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Groundcover plants

Carpeting the ground with minimal fuss, ground cover plants are useful for covering bare patches of soil beneath trees, stabilising soil on steep banks and slopes, adding structure and form to your borders and reducing the need for weeding. As dependable, low maintenance plants which solve many landscaping problems quickly and easily, they can also be tucked between stepping stones along a garden path or grown below centre-piece plants in troughs, tubs or containers.

Thyme is a great drought-tolerant groundcover which excels in beds, borders and containers. Sedums such as Sedum Purple Carpet are prized for use in green roofs and living walls because they are so adaptable. Lamb's Ears plants such as or Stachys Silver Carpet have silvery-green, fuzzy leaves with a sprawling habit and flower spikes in summer. Be sure to weed thoroughly before planting as any weeds that remain will be much more difficult to remove afterwards.

 

6 Pack of Mixed Alpine Plants (9cm)

CODE: 8973

These attractive Alpine plants offer an assortment of spectacular foliage and flowers to suit any needs. They are naturally low growing in the front of... More 

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6 Pack of Mixed Sedum Plants (9cm)

CODE: 8974

These attractive Alpine Sedums offer an assortment of spectacular foliage and flowers to suit any needs. They are naturally low growing in the front of... More 

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6 Pack of Mixed Sempervivum Plants (9cm)

CODE: 8975

This attractive mix of houseleeks offers an assortment of spectacular foliage and unusual flowers. They are naturally low growing in the front of garden... More 

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Acanthus Mollis 'Tasmanian Angel' (2L)

CODE: 620

With its variegated foliage and tall spires of creamy pink flowers, this acanthus will be a showy addition to any garden. As well as being colourful, the... More 

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Achillea 'Terracotta' (2L)

CODE: 415

An abundance of large terracotta flowers contrast beautifully over ferny foliage that lasts well, and fades to yellow in autumn.  The attractive... More 

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Achillea 'Terracotta' (9cm)

CODE: 10333

An abundance of large terracotta flowers contrast beautifully over ferny foliage that lasts well, and fades to yellow in autumn.  The attractive... More 

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Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold' (2L)

CODE: 413

Large bright golden yellow flowers, delicate fern like foliage. Ideal for the back of an herbaceous border. Prefers full sun in a border and keep... More 

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Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' (2L)

CODE: 600

Very striking perennial which is sure to brighten up your garden during the summer months. Dusty red flowers appear in summer on tall stems. Flower... More 

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Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet' (2L)

CODE: 414

Stunning bright rich red flowers, delicate fern like foliage, a must for the perennial border. Superb flowers and aromatic foliage attracts bees and... More 

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Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' (2L)

CODE: 9691

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' is a summer flowering perennial. It produces upright wands of lavender-blue flower spikes from July through to... More 

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Ajuga 'Black Scallop' (2L)

CODE: 417

This is a striking, low maintenance, evergreen groundcover perennial with very dark and glossy, scalloped burgundy foliage and deep blue flower spikes... More 

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Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (9cm)

CODE: 8938

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' is a bright low growing alpine perennial with evergreen foliage. This variety produces burgundy-pink leaves... More 

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Alyssum saxatile compactum 'Gold Bullet' (9cm)

CODE: 8939

Alyssum 'Gold Bullet' is a mound forming, low growing alpine perennial with grey-green slightly furry evergreen foliage.  In mid... More 

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Androsace septentrionalis 'Stardust' (9cm)

CODE: 8940

Androsace septentrionalis 'Stardust' is a mound forming, low growing alpine perennial with dark grey-green evergreen foliage with a slightly... More 

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Antennaria dioica 'Rubra' (9cm)

CODE: 8941

Antennaria dioica 'Rubra' is a mat forming, low growing alpine perennial with evergreen foliage. This foliage is bourne in rosettes of spoon... More 

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Arabis blepharophylla (9cm)

CODE: 8942

Arabis blepharophyllais a neat alpine perennial with tight low growing evergreen rosettes of fuzzy foliage in olive green hues. From this... More 

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Arabis caucasica 'Hedi' (9cm)

CODE: 87

This is a small, mat-forming evergreen perennial which forms compact cushions of attractive, woolly, grey-green leaves and bears an abundance of stunning... More 

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Arabis caucasica 'Snowcap' (9cm)

CODE: 9330

An attractive, easy-to-grow evergreen perennial which forms a low-growing mat of jagged, hairy grey-green leaves. It produces masses of stunning,... More 

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Arabis coburgii 'Old Gold' (9cm)

CODE: 9331

A pretty mat-forming perennial with glossy, variegated leaves that are golden-green in colour. White flowers appear in spring. Remove any shoots,... More 

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Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (9cm)

CODE: 89

This is a versatile, ground-covering, evergreen perennial which bears masses of beautiful, pure white flowers held in clusters high above the foliage.... More 

