranium sanguineum 'John Elsley'£5.00

Recent cultivar with a good display of bright rose-pink flowers. 25cm. Excellent clumps for a large rockery or front of border edge.


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Geum 'Bell Bank'

Geum 'Bell Bank'£4.50

Showy flowers of a soft pinkish red, large open bowl shaped with ruffled petals. Dense clumps to 30cm. Best in good soil in part shade.


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Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'

Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'£5.50

A spider type with long narrow petals of a rich crimson red. 75cm. Good soil in sun.


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Hemerocallis 'Eenie-weenie Non-stop'

Hemerocallis 'Eenie-weenie Non-stop'£5.50

What a name! But what a plant! Starts flowering in spring and is often still going in late autumn. Small bright yellow flowers in grassy foliage to 40cm. Best in sun, average soil.


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Holcus mollis 'Albovariegatus'

Holcus mollis 'Albovariegatus'£4.50

Very pretty mats of cream and pink variegated foliage, very soft to the touch. Dainty flowers in summer. Average to dry soil in sun or part shade. 30cm.


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Luzula nivea

Luzula nivea£4.50

Clumps of dark green leaves with silvery hairy margins. Creamy silver fluffy flowers in spring to 60cm. Excellent evergreen for shady borders.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Hinjo'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Hinjo'£6.50

A compact form of "zebra grass" with pale yellow bands across mid green leaves on stems to 1.5m. Silken golden flowers produced in autumn in a warm site.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Bergfreund'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Bergfreund'£6.00

Airy brown flowers, strong yellow autumn foliage. 1.5m. Like a shorter version of 'Transparent'. Good soil in sun.


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Primula veris ssp. macrocalyx

Primula veris ssp. macrocalyx£4.00

Bright cheerful cowslips for early spring flowers that carry on for several weeks. This subspecies beeing larger and more robust than the normal one. 40cm.


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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'£4.50

Neat upright bushy plants with deep blue flowers on dark, blackish stems. Hardy perennial for drained soil in full sun. 40cm.


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Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'

Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'£4.50

A very pretty form with denim blue flowers in big purple bracted spikes giving a good show long after each flower has fallen. Makes a fairly big clump in time to 30cm high. Ordinary soil in sun.


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