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Climbing Chinese monkshood. Aconitum austroyunnanense is a very hardy semi-climbing, deciduous perennial with palmate leaves divided into three, ovate, toothed, mid-green lobes. It bears beautiful, showy racemes of hooded, purple flowers in late summer and early autumn. All parts highly toxic if eaten. We grow it in semi-shade on our pergola here on the nursery, where it thrives.

A close relative of Campanula. This showy hardy perennial has pendant bell-shaped flowers. We grow a rich violet-blue form and a pale lilac form (pictured). A great plant for sun or light shade, appreciating some moisture at its roots. We also grow a white flowered form. 75cm (30").
    
    

An elegant semi-evergreen fern, with spidery fronds of mid green on black stalks; the new growth is flushed coppery-pink in spring and early summer. Best in a moist, well-drained soil, in partial shade. 45cm (18"). Our form of this sought after plant has always been admired - it really is a stunning plant for a sheltered woodland site. The plants we sell are vegetatively propagated from our own stock. 
    
    

A beautiful low growing fern, with triangular, mid-green fronds rising from creeping rhizomes. In spring and early summer the growth is tinted bronze-pink. We have planted this hardy species in moist shade with other small choice plants such as small lilies and anemones which like similar conditions. 15cm (6"). It is quite slow to start with, but once it is settled in it will gently spread and be a wonderful addition to any shaded site.

'Warley Ruber' sometimes known by the common name stone cress,has heads of tiny pink flowers. It will grow slowly to an average height of 4 in (10 cm) and a width of 8 in (20 cm).

A beautiful new variety, producing an abundance of extra large, dual coloured, white and blue flowers, above dark green strappy foliage. Prefers full sun, with free-draining soil or compost. Flowers held on strong stems up to 4ft high.

 

 

A great favourite of ours - an exciting hybrid carrying globes of pale powdery-blue flowers throughout summer; foliage is neat and restrained, almost dainty in habit. 40cm (16").
    
    

A very useful short-lived perennial which self seeds freely. Striking aniseed scent. From mid-summer onwards it produces mint-like spires of violet-purple flowers. Best grown in a well-drained soil in full sun where it will be appreciated by a multitude of insects and humans alike. 60-90cm (2-3ft).

A striking and useful low growing foliage plant with very dark glossy leaves and blue flower spikes to 30cm (12") in height. Tolerates sun or shade and any soil. We use it here at Hall Farm as an edging plant in the borders, and also frequently in containers where it always provides good contrast to flowering plants of any colour.

This little onion is especially useful when mixed in amongst other low growing border plants, pushing its flower heads up through the surrounding plants in June. Each inflorescence is borne on a stiff stalk, which curves sharply at its apex, suspending the umbel of around 30-40 vivid purple, bell-shaped flowers. 30-45cm (12-18"). It is a true perennial, which will slowly form robust clumps.

An eyecatching Allium with relatively large flowers of a plum purple colour on 20-30 cm/9-12" stems in summer. It is easy to grow in sun or a little shade. Seed heads remain for additional interest.

Throughout June and July this bulbous perennial sends up 30cm (12") high  inflorescences, each topped by a half round umbel of densely packed lilac-pink flowers, all held above discrete narrow mid-green foliage. It forms good stout clumps and is always covered in butterflies when it is in flower here. A welcome plant for the front of the border. 
    
    

Small, egg-shaped, claret-coloured flowerheads appear like drumsticks on tall, slender stems above strap-like, mid-green leaves in mid to late summer. Planted en masse in a border in full sun, these diminutive claret flowers look great emerging from a screen of foliage, or against a backdrop of ornamental grasses. They gently fade as summer comes to a close.

We have a large selection of alpines and rockery plants, many of which can be seen growing in our raised alpine beds or troughs and containers.

A strong upright perennial that will need no staking, its habit and flowers being similar to Hollyhock but more dainty and refined. Clusters of cup-like, five-petalled, sugary-pink flowers opening from midsummer and through autumn. The three or more lobed slightly hairy foliage is attractive and provides a good foil for other plants through the season. 1.8m (6') or more. Always admired here during the late summer and autumn. It should be more widely grown in our opinion. A good insect plant too - the hoverflies love it.

