Crocus catalogue 2018

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Evergreen / deciduous

Quick growing

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Attractive to wildlife

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Seed planting guidelines

Plants for a Formal Garden

Formal gardens have lots of geometric shapes and hard lines, with the framework of the garden often being clipped into neat topiary. To soften the overall effect, you also need to include a layer of plants that help add colour and seasonal variation.

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Allium cristophii

Buy Allium cristophii : Huge globes of star-like, lilac flowers

Rosa Kent ('Poulcov') (PBR) (Towne & Country Series)

Buy Rosa Kent ('Poulcov') (PBR) (Towne & Country Series): Lovely white blooms

Rosa Surrey ('Korlanum')

Buy Rosa Surrey ('Korlanum') : Beautiful double pink blooms


Buy rosemary: A deliciously aromatic favourite

Rosa Pink Flower Carpet ('Noatraum') (PBR)

Buy Rosa Pink Flower Carpet ('Noatraum') (PBR): Produces a profusion of double pink blooms

Rosa Flower Carpet White ('Noaschnee') (PBR)

Buy Rosa Flower Carpet White ('Noaschnee') (PBR): Flowers prolifically for many months

Rosa Flower Carpet Sunshine ('Noason') (PBR)

Buy Rosa Flower Carpet Sunshine ('Noason') (PBR): Has an excellent resistance to diseases

Rosa Flower Carpet Scarlet ('Noa83100b') (PBR)

Buy Rosa Flower Carpet Scarlet ('Noa83100b') (PBR): Easy to grow groundcover with masses (and masses) of flowers

Allium sphaerocephalon

Buy Allium sphaerocephalon : Small, wine-coloured flowers on tall stems

Iris 'Jane Phillips'

Buy Iris 'Jane Phillips': A popular variety with blue flowers

Iris 'Tropic Night'

Buy Iris 'Tropic Night': Velvety, violet flowers with veined yellow throats

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Buy Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low': Deep violet to lilac-blue summer flowers and aromatic mid-green leaves.

Nepeta × faassenii

Buy Nepeta × faassenii: Loose drifts of lavender flowers. Great for edging

Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King'

Buy Ilex × altaclerensis 'Golden King': A lovely, golden-leaved holly

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Buy Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote': A compact lavender, with intense, violet flowers

Ligustrum ovalifolium

Buy Ligustrum ovalifolium : Tough and easy to look after

Taxus baccata

Buy Taxus baccata : Has bright red berries

Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea'

Buy Lavandula angustifolia 'Rosea': Pink flowers and silvery foliage

Rosa Flower Carpet Amber ('Noa97400a') (PBR)

Buy Rosa Flower Carpet Amber ('Noa97400a') (PBR): Masses of double apricot flowers

Iris 'Butter and Sugar'

Buy Iris 'Butter and Sugar': Large, white flowers. A lovely marginal plant for ponds