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Crocus catalogue 2018

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Evergreen / deciduous

Quick growing

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Plants for a Water Garden

Ponds help attract a wide range of wildlife to the garden, but they will look very stark without the softening effect of a few moisture-loving plants.

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Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Buy Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki': Brilliant autumn colour

Cornus alba 'Aurea'

Buy Cornus alba 'Aurea': Butter-yellow foliage

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Buy Cornus alba 'Elegantissima': Vivid red stems in winter

Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

Buy Cornus alba 'Sibirica': Bright coral-red stems in winter

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Buy Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire': Flame-coloured winter stems

Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'

Buy Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea': Stunning yellow winter stems


Buy angelica: Stunning accent plant

Mimulus guttatus

Buy Mimulus guttatus : A bright and prolific marginal plant

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough'

Buy Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough': Perfection for the pondside

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'

Buy Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata': A magnificent and striking fern

Dryopteris erythrosora

Buy Dryopteris erythrosora : Desirable fern for partial shade

Osmunda regalis

Buy Osmunda regalis : Magnificent giant fern. Great beside water

Polystichum setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group

Buy Polystichum setiferum Plumosomultilobum Group: Perfect for a shady border

Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' (× arendsii)

Buy Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' (× arendsii): Feathery plumes of pink flowers

Astilbe 'Fanal' (× arendsii)

Buy Astilbe 'Fanal' (× arendsii): Fluffy, wine-red flower spires

Hosta 'Francee' (fortunei)

Buy Hosta 'Francee' (fortunei): Olive-green leaves with smart white margins

Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Buy Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans: Heart shaped, pale green leaves and fragrant flowers

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Buy Hosta 'Sum and Substance': Less susceptible (but not immune!) to slugs and snails

Iris chrysographes

Buy Iris chrysographes : Dramatic colouring that looks gorgeous beside water

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'

Buy Persicaria bistorta 'Superba': Showy spikes of pale pink flowers. This plant loves damp soil!