A clump forming perennial from eastern North America grown for its handsome elliptical mattgreen leaves. In summer it holds dense panicles of baby-blue flowers. Each tubular star-like flower identifies the plant as a member of the Vinca (periwinkle) family, although this refined plant has no ideas of world dominance. Grow in full sun. 60cm (2ft).

Alpine plant which trails gently to form a mat to 45cm wide, composed of loose rosettes of silky, grey-green, ovate leaves. Umbels of pale lilac-pink flowers 8-12mm wide on stalks to 10cm open in mid summer. Happy in well-drained soil in sun.

An enchanting woodlander, forming a mat of fresh apple-green fleshy leaves in spring. Each leaf is divided into three lobes, above these on short stems are held up to three creamy-white flowers each 2.5cm (1") across. An easy plant ideal for a shady spot, where it can spread slowly by means of creeping rhizomes. 20cm (8"). Summer dormant.

This autumn flowering anemone grows 3-4ft high, with wavering stems of mid-pink flowers on strong stems. Grows in sun or partial shade.

An appealing little Anemone that in early summer bears 2.5cm (1") flowers, the colour of best Cornish clotted cream, with a highlight of buttery-yellow stamens. A perennial suited to sun or partial shade, in a well-drained but rich soil. 30cm (12").

A white, double flowered form of our native Wood Anemone. 15cm (6"). The  wood anemones all flower in March & April and are ideal for underplanting shrubs or in woodland planting schemes. All are summer dormant.

This form of wood anemone has purple flowers, much deeper than 'Robinsoniana'. Naturalises well in woodland or shady garden sites.

A most unusual form of wood anemone bearing semi-double flowers, some of  the petals pure white, some white speckled green and others wholly green. Around these petals is a collar of toothed green leaves that combine to give the appearance of a much larger flower. 15cm (6") high.

"One of the best known selections… robust and large flowered." That is how Christopher Lloyd describes this cultivar; the flowers are larger than those of the species with the petals a pale creamy-blue outside, very pale lavender-blue inside and with bright yellow stamens in the centre. The foliage grows to 15cm (6"), finely cut and deep green, held on reddish hued stalks.

Another white flowered variety, again different and this time with large  double white flowers, in the centre of these is a boss of dense white tepals; very neat attractive appearance. 15cm (6").

Our own selection of wood anemone has amazing deep blue flowers. Good vigorous habit.

An exceptional and scrumptious species which flowers sporadically throughout the summer months. A member of the ranunculus family, this little woodlander has blue flowers (occasionally white). Up to 6" or 15cm in height.

A. ranunculoides is an low creeping herbaceous perennial with a slender rhizome and deeply divided leaves. Solitary flowers 2-2.5cm in width have 5-6 cheery golden-yellow petals. It is very like a wood anemone but slightly smaller, a delight in the spring woodland garden. 

 

A. rivularis is a summer flowering plant, which is dormant in the autumn, unlike many other Anemones.  The white flowers, about 1" (2.5cm) across appearing in June are tinged with metallic blue with the most startling blue anthers, and up to 12 are held in a raceme on upstanding branched stems. It forms attractive seed heads and the leaves are dark green and deeply branched. In rich soil which does not dry out it will form strong clumps. 18-24" high x 18" spread.

 

Anemone sylvestris, also known as the windflower. Flowering in spring, native to meadows and dry deciduous woodlands of central and western Europe. It spreads by fibrous spreading roots. 12-18" high. Grows in shady borders or out in the open on heavier soils.

Snowdrop anemone is an early-blooming species with finely-cut, rough-textured foliage that usually holds forth white fragrant flowers with yellow stamens in early spring. In the case of 'Elise Feldman' the flowers are fully double, dahlia-like, white pom-poms with greenish centres that bloom in late spring and rebloom in fall. This species is rhizomatous so the clumps can spread. Best in part shade.

This is a naturally occuring hybrid between Anemone nemorosa and Anemone ranunculoides. Pale yellow flowers on low, slowly spreading, clumps of mid green foliage. Spring. Good soil in shade or part shade.

