Cotswold Garden Flowers

Sands Lane, Badsey, Evesham, Worcestershire

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ACACIA BAILEYANA 'PURPUREA'

Purple-flushed blue-leaved shrub for conservatories or sheltered sites outside. Cream flowers in clusters Mar-Apr. AGM. Bobs Score=6.0.

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ACACIA DEALBATA 'GAULOIS ASTIER'

Scented yellow fluffy flowers Feb-Mar, compact form 2.5m x 2m. Sun.

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ACACIA PRAVISSIMA

Heads of spherical pale yellow scented flowers Feb-Apr, pretty small dark grey-green ear-like leaves (phyllodes), 2-4m, seems hardy and reckoned by several experienced growers to be hardier than A.dealbata). Even new plants flower annually. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS 'SUMMER BEAUTY'

Broad glossy wonderfully figured foliage, white flowers from purple calyces, Jun-Aug, 70cm. Easy. Probably A.spinosus x A.mollis and set to become the norm. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS HIRSUTUS

Nice imbricated hairy leaves lie flat on ground, spikes of scented pale creamy-yellow flowers, Jun-Aug, 40cm. Easy. Syria. Bobs Score=4.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS HUNGARICUS

Distinct pinnatifid leaves, pale mauvey-green flowers Jul-Oct, 50cm. Easy. Bobs Score=5.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS MOLLIS 'HOLLARD'S GOLD'

Beautiful broad shining golden yellow-green leaves particularly between autumn and spring, mauve and white flower spikes Jun-Sep, 90cm. Half shade. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS SPINOSISSIMUS

Spiny white variegated leaves, smart spikes of large purple, white and green hooded flowers Jun-Sep, 60cm. Completely herbaceous. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ACANTHUS SYRIACUS

Short spikes of dark-maroon-purple flowers Jul-Sep, 45cm. Photo.

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ACHILLEA 'CREDO'

Very large domed heads of pale yellow flowers Jun-Oct, 1.3m. Easy. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ACHILLEA 'FANAL'

Bright red flowers Jun-Aug and later, 60cm. Best in open well-drained soil. Syn.'The Beacon'. Bobs Score=6.0.

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ACHILLEA 'MOONSHINE'

Clear lemon yellow flowers May-Jul(Oct), good grey evergreen foliage, 60cm. Open sunny sites. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACHILLEA 'RED VELVET'

Broad heads of strong pure red flowers Jun-Sep that keep their colour (maybe darken to crimson) as they age, 60cm. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ACHILLEA 'ROSE MADDER'

Lovely soft red flowers keep their colour as they die Jun-Jul and then (unusually) repeat flowers till Nov, short 55cm. Survives winter wet on clay soil better than most. No vices. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACHILLEA 'WALTHER FUNCKE'

Short fiery orange-red flowers over grey foliage Jun-Aug, 30cm. Easy even dry shade when established. Hardier than A.Feuerland in wet winters and shorter unless season very favourable. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACHILLEA GLABERRIMA HYBRID

Small clusters of gold flowers loosely scattered throughout an airy gypsophila-like bush over an amazingly long season May-Nov, 55cm. Easy, persistent and improves yearly. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ACHILLEA FILIPENDULINA 'GOLD PLATE'

Flat gold flower heads Jun-Aug, 1.2m, feathery leaves. Sun, easy and very long-lived. Good for drying. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ACHILLEA LIGUSTICA

Flat heads of grey flowers Jun-Aug, grey-green foliage, neat clumping habit, 70cm. Quiet but nice. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ACONITUM 'STAINLESS STEEL'

Greyed pale blue flowers June-Aug, 75cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ACONITUM ANGLICUM

Blue flowers May-Jul, lovely soft winter foliage,60cm. Easy, tolerant of dry shade under trees. British native - monkshood. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ACONITUM CARMICHAELII

A healthy stocky plant of great value. Deep blue flowers Aug-Oct, dark green foliage, 60cm. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ACONITUM CARMICHAELII 'ROYAL FLUSH'

The leaves are deep red in spring but become green later, substantial deep blue flowers - a much darker and clearer blue than normal Sep-Oct, shorter than normal at 60cm. Good cut flower. Plant Variety Rights Europe - propagation for resale prohibited. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ACONITUM CARMICHAELII ex Nepal ex Kath Dryden

Pale to mid-blue flowers Aug-Nov, dark green leaves, short 55cm. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ACONITUM CARMICHAELII WILSONII GROUP 'BARKER'S VARIETY'

Soft blue flowers Aug-Sep, 1.3m. Similar to and earlier than A.carmichaelii ssp.arendsii and a softer colour. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ACONITUM CARMICHAELII WILSONII GROUP 'SPATLESE'

Dreamy clear pale blue flowers shade darker at edges Jul-Oct, good foliage, 1.2m. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACONITUM LYCOCTONUM 'DARKEYES'

Primrose-yellow flowers with black stamens from dark stems (and darker leaves than normal) Jun-Aug, 75cm. Easy. Developed from a mutant shoot here. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ACTAEA SIMPLEX 'BRUNETTE'

Very dark black-purple leaves and spikes of scented white flowers Jul-Sep, 120cm. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ACTAEA SIMPLEX 'HILLSIDE BLACK BEAUTY'

The mat finish on the foliage makes this the blackest form. Scented pink-flushed white flowers Jul-Sep, mat black foliage, 1m. Black from the outset even under glass. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ACTAEA SIMPLEX 'JAMES COMPTON'

Decorative black foliage, spikes of white scented flowers Jul-Sep, 90cm. The foliage is greener when young - don't worry. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ACTAEA SIMPLEX 'PINK SPIKE'

Black foliage and flowers which open pink Jul-Sep, 60cm. Avoid very limy soils. Photo.

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ACTAEA SIMPLEX variegated

Pretty and very striking cream-marked foliage, scented creamy-white flowers in spikes Aug-Sep, 80cm. Part shade, not dry soil. Photo.

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ACTAEA SPICATA

Sprays of shining black berries Aug-Nov, 30cm. Dry shade. Bobs Score=4.0. Photo.

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ADENOPHORA AURITA

(A Roy Lancaster introduction). Nodding pearly blue-mauve bells Jun-Sep, matching foliage, lovely, 50cm. Easy. Syn. A.stricta subsp.sessilifolia. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ADENOPHORA BULLEYANA

Tall stately spikes of blue bell flowers Jun-Aug(Sep), 1.6m. Easy even dry shade. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ADENOPHORA NIKOENSIS var.STENOPHYLLA

45cm. spikes of powder-blue flowers. Japan. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ADENOPHORA PERESKIIFOLIA

Spires of blue flowers from a mound of foliage Jun-Oct, 80cm. Easy and persistent in bad conditions. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ADIANTUM PEDATUM 'IMBRICATUM'

Hardy stalked maidenhair fern with black rhachis and imbricated fronds (each part overlapped like the tiles on a roof), compact 25cm. Good soil, shade. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ADIANTUM POIRETTII

Tender. Apparently crimped rounded maidenhair fern segments, supposedly endemic to Tristan da Cuhna but other info also says South Africa, Central and South America. Photo.

