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Manor Farm Perennial Plants

Achillea millefolium 'Desert Eve Red'

Achillea millefolium 'Desert Eve Red'

An ornamental red flowered yarrow

Plant Price:
£4.10
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This perennial Achillea is a compact variety with shorter stems (up to 40cm) and long lasting flowers.

It has silvery green leaves and wide flat flowerheads made up of lots of tiny brick-red florets each with a bright yellow centre. The flowers are produced from early in the summer onwards and are popular with both flower arrangers and gardeners alike. Great for pollinators — they will attract bees and butterflies to your garden!

The plants will combine well with herbs in your garden, planted to give a colourful lift to foliage plants throughout the summer. They also look great in mixed flower beds and borders, and planted as specimens in containers.

They grow best in dry areas, gravel gardens and rockeries, much like most of the mediterranean herbs, and are maintenance free and easy to grow with minimal watering required.


Achillea millefolium 'Summer Fruits Lemon'

Achillea millefolium 'Summer Fruits Lemon'

An ornamental pale yellow flowered yarrow

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£4.10
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Another perennial Achillea with green serrated foliage and masses of flat clusters of yellow blooms. This is a compact variety suitable for all gardens reaching no more than 1 m high, making a clump which will gradually spread to 50 – 60 cm wide in a few years.

It is a long flowering plant providing months of summer colour year after year. The flowers start from early summer — the flower heads are made up of lots of lemon yellow florets each with a darker yellow centre. Great for pollinators — they will attract bees and butterflies to your garden!

Achillea 'Summer Fruits Lemon' will combine well with herbs in your garden, planted to give a colourful lift to foliage plants throughout the summer. They also look great in mixed flower beds and borders, and planted as specimens in containers. They combine particularly well with blue flowering salvias and also the coloured sages like purple and Icterina and other blue and purple flowering plants.

They grow best in dry areas, gravel gardens and rockeries, much like most of the mediterranean herbs, and are maintenance free and easy to grow with minimal watering required.


Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller'

Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller'

An improved form of Lady's Mantle

Plant Price:
£4.10
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Alchemilla is a hardy perennial coming back to flower every year. This is a popular and traditional cottage garden plant with soft green fan shaped foliage which catches any raindrops or dew making it sparkle as if the leaves are full of jewels.

This improved form — 'Thriller' — is more upright and with larger foliage than the ordinary species Lady's Mantle. The height and spread are up to 50cm when in flower. The blooms are a bright lime-green and scented with honey. They are full of nectar which makes them a magnet for pollinating insects.

Planted en masse Alchemilla is very eye catching when in full bloom, and combines well if planted underneath roses as ground cover. It looks great in contrast with purple and deep red foliage plants such as purple sage or dark leaved Heucheras. The solid clumps of foliage set off feathery foliage plants such as fennel, and look good punctuated by slender leaves of iris and hemerocallis.


Armeria juniperifolia Alba

Armeria juniperifolia Alba

An unusual white flowered cultivar of the common pink thrift

Plant Price:
£4.10
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This is an excellent dwarf alpine plant making tiny mounds of dense needle like leaves as suggested by its name. Neat white pom poms of flower are held on stiff upright stems in late spring and early summer.

The maximum height is only 8 cm when in flower and it will spread slowly to make a mound up to 10 cm across but this may take several years.

It is brilliant as a mixer and makes an attractive container plant in a trough or shallow sink. Plant with all of our drought loving herbs such as the ever popular creeping thymes, rosemary and grow in rockeries, walls or paving.

Do bear in mind that this is quite a slow growing plant, so take care that it doesn't get swamped by more vigorous growing varieties.


Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x gigantea)

Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x gigantea)

A vigorous and showy from of the common catmint

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£4.10
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This is a fast growing aromatic perennial, a special form of the well known, common catmint.

The foliage is a light grey green with deep veining on the young leaves and it forms a dense weed suppressing mound. Once established it can grow to make a bush up to 1 metre in height and spread when in flower.

In June and July masses of short spikes of lavender blue flowers are produced, each made up of masses of tiny florets. The flowers are a magnet to bees and also the foliage is extremely popular with cats, who love to roll and chew at it. If you have cats in the garden it is best to insert a few twiggy sticks throughout the plant to deter them from flattening it!

The flowers spikes also make a great cut flower, lasting in a vase for a good length of time and contrasting well with single blooms like roses.

