All plants in this category prefer to have moisture freely available at the roots, but the crown not waterlogged. They will not thrive in baskets placed in the pond, though some may tolerate it while growing actively in summer. In an ideal world the water table would lie 10-15cm below ground level, with the surface fairly well drained. Some care needs to be taken to create these conditions in most gardens. Please refer to the advice section.
   
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Actaea Black Negligee
A gorgeous form of Bugbane with purple dissected foliage and plumes of white scented flowers late in the season August to September. Keep only just damp, doesn’t like overly wet locations.
• Height 1.5m
• Part Shade


£5.00
Anemopsis californicum (Apache beads)
Unusual plant with dock-like leaves splashed with red and, in summer, curious cone shaped white flowers also freckled with red.
• Height 30cm
• Full sun

£3.20
Anagallis tenella
A creeping plant with tiny round leaves and pink flowers. Excellent for establishing over pebbles or basket edges at the waters edge.
• Height 1cm
• Spread indefinite
• Sun or part shade
• Plant at water level

£3.00
Angelica sylvestris
A very architectural biennial plant with large crowns of greenish flowers. Short lived; often dies after flowering but you might be lucky and get a second year out of it.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£4.00
Aruncus sylvestris (Goats' beard)
a tall imposing plant with great fluffy plumes of white flowers in midsummer. Prefers some shade.
• Height 2 metres
• Sun or part shade

£3.00
Astilbe (false goats' beard)
a familiar garden plant which likes a damp spot, preferably with a little shade. Available in a rainbow of colours. I keep a few named varieties but sell most as white, pink, red or mauve. To my mind the pinks are a little strident for a water garden but many people like them. Please specify colour required when ordering.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
Astilbe Mauve

• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
Astilbe Pink

• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
Astilbe Red

• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
Astilbe White

• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£2.80
Astilboides tabularis
Previously Rodgersia tabularis, this is a fabulous plant for damp dappled shade, with huge felty circular light green leaves to 50cm across and sprays of white flowers in May/June.
• Height 50cm - slowly
spreading
• Best in humusy, not too
wet conditions

£5.00
Caltha leptosepala
This American species is rarely offered and has white flowers made up of sepals, flowering in Spring but occasionally thereafter.
• Height 30cm
• Slowly clumping
• Full sun or part shade

£5.00
Chelone obliqua (turtlehead)
a little seen plant with pink snapdragon flowers, flowering late – usually August to September - always a useful feature in a water garden. Dark green foliage sets the flowers off wonderfully. Alba is the white form though I am out of stock of this at present.
• Height 60cm
• Full sun or part shade

£4.00
Darmera
see Peltiphyllum
 
£2.80
Digitalis purpurea (foxglove)
so commonly available that I don't keep it in pots; bare root plants are available in Spring and Autumn for native planting schemes.

£2.80
Eupatorium (hemp agrimony)
a simply fantastic plant for bees and butterflies - every garden should have some. E cannabinum is our native one, seen flowering in hedgerows in late summer. E purpureum (pictured)is a better garden form, with stronger coloured and bigger flowers. E rugosum 'Chocolate' has simply delicious purple-green foliage, but alas, the flowers aren't as good; smaller, paler and less dense.
• Height 120cm
• Full sun or part shade

£3.00
 
Filipendula aurea
The golden leaved form of Filipendula, striking yellow new foliage, retaining its colour till mid season. Not too wet, not too sunny. Like all Filipendulas, can be prone to mildew if it gets too dry.
• Height 100cm
• Part Shade

£4.00
Filipendula Kahome
Particularly attractive light green foliage coupled with bright rose pink flowers sets this one apart.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£4.00
         
Filipendula variegata
This cultivar has leaves with yellow variegation on a dark green background. Cut out non-variegated shoots which can otherwise take over.
• Height 80cm
• Full sun or part shade

£4.00
Filipendula rubra 'venusta'
is a fine selection of F rubra with large fluffy flowers in a strong pink. Tall, but doesn’t need staking – always a bonus in my book.
• Height 200cm
• Full sun

£3.20
Filipendula ulmaria (meadowsweet)
Another familiar native with great wildlife value. Fluffy white flowers in July atop dissected foliage attract all manner of insects. Spreads happily so not really suitable for small areas. F purpurea has pink/purple flowers.
• Height 1 metre
• Full sun

£2.80
Gomphostigma virgatum
An unusual plant in that it is damp loving and grey leaved. Willow like grey leaves on open shrubby stems support white flowers. Possibly not hardy enough for northern areas.
• Height 1 metre
• Full sun