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AEONIUM 'CRISTATA SUNBURST'

From Japan. Congested heads of half-hardy evergreen pink and cream rosettes. Photo.

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AEONIUM ARBOREUM 'ZWARTKOP'

Large flat rosettes of near black succulent leaves - very good architectural plant for standing out in summer, heads of yellow flowers late summer, 40cm. Tender perennial, sun. AGM. Take out the eye with a sharp knife to keep it bushy. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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AEONIUM DECORUM 'VARIEGATUM'

Striking coral-edged succulent cream rosettes, nice cream flowers at some time Jun-Nov, 20cm. Tender but mine sits outside from Mar-Nov then goes into minimum protection. Bobs Score=8.0.

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AGAPANTHUS 'BEN HOPE'

Slender tall deep blue flowers early season Jul-Aug, 90cm. Hardy but don't crowd it. Bobs Score=8.0.

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AGAPANTHUS 'BLACK PANTHA'

Black-blue flowers from dark stems Jul-Sep, evergreen foliage 60cm. PVR in Europe - unlicensed propagation for resale prohibited. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'ESSENCE OF SUMMER'

Large heads of blue flowers with darker midstripes on relatively short stems, relatively early Jun-Aug, 60cm. Very very hardy. Seed from Kirstenbosch BG as A.inapertus subsp.intermedius via Witton Lane Seed, Somewhere along the line it hybridized.. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'FAST TRACK'

The leaves have colourful yellow-cream edges and creamy-green middles, lilac-blue flowers Jul-Oct, 45cm. Hardy. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'GAYLES LILAC'

Lilac flowers later than other kinds Aug-Oct, 40cm, narrow foliage 25cm. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'GREY RULER'

large heads of blue-grey flowers over cream-edged foliage Jul-Sep, leaves 25cm, flowers 55cm. Easy, tough. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'JACK'S BLUE'

New vigorous long-blooming hybrid from NZ. Prolific deep purple-blue flowers Jul-Oct, tall - 1.5m. A beauty. Hardy. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'LOCH HOPE'

Very large heads of good blue flowers with bluer midstripes Jul-Sep, 1-2m. Sun, good soil. Hardy. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'MIDNIGHT STAR'

In season, the most asked for agapanthus. Dark blue bells in clusters Jul-Sep, leaves 25cm, flowers 60cm. Easy in sunny site. Deciduous. Hardy. aka Agapanthus 'Navy Blue'. Bobs Score=9.9. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'PETER PAN'

Vigorous dwarf variety, mid-blue flowers with a nice central darker blue stripe to each petal, Jul-Sep, 30cm.

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AGAPANTHUS 'PURPLE CLOUD'

Superb deep purple flower heads Aug-Sep, 80cm. An inapertus hybrid from NZ. A new colour for agapanthus. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'SILVER MOON'

A hardy, variegated and good flowering sport from 'Headbourne Hybrids'. Blue flowers Jul-Sep, 60cm, creamy-yellow marginal variegation. PVR - propagation for resale prohibited without a licence.

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AGAPANTHUS 'SNOWDROPS'

Heads of hundreds of white flowers Jul-Sep on yellow pedicels and scapes, 50cm, above narrow leaves, 25cm. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'STREAMLINE'

A more or less CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION of heads of greyed blue flowers with darker stripes Jul-Oct, 40cm, narrow leaves. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'TIMARU'

Dense floriferous heads of vivid blue are produced in succession on many stems Jul-Oct, 75cm. A new NZ hybrid and very cold hardy. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS 'WINDSOR GREY'

Large heads of grey flowers with grey anthers and green pollen fade slightly pink Jul-Sep, 85cm. The pedicels are dusky green. Easy. Deciduous and very tough. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS ARDERNEI HYBRID

Prolific heads of lovely white trumpets with brownish pedicels Jul-Oct, 60cm. Deciduous. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS HEADBOURNE HYBRIDS

Exotic clusters of bells in shades of blue, 60-90cm. Sunny site. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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AGAPANTHUS CAMPANULATUS 'WHITE TRIUMPHATOR'

Large tall heads of white flowers Jul-Sep, 1.3m. Hardy, sun, deciduous. Bobs Score=7.5.

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AGAPANTHUS CAULESCENS subsp.ANGUSTIFOLIA 'MAY SNOW'

The spring foliage is almost white -darkening later, tall heads of deep blue flowers Jul-Sep, 1m.

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AGAPANTHUS CAULESCENS subsp.ANGUSTIFOLIA seedlings

Umbels of deep dark blue flowers on straight stems Jul-Sep, leek-like leaves forming pseudo-stems, 1.4m. Hardy, deciduous. AGM. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS CODDII

Large heads of soft blue flowers with darker blue stripes Jul-Aug, attractive upright foliage 1.3m. Deciduous, hardy. Very good and easy. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS COMPTONII

Blue flowers with bluer stripes in large heads Jul-Sep, 1m. Floriferous and evergreen. Hardy to -10C. Easy in sunny site.

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AGAPANTHUS COMPTONII subsp.LONGITUBUS

Pale blue flowers in a loose many-flowered head each flower 6.5cm long with the tube making up nearly half the flower Jun-Aug, 40cm. Floriferous and evergreen. Hardy to -10C.

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AGAPANTHUS PRAECOX 'FLORE PLENO'

Chunky double powder-blue flowers Jul-Sep, good foliage, 50cm. Very nice. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGAPANTHUS PRAECOX 'VITTATUS'

Effective creamy variegated leaves and blue flowers Jul-Sep, 40cm. Hardy and lovely in pots. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGASTACHE 'FIREBIRD'

Coral-orange flowers Jun-Oct, grey leaves, 55cm. Easy in sun or part shade in well-drained soil. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AGASTACHE SP. RCB RA-X-1

Tall deep violet-purple flowers in dense spikes on tall stems Jun-Sep, 1.5m. Seed collected cloud forest Salta-Jujuy road, Argentina. Photo.

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AGAVE AMERICANA 'AUREOVARIEGATA'

Spiny succulent rosettes of leaves with broad yellow edges, 75cm eventually. Will take frost to -4C or maybe lower if dry or very well-drained. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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AGAVE AMERICANA 'VARIEGATA'

Spiny succulent rosettes of leaves with broad yellow edges, 75cm eventually. Will take frost to -4C or maybe lower if dry or very well-drained. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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AGAVE BOLDINGHIANA

Hardy to at least -9C and probably lower. Medium-sized dark rosettes with brown teeth. The flower spikes come out of the leaf axils and later centrally. Seed and plantlets form on the spikes. Mexico. Is this name a synonym of A.chiapensis? Photo.

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AGAVE CHRYSANTHA 'BLACK CANYON'

Usually grows as a single rosette - offsets are rare. Relatively narrow glaucous blue-grey leaves 60cm. Hardy to -14C. Arizona. Nice.

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AGAVE DESERTI NNS 03-7

Finally 50cm high rounded spiny plants sometimes in clusters and 5m spires of yellow feathery flowers. Relatively hardy strain from 1250m.high Riverside Co.CA. Hardy to -12C.

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AGAVE HAVARDIANA

Hardy to -18C even in moist climates. Single blue-green rosettes of broad leaves 50 x 50cm, (supposedly zones 5-10 if dry in winter). Photographed with hoar frost at -12C. Photo.

