Adding perennials to your garden enables you to create stunning shows throughout the seasons. There is an almost endless supply of form, and colour to choose from, and one for almost every situation.

It is beat to plant your perennials in autumn and spring to give them time to settle in to the garden before the extremes of summer and winter. Water them in well, and keep the water up to them until they establish. As they settle in, they will become less needy and you can just relax and enjoy them.

Aquilegia Swan Series

Aquilegia Swan Series have been selectively bred for larger, more prolific flowers. The flowers are made even more special as they are upward to outward facing, unlike many Aquilegia that hang shyly hang their heads. Swan Series Aquilegia will flower well with out the need for really cold weather, so they can be grown in warmer climes where others would fail.

Aquilegia Old World

Aquilegias are totally charming. Their soft foliage and beguiling blooms lend perfectly to cottage garden styling. They will even grow in containers so you can move them where you need a pop of colour. Their delicate beauty belies their tough nature, Aquilegia are surprisingly easy care.

Aquilegia are the perfect complement to spring flowering bulbs. The soft, fern like foliage of Aquilegias grows into its full, fabulous self just as that of the spring flowering bulbs begins to fade.

Dowdeswell Delphiniums

Hellebore Winter Roses

In the midst of winter, the timeless beauty of the Hellebore or Winter Rose comes into its own. With the gorgeous flowers in an amazing array of colours from opalescent white to rich burgundy, they are sure to brighten the dull days of winter.

These Winter Roses hold their flowers for many weeks, and with their lush foliage they make a winning combination in any shady spot. Plant your Hellebore Winter Roses beneath deciduous trees for a picture-perfect effect.

Verbascums

Verbascum are a real garden showpiece. The show doesn't end there though, the blooms are followed by handsome seed pods that mature to a handsome red black shade. The blooms can be picked for indoor display.

Hollyhocks

Hollyhock have rounded, lobed leaves that grow all along the strong stems. Hollyhock are long blooming biennial plants that will set seed for future generations (non invasive).

Tuberous Begonias

Tuberous Begonias come in a dazzling array of colours. The flowers are real attention getters. The blooms are large and semi double to fully double. The petals are soft and seem to glitter in the sunlight. Blooms are up to 10cm across.

Tuberous Begonias have a reputation of being difficult. But once you learn a few tricks of the trade so to speak they are rewarding and not at all challenging to grow.

Perennial Petunias

Perennial Petunias are perfect for adding a bright pop of colour to gardens, pots and hanging baskets. These new varieties have been carefully selected for their mounding habit and flowering prowess.

Perennial Petunias can be easily used as colourful garden fillers and don’t need a lot of care and will last a few years.

African Daisies

These vigorous, well branched cultivars of African Daisies grow to form a rounded sub shrub with flowers from spring to autumn. Their compact habit lends well in pots and sunny borders, providing a nice pop of reliable colour where you need it.

African Daisies have been around the traps for time eternal, but the older varieties have been far surpassed by these new varieties. They have been bred for more flowers and vigour and they don’t disappoint. They are perfect for filling sunny spots.

Marguerite Daisies

Marguerite Daisies are garden classics. They flower and flower and flower and flower and flower! In fact they are in flower nearly all year, especially in warmer climes. They are useful for adding low maintenance colour in sunny spots.

Marguerite Daisies form neat mounds of fine, evergreen foliage. The main flush of flowers is spring and summer with spot flowering the rest of the year. The blooms are perfect for picking and will easily last a week or two in a vase.

Fuchsias

Fuchsias are like pretty dancers in fancy skirts that sway in the breeze. The flowers open freely for a long period over the lush green leaves. They are fantastic potted or garden plants. These varieties are some of the best.

Other perennials

Perennials are those fabulous plants you see and just fall in love with. Perennials add colour, structure and form to your garden beds.

There are a range of perennials on offer from evergreen (year round interest), semi evergreen (will remain evergreen in warmer climates, though don’t grow much through winter) and herbaceous (have a rest period during the year, usually winter where they die down to just a crown in dormancy before remerging in spring). Each type has major advantages in your garden beds. They are easy to use and each comes with detailed, easy to apply growing instructions.