It prefers a sunny position in moist, well draining soil and once established is quite drought tolerant. The leaf colour in spring is superb and contrasts well with the oranges and yellows of the spring flowering bulbs, and as it grows will cover the unsightly leaves of the bulbs as they die back.

It looks marvellous in a sunny border grown with other silver leaved plants and also with blue flowering plants like the Salvias as a complement to the foliage.

The aromatic foliage, with its strong, almost lemony scent, make it popular for edging paths where the scent can be released as you brush past.


Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'

Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'

A brightly flowered cultivar of the popular Maiden Pink

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£4.10
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This is a striking perennial pink which is easy to grow and flowers in the first year. The plants are dwarf with dark green pointed foliage which forms a mat just 15 – 20 cm high. Like all Dianthus they need full sun and a well drained soil with grit or gravel incorporated if possible.

From early summer onwards they are smothered in dainty white flowers each with a glowing crimson centre. After flowering the plants can be cut back and this can encourage further flowers later in the summer.

These plants are ideal for all dry situations, for instance rockeries, gravel gardens, walls and containers. They make a good ground cover at the front of the flower border and combine beautifully with silver leaved plants. Dianthus are also an excellent ground cover under pale pink flowered roses. A particularly striking combination is with the pink and white splashed foliage of Rosa 'Mundi' – an old fashioned shrub rose.

The petals taste of cloves and are traditionally used in cakes. They are also great in savoury dishes like sauces and salads.


Digitalis purpurea 'Castor Cream'

Digitalis purpurea 'Castor Cream'

A distinctive foxglove with creamy coloured flowers

Available Spring 2019.

This Digitalis, like all foxgloves, is a biennial or short lived perennial, flowering in its second year.

It makes a rosette of dark green, hairy leaves and in summer there are upright spikes of buttery cream flowers each with maroon spots inside each flower. It can be up to 80 cm tall.

This lovely variety is a cottage garden favourite and will self seed if you leave the seed pods in place after flowering. It prefers partial shade but will grow in a sunny position as well. Try growing it with blue flowered polemoniums, interspersed amongst pink roses or between perennial geraniums especially those with a pink or lilac flower.


Digitalis Castor Peach

Digitalis Castor Peach

A distinctive foxglove with delightful peach coloured flowers

Plant Price:
£4.10
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This Digitalis, like all foxgloves, is a biennial or short lived perennial, flowering in its second year.

It makes a rosette of dark green, hairy leaves and in summer there are upright spikes of peach coloured flowers. It can be up to 80cm tall.

This lovely variety is a cottage garden favourite and will self seed if you leave the seed pods in place after flowering. It prefers partial shade but will grow in a sunny position as well. Try growing it with blue flowered polemoniums, interspersed amongst pink roses or between perennial geraniums especially those with a pink or lilac flower.


Echinacea purpurea 'Primadonna White'

Echinacea purpurea 'Primadonna White'

A brilliant white flowered form of the common coneflower

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£4.10
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This is a lovely pure white form of the more common purple echinacea. It is a hardy perennial, returning bigger and better each year, with large single daisy like flowers. Each flower is borne on a sturdy stem and can be up to 8 – 10 cm across with slightly drooping petals reflexed back from a bright orangy–green central cone.

The overall height when in flower is up to 80cm with a base of narrow, veined green leaves. Flowering begins in late spring for established clumps and can continue on and off until late. summer.

Plant in well drained, fertile soil in a sunny spot in the border and add plenty of compost when planting out.

White echinacea look lovely planted in drifts in the border and mix well with ornamental grasses and the upright purple–blue veronicas. They also look great in a rockery or gravel garden where the upright flower stems provide a good contrast to lower growing specimens.


Geum x chiloense 'Lady Stratheden'

Geum x chiloense 'Lady Stratheden'

Also commonly known as Geum 'Goldball'

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£4.10
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This Geum is a herbaceous perennial with evergreen or semi-evergreen leaves to provide garden. interest throughout the year. The foliage is attractively glossy and slightly hairy with a fresh green colour.

The panicles of blooms appear from late June onwards, on arching stems, each reaching up to 50 cm in height. The flowers are semi-double and a bright zesty yellow that contrasts well with the bright green leaves. If trimmed back promptly after flowering new fresh growth will appear along with more flowers right through until September.