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AGAVE LOPHANTHA CLONE 1

Ferocious-looking rosettes of dark green spiny leaves (not as brutal as it looks), the sharp orange teeth-like spines are on marginal teats, small 55cm. Each caniculate leaf usually has a median chartreuse-green band. Heads of yellow-green flowers Jun-Jul 3m. USA and Mexico. Damaged winter 2005-6 but not killed. More or less hardy. Photo.

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AGAVE LOPHANTHA CLONE 2

A spherical plant paler than other clones, 55cm. Spathulate flat foliage with short white marginal hooks. Each leaf usually has a median chartreuse-green band. Photo.

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AGAVE TOUMEYANA

Clusters of small rosettes of upright leaves with marginal white fibres, 30cm. The leaves curl up to create a ball-like effect. Hardy. Arizona.

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AJUGA REPTANS 'CATLIN'S GIANT'

Described as "Jurassic" by Dan Hinkley. Very large glossy purple-green leaves, blue flowers Mar-May, 20cm. Not hot dry soils. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AJUGA REPTANS 'CHOCOLATE CHIP'

Miniature form with small spathulate black-purple to dark green leaves, blue flowers May-Jun, compact plant 10cm. Synonym A.reptans 'Valfredda'. Photo.

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AKEBIA LONGERACEMOSA B&SWJ3606

Vanilla-scented soft red flowers in dangling grape-like heads topped by larger red-black flowers, later than A.quinata - May-Jul, long sausage-shaped purplish fruits. Climber 3-5m, sun, well-drained soil. Collected N.Taiwan. Evergreen 5 lobed foliage. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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AKEBIA QUINATA

Semi-evergreen twining climber, vanilla scented deep puce flowers Mar-May and sometimes purplish fruits, 3-5m. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ALBUCA MAXIMA

Hardy and very very long flowering. Tall heads of white flowers with dramatic green central stripes May-Aug and again Aug-Dec, broad green foliage 1.5m. May be A.altissima. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ALCEA x KITAIBELA 'PARKALLEE'

Hollyhocks without rust! Lovely satiny yellow-cream semi-double flowers (this varies within the season), dark maroon stamens, sterile and therefore over a long period Jun-Nov (and particularly good Oct-Nov), grey leaves, 1.2m. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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ALCEA x KITAIBELA 'PARKFRIEDEN'

Slightly orangey-pink flowers like Lavatera x clementii 'Rosea' but deeper coloured when young with some slight doubling, grey-green foliage. Available Jul07 onwards. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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ALLIUM 'FIRMAMENT'

A.atropurpureum x A.cristophii - combining the colour of the former with the metallic lustre, size and form of the latter May-Jun, 60cm. Bobs Score=9.5.

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ALLIUM 'MERCURIUS'

Large lilac-blue balls of flower at least 10cm.wide Apr-Jun, 65cm. PVR applied for - propagation for resale prohibited.

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ALLIUM AFLATUNENSE 'PURPLE SENSATION' special selection

Selected for size and depth of colour. Large deep purple balls of flowers from deep violet stems, May-Jul, 1.3m. Easy. Ever wondered about the name? Dig, clean and eat one, wait an hour and you'll understand. AGM. Bobs Score=9.0.

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ALLIUM ALTISSIMUM 'GOLIATH'

Very large round lilac-purple flower heads 15cm.wide on stems up to 1.75m.high May-Jun. Easy. Originally from Alma Ata BG in 1965.

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ALLIUM ANGULOSUM

Mauve-purple flowers in domed flattish heads 6cm wide Jul-Aug, neat compact plant 40cm. Any soil, sun or light shade. Very attractive to butterflies and bees. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ALLIUM CAERULEUM

Incredible sky-blue onion flowers May-Jul, 55cm. Easy. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM CYANEUM

Tufts of cobalt-blue flowers Jul-Aug on a 12cm high plant. Easy but not dry shade. AGM. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM CYATHOPHORUM var.FARRERI

Nodding deep violet flowers May-Jul, 15cm. Any soil, sun or light shade. Robust, non-seeding kind. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM HAEMATOCHITON NNS 95-23

Heads of greyed pale pinky-white flowers Apr-Jun, 25cm. Stoloniferous bulbs. Seed collected California 3800 feet altitude. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM HOOKERI ACE 2430

Creamy-white flowers Sep-Oct, 45cm. Seed collected Cangshan Mtns, banks and slopes, 3500-3650m. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ALLIUM HYALINUM pink form

Impressive heads of large pale pink starry flowers May-Jun, 50cm. Easy, special. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM MACRANTHUM

Heads of relatively large violet-purple flowers Apr-May, 18cm. From 3000m.altitude, China.

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ALLIUM OREOPHILUM

Loose heads of rich rosy red flowers May-Jul, 18cm. Easy, summer dormant. Synonym A.ostrowskianum. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ALLIUM OREOPHILUM 'ZWANENBURG'

Loose heads of pink flowers May-Jul, 18cm. Easy, summer dormant. Synonym A.ostrowskianum. AGM. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ALLIUM OVALIFOLIUM var.LEUCONEURUM

Broad (8cm.wide) shapely foliage lined with white (and purple when young), spherical heads of white-petalled flowers from pink pedicels Jun-Aug, 20cm. From 2800m.altitude, China. Rare and demand is high. Photo.

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ALLIUM PARADOXUM var.NORMALE

Charming large white campanulate flowers for a long season and very early in the year Feb-May, 12cm. A lovely new addition to the late winter/spring garden. Hardy. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM SCHUBERTII

The most dramatic large purple flower heads (good dried) May-Jul, 50cm. Usefully enjoys the protection of deciduous trees overwinter and the dryness they cause in summer. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM SENESCENS var.GLAUCUM

Lovely leaves in grey swirls still good at anthesis, mauve flowers Jul-Sep, 25cm. Easy, good for butterflies and bees. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ALLIUM SERRA

Dense pale greyed maroon heads of flowers Jul-Aug, 25cm. Nice. Photo.

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ALLIUM SIKKIMENSE SBQE A

Good blue flowers Jun-Aug, short and compact 18cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ALLIUM SIKKIMENSE SBQE B

Soft blue flowers in rounded heads which look like a dichelostemma (if you know what that is!) Jun-Aug, 30cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ALLIUM SPHAEROCEPHALON

Burgundy and green flowers in an egg-shaped head Jul-Aug, 90cm. Any soil, sun or light shade. Loved by bees and butterflies, and me. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM STIPITATUM 'VIOLET BEAUTY'

Large half round blue-violet heads May-Jun, 55cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ALLIUM THUNBERGII 'OZAWA'

Neat bright purple flowers at a good time of the year Sep-Nov, 20cm. Easy. Synonym A.thunbergii 'Nanum'. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM TUBEROSUM

Tidy white flower heads over a long season at a useful time Jul-Nov, scented, 55cm. Easy. Lovely, the leaves are edible and give salads a distinctive and good flavour. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ALLIUM UNIFOLIUM

Long-lasting good big pink flowers in clusters May-Jul, 25cm, nice. Any soil. Full sun or light shade. Oregon/N.California. (Synonyms A.murrayanum, A.acuminatum both misapplied.) Bobs Score=8.0.