A native of Eastern North America, this woodland plant is easily grown in humus-rich, well-drained soil in part or full shade. Grows up to 9" high and features white or pink flowers  with 5-10 petal-like sepals (usually 5) and numerous greenish-yellow stamens. Flowers appear in loose clusters above whorls of three-lobed leaves, but each flower has its own stem. A long-blooming spring flower with a delicate, dainty appearance. Plant usually becomes dormant in summer. Anemonella in Greek means small windflower in reference to the fact that this flower resembles a small anemone. The species name ofthalictroides is in reference to this plant's three-lobed, dark green leaves which resemble meadow rue (Thalictrum). These leaf and flower similarities, when combined, result in the common name of rue anemone.

This little woodland gem has double greeny-yellow flowers in spring.

Dark stems and dusky rose flowers make this form of Angelica very attractive. It self seeds mildly to give an informal effect in the border.

This is a mat-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with spoon-shaped, grey-green leaves and leafy stems bearing clusters of small, fluffy, rose-pink flowerheads in late spring and early summer. Ideal for rockery, scree, raised bed or gravel garden in full sun.

A wonderful and easy plant for a sunny open site. Silver-grey, ferny foliage and white daisy flowers over a long season. 12-15" in height. Cut back after flowering and it will repeat flower several times through the season.

This hardy perennial produces masses of creamy yellow, daisy flowers above feathery, filigree-like dark green leaves from late spring to early summer. It's perfect to cheer up a sunny border. Is attractive to bees and butterflies. 24-36" high.

Also known as Red Kidney Vetch. An easy-to-grow alpine or rock garden plant, this forms a low mound of downy silvery-green leaves, bearing claw-shaped clusters of red lowers in early summer. Blooming continues for many weeks. Tolerates poor soil and dry locations well, once established. Nice for edging dry and sunny borders, also useful in containers. Plants usually self seed around gently: move seedlings to a new location while small, if desired.

Dwarf shrubby perennial up to 25cm but often less, with procumbent or upright stems. Leaves 12-30mm long, hairy, oblong to elliptical, opposite. Flowers 20-25mm long, cream or white, often with a violet patch on the upper lip and purple veining and a deeper yellow boss at the throat. Native to Central Pyrenees and eastern central Spain on rocks. Requires a similar sunny position in well drained soil.

Compact, mat-forming semi-evergreen or evergreen perennial with glossy, dark green leaves edged with cream, and flushed pink in winter and white flowers in spring. Suitable for rockery, scree or raised bed. 

 

One of the most beautiful of its genus,  Arisaema candississimum  has been a popular garden plant since its introduction from Yunnan by George Forrest in 1914. The large spathe flowers are white, softly suffused with pink, these appear before the attractive foliage. In good soil it grows well, producing masses of fat, knobbly, pink tubers. 

This is quite a small-flowered species but it grows well and has a lovely fragrance. Yellow flowers. Grows in almost any soil, but ideally in a humus rich, well drained one in sun or light shade.

Alpine, scree or rockery plant. Armeria m. 'Rubrifolia' is a compact, evergreen perennial forming a neat tuft of rich, dark bronze grass-like foliage, which turns deep red in winter, and a cluster of pink flower globes on wiry stems in spring and early summer.

This plant is an evergreen perennial, a cultivar of the native British sea pink, the deep rose pink flowerheads are held on erect stems above the hummocks of grass-like foliage. Ideal for any open sunny, well-drained site.

My clue for the identity of this plant is 'you may have it with your rosast beef' ....yes, it's variegated horseradish. Love it or hate it? It is quite an impressive variegated foliage.

A more unusual form of a very popular tuberous perennial. Produces attractive foliage during the winter months and is easy to grow. It loves the shade and will form strong low clumps. Much valued by flower arrangers - a bonus to have an attractive leaf to cut during the winter months.

A robust and popular hardy tuberous perennial. Much valued for the winter woodland garden. Forms stout clumps of attractive marbled foliage standing 15-18" high. Very useful for cutting for winter flower arranging.

The giant reed. A fantastic plant - if you have room for it...