These are front of the border plants which are happy in partial shade. Mix them with violas, lime green Alchemilla and Euphorbias, and the bronzy coloured Heucheras.


Helianthemum nummularium 'Ben Ledi'

Helianthemum nummularium 'Ben Ledi'

A rose pink flowered Rock Rose

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£4.10
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Rock roses are really versatile little perennials. They grow as a dwarf evergreen shrub with a height of only 20 cm and a spread of up to 30 cm.

The variety 'Ben Ledi' has glossy green foliage and rosy pink flowers with a distinct yellow centre.

They are hardy and evergreen in most areas except maybe exposed northern parts, but do require well drained soil to get through any wet winter weather. They are ideal to grow in a hot sunny site at the front of the border, in a rock or gravel garden, or as an attractive container plant. Give them a light trim after flowering to maintain their shape.

They mix well with all of our drought loving herbs such as the ever popular creeping thymes, rosemary and look great planted in front of our Artemesia 'Powis Castle', and indeed with a whole range of silver leaved plants.


Helianthemum nummularium 'Fireball'

Helianthemum nummularium 'Fireball'

A bright scarlet flowered variety of Rock Rose

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£4.10
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Rock roses are really versatile little perennials. They grow as a dwarf evergreen shrub with a height of only 20 cm and a spread of up to 30 cm.

The variety 'Fireball' has glossy green foliage and bright scarlet flowers which have ruffled double petals and a tiny yellow centre.

They are hardy and evergreen in most areas except maybe exposed northern parts, but do require well drained soil to get through any wet winter weather. They are ideal to grow in a hot sunny site at the front of the border, in a rock or gravel garden, or as an attractive container plant. Give them a light trim after flowering to maintain their shape.

They mix well with all of our drought loving herbs such as the ever popular creeping thymes, rosemary and look great planted in front a whole range of silver leaved plants.


Lamium maculatum 'Gold Anniversary'

Lamium maculatum 'Gold Anniversary'

A showy and unusual form of the spotted dead nettle

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£4.10
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Lamium is a excellent choice for attractive, low maintenance ground cover. 'Gold Anniversary' is an outstanding variety with heart shaped green leaves, marked with a silvery band down the middle of each and a conspicuous intense gold edge to each leaf, forming a thick mat of attractive foliage.

The flowers are set up the flowering stem as in the common dead nettle, but are a bright pinky lavender colour, flowering mainly in the spring but also off and on throughout the summer and autumn.

It will spread up to 45 cm given time and reaches a height of 10 – 15 cm when in flower. It prefers sun or partial shade and is quite happy in dry conditions once established.

It looks great planted in mixed containers and makes a useful and attractive ground cover at the front of a border


Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'

A more compact and bronze leaf form of Yellow Loosestrife

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£4.10
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This is a dramatic and colourful cultivar of a native North American wildflower, awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) for its many desirable qualities.

It is an easily grown and fully hardy, herbaceous perennial which will give garden appeal from very early spring when the first deep purple shoots appear, right around until early autumn when flowering finally finishes.

Tall leafy stems are covered with elegant pointed leaves which are dark purple bronze in colour especially early in the season. These grow up to 1m in height depending on the situation and are sturdy and robust, only needing support in the windiest of situations.

From July onwards the tops of the stems are covered with pale lemon coloured flowers which contrast attractively with the deep coloured foliage.

The plant does best in rich moist soil which is not water logged, in either full sun or part shade. When planting it is good to incorporate plenty of organic matter and the plants will benefit from a mulch each spring with the same. In good conditions Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' will spread to make a sizeable clump, but is not invasive like the more common yellow loosestrife – Lysimachia punctata.

It is ideal for planting in beds and borders or amongst shrubs, and contrasts well with silvery foliage plants or with bright red or orange flowered neighbours.

It looks great interplanted with late flowering tulips, where it’s developing foliage will effectively mask the bulb leaves as they die back.

Both the foliage and flowering stems are good as a cut flower as they are longlasting and upright.


Polemonium viscosum 'Blue Whirl'

Polemonium viscosum 'Blue Whirl'

A compact form of Jacob’s Ladder with lavender-blue flowers

Plant Price:
£4.10
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This is an easy to grow perennial, which is tolerant of shade and indeed prefers cooler, moist soil.