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ALLIUM WALLICHII black flowers

Black-purple flowers with green middles Jul-Aug and later, 40cm. Leaves good at anthesis.

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ALOE ACULEATA

Long leaves with prickles on both sides in a single rosette, 45cm, tall heads of apricot flowers Oct-Jan, 1m. Tender. Southern Africa.

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ALOE IMMACULATA

Dark greyish-green leaves with a few spots on upper surface sometimes (immaculate means unspotted) and reddish prickles. Good fondling plant. Flowers red to peach.

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ALOE STRIATULA

Hardy exotic-looking candelabra-branched succulent, dark green tipped golden-green flowers with exserted orange stamens May-Jul, 60cm-1.5m. Easy. (Was incorrectly called A.ciliaris here.) Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ALSTROEMERIA 'DANDY CANDY'

Large vibrant red, deep rose and white picotee flowers Jun-Sep(Oct), compact 45cm. Available from Jul07.

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ALSTROEMERIA 'FREEDOM'

Tall heads of soft rose-madder flowers with a touch of peach (RHS 53D), a bold white pattern, and carmine speckles rebloomers Jun-Sep, 60cm. From the breeding program of Mark Bridgen at the University of Connecticut. Hardy. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ALSTROEMERIA 'RED BEAUTY'

Leaves variegated with a broad yellow-green margin, Red flowers Jun-Sep, 60cm. Good soil. Plant Variety Rights - propagation for resale prohibited. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ALSTROEMERIA 'SHORT PURPLE'

Purple-violet flowers May-Nov, not so short 60cm. Hardy. Lovely. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ALSTROEMERIA 'SPRING DELIGHT'

Prolific and long-lasting apricot-pink flowers Jun-Jul, delightful grey-green leaves edged greyed-cream from winter onwards 60cm. Easy in well-drained soil with a little shade. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ALSTROEMERIA AUREA 'ORANGE KING'

Large deep orange flowers Jul-Aug, 70cm. Easy. Photo.

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ALSTROEMERIA PRESLIANA RB 94013

Peach flowers with pale yellow standards Jun-Jul, 65cm. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ALSTROEMERIA PSITTACINA 'MONA LISA'

Heads of delicately marked green and red flowers Jul-Sep, 55cm - half the height of variegated A.psittacina 'Royal Star'. Photo.

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ALSTROEMERIA VERSICOLOR F&W 8721

Smallish greenish-yellow to dark orange flowers flecked with dark purple Nov-May, short feathery tufts of foliage, 5cm. 200m in acacia savanna N.central Chile. Cold greenhouse.

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AMARYGIA 'DOROTHY HANNIBAL'

Amaryllis belladonna x Brunsvigia grandiflora. Stout heads 5-7 deep pink flowers Aug-Oct, 75cm.

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AMARYLLIS BELLADONNA

Astonishing soft sugary pink trumpets Aug-Sep, 75cm. Plant against a SW wall (which should be warm and wet). Probably a named variety but name unknown. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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AMARYLLIS BELLADONNA 'ALBA'

Hardy. Stunning. Heads of large sparkling white trumpet-shaped flowers on long stems Sep-Oct, 75cm. Do not crowd this with surrounding plants. Superb. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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AMARYLLIS BELLADONNA 'JOHANNESBURG'

A free-flowering form, rose-pink flowers with a white throat and a yellowish base Aug-Oct, 70cm. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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AMORPHOPHALLUS ALBISPATHUS

Impressive short white spathes with fat out-of-proportion spadices from slender stems Jun-Jul, pedate foliage, 55cm. Needs as much summer warmth as possible, keep the tuber frost-free in winter. Photo.

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AMORPHOPHALLUS KERRII A-103 (Chen Yi)

Leopard palm. Impressive short chrome-yellow spathes with fat out-of-proportion spadices from slender stems Jun-Jul, large bipinnate/pedate foliage, 65cm. Needs as much summer warmth as possible, keep the tuber frost-free in winter.

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AMPELODESMOS MAURITANICUS

A very large graceful evergreen grass with persistent graceful tan flower heads which flower early Apr-Jun and persist for 11 months looking good, foliage 1m flowers 2.5m. Very effective at the end of a long hard winter. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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AMSONIA HUBRECHTII

Nice feathery leaves, slatey flowers May-Jun, 60cm. Good yellow autumn colour. Not for very alkaline soils. Bobs Score=7.0.

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AMSONIA TABERNAEMONTANA

Slatey blue flowers May-Jul, narrow leaves - good yellow in autumn, 75cm. Easy, even in limy clay and a very long-lived trouble-free perennial. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ANAGYRIS FOETIDA RCB RL-1

Heads of yellow pea flowers Apr-Jun. Compact drought, cold and heat tolerant shrub, 1.5m. Collected Anti Lebanon, Laboue, Bekka Valley, Lebanon.

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ANAPHALIS TRIPLINERVIS

One of few shade-loving silver foliage plants. Silver leaves white everlasting flowers, Jun-Dec, 20cm. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ANAPHALIS TRIPLINERVIS CC 1620

Broad grey leaves like greater plantain, silvery everlasting flowers Jun-Dec, 15cm. Seed collected Nepal, Langtan area, coniferous forest, 2700-3400m. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ANCHUSA AZUREA 'LODDEN ROYALIST'

Large intense blue flowers in sprays Jun-Sep, 1m. Easy. A classic border perennial with a poor constitution. AGM. Bobs Score=5.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE APENNINA 'PETROVAC' CE&H 538

Bright blue flowers over dense cushions of foliage Apr-May,18cm. OK in dry shade under trees. AGM. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE APENNINA var.ALBIFLORA

Emergent foliage deep purple. Flowers fragrant, snow-white inside, shaded pale blue on the exterior. The flowers close at night, appearing pale blue at low light levels. Moist woodland conditions, naturalising there, coming true from seed. Apr-May, 15cm.

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ANEMONE BLANDA 'WHITE SPLENDOUR'

Splendid large white daisy-like flowers Mar-May, 20cm. Even happy in dry shade. AGM. Will self seed when established. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE HUPEHENSIS

Deep pink fleshy flowers August to September, 45cm. Any soil, sun or part shade. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'ALLENII'

Soft blue-flowered wood anemone Apr-May, 15cm. Shade or half shade, even dry shade. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'BLUE EYES'

A great beauty. Shaggy double white flowers develops an indigo blue eye Apr-May, 20cm. Rediscovered in Ireland. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'BOWLES' PURPLE'

Purple-backed blue flowers Mar-May, dark foliage - lovely. 15cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'KNIGHTSHAYES VESTAL'

Large pure white button-centred wood anemone with a ring of yellow stamens (Mar)Apr-May, 15cm. Easy, even dry shade when established and lovely in lawns or interplanted. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'ROBINSONIANA'

A wood anemone with large lilac flowers Apr-May, 20cm, AGM. Easy, even dry shade. This is a famously good and robust plant and very stable. AGM. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'ROYAL BLUE'

Deep blue flowers with purple backs Apr-May, 15cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'VIRIDIFLORA'

Large feathered bracteose green 'flowers' with white speckles Mar-May, 20cm. Easy in shade, even dry shade. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE NEMOROSA 'WESTWELL PINK'

I like this more than any other wood anemone. The flowers open white but soon turn the brightest pink Apr-May, 20cm. Found in Westwell Woods near Ashford Kent. Via Tim Ingram. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE TETRASEPALA

Astonishingly unlikely, lovely delicate large dark-centred lilac flowers in late summer and autumn Jul-Sep 65cm. 3100m.altitude, woody tuberous roots. China. probably wrongly named (does not agree with description in Flora China). Bobs Score=9.9.

