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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.


For beautiful summer flowers browse our range of annual plants.



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Hollyhock rosea 'Pleniflora' (Large Plant)

Alcea rosea

Hollyhocks are classic cottage garden perennials. They provide spires of ruffled, pompom blooms, which are excellent for adding colour and height to summer borders. Plant Hollyhock 'Pleniflora' at the back of borders where their striking blooms will tower over lower growing plants. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 60cm (24").

Culinary note: try crystallising the flowers for a tasty cake decoration, or use them to make a delicately flavoured syrup to use with puddings. For more details about edible flowers click here.

 

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    • 1 x 1 litre potted hollyhock plant

    • Despatch: Within 28 days
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    • £9.99
    • 2 x 1 litre potted hollyhock plants

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    • £16.99

Dianthus 'Perfumed Pinks' Collection

Carnation, Pink

Enjoy a garden filled with fragrance and colour this summer with this wonderful Perfumed Pinks Collection . Mounds of silver-green foliage produce an abundance of perfumed dianthus flowers. Perfect for borders and containers, or for cutting for a vase indoors. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 30cm (12"). Supplied as jumbo plugs.

  • Collection comprises:
  • Dianthus 'Cosmic Pink Swirl' - Pink and white petals with an almost shimmering effect.
  • Dianthus 'Cranmere Pool' - Palest pink petals with a touch of red deep within the ruffled centres.
  • Dianthus 'Doris' - Soft pastel pink blooms with a lovely fragrance.
  • Dianthus 'Letitia Wyatt'- Delicate baby pink blooms.
  • Dianthus 'Gran's Favourite' (x 5) - A popular and well known variety with pretty picotee edges.
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    • 5 dianthus Postiplug plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £9.99
    • 10 dianthus postiplug plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £14.99
    • 20 dianthus postiplug plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £19.99

Monarda didyma 'Cranberry Lace' (Large Plant)

Bergamot

Bergamot are unusual-looking perennials that have aromatic foliage and whorls of spidery blooms made up of tubular petals. Monarda 'Cranberry Lace' is a compact, short Bergamot with bright pink, and a built-in resistance to powdery mildew problems.

Bergamot is perfect for cottage garden borders where it can quickly form dense, easy to grow clumps. Bergamot flowers are great for the wildlife garden, as they are loved by bees. Height: 90 cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18").


Culinary note: Use the dried leaves to make Bergamot tea or use the sweet, spicy flavoured petals to enhance salads, jellies, rice or pasta dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.

 

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    • 1 x 1 litre potted monarda plant

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    • £9.99
    • 2 x 1 litre potted monarda plants

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    • £16.99

Blechnum brasiliense 'Volcano'

Dwarf Brazilian Tree Fern, Hard Fern

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  • Hardy down to -5c in the UK
Are Dicksonia tree ferns too large or expensive for you? We've found the answer - try the dwarf Brazilian tree fern instead! Blechnum brasiliensis 'Volcano' is an exciting new find for the home gardener, only recently introduced to the UK, but sure to be the next big thing! Compact plants lend themselves well to growing in patio pots; and throw up huge fronds up to 70cm (28") tall. The young fronds unfurl in a bronze volcanic hue turning a shiny green as they open. Over time, this fern will form a small trunk, growing to around 30cm tall in 10 years. A relative of our native Deer Fern, this fern thrives in low light, so it's perfect for giving an exotic touch to your home and garden. Despite its tropical origins, Blechnum brasiliense is hardy enough to be grown in most UK gardens, tolerating temperatures down to -5C (23F) but will appreciate a sheltered spot and some winter protection. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 70cm (28").
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    • 1 x 9cm potted blechnum plant

    • Despatch: By end of July 2017
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    • £14.99
    • 2 x 9cm potted blechnum plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £19.99

Campanula lactiflora 'Dwarf Pink' (Large Plant)

The Milky Bellflower has long been a cottage garden favourite. This pretty cultivar bears a profusion of rose-pink, star shaped flowers from May to August which provide a valuable source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. Although not as small as its name might suggest, Campanula lactiflora 'Dwarf Pink' is certainly more compact than the rest of its species, maintaining a neat habit in garden borders. This hardy perennial is quick to flower and perfect for filling gaps in herbaceous borders. The blooms make an attractive cut flower too. Height: 90cm (35"). Spread: 45cm (18").

