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Equisetum hyemale (Dutch rush, barred horsetail)
Unusual primitive looking plant with black and light green horizontal banding. Not as horrendously spreading as its terrestrial counterpart and can be controlled by pulling unwanted canes. Best confined in a large pot.
• Height 120-180cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-10cm deep.
£2.80
Eriophorum angustifolium (Narrow leaved cotton grass)
Cute low growing grass with cottony tufts of flowers in midsummer. Useful native for wet areas.

• Height 50cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.80
Eriophorum latifolium (broad leaved cotton grass)
A variety of cotton grass with broader leaves but essentially similar to the above. Height 50cm, Full sun or part shade, plant 0-5cm deep.

• Height 50cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£3.20
Eriophorum russeolum (Bronze cotton grass)
Cottony flowers are an attractive russet colour, otherwise as above.


• Height 30cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep.

£3.20
Eriophorum vaginatum (Hare’s tail cotton grass)
Native plant with nodding tufts of cotton wool-like seeds.


• Height 40-60cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep.

£3.20
Geum rivale (Water avens)
Another useful native plant with curious purple-brown drooping flowers, followed by spidery seed heads. Prefers some shade, grows to 50cm high and forms clumps. Will seed into damp soil.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.80
3 for £7.50
Glyceria aquatica (Manna grass)
Very vigorous native plant, basically a grass on steroids, useful for large wildlife habitat or bank reinforcement. Not suitable for garden ponds.
• Height 120cm
• Any Position
• Plant 0-20cm deep

£2.80
Glyceria aquatica variegata (variegated manna grass)
If you have this in a garden pond, you most likely wish you hadn’t, but it has temptingly green and pink variegated foliage in Spring. Can grow to 1.5 metres, indefinite spread. The plain green form is even more invasive and is widely used by river authorities to prevent bank erosion. My advice is to steer clear unless you have plenty of room.
• Height 90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£2.80
Gratiola officinalis (water snowflake, hedge hyssop)
spreading lax stems support many white flowers in late Spring through summer. Easy and non invasive.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£3.20
Houttuynia cordata (orange peel plant)
a rampant spreader if there ever was one, but its merits include aromatic and attractive foliage and plentiful double white flowers in Summer. Will grow just about anywhere. Be sure you really like it before you plant it.
• Height 30cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.80
3 for £7.50
Houttuynia cordata Chameleon (Harlequin plant)
The even more attractive red, cream and white variegated version. Nowhere near as invasive as its cousin above and a much safer choice. Plant just above water level.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£2.80
IRIS: A huge group of rhizomatous plants. These are more often wrongly situated in a water garden than any other plant. Broadly, there are two groups of water loving Iris; the true water irises, including Iris laevigata (rabbit ear or Japanese Water Iris), Iris pseudacorus and its cultivars, our native yellow flag, Iris versicolor, the blue American Iris and the Louisiana irises. These are all happy to grow with water over the crown year round, though they are almost equally happy in damp soil. Then there are the damp loving irises such as Iris ensata and Iris sibirica of which there are very many varieties. These do not like being permanently wet, although they will tolerate it while they are growing strongly in Summer. However, they will rot if wet in winter, preferring simply damp soil conditions. These are listed separately under moisture loving plants. All Irises bloom in Spring, generally May to June, for quite a short period, but their impact is unsurpassed. Strong upright dark green foliage sets off other plants well. I pseudacorus will tolerate a fair degree of shade. Named varieties need dead-heading or the basic type will establish from seed and overtake the variety. All grow to 60-90cm tall and are fairly unfussy about soil; plant in sun for best flowering.
Iris laevigata (Rabbit ear Iris)
This is a difficult plant to propagate and losses on transplantation can be high. I will supply healthy well grown plants but I cannot accept responsibility for losses on this one. Even though this is a true water Iris I have had much more success when growing it above water level. Only available in small numbers.

£8.00
Iris laevigata albopurpurea
a white flowered form. Similar otherwise.


