Dan Pearson’s Must-Have Plants: Perennials

Now we get to the heart of Dan Pearson’s plant recommendations… and he offers far more perennials than another designer we have written of…

(Do also check out this review of his excellent book ‘Spirit’.)


Acanthus mollis latifolius group ‘Rue Ledan’

Actaea cordifolia

Anemone x Hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

Angelica edulis

Aralia cordata

Baptisia Alba var. Macrophylla

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Betty Bowring’

Bupleurum longifolium ‘Bronze Beauty’

Cephalaria dipsacoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Blackbird’

Digitalis ferruginea

Disporum longistylum ‘Night Heron’

Epimedium wushanense ‘caramel’

Erigeron karvinskianus

Eryngium agavifolium

Eryngium ebracteatum

Ferula tingitana ‘Cedric Morris’

Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’

Gaura lindheimeri

Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’

Gillenia trifoliata

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Helleborus x Hybridus Ashwood Hybrids

Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’

Inula magnifica ‘Sonnenstrahl’

Iris lazica

Lathyrus vernus ‘Gracilis’

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum

Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’

Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’

Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’

Salvia uliginosa ‘Ballon Azul’

Sanguisorba ‘Cangshan Cranberry’

Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’

Selinum wallichianum

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Verbena macdougalii ‘Lavender Spires’ (this plant is difficult to find, at least at the time of writing. But very popular, so we are trying to source it for our shop. We also wrote here about Verbena bonariensis…)

Read part 1, part 2, part 4.

Recommended Reading:

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City

The Well-tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques

Perennial Garden Plants or the Modern Florilegium


Save Ryton Organic Gardens!

There seems to be some underhand shenanigans going on here. Bob Flowerdew is threatening to resign. We face losing the UK’s cornerstone organic garden. So please take a look at what is going on via the Facebook group…. go on! Go Now! Save Ryton Organic Gardens!


Garden Design Trends 2018

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Today we will be looking at Garden Design Trends in 2018. Just so you are in the know about what is cool and what is not cool in the 12 months ahead…. For the past like, million years I have shared my thoughts on what the gardening industry tell us the latest trends are going to be. If you are interested, you can see here the garden design trends for 2017. Or take a peek at my favourite of all the posts I have written – Alternative Garden Design Trends. This is my individual take on what the latest garden design …



Northern Forest – UK Plans For 50 Million New Trees

Well now, this is interesting…. UK Plans 50 Million New Trees in Northern Forest Likely? See the pitfalls? We love the idea and wholeheartedly support as much tree planting as possible. But are seriously doubtful that this is more than a sticking plaster solution to England being so vastly ‘under-treed’…. or should that be ‘overfelled?’ Yet whether this idea happens or not, all we ask is that you please make sure you plant as many trees as you can in your garden!