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[ Golden Millet Grass (Milium effusum 'Aureum') | Posted on May 16, 2021 ]

A really lovely semi evergreen perennial grass with chartreuse leaves which looks lovely among shady plants. It thrives in partial shade and will seed around. Produces panicles of yellow flowers in summer. RHS AGM.

[ Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) | Posted on May 16, 2021 ]

One of the true "must have" perennials. Alchemilla mollis is easy to care for, only requiring cutting back of the old flower stems and leaves in early Spring. It will grow pretty much anywhere and will seed around with abandon. The flower heads can be cut off before seeding to prevent unwanted plants as it's quite a prolific self seeder. But it looks great in any situation and looks lovely after rain. The flowers make a lovely filler in vase arrangements.

[ Grecian Windflower (Anemone coronaria 'Harmony Orchid') | Posted on March 18, 2021 ]

Emerging in early Spring with finely divided foliage, this Anemone has intense pink flowers with a lovely black centre. A very valuable plant for early bees. It soon gives way and dies back making room for summer perennials.

[ Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty') | Posted on January 31, 2021 ]

An old and very popular cultivar introduced by Dutch breeder Bonne Ruys in the 1930s. Moerheim Beauty is a superb late summer perennial providing a stunning splash of colour to prolong the flowering season. The blooms are a rich coppery brown/reddish orange with a prominent brown central disk. Hardy to zone 3 and very attractive to pollinating insects. It has a long blooming season, especially if dead-headed. It can be increased by division or basal cuttings as it will not come true from seed. Lovely with blue or purple coloured plants.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Rosemoor') | Posted on January 28, 2021 ]

Introduced in 2004 by David Austin roses this is a medium to large sized English shrub rose of enormous charm. The small mid to light pink, fragrant blooms with a green eye are held in dainty clusters. Very good coverage on the plant with good repeat flowering. Always a huge favourite of mine at The Alnwick Garden. Named after the Royal Horticultural Society's Devon garden which has a large collection of roses.

[ Rose (Rosa 'James Galway') | Posted on January 24, 2021 ]

Introduced in 2000 by David Austin Roses to commemorate the 60th birthday of renowned flautist James Galway. A large vigorous shrub which can also be trained as a climber. The blooms are mid pink, paler at the edges of the blooms and have a crimped or pleated appearance. It has a medium old rose fragrance.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Harlow Carr') | Posted on January 23, 2021 ]

Introduced by David Austin Roses in 2004. A beautiful small to medium sized shrub bearing cupped mid pink blooms in clusters. Thorny or prickly stems. The plant blooms well throughout the season and also from ground height on well stemmed branches. Flowers have a strong old rose fragrance. Named for the Royal Horticultural Society's garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Society.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton') | Posted on January 23, 2021 ]

Introduced by David Austin in 1997, Geoff Hamilton has clusters of globular pink blooms borne in clusters. It has a strong fragrance and blooms in flushes throughout the season. Geoff Hamilton was a much loved presenter of the BBC programme Gardener's World in the 1980s which was broadcast from his garden at Barnsdale in the East Midlands in the UK. Geoff was an early advocate of organic gardening. He died in 1996.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Ambridge Rose') | Posted on January 15, 2021 ]

Bred in 1986 by David Austin, The Ambridge Rose is a beautiful repeat-blooming, small-size shrub rose, 2 to 3 feet high. The flowers are a warm apricot blend with a pleasing myrrh fragrance, produced in loose clusters. Named after the village featured in the long-running BBC radio series The Archers. I grew this myself in my Yorkshire garden and can attest to its charm.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Morning Mist') | Posted on January 11, 2021 ]

Introduced by David Austin in 1996 this is a shrub rose reaching 6 feet, bearing large copper-pink single flowers with a prominent boss of stamens held on red anthers. A most unusual colour, the flowers later form large orange hips. It has a light musk fragrance and has a long blooming season. Attractive to insects due to it's single form. One of my all time favourite roses.

[ Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom') | Posted on December 31, 2020 ]

Introduced by Ludwig in 1954, Apple Blossom is a thoroughly reliable and beautiful cultivar. It's deservedly one of the most popular and common varieties available. It's a gorgeous pink and white, well named as it resembles the blossom of apples in colouring. It never disappoints.

[ Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'Sweet Potato Pie') | Posted on December 30, 2020 ]

Raised by Dutch grower van Geest in 2015, it was registered as Terra Mystica in 2018, which is how it is sold outside the US. It is a smaller flowering variety with blooms of 4-5 inches. The flowers are a stunning burnt orange with a dark plum throat and lime green on the outer petals. The flowers also have a thin white picotee edging.

[ Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea 'Edith Dudszus') | Posted on November 29, 2020 ]

This is a lovely tussock forming grass with a mound of blade like leaves around 15 - 18 inches high. In summer it bears long stems in a fan shape topped with dark purple flowers. It is suitable for any well drained soil in sun or partial shade but prefers an acid to neutral situation. It is a wonderful companion for other perennials and has superb autumn colour. It can be tidied up in early spring before the new leaves start to grow.

[ Aster (Aster x frikartii 'Monch') | Posted on October 20, 2020 ]

Surely Aster frikartii Monch must be a contender for one of the top ten garden perennials. A superb mildew resistant variety which is one of the first Asters to flower and has a very long flowering period. In late summer and autumn it is covered in masses of rich lavender blue, yellow centred daisy-like flowers. It makes a wonderful companion plant in the border and combines well with oranges and reds. Attractive to insects. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Introduced in 1918 by Swiss plantsman Frikart and named after a mountain.

[ Dahlia 'Sir Alf Ramsey' | Posted on October 14, 2020 ]

Capable of producing blooms up to 15 inches wide (40cm) when correctly stopped, this is a true large decorative Dahlia. It has lavender pink flowers with a creamy white base. If grown for normal garden use rather than the show bench the flowers will be smaller but more numerous. Named after the famous English football manager Sir Alf Ramsey, who managed the national team to their 1966 World Cup victory.

[ Cranesbill (Geranium RozanneĀ®) | Posted on September 20, 2020 ]

One of my very favourite perennials, Geranium Rozanne thrived in a pot for me until I had to give it away when I moved house. Named after Rozanne Waterer who found it in her garden, it is a hybrid of G himalayense and Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety'. It has everything you could want from a herbaceous perennial, lovely leaves, bee friendly blooms and good autumn colour.

[ Torch Lily (Kniphofia 'Fiery Fred') | Posted on September 11, 2020 ]

Introduced in 1981, given to Alan Bloom by rose breeder Jack Harkness. 3 - 4 feet with a long blooming season. The colour is a uniform fiery orange. Named after the Yorkshire and England cricket fast bowler Fred Truman who was nicknamed "Fiery Fred". RHS AGM 2009.

[ Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck') | Posted on July 7, 2020 ]

When I visit the Royal Horticultural Society's garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire I always make sure to see this plant. It is a beautiful columnar beech with glossy green leaves which turn a rich orange brown in Autumn. It doesn't have the yellow early growth of the cultivar Dawyck Gold. Not a fastigiate form, it originated in Scotland around 1850. It has branches low down on the trunk and is very suitable for a small space or as part of an avenue.

[ Primrose (Primula 'Harlow Car') | Posted on July 1, 2020 ]

This wonderful strain of Primulas was introduced in the late 1950s in the what was then Northern Horticultural Society's garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. (The garden merged with the Royal Horticultural Society in 2001 which took over the running of the garden). Geoffrey Smith planted the original streamside scheme which included forms of P bulleyana, P japonica and P pulverulenta. These interbred and created what was later registered as P "Harlow Car" (a mistake in the spelling). The 'dolly mixture' colours can be found in large blocks throughout the garden and hundreds are propagated each year. They do particularly well in damp, almost wet soils.

[ Eulalia (Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten') | Posted on February 17, 2019 ]

A really outstanding, compact ornamental grass. If you love the look of Miscanthus, and who doesn't?, then this is a perfect choice for a small space, front of border, courtyard garden or large pot. RHS Harlow Carr has a couple of plants in their winter walk and they are interesting every month of the year, from fresh green leaves in Spring to pinkish flowers which develop into wonderful feathery seed heads which provide movement, to good colour in Autumn. A superb plant.

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