Store | Perennials | Various PERENNIALS A-C
Westcountry Nurseries offers a large range of hardy herbaceaous perennails for borders and gardens.
The perennials listed below are all, in our opinion excellent garden plants, which perform consistently without falling victim to a large range of pests or diseases or keeling over at the first sign of frost. Due to lack of space we have to overwinter a lot of plants outside and therefore they are subjected to all the elements. If they survive in their pots we consider them good performers! PLANTS ARE OFFERED IN 9CM/3" POTS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Bugbane. Slender, bottlebrush-like, pale white flowers in September/October above clumps of diamond shaped dark purple leaves. Part shade, moist soil. Eventual Ht 180cm/5'. Sold in 9cm pots.
(Labiatae/Laminaceae) Genus of about 40 species, usually rhizomatous perennial evergreen or semi-evergreen. Good ground cover especially in moist conditions. Found in shady habitats throughout temperate Europe and Asia. Attractive leaves are opposite and entire. Two -lipped, tubular, usually blue flowers are produced in whorls from spring to early summer. Foliage may scorch in full sun. A. reptans will tolerate poor soils. Leaves richly coloured with silver and wine. Flowers April to July. Eventual Ht 23cm/9". Plants sold in 9cm pots.
(Rosaceae). Lady's mantle. Genus of about 250 species found in meadows and light woodland, some from rocky habitats in N. temperate and arctic zones and from mountain regions in tropical Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Perennial with sprays of tiny greenish yellow flowers with conspicuous outer calyces in summer. Silky haired leaves. Clump forming good for borders, large rock garden or wildflower garden. Lovely with cut flower sweet peas. Sun or part shade, not boggy but any moist, humus rich soil. Can be dried. Eventual Ht 30cm/1'. Sold in 9cm pots
These tall plants have a bristly, hairy texture rather like comfrey, while the blue flowers are held well above the leaves and shine out at the back of a border. 'Loddon Royalist' has strong tough stems and does not need staking, making it a useful alternative to delphiniums. Sun best. Eventual Ht 90cm/3'. Sold in 9cm pots
(Apiaceae/Umbelliferae) Genus of 50 species of herbaceous perennials, mainly from damp woodland, meadows, fens and streambanks in the Northern hemisphere. Unusual plant with large green leaves flowering with a purple cauliflower like head late July/August. Deep, fertile, loamy, moist best in sun or part shade. Ht 1.2m/4'. Sold in 9cm pots
(Apiaceae/Umbelliferae) Cow Parsley, Queen Anne's Lace. Genus of about 12 species of perennials from grassland, wasteland and light woodland in temperate regions of the N. hemisphere. The purple form of cow parsley has rich dark foliage with two or three pinnate, finely divided purple leaves and tiny white flowers with pink bracts in umbels mid spring to early summer. Attractive meadow plant. Well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Eventual Ht 1m/3. Sold in 9cm pots
(Brassicaceae/Cruciferae) Rock cress. Genus of 120 species of robust, evergreen perennials mostly from rocky, mountainour areas of Europe, Asia and North America. Mat or cushion forming so excellent for groundcover and on rockery gardens. Branching, often woody based stems. Leaves are simple, toothed or entire, sometimes hairy. Small, cruciform 4-petalled white to purple flowers borne in racemes. Good for crevice plantings in a retaining wall. Trim after flowering to maintain compactness. Double white flowers early spring April. Unusual form. Trailing habit. Sold in 9cm pots
(Caryophyllaceae) Corsican Sandwort. Genus of about 160 species of mat forming groundcover, often evergreen. From mountainous, arctic and temperate regions of the N. hemisphere. Opposite pairs of small, linear to ovate leaves. From W. Mediterranean islands.Tiny white 5-petalled flowers mid April onwards. Mat forming groundcover, evergreen shiny light green foliage. Good for rockeries, screes and crevices. Well drained, moist, sandy, poor soils in sun or part shade. Eventual Ht 5cm/2". Sold in 9cm pots
Deep mauve flowering in April. Good for trailing over walls. Any site or soil. Eventual Ht 10cm/4". Sold in 9cm pots
(Leguminosae/Papillionaceae) False indigo, Wild indigo Genus of 20 plus species of erect or spreading summer flowering perennials, grown for pea like flowers. Occur in dry woodland and grassland in E. and S. USA with a few in river valleys. Best not disturbed once planted. Dark grey seedpods may be used for winter decoration. Good for dry sunny bank. Semi shrub of pea family. Rich blue flowers from June. Netural to acid. Eventual Ht 75cm/2.5'. Sold in 9cm pots
(Ranunculaceae) Kingcup, Marsh marigold. Genus of about 10 species of rhizomatous, marshland or marginal aquatic deciduous perennial plants. Widespread in temperate and cold regions of the N. hemisphere. Leaves are heart or kidney shaped. Cup shaped yellow flowers in spring before the dense clumps of foliage appear. A second flush of flower is often produced in summer. Grows in wet, boggy places, such as marshes, fens, ditches and wet woods. It becomes most luxuriant in partial shade. Stems are hollow. The flowers are yellow, many yellow stamens in early spring to late summer. Eventual Ht 80cm/3'. Sold in 9cm pots
Very double variety of Marsh Marigold. Synonymous with Caltha palustris plena. Eventual Ht 60cm/2'. Sold in 9cm pots
Bronzy foliage, purple thistle-like flowers June. Sun. Eventual Ht 80cm/2.5'. Sold in 9cm pots
Tough hardy perennial with pure white bell flowers. Humus rich soil. Eventual ht 15cm/6". Sold in 9cm pots
Lily of the Valley. Variegated leaves have cream stripes and white flowers. Humus rich soil. Eventual ht 15cm/6". Sold in 9cm pots
Lily of the Valley, delicate pink bell flowers April/May. Eventual ht 23cm/10". Sold in 9cm pots
(Asteraceae/Compositae) Tickseed. Genus of 80 -100 species of hairless or soft hairy perennials, grown for their yellow or pink daisy like heads. Good as cut flower. They occur on prairies and in woodland in North and Central America and Mexico. Most have upright stems with opposite leaves. Bright pink, yellow centered, daisy like flowers from summer and well into autumn. Sun or part shade. Suitable for borders on well drained but moisture retentive soils or can be container grown. Eventual Ht 25cm/10". Sold in 9cm pots
Rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, forming mat of oval leaves. White flowers late spring followed by red berries. Sun or part shade. Eventual ht 15cm/6". Sold in 9cm pots
Clusters of scented pale yellow flowers Aug to May (overwinter). Greyish leaves. Eventual Ht to 1m/3'. Sold in 9cm pots
Soft-leaved silver foliage, covered with yellow button-like flowers on fine stems early summer. Alpine, forming low cushion. Good for rock garden. Eventual Ht 10cm/4". Sold in 9cm pots