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ANEMONE TRIFOLIA

Smart up-facing large white flowers on a slightly spreading plant Apr-May, 12cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE x HYBRIDA 'ANDREA ATKINSON'

Big single white flowers Aug-Oct, 80cm, robust constitution. An improvement on 'Honorine Joubert'. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ANEMONE x HYBRIDA 'HONORINE JOBERT'

Lovely pure white flowers Aug-Oct, and dark green leaves, 1m. Best in half shade, good soil. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ANEMONE x HYBRIDA 'LADY GILMOUR'

Large semi-double pink flowers Aug-Oct but the main attraction is the crisped lettuce-like green leaves May-Nov, 50cm. Puts pay to the phrase, "With fronds like these who needs anemones". Bobs Score=8.5.

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ANEMONE x HYBRIDA 'MARGARETE'

Robust, large semi-double pink flowers (Aug)Sep-Oct, 1m. Very good. Bobs Score=9.0.

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ANEMONE x HYBRIDA 'ROTKAPPCHEN'

Short deep dusky red-pink many-petalled flowers Aug-Oct, 45cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ANEMONE x LIPSIENSIS

Large pale yellow flowers Mar-Apr, 15cm. Easy even dry shade. Syn. A.seemannii. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ANEMONELLA THALICTROIDES DOUBLE GREEN

Sprays of sweet evenly double green flowers Mar-May, 15cm. Photo.

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ANEMONELLA THALICTROIDES SEMI-DOUBLE WHITE

White flowers over delicate foliage Mar-Jun and Aug-Sep, 18cm. Moist shade. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ANEMONELLA THALICTROIDES var.

Large single pink flowers of great beauty Mar-May and later, lovely soft pink young growth, 15cm. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ANGELICA DECURSIVA

Purple flowers, purple tinted plant, 80cm. (Seedlings from BSWJ 5746).

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ANTHRISCUS SYLVESTRIS 'RAVENSWING'

Blackish ferny leaves and Queen Anne's lace flowers spring, 75cm. Easy, sun or shade. Let it seed then edit. Lovely with Tulip 'Queen of the Night'. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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APIOS AMERICANA

Dense clusters of violet-scented flared beige and chocolate-maroon pea flowers Aug-Sep from the leaf axils, 2-3m. The tubers used as a source of starch by Native Americans. Easy herbaceous perennial climber for semi-shade or sun. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AQUILEGIA 'WINKY RED AND WHITE DOUBLE'

Double sharp red and white double flowers Apr-Jul, compact. 30cm. Easy.

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AQUILEGIA VIRIDIFLORA

Green and chocolate flowers May-Jun, neat 30cm, very pretty leaves. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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AQUILEGIA VULGARIS double pale blue

Lovely. Tight soft double powder-blue and greeny-cream flowers set off with stellate creamy-green sepals May-Jun, 50cm. May be A.'Debutante'. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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AQUILEGIA VULGARIS var.FLORE PLENO black

Good very dark double flowers Apr-Jun, 85cm. Easy. Robust. Bobs Score=6.5.

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AQUILEGIA VULGARIS var.STELLATA 'GREENAPPLES'

Double whitish green flowers with complimentary foliage May-Jul, 60cm. Easy and nice. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ARABIS BLEPHAROPHYLLA

Sells on sight! Deep purple-pink flowers on a tumpy plant, Mar-Jul, 20 x 30cm. Easy in sun or part shade. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ARISAEMA CANDIDISSIMUM

Hardy, highly scented cream and pink arum flowers Jun-Jul, 45cm, tropical-looking trifoliate leaves Jul-Sep, 55cm. Good soil, half shade. AGM. The flowers scent a room and last longer if picked. Happy even in my very alkaline clay. Late appearer. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ARISAEMA CANDIDISSIMUM var.ALBUM

Sweetly scented white flowers with green flushed bases Jun-Jul, large tropical-looking trifoliate leaves 55cm (maybe shorter when younger). Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ARISAEMA CONSANGUINEUM 'HOODED BLACK'

Almost mat black flowers with a slight chalk stripe Jun-Aug, attractive palmately divided leaves, 75cm. or larger when happy. Shade in good soil.

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ARISAEMA CONSANGUINEUM GG 98138 'QINLING'

(From Mt.Qinling, Shaanxi, China.) Attractive palmately divided leaves. Green spathes with white stripes in Chinese forms.

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ARISAEMA CONSANGUINEUM PJ 277

Collected Hengduan Mountains, NW Yunnan. Attractive palmately divided leaves. Green spathes with white stripes Jun-Jul, 75cm. or larger when happy. Hardy and happier outside in sheltered shade in good soil.

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ARISAEMA CONSANGUINEUM VARIEGATED

Each palmate leaflet has a central white band - very striking, green and white striped flowers Jun-Aug, 70cm. Good soil in shade.

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ARISAEMA ELEPHAS

Dark mahogany coloured stripes on a white spathe with an elephantine extension Jun-Jul, large pseudotropical green foliage, 1m. Moist shade, rich soil.

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ARISAEMA FARGESII

Large dark brown-red or red flowers with dramatic white striping. The tip of the spathe ends in a narrow, congested mass of red thread May-Jun. Large trifoliate leaves (like A. candidissimum), 50cm. Photo.

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ARISAEMA LOBATUM

Long pale yellow-green-yellow and white striped spathes with short hoods Apr-Jun, trifoliate foliage, 40cm. Good soil in moist shade.

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ARISAEMA ROBUSTUM

Pale green flowers - green-striped brown inside Apr-Jun, 30cm. Prolific. Early to leaf and flower Apr-May. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ARISAEMA SP.cf.CONSANGUINEUM ACE 2031

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ARISAEMA TAIWANENSE

Brown and white striped flowers Jun-Jul, 55cm. Reckoned to be very special but it seems fairly ordinary to me (and I certainly have the right plant). Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ARISAEMA TAIWANENSE 'SILVER LEAF'

Large dramatically silvered leaves, brown and white striped flowers Jun-Jul, 60cm. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ARISAEMA TORTUOSUM

Green arum flowers with a long exserted purplish kinked spadix Jul-Aug, 60cm. Robust grower, good woodland soil. Bobs Score=6.0.

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ARISAEMA TORTUOSUM CC 1760

Green-rimmed white arum flowers Jun-Jul, elegant leaves from extraordinary spotted pale green stems which develop and persist after the flowers and are almost as good, 60cm. Robust grower, good woodland soil. Syn.A.helleborifolium.

