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Perennial & Biennial Plants


In this range you'll find an impressive selection of perennial plants and biennial plants, which are perfect for beginners and experienced gardeners alike. Also known as herbaceous plants, perennial plants live for 2 or more years and flower every year. Biennial plants live for up to 2 years, flowering profusely in their second year before setting seed and dying. Both are great for beds and spring displays and there are many delightful plants to choose from. Use the selections in the left menu to select the right plants for your garden.


For beautiful summer flowers browse our range of annual plants.



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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Digitalis

 Customer Rating
  • Winner of Plant of the Year 2012 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Best new product at the Anglian Business Awards, Best new product at the Garden Retail awards
  • T&M's own breeding

Thought to be an impossible hybridisation, this is the most spectacular foxglove you will have ever seen! Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives this exciting new Digitalis its fabulous tropical colouring. Being completely sterile Foxglove ‘Illumination’ won’t set seed, giving it an incredibly long flowering period. Unlike most foxgloves which are generally biennial, this half-hardy semi-evergreen is a true perennial so you will be able to enjoy its flowers for years to come. The exotic looking blooms are densely packed on sturdy stems, with many side branches, making a striking addition to summer borders. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Useful links:

'Impossible' Foxglove named Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Gardening news: Top 10 best-selling plants of 2012
Read Michael Perry's blog: Futuristic Foxgloves

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    • 1 x 9cm potted foxglove plant

    • Despatch: By end of March 2016
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    • £14.99
    • 2 x 9cm potted foxglove plants

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    • £29.98 £19.99

Foxglove 'Illumination Collection'

Digitalis

Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives these exciting new Digitalis their fabulous tropical colouring. Being completely sterile Foxglove 'Illumination Duo' won't set seed, making them incredibly long flowering. Unlike most foxgloves which are generally biennial, these hardy semi-evergreen varieties are true perennials so you can enjoy them year after year. The exotic looking blooms are densely packed on sturdy stems, with many side branches, making a striking addition to summer borders. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18").

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    • 2 x 9cm potted foxglove plants - 1 of each colour

    • Despatch: By end of March 2016
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    • £29.98 £19.99

Primrose 'Irish Beauties Collection'

Primula vulgaris, Kennedy Primroses

  • The World's Hardiest Primrose
Often referred to as Kennedy Primroses, these striking Primulas are the products of 35 years of breeding. The results speak for themselves! These eye catching perennials are particularly tough, tolerating temperatures down to -15C (5F), resisting frost, snow and extreme wet conditions to make them the world's hardiest Primrose. Each of Primrose 'Irish Beauties Collection' has darkly coloured green and purple-bronze foliage that contrasts with the shapely blooms. Once established they will virtually look after themselves, flowering twice as long as other varieties for an extended spring display. Height and spread: 20cm (8").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


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Penstemon cobaea 'Wedding Bells' Mixed (Garden Ready)

  • The fast-track to a hassle-free garden - just plant, water and enjoy!
  • Quality plants delivered to your door, hardened off and ready to plant out
  • Fully-grown, super-robust, healthy plants
Our garden ready plants are selected for garden performance, straight from the nursery. We send them to you 'green' ahead of flowering (but please note some varieties may show a few blooms), which means plants will establish quickly and all their energy goes into producing better roots, so they produce more flowers throughout the season.

Penstemon cobaea 'Wedding Bells' (also known as Orchestra Mixed) combines some of the best penstemons from T&M's own breeding programme. Satin, bell-shaped flowers in a variety of bright colours and patterns are carried over a particularly long flowering period, above glossy, semi-evergreen foliage. A fantastic alternative to Antirrhinums (snapdragons) in annual bedding schemes, these compact penstemon plants boast large flowers and superb weather resistance. Easy to maintain, these hardy perennials are also attractive to bees. Height: 50cm (18"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Useful links:

Gardening news: Move over marigolds... new bedding plants fly in the face of tradition

 

Garden ready special offer
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    • 30 penstemon garden ready plants

    • Despatch: By end of May 2016
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    • £14.99

Dianthus barbatus 'Sweet'

Sweet William

  • Summer-flowering Sweet Williams!

Enjoy these delightfully fragrant Sweet Williams all summer long! Clusters of sweetly scented flowers in shades of red, white and purple are borne atop stiff upright stems from June through to September. Superb for cutting for a vase indoors, the vibrant flowers of Dianthus barbatus 'Sweet' are also attractive to bees. Often grown as a biennial, this short lived perennial is ideal for cottage garden beds and borders. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").


Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 6 dianthus plug plants

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    • £5.99
    • 24 dianthus plug plants

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    • 48 dianthus plug plants

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Foxglove 'Illumination Ruby Slippers'

Digitalis x valinii

  • New colour break
  • Multi-flowering Foxgloves
  • Prennial habit

The Digitalis Illumination Series, from our very own breeding programme, has changed the world of Foxgloves; taking them from a wiry, brief-blooming biennial wildflower to a handsome, tidy yet shrubby perennial with true garden performance.

