Pearlwort, Irish moss Sagina subulata This is a low, mat-forming plant with tiny green or golden (S. subulata ‘Aurea’) leaves and tiny white flowers in summer. Hardy and cold resistant, this plant resembles a moss, though it is quite clearly not one. It is effective amongst rocks and stones in a sunny or lightly shaded […]
Cotton lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus A compact-growing shrub with fine, feathery white or grey leaves of short and slender stature. Golden flower heads about 1cm in diameter are produced on wiry stems in summer and often look like buttons against the grey foliage. The remains of flowers must be cut off as soon as they are […]
Ice plant Commonly known as ‘Ice plant’, S. spectabile is tolerant of extreme cold and inclement winter weather conditions. It survives being covered in ice and snow for extended periods, with the above-ground portion of the plant disappearing completely during winter. In spring fresh new growth emerges from the rootstock and the plant grows into […]
Common houseleek, Hen and chickens or St Patrick’s cabbage Sempervivum tectorum A low, mat forming succulent comprising many rosettes of attractive grey-green leaves with a contrasting red margin. Ideal subjects for small pots, dish gardens or miniature rockeries. Cold hardy and drought tolerant, houseleeks grow easily in most parts of the country. They produce purple-red […]
Blue eyed grass Sisyrinchium ‘E.K. Balls’ This is a charming little clump-forming perennial comprising of narrow, sword-like leaves growing to some 20 cm tall. In summer, stems of small mauve-blue, star-shaped flowers emerge from amongst the foliage. It is a useful filler plant for the foreground of borders, for alpine or sink gardens and even […]
Bridal wreath or Foam of May Spiraea ‘Arguta’ Normal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and Victorian landscape styles. One of the key components of these formal designs is low, clipped hedges that edge the geometric […]
Red Robin Photinia x fraseri These are evergreen plants, that are waterwise, wind-resistant, cold- and frost-tolerant, and also pretty in summer when many umbels of small white flowers appear.
Purple broom Polygala virgate Slender, with a wonderful mop of purple flowers, there is space for a trio of these even in a pocket size garden. Maximum height is 2 m with hardly any spread – you can literally tuck them in anywhere. They are truly a joy in the garden although they only last […]
Creeping mazus This is a mat forming plant with lance-shaped, light green leaves. It produces small, lobelia-like flowers in either mauve or white, in late spring. It is perfect for small areas in sun or shade, especially between paving stones. It is cold hardy and can be burnt by excessive summer heat.
‘Cherry Brandy’ (Miniature tea bush) The dark, plum-coloured leaves and dense foliage of the miniature tea bush make it a superb little shrub for sunny gardens. The richly-coloured foliage is shown to best advantage if contrasting pale yellow, gold and silver plants are grown next to it or around its base. In winter and spring […]