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The different textures, tints and tones gives this garden a real depth and quality that changes constantly.
Andy Sturgeon. The Guardian Weekend

Propagation Day: Hands On

2017 date to be announced

Why not join us on our ever popular propagation course on which dozens of keen gardeners have joined us over the years. Participants get the opportunity to hone and expand their propagation skills in one of the most exciting topics of gardening under the expert tutelage of Marchants owner Graham Gough.

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We spend many hours collecting boxes from a number of sources for you to take your plants home in. It is an enormous help therefore if you can provide your own boxes and moreover a sure way of becoming a favourite customer! Many thanks.

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Plant Inventory: Herbaceous Perennials

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
PARAHEBE ‘Snow Clouds’. The spreading mound of tough evergreen leaves is overlayed for months with a non-stop crop of brilliant white, pink-purple eyed flowers. 20cm.

PELARGONIUM. Who could fail to be endeared by these charming subjects, flowering plants par excellence for potwork, each with highly individual scented leaves. Don’t kid yourself they are hardy. They’re not and will need cosseting through winter.
P. ‘Lara Starshine’. Deep, bright pink flowers feathered with purple black, well set off by cut, silvery green, scented foliage.
P. ‘Lord Bute’. Classic old variety, black-purple with paler purple edge. Fab.
P. ‘Old Spice’. Small menthe scented scalloped leaves, pale silver-green and dinky white flowers for months.
P. radula. A super plant with finely incised fresh green foliage. The flowers are small, pink and extremely modest!
P. sidoides. Velvety scalloped silvery leaves, the dark violet-purple flowers, though small, make a resonant statement. Very attractive and almost hardy.
P. ‘Shannon’. Attractive, deeply incised foliage and palest flesh pink flowers with dashing crimson eyelashes on the upper petals.

PENSTEMON. Mainstays of the herbaceous border, with showy tubular flowers. Deep and pale pink, magenta, true blues, reds, etc. colours prevail. Judiciously dead head and you will be rewarded with flowers the summer/autumn long.
*P. ‘Blackbird’. Dark, vinous-purple. 90cm.
*P. ‘Cherry’. Vivid cherry-red flowers all summer/autumn. 60cm.
P. ex ‘Sunburst Amethyst’. Progeny of a lovely plant (coming true to type) with refined foliage and slender, tubular amethyst-purple flowers for months on end. 50cm.
*P. ‘Unamed Cherry Red’. Produces a brilliant and long lasting display of cherry red flowers but with quite different foliage to the form above. 75cm.

*PEROVSKIA atriplicifolia ‘Blue Haze’. The broad, uncut leaves make for a far chunkier plant than the following. Suprisingly uncommon. 120cm.
*P. a.‘Blue Spire’. In a well drained soil the spires of small lavender-blue flowers make a fine vertical accent. Invaluable for its late flowering display. 120cm.

PERSICARIA. Whilst the foliage of the following could not be described as being refined, their flower shape, colour range and extraordinary length of flowering season lift them, for us, onto a very high level. They also partner a wide range of grasses. We have gathered a number of newcomers from the continent and offer several below.
*P. amplexicaulis ‘Alba’. The exception to the rule in providing cool white flower spikes.
P. a. ‘Fine Pink’. Slender spikes, a tad darker than ‘Rosea’ below and thereby fills a useful niche.
Persicaria a. ‘Firedance’. Thin tapers of resonant carmine-red over fresh green foliage through summer and autumn. A sharp eyed Oudolf selection. 120cm.
P. a. ‘Jo & Guido’s Form’. An uncommon form, neither red nor pink and with a distinct hint of salmon in the colour. 1m with us but probably taller in damp soil.
P. a. Lage Zaailing. Another Dutch selection from Hans Kramer, translating (I believe) as ‘short seedling’and at 75cm, short it is. Light rose-red spikes.
*P. a. ‘Rosea’. Upright spikes of small, pale pink flowers held in crimson calyxes creating for weeks a charming two toned effect. Partners Panicum and Miscanthus superbly. 120cm.
P. a. ‘Summer Dance’. Another less frequently seen Oudolf selection coming in rosered. 120cm.
*P. a. ‘Taurus’. A classy Bressingham Gardens introduction, the spikes of vibrant rubyred flowers are the darkest and richest of those we grow. 120cm
*P. polymorpha. A robust but, most importantly, non invasive ‘knotweed’ with a serious flowering intent, the creamy-white plumes produced unabated from June to Oct/Nov. Dusky rose seed heads are a bonus. 2m+.

PHLOMIS russeliana. Bold plush leaves, pale sage green and whorls of typical yellow hooded flowers in tiers make for a pleasantly butch plant. The impeccable seed heads are of great winter interest. 120cm.
*P. tuberosa. An herbaceous plant strong in both character and growth, always drawing favourable comments. Pale lilac hooded flowers are carried in whorls on stiff, blackpurple stems. Good seed heads. Raised from a plant I collected in Armenia in 2004. 120cm.