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ARISAEMA TORTUOSUM CC 4595

Green-rimmed white arum flowers Jun-Jul, elegant leaves from extraordinary spotted pale green stems which develop and persist after the flowers and are almost as good, 60cm. Robust grower, good woodland soil. Syn.A.helleborifolium.

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ARISAEMA TORTUOSUM CC 4596

Green-rimmed white arum flowers Jun-Jul, elegant leaves from extraordinary spotted pale green stems which develop and persist after the flowers and are almost as good, 60cm. Robust grower, good woodland soil. Syn.A.helleborifolium.

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ARISAEMA WATTII var.BIAURICULATUM

Green and brown speckled spathes with two cute ear lobes either side of the mouth Apr-Jun, 75cm. Good well-drained soil in moistish shade.

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ARISARUM VULGARE subsp.SIMORRHINUM

This has larger more rounded foliage heavily speckled with pale green, wintergreen Oct-Mar. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ARISARUM VULGARE var.TYPICUM

Snake going down the hole. Small gently marked greyish-green foliage Oct-Mar, brown striped white flowers with a green and brown hood, spadix long, exserted and golden Oct-Jan, wintergreen, 12cm. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ARISTEA ECKLONII

Deep strong blue flowers in clusters Jun-Jul, dark leaves, clumping, 60cm. Sheltered half shady site. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ARTEMISIA 'POWIS CASTLE'

Useful silver-leaved shrub to 75cm, more or less evergreen, no flowers. Any soil, sun or half shade. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ARTEMISIA LACTIFLORA 'GUIZHOU'

Striking cut maroon and pewter leaves winter and spring, silvery flowers Jul-Sep, 1m. Sun or part shade, not dry soil. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ARUM 'CHAMELEON'

Clumps of lovely large round grey marbled leaves Oct-Jun overwinter, broad pale green flowers Apr-May, spikes of vermilion berries Aug-Sep. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ARUM CONCINNATUM 'VARIEGATA'

Mid green leaves blotched in creamy-yellow, yellow spathes, 25cm. Easy.

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ARUM CRETICUM

Scented yellow flowers with reflexed spathe Apr-May, 40cm. A wonderful cut flower. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ARUM CRETICUM 'MARMARIS WHITE'

Creamy-white scented flowers Apr-Jun, 25cm. The petioles are dark red-black and add wholesomely to the overall effect. From the Turkish end of its distribution.

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ARUM CYRENAICUM

Pale yellow-green spathe warmly infused with brick-red around the edge, chocolate spadix, Apr-May, broad foliage, 30cm. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ARUM CYRENAICUM Crete form MS696

Pale yellow-green spathe warmly infused with brick-red around the edge, broad foliage 30cm. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ARUM DIOSCORIDIS JCA 195.157

maroon-black spathe with yellow spadix, May-Jun, 25cm. Warm dry places. Seed coll. Izmir, Turkey.

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ARUM DIOSCORIDIS var.SMITHII

Remarkable deep maroon blotches and spots on flat, open, creamy spathes Apr-May, green leaves overwinter. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ARUM ITALICUM subsp.ITALICUM 'SPOTTED JACK'

Good normal pictate leaves of Arum italicum 'Pictum' are overlaid by black spots. Like a cross between our native Arum maculatum and A.italicum 'Pictum' but leafs in Oct and the foliage remaining bright overwinter. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ARUM ITALICUM subsp.ITALICUM good marked form

Dark green leaves with very broad creamy markings (but not necessarily when young) Oct-May overwinter, green flowers Apr-May, vermilion berries Aug-Oct. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ARUM ITALICUM subsp.NEGLECTUM 'MISS JANAY HALL'

Leaves with creamy-yellow speckled variegation Oct-May overwinter, broad green and cream flowers Apr-May, 30cm. Easy even dry shade. From Peter Hall. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ARUM MACULATUM 'PLEDDEL'

Remarkable for its lovely broad dark maroon blotched pale green spathe Apr-Jun, dark maroon spotted leaves Jan-Jun, 20cm. Easy even dry shade. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ARUM PICTUM

Distinct species from A.italicum Pictum. Collected Majorca. Finely pictate leathery winter leaves preceded by black-maroon flowers Sep-Oct, 20cm. Tenderish but survives well in deciduous dry shade. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ARUM PICTUM L/Co.28

Distinct from A.italicum Pictum. Collected Corsica by Dr.Chris Lovell. Finely pictate leathery winter leaves preceded by a black-maroon flower Sep-Oct, 20cm. Meant to be tender but I've never lost it outside. Likes dry shade.

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ARUM PICTUM L/Sa

Distinct from A.italicum Pictum. Collected Sardinia. Finely pictate leathery winter leaves preceded by a black-maroon flower Sep-Oct, 20cm. Hardy for me in deciduous dry shade.

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ARUM PURPUREOSPATHUM

Dark purple-brown spathe and spadix scented of horse dung (Nov)Feb-Apr, 25cm. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ARUM SINTENISII

N.Cyprus. Synonym A.orientale subsp.sintenisii. Spathe green outside, puce inside, spadix dark puce Apr-May, 30cm. Plain leaves. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ARUNCUS DIOICUS

Tough and graceful plant to 1.5m. with large cream flower plumes Jun-Jul. Easy. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ARUNCUS DIOICUS 'KNEIFFII'

Delicate bronzey cut foliage, cream flowers Jun-Jul, neat compact and shorter than the species 60cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ARUNDO DONAX var.VERSICOLOR

Very large and dramatic cream variegated grass with broad foliage ,2m. Theoretically very hardy (Zone 6) but my experience is that it survives 5 winters out of 6, so grow in pots and put in the garage in winter or, it is hardy planted under water. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ASARUM CAUDIGERELLUM

3-partite brownish-pink or white flowers Feb-May, slightly hairy dark evergreen heart-shaped foliage with pewter markings that may cover the whole leaf, 20cm.

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ASARUM DELAVAYI clone 2

Enormous black, white and khaki flowers 15cm wide, large slightly pewter-marked deep green leaves. Photo.

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ASARUM EUROPEUM

Glossy evergreen leaves in shade, 12cm. Even dry shade. Small unobtrusive brown flowers May-Jun. Roots smell of ginger. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ASARUM MAXIMUM 'SILVER PANDA'

Large evergreen silver-marked foliage, prolific clusters of large white-eyed black trilobed flowers Feb-Jun, 25cm. Easy in shade or keep as a magnificent pot plant. Drama incarnate. Bobs Score=9.0.

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ASARUM NANIFLORUM 'ECO-DÉCOR'

Neat rounded dark green evergreen foliage marbled with paler green - lovely, small yellow-brown and white flowers Apr-Jun, 10cm. Bobs Score=6.5. Photo.

