Friday, 6 January 2012

This year's Perennial Plants (....and a few bulbs & shrubs) shopping list

I tend to buy my perennial plants, bulbs & dahlias from Parkers Wholesale website as I find that it's really good value and they have some fantastic plants in their range.  The problem is that, like any garden centre, they sell a lot of "differently attractive" plants as well as "actually attractive" ones.  While the cost per plant is low, if you can't sort the wheat out from the chaff then it can become quite a waste of money pretty quickly (and, yes, you do detect personal experience there).  While I'm slowly getting better at choosing plants, I must admit that I lean more heavily on the writings of Dan Pearson, Sarah Raven, Martha Stewart and Edwina von Gal.  In my last post I gave the list of perennials that I'm going to grow from seed - but I also compiled an order from Parkers using those writers, and here it is:

Code Description Quantity
MI141 Fritillaria Meleagris Mixed 200
HP218 Pennisetum compressum 5
HP015 Aquilegia Blue Barlow 10
HP018 Aquilegia Rose Barlow 10
HP033 Campanula Glomerata Superba 10
HP037 Centaurea Montana Grandiflora 10
HP288 Geum Mrs Bradshaw 10
HP163 Scabiosa Clive Greaves 10
HP019 Aquilegia Ruby Port 10
HP014 Aquilegia Black Barlow 10
HP023 Astrantia Major 10
HP082 Helleborus Niger 10
HP009 Anchusa Loddon Royalist 10
HP043 Cynara Cardunculus 5
PL159 Hydrangea Arb. Annabella 1
PL171 Hydrangea Paniculata Limelight 1
PL218 Syringa Lilac Madame Lemoine 1
PL344 Viburnum Opulus 5
HP347 Campanula Glomerata Alba 10
HP279 Potentilla Ron Mcbeath 10
HP287 Geum Lady Stratheden 10
HP299 Verbena Bonariensis 10
HP320 Geum Queen of Orange 10

Total Cost, including VAT and Delivery, just over a hundred and fifty quid (less than a quid a plant even without counting the bulbs)  I'm looking forward to receiving the order, getting them in the ground and sharing the results.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


I've decided to grow a number of perennials from seed this year.  Here is my selection:

Alchemilla Mollis
Aquilegia Vulgaris 'Miss I H Huish'
Aquilegia Vulgaris 'Lime Sorbet' 
Berkheya Purpurea
Cirsium Japonicum
Digitalis 'F1 'Camelot Cream'
Digitalis Purpurea 'Alba' 
Echinacea Purpurea 'White Swan'
Euphorbia Schillingii
Euphorbia Wulfenii
Geum chiloense 'Red Dragon'
Helleborus Corsicus
Lysimachia Beaujolais
Matthiola Incana 'Pillow talk'
Matthiola Incana 'Purple Perennial form'
Nerine Bowdenii
Phlox Paniculata
Platycodon 'Hakone Blue'
Silene Laciniata 'Jack Flash'
Stipa Gigantea
Tragopogon Crocifolius

I'll be ordering them soon so that I can get them planted in March