Bamboo-like stems rise to 10 or more feet in height during the growing season. At the end of the season it dies off, but we leave all the growth on for the winter and cut it to the ground in February. It grows very well in big pots as long as it does not dry out.

An attractive woodland perennial with apple-green leaves and attractive deep pinkish-red flowers in spring. 

An easy to grow perennial that has great architectural form. It is perfect for incorporating into gravel gardens or meadow style planting schemes. The narrow, bluish-green, grass-like foliage forms clumps from which leafy stems arise in early summer bearing dense spikes of pale yellow, star-shaped flowers. The overall impression is distictly upright, so it is good for adding vertical interest. Natives of Austria, Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, where they flourish in sunny, dry meadows.

Unusually for a fern, the leaves - or, to be correct, the fronds - of A. scolopendrium are whole and undivided, giving the plant a more substantial appearance than other ferns. Standing a foot high, the fronds are evergreen and remain lush and fresh-looking throughout the winter.

The plant will catch and reflect even the weakest rays of winter sunlight, adding a sparkle to the most bleak of winter gardens. At this time of year when very little grows in the cold, dank and north-facing areas of the garden A. scolopendrium will thrive. These are the conditions it enjoys in the wild throughout Britain.

 

As a change from this the above listed A.scolopendrium, this cultivar has wavy edges that give the fronds an undulating effect. The plantsman E A Bowles likened them to the frilly edges of a maid's cap. Slow to propagate so we have limited stock.

A super Aster for the back of the border. Lilac-mauve loose sprays right through autumn, a good dark leaf. Grows in an airy fashion to more than 150cm and has a charm which is seldom seen in hybridised forms. The dark, glossy foliage and stems mean that it looks good even before it comes into flower. 

Aster 'Ochtengloren' AGM is a clump forming deciduous herbaceous perennial. A tall growing variety with abundant, large pale-pink flowers opening from dark buds in late summer through into autumn. Green leaves. Ideal for the back of the border at approx. 1.5m tall. Try cutting it back by half in May for shorter growth and later flowering. Any reasonably fertile soil in sun or part-shade. Attractive to bees and butterflies.


An unusual Aster. Flowering in early to mid summer. 18-24" high. Large fine-rayed daisies.

The wood aster. Attractive mounds of foliage growing 18" high & spilling over with masses of small white flowers in late summer & autumn. A useful hardy perennial which grows well in a wide range of situations including dry shade.

Bears billowing clouds of small clear pink daisies in profusion from Sept-Oct. Makes bushy plants 1.2m high. Well drained soil.

 

A super aster - looking good right throughout the gardening season. Dark foliage looks good in early spring and stems lengthen up to 3ft or more in height as the season advances. White flowers in late summer & autumn. 

  • Producing a profusion of lavender-blue daisy flowers with yellow centres, this mildew-resistant aster starts flowering in late summer. This hybrid is a particularly useful plant, which will usually bloom well in dry and shady corners.

Long known as  Aster natalensis, this South African daisy is a classy, showy alpine. The large flowers are a good, mid-blue with contrasting yellow eyes and carried singly on top of 12cm stems in early summer. The mats of long green leaves are fairly evergreen.

Enjoys full sunshine and well-drained soil (but not too dry and parched in summer). The flowers have a curious feature - they open wide in sunshine but when the sun goes down the petals recurve backwards (towards the stem), not closing like most flowers.


Rather a long winded title - we just call her Alma Posh, because we think it suits her. A real Barbara Cartland colour - vivid bright pink flowers - sure to brighten up any autumn day. Good sturdy growth too.

This is what I think of as your typical Michaelmas Daisy. Upright perennial producing clusters of large rich violet-blue flowers with yellow centres from September to October. Leaves are resistant to mildew. Height 1.2m. Prefers full sun and good garden soil.

This Aster has a strong growing habit, is mildew resistant and has soft pink flowers in autumn.

Tall stems are dark & strong. Masses of large double powder-blue flowers are produced in late summer and autumn. Like many of the asters it cuts well too.

Aster x frikartii 'Monch' has lovely bright lavender-blue flowers around golden hearts - insects love these, laden with pollen and nectar. It starts to flower in July and goes on & on.

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