PHLOX carolina ‘Bill Baker’. Commemorates its introducer, a knowledgable and modest plantsman. Rich pink flowers, long flowering and a formidable constitution make us realise it been missing from our list for too long. 45cm.
PHLOX paniculata. Phlox paniculata provides us with some of the most useful mid to late summer flowering perennial plants, their colour spectrum ranging from white, vicious pinks (as used by the late Christopher Lloyd) to soothing lilac. But it is their scent, pungent and spicy, lingering in the air on a hot, listless days that quintessentially captures the mood of high summer. We offer the following forms, available from June onwards.
P. ‘Blue Paradise’, ‘David’, ‘Forncett Twilight’, ‘Hesperis’, ‘Marchant’s Darkest’, ‘Marchant’s Lilac’, ‘Mount Fuji’, P. paniculata, P. pan. alba, ‘Princess Sturdza’, ‘Reddish Hesperis’, ‘Utopia’, etc.
P. stolonifera. Purple Form. A resilient carpeting woodlander with clusters of large papal purple flowers, paler on their reverse. Early summer. 20cm.

PLATYCODON grandiflorus apoyama albus. Pearly white Campanula like flowers open from seamed and inflated buds, irresistible to pop. At 15cm, a small plant for so sizeable a name.
P. grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’. As above, in blue. Ghastly name, great little plant.

POLYGONATUM falcatum ‘Silver Striped’. A distinct and rare form of P. falcatum with a reasonably clean silvery stripe to the centre of each slender leaf. A collector’s item. 15cm.
P. multiflorum ramosissimum. A gift from a Belgian colleague, the small flowers of this oddball are held on lateral branched stems. The bronze caste to the stems and leaves of early spring is a superb bonus. 60cm.
Polygonatum lasianthum. A gift from plantsman extraordinaire Dan Hinkley, his own Japanese collection with remarkable, if not unique, purple stripes suffusing the newly unfurling leaves. Small creamy, celadon tipped flowers follow. Rare. 30cm.
P. roseum (aff).SBQE 1310. A diminutive Solomon’s Seal from China noted for its sweetly scented tubular rose pink flowers. A gem, but better grown and appreciated in a pot we find. 10cm.

POLYPODIUM cambricum. The polypodies are really great garden plants, easy to grow and requiring only half-decent soil in semi-shade to prosper. The new fronds emerge in late summer and retain a remarkable freshness throughout the autumn and winter months.
P. c. ‘Oakleyae’. The segments are closely stacked together in this form giving the frond a dense and well structured appearance. Very beautiful. 30cm..
P. c. pulcherrimum ‘Dwarf form’. Equally good but a tad shorter than the other forms we grow.
*P. c. ‘Whilharris’. Generally shaggier in its appearance, the lobes of the large 35cm long fronds are also deeply cut, each vaguely resembling a small Christmas tree.
*Polypodium glycyrrhiza. Bold bipinnatifid fronds whose classic, simple line could not be improved upon. The root apparently tastes of liquorice. 45cm.
P. x mantoniae ‘Cornubiense’. A classic fern assumed to be a hybrid. Elegant bipinnatifid fronds taper to a fine point but produces irregular fronds too. Like all polypodies, needs time to show its true character. 30cm.

POLYSTICHUM setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’. A classic selection of the soft shield fern with classic ascending fronds. Fom the German garden of this name. 70cm.
*P. s. plumosodivisilobum. The fronds of the Soft Shield Fern gently curve and are made up of closely tiered pinnae, the whole resembling a wacky designer cushion.

POTENTILLA ‘Flamenco’. Another old cultivar whose sizzling scarlet flowers are sure to get your castanets a’clacking. 30cm.
P. thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’. Deep madder red flowers with a black-maroon eye, the size of a ten-penny piece. Ever gaining a fan club. 50cm.
P. ‘William Rollison’. A cinquefoil whose sprawling stems bear gay, semi-double vermilion-orange flowers, yellow on their reverse. 30cm.

PRIMULA auricula ‘Devon Cream’. Somewhat blowsy, cream-yellow flowers. Very cottagey.
P. a. ‘Hetty Wolf’. A subtle show variety with silver grey flowers. Needs mollycoddling. 10cm.
P. a. ‘Old Mustard’. Deliciously scented, mustard-yellow flowers with a large powdery white eye. Uncommon. 15cm.
P. a. ‘Old Red Elvet’. A gorgeous old show variety – velvety deep crimson red with a large mealy white eye. 15cm.
P. sieboldii lactiflora. A species with downy, pale green leaves and large brilliant white notched flowers in spring. A woodlander from Japan.

PULMONARIA. Groundcover is often a descriptive word attached to the Lungworts. What a drab description for a genus that offers so much more. We hope the leaf variation and flower colour of the following will prove the point.
P. ‘Blue Ensign’. Large flowers, vivid deep blue over unspotted, bottle-green foliage. 25cm. First rate.
Pulmonaria ‘Cotton Cool’. A bold and vigorous newcomer from the States with platinum, spear shaped leaves over 30cm long. The blue and pink flowers are nothing to boast about. 30cm.
*P. ‘Diana Claire’. A P. longifolia hybrid with striking silver-green foliage and large violet-blue flowers. 25cm.
P. longifolia ‘Ankum’. Altogether different, the leaves are long and slender and heavily silver mottled. The flower clusters whilst not large are a brilliant violet-blue. 20cm.
P. ‘Opal’. A hybrid with palest lavender-blue flowers, small but effective, and good spotted leaves. 30cm.

Images at the top of the page are ©Gardens Illustrated / Sharon Pearson