Soft Needle Fern Relatively recent introduction. Hardy fern with pale green fronds growing to 90cm. Moist soil in shade or semi-shade.
Soft Shield Fern Compact semi-evergreen fern with slightly arching upright pale green fronds to 90cm. Hardy fern for shade or semi-shade and moist soil.
Soft Shield Fern Compact evergreen fern growing to 60cm. Triangular fronds with overlapping pinnae. Moist, but well drained soil in partial shade, but will grow in full sun once established.
Mid to late flowering with small deep violet bell shaped flowers arranged in rounded heads on short stems.
Himalayan cowslip. Flowering mid summer through to the autumn. Normal colour is sulphur yellow bell shaped flowers, however they can range from a dull orange (keilour hybrids), through to brick red ('red shades'). Fragrant flowers.
Needs cool moist and free draining neutral to acidic soil, which does not dry out in summer, or get waterlogged for long periods in winter.
Candelabra primula. Flowering June through to July. Flower colour range from oranges through to purples, pinks and reds.
Deciduous with new reddish-brown leaves in early spring with short spikes of red-purple flowers. May be a synonym of the Japanese cultivar “Yubae”.
Spreading evergreen perennial. Pink flowers over fresh red-hued leaves in early spring. Plant in light shade, away from summer drought and winter waterlogging, but water in well in its first year.
(x-rubrum) Spreading evergreen perennial. Red and lemon flowers over fresh red-hued leaves in early spring. Plant in light shade, away from summer drought and winter waterlogging, but water in well in its first year. (photograph courtesy of Danielle Monbaliu)