£3.20
Gunnera cordifolia
A mini creeping plant with succulent dark green heart shaped leaves, just about hardy but not suitable for below minus 5C.
• Height 2cm
• Indefinate spread
• Sun or part shade

£4.00
Gunnera manicata
A complete contrast to the above, being the largest herbaceous plant there is. Leaves can reach 2.4 metres across and all this is produced in one season, dying back to a crown in winter. Brazilian in origin, but hardy to about minus 5, so protect from severe frosts with a straw or bracken mulch. Keep crown above water level or it will rot in winter.
• Height 3 metres
• Spread 6 metres
• Sun or part shade

-manicata
£4.00
Gunnera magellanica
The toughest of the mini-gunneras with crinkled round mid green leaves. Can be used as a marginal if the leaves are not submerged.
• Height 5cm
• Indefinate spread
• Sun or part shade

£2.80
Gunnera monoica Bronze
Another creeping form with bronze coloured roughly triangular crinkled leaves.
• Height 2cm
• Indefinate spread
• Sun or part shade

£4.00
Gunnera perpensa
The only one lying somewhere between the huge ones and the mini species, being 30cm tall with leaves very similar to Caltha. This does have very attractive deep purple tail-like flowers.
• Height 30cm
• Indefinate spread
• Sun or part shade

£4.00
Gunnera prorepens
This mini species has grey-green slightly puckered leaves and very attractive mini candles of bright red berries in summer.
• Height 2cm
• Indefinate spread
• Sun or part shade

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Gunnera tinctoria
This is the other large species, from Chile rather than Brazil, and not much smaller than G manicata. Leaves tend to be more funnel-shaped and the buds more highly coloured, but otherwise looks much the same.
• Height 2.4 metres
• Spread 5 metres
• Sun or part shade

Out of
Stock
Hesperantha alba
The white flowered form of the handily late flowering kaffir lily, often flowering into December and extending the season. Flowers are often pinkish rather than true white
• Height 60cm
• Full sun

£4.00
Hesperantha coccinea (Kaffir lily)
A great plant for extending the flowering into autumn. Available in red, pink and white hues, this bulb is easy to grow in any soil.
• Height 60cm
• Any soil in sun

£4.00
Hesperantha Mrs Hegarty
Pink flowers, otherwise as above
• Height 60cm
• Full sun

£4.00
Hosta
so well known they need no introduction, so widely available that I don’t keep a large selection. Please enquire. I currently have Albomarginata; Gold Standard, Great Expectations and Twilight.

£3.20
Inula Magnifica
I. magnifica has large triangular felty light green leaves from which emerge flowering stems reaching to 3 metres, covered with large yellow daisy flowers in July. A great plant, too big for small gardens but good at the back of a deep border.

• Height 2 - 3 metres
• Sun or part shade

Out of
Stock
Inula Racemosa
is even bigger, with coarser lance-shaped leaves and reaching over 3 metres.

• Height 2 - 3 metres
• Sun or part shade

Out of
Stock
Iris chrysographes
This Iris has fine narrow leaves and the darkest black-purple flowers in June. Not as tall as most of my other Iris at about 60cm.

• Height 60cm
• Sun or and not too wet

£5.00
Iris ensata
there are a vast number of cultivars of this lovely plant, many are Japanese in origin. Almost all flower in June or July in the UK, flowering is brief but spectacular. No water garden area would be complete without at least a few Iris. I keep many more varieties than listed here, sometimes I may have only one or two plants so they don't make it on to the list - please enquire. In addition to the basic purple flowered species and its variegated version, the following are usually available:

£2.80
Hybrids(my selection)
Azamu Kagami


£3.20
Centre of Interest

£3.20
Darling

£3.20
Electric Rays

£3.20
Fortune

£3.20
Gracieuse

£3.20
Hercule

£3.20
Jocasta

£3.20
Kogesho

£3.20
Kumo no Obi

£3.20
Kuma Funjin

£3.20
Loyalty

£3.20
Momogasumi

£3.20
Oku Banri

£3.20
Rose Queen

£3.20
Royal Banner

£3.20
Sensation

£3.20
Spontanea

£3.20
         
White Ladies

£3.20
Wine Ruffles

£3.20
Iris sibirica
these have been hybridised to almost the same degree as I ensata. The basic species is blue flowered, but flowers in many colours have been developed. I keep:

Blue King

£3.20
Butter and Sugar

£3.20
Caesar's Brother

£3.20
Golden Edge

£3.20
Perrys Blue

£3.20
Ruffled Velvet

£3.20
Sparkling Rose

£3.20
Snow Queen

£3.20
White Swirl

£3.20
 
 
 
     
   
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