Following several outstanding colour developments, our breeding team has done it again with the creation of a brand new colour break. Digitalis 'Illumination Ruby Slippers' is the latest addition to our award winning series. This beautiful foxglove produces multiple spires of open-mouthed blooms on short stocky plants that are just as at home in a patio pot as a cottage garden border scheme. Being completely sterile, this stunning Foxglove won't set seed, making it incredibly long flowering. As the main flower spike fades, multiple sideshoots spring up to offer five months of vivid floral colour. Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives this exciting new Digitalis its fabulous colouring and perennial habit. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18")

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    • 1 x 9cm potted foxglove plant

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    • £14.99
    • 2 x 9cm potted foxglove plants

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Foxglove 'Dalmation Mixed'

Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis 'Dalmatian Mixed' looks magnificent in cottage gardens and woodland borders - but thanks to their uniform branching habit, these statuesque foxgloves make fabulous annual bedding too! These short lived perennials will happily seed about to create dramatic drifts and attract wildlife to their nectar rich flowers. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 40cm (16").

Useful links:

Gardening news: Move over marigolds... new bedding plants fly in the face of tradition

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    • 6 foxglove plug plants

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    • £5.99
    • 24 foxglove plug plants

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    • £13.99
    • 48 foxglove plug plants

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Penstemon 'Ice Cream Collection'

Including three fantastic varieties, these popular hardy perennials deserve a prime spot in the garden. Eyecatching tubular flowers appear in summer above a flush of glossy, semi-evergreen foliage. The long-lasting blooms of Penstemon 'Ice Cream Collection' continue well into autumn, long after other plants have run out of steam. Undemanding and easy to grow, Penstemons tolerate almost any position in the garden, regardless of rain or drought, and even resist slug damage. What more could you ask of a plant? Height: 80cm (31"). Spread: 45cm (18").


  • Collection comprises:
  • Penstemon 'Blackberry' - Luxurious, rich purple, tubular blooms.
  • Penstemon 'Juicy Grape' - Wide trumpet shaped flowers in a fruity shade of purple.
  • Penstemon 'Strawberries & Cream' - White trumpet shaped flowers with delicately speckled pink throats.
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    • 9 penstemon Postiplug plants

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Foxglove 'Sugar Plum'

Digitalis

A reworking of a cottage garden classic. Foxglove 'Sugar Plum' is an improved form of old-time favourite 'Pam's Choice'. Careful selection work has led to foxglove plants with a stronger border habit and impressive flower spikes. Each bloom now carries deeper speckling and all sit closer together on the stem for a fuller display. This biennial foxglove makes an eye-catching addition to mixed borders and formal woodland planting schemes. Height: 120cm (48"). Spread: 45cm (18").

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    • 24 foxglove plug plants

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    • £13.99
    • 48 foxglove plug plants

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Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White'

This stunning hardy perennial makes a fabulous border plant! Its graceful, slender stems are topped with a flurry of dazzling white, starry blooms that still look fresh and airy at the end of summer. This bushy, clump forming variety has a neat, compact habit that makes it perfect for the front of sunny borders or edging paths as a mini hedge. Once established, Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White' even copes well during periods of drought. Height and spread: 45cm (18").
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    • 24 gaura plug plants

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    • 48 gaura plug plants

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Penstemon 'Summer Bluebell'

  • Exclusive new 'Summer Bluebell'
Bluebells are no longer reserved for the spring season! Our latest hardy penstemon will bloom each summer, producing flower spikes that bear striking similarity to the common Bluebell. As your true bluebells fade, Penstemon 'Summer Bluebell' will take over, producing elegant blooms from early June through to September. The satin, bell-shaped flowers are carried over semi-evergreen foliage and make a fantastic alternative to Antirrhinums (snapdragons) in annual bedding schemes. These compact penstemon plants boast large flowers and superb weather resistance. Easy to maintain, these hardy perennials are also attractive to bees and other pollinators. Height and spread: 45cm (18")
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    • 12 penstemon plug plants

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    • 24 penstemon plug plants

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Helianthemum Collection

Rock Rose, Sun Rose

These tough little rock roses are hardy, drought tolerant and trouble-free, producing glorious colour from late spring to midsummer. If pruned after flowering, they'll even reward you with a second flush of blooms in late summer! The nectar-rich flowers, set against a backdrop of silvery, semi-evergreen foliage, are loved by bees and other insects. This helianthemum collection makes excellent groundcover or a versatile addition to rockeries or hot, dry borders. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 30cm (12").
  • Collection comprises the following varieties:
  • Helianthemum 'Ben Mohr' - Orange, saucer shaped flowers.
  • Helianthemum 'Pink Angel' - An abundance of delicate double, pink flowers.
  • Helianthemum 'The Bride' - A pretty, white rock rose with an RHS Award of Garden Merit.
  • Helianthemum 'Ben Fhada' - Bright, primrose yellow blooms with golden egg-yolk centres.
  • Helianthemum 'Peachy Keen' - New peach bloomed variety 'Peachy Keen' has an overwhelming amount of petals, further boosting the effect in your garden!
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    • 5 helianthemum jumbo plug plants - 1 of each variety

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    • £14.99
    • 10 helianthemum jumbo plug plants - 2 of each variety

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    • £19.99