 

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    • 2 x 1 litre potted campanula plants

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    • £14.99

Campanula lactifolia Violet (Large Plant)

 

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    • 2 x 1 litre potted campanula plants

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Cyclamen hederifolium (Large Plant)

A delightful little plant producing delicate pink flowers with reflexed petals in the autumn. Often emerging after the flowers, the heart-shaped deep green leaves are patterned with silver, creating a striking marbled effect. Cyclamen hederifolium is a superb ground-cover plant in rock gardens and woodland gardens where it will self-seed freely to create carpets of foliage and flowers from autumn to spring, before the foliage dies back in summer. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 15cm (6").

 

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    • 1 x 1 litre potted cyclamen plant

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    • £9.99
    • 2 x 1 litre potted cyclamen plants

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    • £16.99

Astilbe x arendsii 'Look at Me'

False Goatsbeard

Turn any dark, damp corner of the garden into a focal point with this stunning Astilbe. The bubble-gum pink flower plumes and vivid ruby-red stems of Astilbe 'Look At me' virtually shout for your attention. This easy-grow perennial will thrive in soil too wet for many garden plants, but you don't have to tuck it out of site. This star perennial is also a top performer in patio pots when kept shaded and well watered. Voted Best New Plant when launched to the industry at the 2013 European Plantarium trade fair - we now have stock to meet consumer demand for this sought after perennial plant. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 50cm (20"). More info
    • 3 bare root astilbe plants

    • Despatch: By end of November 2016
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    • £9.99
    • 6 bare root astilbe plants

    • Despatch: By end of November 2016
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    • £16.99

Dianthus barbatus 'Mixed' (Garden Ready)

Sweet William

  • 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.


Enjoy the sweet clove like fragrance of this cottage garden favourite with the minimum of effort. This traditional mix of Sweet Williams combines a fabulous range of pinks, reds and white including solid shades and bicolours for a real tapestry of colour. Dianthus barbartus 'Mixed' carries its large clusters of flowers upon short, compact plants that make superb bedding. Often grown as a biennial, this short lived perennial is ideal for beds and borders. Height: 15cm (6"). Spread: 25cm (10").


Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.

 

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    • 30 dianthus garden ready plants

    • Despatch: By end of November 2016
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    • £14.99

Berkheya purpurea

Purple Sunflower, South African Thistle

  • The thistle that thinks it’s a sunflower!
  • Unusual border flower
  • Excellent dried cut flower

Nicknamed the 'purple sunflower', this shining beauty makes a fantastic border plant, producing a neat, ground-hugging rosette of thistle-like foliage and a striking flower stem that demands attention in any planting display. The gently prickled leaves make it a good plant to discourage pets and other unwanted visitors away from your prized borders!

Like many other South African species, Berkheya plants are very undemanding, simply requiring a sunny spot on free draining soil. Multiple flowers appear in late summer in a silvery shade of soft violet, creating a real wow factor. The stems make unusual fresh or dried cutflowers. Best planted under a south-facing wall and given some winter frost protection in colder parts of the UK. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 50cm (20").

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    • 5 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £9.99
    • 10 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £14.99
    • 20 x berkheya Postiplugs plants

    • Despatch: By end of October 2016
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    • £19.99

Bergenia 'Dragonfly Sakura' (Large Plant)

Reliable evergreen ground cover with astonishing winter colour! The glossy, rounded foliage of Bergenia 'Dragonfly Sakura' turns from lush green to rich purple-black throughout the coldest months. From March, the dark foliage is the perfect backdrop for the candy pink flowers that rise above it. The pretty blooms provide invaluable food for pollinating insects early in the year, and make dainty cut flowers too. Elephant Ears is a reliable, no maintenance hardy perennial - perfect for the front of cottage garden borders. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 30cm (12").

 

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    • 1 x 2 litre potted bergenia plant

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    • £12.99
    • 2 x 2 litre potted bergenia plants

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    • £19.99