Hardy perennials are the backbone of most British gardens - The RHS have listed a few favourites, which we have available to buy straight from our nursery:-
Hosta sieboldiana var. Elegans- Bold and Striking
With its huge, heart-shaped leaves, this hosta makes a dramatic full stop at a woodland edge and contrasts beautifully with ferns and other foliage. Once established, its striking layers of large blue-grey leaves work well at suppressing surrounding weeds. Spikes of bell-shaped lilac flowers appear in late summer. Hostas are a particular favourite for slugs and snails, so make sure you protect against them.
Alchemilla mollis- An old favourite
‘Lady’s Mantle’ is incredibly versatile and can tolerate a range of adverse growing conditions. It is low maintenance and is great for providing ground cover or for lining a pathway. Alchemilla mollis is mostly valued for its appearance, with its scalloped, bright green leaves which catch and hold droplets of water. These water droplets were once thought to possess healing properties, hence its name which translates from Arabic to ‘little magical one’.
Convallaria majalis- Cottage garden must-have
It is often said that once your Convallaria majalis has established itself, it will continue to grow in that spot forever. Also known as Lily of the valley, this perennial gives off a delicately sweet fragrance. It forms extensive colonies of nodding, bell-shaped white flowers, ideal for groundcover and perfectly suited for a traditional cottage garden.
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’-vivid Colour
‘Coronation Gold’, has flat heads of vivid golden-yellow flowers which are incredibly eye catching. This variety of yarrow can grow up to 1m tall and is perfect for filling gaps in borders. They will tolerate all soil types except very heavy, wet clay.
Dicentra spectabilis- Arching and elegant
It may have a new name,‘Lamprocapnos spectabilis’, but this bleeding heart is an old fashioned favourite. It is one of the earliest perennials to flower but its foliage dies back after flowering so is best mixed amongst other summer flowering plants. When grown in clumps, its dainty rose-pink, heart-shaped flowers and fern-like foliage will bring a touch of elegance to your beds and borders.
Sedum 'Herbstfreude' (‘Autumn Joy’) - Low maintenance
‘Herbstfreude’ translates literally to ‘Autumn Joy’ and it’s easy to see why. Flat topped flower heads are made up of densely clustered buds with tiny star-shaped, raspberry-pink flowers in autumn. These turn a darker shade of pink and almost copper up to winter when they die, but remain attractive, adding some winter interest. ‘Herbstfreude’ is greatly attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. They thrive in full sun and are great when planted en masse, adding colour and structure to your garden. Aside from a tidy up in spring, they are almost maintenance free and will tolerate almost all soil types.