£8.00
Iris laevigata Colchesterii
White petals heavily blotched and mottled with purplish blue at the edges.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

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Iris laevigata 'Mottled Beauty'
An attractive form with flowers of a white background variably splashed with blue.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep


£5.00
Iris laevigata Snowdrift
an improved white form with six petals and a yellow throat marking.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep
£5.00
Iris laevigata Variegata
strong white stripes last all summer, blue flowers in May/June. Essential pond plant.
• Height 50cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep
£6.00
Iris louisiana: a vigorous semi-evergreen Iris which may not be reliably hardy in northern UK winters but should overwinter fine without protection in the South.
Iris louisiana Ann Chowning
Unusual colouration for an Iris, being largely brick red.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£5.00
Iris Louisiana lost label
large healthy plants of unknown parentage; an economic way to purchase
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.50
3 for £5.00
Iris louisiana Black Gamecock
A large Iris with deep purple flowers.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£2.80
Iris louisiana Heather Stream
This one has a strong mid blue flower colour
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£4.00
Iris Louisiana Her Highness
white flowers
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£4.00
Iris Louisiana Spicy Cajun
Rather similar to Black Gamecock
• Height 100cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10cm deep

£4.00
Iris pseudacorus
Our native yellow flag. Grows to about 1.5 metres, will take up to 50cm of water over the crown once established. Other varieties are better suited to small ponds, being less thuggish and more floriferous.

• Height 120cm
• Sun or shade
• Plant 0-30cm deep
£2.50
Iris pseudacorus Bastardii
charmingly named variety with pale creamy yellow flowers.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£4.00
Iris pseudacorus Berlin Tiger
a less vigorous cultivar with flowers striped strongly in bronze on yellow. After many years of growing this rather weak variety I have concluded that it is better treated as a damp loving iris and not a true water iris.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0cm deep

£4.00
Iris pseudacorus Crème de la Crème
flowers are creamy white, again not as vigorous as the species.

• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-5cm deep

£4.00
Iris pseudacorus flore pleno
a double yellow form.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£4.00
Iris pseudacorus Holden Clough
This cultivar is similar to Berlin Tiger but seems more robust, with a netted brown pattern on a yellow ground. Height 70cm, Full sun, Plant 0-5cm deep.

• Height 70cm
• Full Sun
• Plant 0-5cm deep
£5.00
Iris pseudacorus variegata
fantastic cream and green variegation in new growth, fading slowly to green as the season progresses.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep

£3.20
Iris versicolor (American blue Iris)
smaller flowers than I laevigata but more of them, on a more vigorous plant altogether.
• Height 60-90cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0-15cm deep
£3.20
Iris versicolor Kermesina
a purple flowered version, quite strong and recommended.
• Height 40cm
• Full sun or part shade
• Plant 0 cm deep

£4.00
Iris versicolor Mysterious Monique
This cultivar has the deepest purple velvety flowers with gold and yellow accents. Rather less vigorous than some.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10 cm deep

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Iris versicolor Pasifica
Another new cultivar, taller and with lighter blue flowers than the species. A good strong and vigorous plant.
• Height 120cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10 cm deep

£4.00
Iris versicolor Rowden Cadenza
a robust plant whose flowers have strong claret veining on a white background. A most attractive combination.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£7.00
Iris versicolor Rowden Concerto
A tall and strong plant with deep purple/blue flowers and violet standards.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£7.00
Iris x robusta Dark Aura
A new variety somewhat similar to Purple Fan; growth starts all deep purple and leaves slowly develop green streaking which dominates by the end of the season. Flowers are held on purple stems and are similar to those of Gerald Darby.
• Height 100cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10cm deep
£4.00
Iris x robusta Gerald Darby
Rather like a bigger and better I versicolor with slightly darker and much larger flowers. The real bonus is the heavy purple markings on the foliage.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5 cm deep

£4.00
Iris x versicolor Regal Surprise
Another strong and tall Iris with broad petals of amethyst purple with yellow throat markings and lighter purple standards.
• Height 90cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£6.00
Iris virginica Pink Perfection
New for 2014, an American species with lilac coloured flowers and yellow throat accents.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun
• Plant 0-10 cm deep
£4.00
 
JUNCUS: The familiar family of rushes. Tend to be rather too vigorous for a small pond or bog garden, but very useful on a larger scale and good for wildlife. Also have the benefit of being more or less evergreen.
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
the most common native rush, good habitat plant but not for small ponds.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus effusus Spiralis (Corkscrew rush)
interesting curly foliage to 30cm high. 0-5cm deep.
• Height 40cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus decipiens Curly Wurly
miniature corkscrew rush, useful for small ponds, to 10cm high.
• Height 20cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
Out of Stock
Juncus ensifolius (flying hedgehogs)
when you see the flowers, you'll understand!
• Height 90cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
Juncus inflexus (hard rush)
attractive blue-green foliage. 0-5cm deep.
 
• Height 90cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
3 for £7.50
Juncus inflexus Afro
a spiral leaved sport of the above, at its best in Spring.
 
• Height 40cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£3.20
Juncus maritimus (Sea rush)
suitable for brackish situations.
 
• Height 40cm
• Full sun & part shade
• Plant 0-5 cm deep
£2.80
3 for £7.50
 
   
 
     
   
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