The foliage makes an attractive rosette of bright green, finely divided feathery leaflets from which the flower stems arise in late spring and early summer. The clumps can spread up to 35 cm in width with the sturdy flower stems reaching up to 40 cm in height.

The blooms are produced on the end of the stems in loose clusters of lavender–blue florets which are very vivid and showy.

It is a good choice to plant in a woodland garden or a partially shaded border. The flowering stems look good as specimen plants amongst foliage ground cover, drawing the eye and giving punctuation points of interest.


Polemonium caeruleum 'Brise d'Anjou' (Blanjou)

Polemonium caeruleum 'Brise d'Anjou' (Blanjou)

A brightly variegated Jacob's Ladder

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£4.10
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This perennial is a first class foliage plant with deep green ferny leaves heavily variegated with white and yellow, bringing a impressive splash of colour wherever it is planted.

Like most variegated plants it prefers a spot which is shaded from the hot afternoon sun and is happy in most soils. It will spread to make a clump up to 30 cm in diameter and when in flower can reach 30 – 45 cm in height.

The flower stems arise in early summer with heads of blue-violet flowers on short stems above the foliage.

It is excellent in containers either as a specimen plant or as a mix with other darker, leafy plants and herbs. The texture and colour of the foliage make it a colourful highlight in any border, or it can be used as a colourful edging in front of large perennials and shrubs.


Salvia nemorosa 'New Dimension Rose'

Salvia nemorosa 'New Dimension Rose'

Also known as Woodland sage, Violet sage, Meadow sage. A compact and colourful form of ornamental Salvia

Plant Price:
£4.10
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Another hardy perennial Salvia to add to our collection. This is a compact form making a clump up to 45 cm across and only reaching 30 cm high at the most. It makes a colourful addition to a border edging and also looks great in mixed planters and containers.

This Salvia does best in well drained soil in a sunny position and, once established, is drought tolerant. The grey-green foliage is aromatic and spreads to make a bushy clump. From early summer onwards it is covered in rich rose coloured flower spikes. Regular deadheading encourages continued flowering. When flowering ceases in mid summer trim back the foliage hard and fresh new leaves and flowers will give a late summer display.

It provides a bright and aromatic accent when planted in leafy green borders and combines well in front of Achillea Summer Fruits Lemon and interplanted between roses and daylilies (Hemerocallis).


Salvia x superba 'April Night' (Sallyrosa series)

Salvia x superba 'April Night' (Sallyrosa series)

A very attractive compact flowering form of Salvia from a specialist breeder

Plant Price:
£4.10
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This perennial Salvia has compact upright growth rarely exceeding 30 cm.

The plants are bred especially to be upright and strong growing, and flower a month earlier than most other ornamental Salvias. They prefer full sun and a good moist soil for the best growth and deadheading at regular intervals will extend the flowering period.

The numerous flower spikes arise from dense rosettes of dark green foliage from April onwards and throughout the summer. The flowers are a deep violet blue set along sturdy flower spikes and are produced in abundance all through the flowering period from May to July.

This Salvia is ideal for growing in containers, both as specimens and in mixed containers with other flowering perennials and herbs. It is also great in garden borders and makes a good contrast with early yellow flowering plants such as Doronicums and gold variegated herbs such as Sage Icterina and the gold variegated thymes.


Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

A dramatic dark leaf shrub, a form of the well known elderberry

Plant Price:
£4.98
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This sensational looking, hardy shrub has very dark purple, almost black, lacy foliage and can grow to 3 m in height. It is however easily pruned and kept in check to adapt to its location.

It flowers in May and June, just like the common elderberry bush, but has very attractive creamy pink buds followed by long lasting, scented pale pink flowerheads which cover the bush most impressively. Each flower cluster can be up to 15 cm in diameter.

Later in the year the foliage takes on a rich red tint for autumn, and black berries are formed which can be used for wine and other drinks, just like the wild elder.

It is best grown in full sun for the best foliage colour, and is happy in most soils except those which are very heavy and waterlogged.

The ferny foliage gives it an almost oriental feel, so can be good substitute for acers if your garden is not really suitable for growing this species. It is a very versatile shrub, which is suitable for most gardens. It makes a exciting specimen plant in the border and acts as a good backdrop to plants with golden leaves or flowers. It can also be used to make an informal hedge.

This is a small specimen suitable for growing on in your planting position.