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ASARUM SPLENDENS

Big dark evergreen silver-patterned arrow-shaped foliage, clusters of dramatic dark brown and white banded flowers Jan-Jun, 18cm. Very effective in shade. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ASPHODELINE LIBURNICA

Clean lemon and green flowers May-Aug, slender grey growth, 70cm. Sun. The flowers open in the afternoon and are very sharply coloured. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ASPHODELINE LUTEA

Spikes of large yellow starry flowers May-Jun over useful evergreen grey leaves, ornamental seed heads, 65cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASPHODELUS RAMOSUS

Candelabra-branched inflorescence of 2cm.wide pretty brown-striped white flowers May-Jun and sometimes Aug-Oct, 1.5m. Easy. Mediterranean inc.N.Africa. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASPIDISTRA 'CHINA STAR'

Short broad yellow speckled evergreen leaves, 50cm. Collected by Jim Waddick (QCS-IIM-L13 in China, via Tony Avent. Requires deep shade. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASPIDISTRA 'CHINA SUN'

Short broad yellow speckled evergreen leaves, 55cm. Collected by Jim Waddick (QCS-III-L) in China, via Tony Avent. Requires deep shade. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASPIDISTRA 'MILKY WAY'

Dark, white spotted leaves like the sky at night, 45cm. Evergreen and hardy in very dark dry shade under trees and shrubs. Bright pink starry flowers Aug-Dec at ground level. Good cut foliage. Or, it makes a good houseplant. Protect from slugs and snails. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASPIDISTRA CAESPITOSA 'JADE RIBBONS'

Tall narrow dark evergreen leaves, 60cm. Collected by Jim Waddick in China, via Tony Avent. Requires deep shade. Bobs Score=6.0.

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ASPIDISTRA ELATIOR

Hardy evergreen for dark shade, even dry shade, ?extra broad-leaved form, 40cm. AGM. Good cut foliage. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ASPIDISTRA ELATIOR 'ASAHI'

Broad dark evergreen leaves with the upper third smoked white, 50cm. Stunning for about 8 weeks in early summer. Bobs Score=9.5.

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ASPIDISTRA ELATIOR 'HOSHI-ZORA'

Old Japanese variety, tall yellow faintly speckled evergreen leaves, 85cm.

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ASPIDISTRA LINIARIFOLIA 'LEOPARD'

Tall narrow evergreen gold speckled foliage, 70cm. Collected by Jim Waddick in China, via Tony Avent. Requires deep shade. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ASPIDISTRA LONGILOBA

Long spotted and lined dark evergreen foliage, red flowers.

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ASPIDISTRA MINUTIFLORA

Narrow evergreen foliage with a paler midstripe, 25cm.

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ASPIDISTRA OMEIENSIS

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ASPIDISTRA SP/VAR. coll.China BSWJ

Relatively short broad ovate-lanceolate substantial dark glossy green leaves with central longitudinal paler green markings and a slightly crimped edge, 30cm. Evergreen. A good houseplant for dark cool places (and warmer ones) and possibly hardy. Bobs Score=9.0.

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ASPIDISTRA ZONGBAYI

Relatively short (25cm) spotted and lined dark evergreen foliage, dark red flowers Feb-Jun.

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ASPLENIUM TRICHOMANES 'INCISUM'

Pretty evergreen fern, 8cm. Tolerant of dry shade when established. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ASTELIA CHATHAMICA 'SILVER SPEAR'

Startling silver sword leaves. Reckoned to be tenderish but it withstood Worcester winters 1995-2000 (when it finally died), 1-1.5m. AGM. (Mine is the most astonishing and undemanding pot plant.) Mercurial especially when lit at night. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ASTELIA FRAGRANS

Evergreen pale silvery brown-green sword-shaped leaves, steadily to 1m. Tolerant of dry shade. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTELIA NERVOSA 'WESTLAND'

Rosettes of red flushed silver evergreen foliage, 60cm. Hardy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER 'COTSWOLD GEM'

A hybrid chance seedling from Aster pyrenaeus 'Lutetia' probably with an Aster amellus cultivar as the pollen parent. Strong grower, starry strong pink-mauve flowers on a bushy disease-free plant Sep-Oct, 45cm. Easy, even dry shade. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'FELLOWSHIP'

Superb large double pinky mauve flowers Aug-Oct,75cm. Good soil, sun or half shade. Mildew resistance due to A.laevis ancestry? AGM. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'LITTLE CARLOW'

Masses of trouble-free (mildew-free) blue flowers Sep-Oct, 1.3m. Easy, It literally hurts the eyes to look at it in flower because the colour is so intense. AGM. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'PIXIE DARK EYE'

This is an unusually clear and well coloured relatively mildew-free ericoides hybrid. Profuse medium-small prettily held deep red-purple flowers with yellow middles Sep-Oct, 80cm. Good cut flower. Bobs Score=8.5.

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ASTER 'PIXIE RED EYE'

This is an unusually clear and well coloured relatively mildew-free ericoides hybrid. Profuse small prettily held deep red-purple flowers with soft orange middles Sep-Oct, 80cm. Good cut flower. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ASTER 'PORZELLAN'

Stiffly upright stems have pale grey-indigo flowers Aug-Oct, very dark green foliage 1m. Little mildew. Nice. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'PRIMROSE PATH'

Any Charles Oliver selection is potentially of great interest. Pretty blue flowers with soft maroon-purple centres in open sprays Sep-Oct, 60cm. Looks like an Aster schreberi hybrid and may therefore be dry shade tolerant. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'RINGDOVE'

Cascades of very pretty grey-lavender flowers Sep-Oct, 85cm. Easy. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'SUNHELENE'

A new relatively mildew-free hybrid. Delightful neat double mauve-blue flowers which make a perfect picture with adjacent unopened greyish green buds Aug-Oct, 110cm. Good cut flower. Like A.'Marie Ballard' without the mildew. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER 'SUNQUEEN'

A new relatively mildew-free ericoides hybrid. Delightful neat purple flowers Sep-Oct, 55cm. Good cut flower. Bobs Score=8.0.

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ASTER AMELLUS 'KING GEORGE'

Large violet daisy flowers Aug-Oct, mildew-proof plant, 30cm. Sun or half shade, not too dry. AGM. Lax habits. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER AMELLUS 'LAC DE GENEVE'

Large blue-mauve flowers on a neat mildew-proof plant Sep-Oct, 40cm. Easy and copes wonderfully with all the bad treatment it has had from me. Bobs Score=7.5.

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ASTER AMELLUS 'ROTFEUER'

'Redfire'. Compact mildew-proof deep pink flowers Aug-Oct, 50cm. Good soil, sun or part shade. Lovely. Available from Jul07.

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ASTER AMELLUS 'VIOLET QUEEN'

Compact plant with lovely pale centred deep violet flowers Sep-Nov, 30cm. Good soil, no competition, sun. AGM. Disease-free and long-lived. Bobs Score=9.5. Photo.

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ASTER CORDIFOLIUS 'ELEGANS'

Delicate sprays of small pale blue flowers Sept-Nov, 85cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER DIVARICATUS 'EASTERN STAR'

Larger starry white flowers than normal Jun-Sep, wiry dark stems, dark green foliage, 45cm. Easy even dry shade. Selected by Roger Raiche an American plantsman. Bobs Score=6.0.

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ASTER ERICOIDES 'VIMMER'S DELIGHT'

Lots of small white flowers amongst grey-green foliage Sep-Nov, burgeoning form 80cm. Easy. Nice. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER ERICOIDES f.PROSTRATUS 'SNOW FLURRY'

Exceptional in form. Low spreading stiff-branched prostrate species with masses of small white flowers Sep-Oct, 15cm x 70cm. Easy and effective even in leaf. Wonderful in a big pot where it will cascade over the sides. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ASTER LAEVIS 'ARCTURUS'

A very effective foliage plant as well as for flower. Tall shiny black stems and near black leaves, lilac-mauve flowers Sep-Oct, 1.3m. Easy. Bred at the RHS Chiswick in 1902, languished in Ireland till 1990. Previously sold by me as 'Calliope'. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER LAEVIS 'WHITE CLIMAX'

Mildew-free, late icy green-centred white flowers which are very frost resistant and great bee and butterfly food Oct-Dec, 2m. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER LATERIFLORUS 'PRINCE'

Black-leaved, cypress-shaped bushette with small soft pink centred white flowers which age slightly redder Sep-Oct, stunning, 60cm. Easy, open site, don't crowd. No mildew. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ASTER MACROPHYLLUS 'TWILIGHT'

Mid blue flowers 3cm.wide Jul-Sep, 45cm. Good in dry shade under trees. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'ALMA POTSCHKE'

Pure red flowers Sep-Oct, 1m. Moist soil, sun or light shade. Mildew-proof. Attractive to butterflies. Very exciting planted with orange heleniums. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'BARR'S VIOLET'

Purple-violet flowers Aug-Oct, 1.5m. Easy. Mildew-proof. New England asters are naturally bog plants and lose their bottom leaves in dry conditions, attractive to butterflies. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'HARRINGTON'S PINK'

Shell pink flowers Aug-Oct, 125cm, mildew proof. Moist soil, sun or half shade. AGM. New England asters are naturally bog plants and lose their bottom leaves in dry conditions, attractive to butterflies. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'LYE END BEAUTY'

Large purple flowers from dark stems Aug-Oct, mildew-proof, 1.5m. Easy. New England asters are naturally bog plants and lose their bottom leaves in dry conditions, attractive to butterflies. Bobs Score=6.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'PINK PARFAIT'

Large tupperware-pink flowers with deeper edges Aug-Oct 1.2m, no mildew. Our own seedling. Lovely with Macleaya Spetchley Ruby. Attractive to butterflies. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'PRIMROSE UPWARD'

Medium-large claret-red flowers Aug-Oct, short 60cm or so, A seedling here, probably 'September Ruby' x 'Sayers Croft'. Attractive to butterflies and bees. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'PURPLE DOME'

Large dense heads of deep purple-violet flowers on a short plant Oct-Nov, 55cm. This is a great pleasure planted next to Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'. No mildew, easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER NOVAE-ANGLIAE 'SAYERS CROFT'

Large true purple daisy flowers Aug-Sep, mildew-proof, 1m. Good soil, sun or light shade. New England asters are naturally bog plants and lose their bottom leaves in dry conditions, attractive to butterflies. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVI-BELGII 'KRISTINA'

Pure white double flowers Sep-Oct over sturdy very dark green bushes 45cm. Few mildew problems (because of A.laevis ancestry?). Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER NOVI-BELGII 'LASSIE'

The broad dark-green mildew-free foliage suggests Aster laevis parentage. Shaggy semi-double pink-mauve flowers Aug-Oct, 90cm. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER OBLONGIFOLIUS 'FANNY'S'

Very late blue flowers Oct-Dec, 1.2m. Many favourable comments. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER PILOSUS var.PRINGLEI 'PINK CUSHION'

Starry strong purple-pink flowers Sep-Oct, 35cm only. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ASTER SCHREBERI

A good dry shade plant, large starry white daisy flowers Jun-Sep over dark green foliage, mildly spreading 30cm. Easy anywhere, no mildew. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER SEDIFOLIUS 'NANUS'

Clouds of delicate pale butterfly-like lilac-blue flowers Aug-Oct, 75cm. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER SEDIFOLIUS RCB AM-5

Sturdy relatively short wild aster (extinct further West in Europe), ragged blue flowers early - Aug-Sep, 65cm. Seed collected S.of Lake Sevan, Armenia, rocky edge to old lava flow.

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ASTER THOMSONII 'NANUS'

Lilac-blue flowers on a bushy plant over a long season Jul-Sep, 40cm. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTER UMBELLATUS

Stately heads of small white flowers Aug-Sep, 1.3m. Easy. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ASTER x FRICKARTII 'MONCH'

This is the true variety. Large lavender flowers for a very long season Jun-Oct(Nov), 70cm, lax. No mildew, easy. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTEROPYRUM CAVALERIEI

Delicate white-flowers like a large thalictrum Apr-Jun. Foliage variously described as silver-veined serrated, or dark-spotted glossy duckfoot evergreen, but the adjective lovely always used. 15cm. Woodlander. Hardy.

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ASTRANTIA 'MOULIN ROUGE'

Large deep black-red flowers (a pale green-backed centre with almost black outer bracts) Apr-Jul, Aug-Nov (with a real gap in the middle), 45cm. Sterile non-seeding, long-flowering hybrid. Photo.

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ASTRANTIA MAJOR

Pale greeny white flower heads May-Nov (with a gap in midsummer), 55cm. Easy. Bobs Score=7.0.

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ASTRANTIA MAJOR 'HADSPEN BLOOD'

The darkest deep maroon compound flower heads over a dark reddish-green plant Jun-Oct, 55cm. Easy. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTRANTIA MAJOR 'RUBY WEDDING'

Deep ruby-red flowers on maroon stems May-Sep, 55cm. Easy and very nice. AGM. Bobs Score=8.0. Photo.

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ASTRANTIA MAJOR 'SUNNINGDALE VARIEGATED'

Leaves with strong creamy-green variegated edges in spring, green pink and white flowers over a long period May-Nov (with a short gap in midsummer), 55cm. Easy. Good picked flower. AGM. Bobs Score=8.5. Photo.

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ATHYRIUM FILIX-FEMINA CRUCIATUM GROUP

Slowly develops into a very very lacy fern, deciduous, 40cm. Moistish shade. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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ATHYRIUM NIPONICUM var.PICTUM 'SILVER FALLS'

Deciduous fern with silvered dissected fronds Apr-Oct, shade but not dry shade. Plant Breeders Rights in Europe - unlicensed propagation for resale prohibited. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ATHYRIUM NIPONICUM var.PICTUM 'URSULA'S RED'

Superb red-pink and silver fronds develop a black-red central stripe as they mature, 40cm. Damp well drained soil, shade. Fully hardy, deciduous and doesn't reappear till late April. Bobs Score=9.0. Photo.

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ATHYRIUM OTOPHORUM var.OKANUM

Maroon rhachis and pale creamy-green fronds, deciduous, 50cm. Shade and moisture. AGM. Bobs Score=7.0. Photo.

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ATRIPLEX HALIMUS

Good evergreen grey-leaved shrub, 2-3m. Cut back as you wish (can be stooled or even makes a hedge). Good cut foliage with a pearly glazing particularly noticeable in artificial light. The leaves taste delightfully salty. Virtually flowerless. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.

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AZORINA VIDALLII

Distinctive campanula relative from the Azores. Proud heads of waxy pink flowers Jun-Aug, glossy foliage, miniature shrub shape, 45cm. Easy but needs to be frost-free. Bobs Score=7.5. Photo.