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Arenaria montana 'Blizzard' (9cm)

CODE: 8943

Arenaria montana 'Blizzard' is a low growing evergreen perennial with lance shaped, grey-green foliage on upright stems. In early summer it... More 

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Armeria maritima 'Alba' (9cm)

CODE: 8944

Armeria maritima 'Alba' is a small evergreen perennial with green grass like mounds of leaves. In late spring it produces clusters of white... More 

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Armeria maritima 'Splendens' (2L)

CODE: 8109

A robust, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with deep green, grass-like foliage and rounded heads of intensely-coloured, deep pink blooms. These are... More 

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Armeria maritima 'Splendens' (9cm)

CODE: 8945

A robust, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with deep green, grass-like foliage and rounded heads of intensely-coloured, deep pink blooms. These are... More 

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Asarum europaeum (2L)

CODE: 9818

Asarum europaeum is a low, spreading perennial with glossy green leaves and small, unusual pitcher-shaped purple-red flowers in the spring. With its... More 

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Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite' (2L)

CODE: 604

Astilbe are an attractive herbaceous perennial with glossy green foliage. Astilbe 'Sprite is a dwarf variety that reaches around 30cm in height. Tiny... More 

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Astilbe x japonica 'Deutschland' (2L)

CODE: 603

Astilbe are an attractive herbaceous perennial with glossy green foliage that produces tiny white flowers in late spring or early summer. Old... More 

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Aubrieta 'Argenteovariegata' (9cm)

CODE: 91

A fabulous evergreen perennial which forms a compact mound of attractive, holly-shaped, green leaves with a clean and crisp creamy-white variegation.... More 

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Aubrieta 'Blue Cascade' (9cm)

CODE: 103

Stunning, rich blue flowers which smother the plant in a beautiful, bold display of luminous colour between March and May. This is a versatile, early... More 

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Aubrieta 'Kitte Blue' (9cm)

CODE: 8946

Aubrieta 'Kitte Blue' is an attractive compact evergreen perennial with small oval shaped light green leaves. It provides an excellent source of... More 

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Aubrieta 'Purple Cascade' (9cm)

CODE: 92

Stunning, rich purple flowers which smother the plant in a beautiful, bold display of luminous colour between March and May. This is a versatile, early... More 

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Aubrieta 'Red Cascade' (9cm)

CODE: 93

This is a fantastic, mat-forming evergreen perennial with small, soft grey-green leaves that are hairy to minimise water loss from the leaf surface,... More 

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Aubrieta 'Royal Blue' (9cm)

CODE: 94

This is a fantastic, mat-forming evergreen perennial with small, soft grey-green leaves that are hairy to minimise water loss from the leaf surface,... More 

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Aubrieta 'Royal Red' (9cm)

CODE: 8947

Aubrieta 'Royal Red' is an relatively low growing evergreen perennial with small hairy, ovate shaped leaves in shades of grey-green.... More 

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Bergenia 'Bressingham White' (2L)

CODE: 646

Bergenia 'Bressingham White' is a pretty evergreen perennial with large leathery (Elephant's Ears) rounded green leaves that are flushed red... More 

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Bergenia 'Silberlicht' (2L)

CODE: 428

A superb evergreen versatile groundcover with thick, large leathery leaves bearing white flowers turning blush pink as spring progresses. Commonly known... More 

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Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' (2L)

CODE: 654

An ideal ground cover plant which is also excellent for adding colour and contrast to the garden with its leathery, rounded leaves and clusters of... More 

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream' (2L)

CODE: 538

Brunnera macrophylla Hadspen Cream is a clump forming perennial with delicate blue flowers which appear in spring time. The leaves are large and heart... More 

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (2L)

CODE: 539

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' is a stunning ground cover perannial with large, heart-shaped leaves appear in spring with the most beautiful... More 

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' (2L)

CODE: 540

Large, heart-shaped leaves appear in spring with the most beautiful silver dusting on them. 'Looking Glass' silver dusting is much denser than... More 

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Calluna vulgaris 'Easter-Bonfire'

CODE: 134

This scotch heather is a small evergreen shrub native to moors, hillsides and heaths throughout Europe and Siberia, Turkey and Morocco. Grown for its... More 

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Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'

CODE: 113

A hardy, evergreen, ground-covering heather with splendid, warm bronze-gold foliage during the growing season which takes on brilliant, fiery shades of... More 

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Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna' (2L)

CODE: 541

This cottage garden classic mixes beautifully with other soft-coloured perennials and old roses. Tall stems of bell-shaped pale pink/lilac flowers tower... More 

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Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety' (2L)

CODE: 430

This is an excellent, clump-forming evergreen perennial which produces masses of stunning, pale violet-blue, bell-shaped flowers in open clusters from... More 

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Campanula portenschlagiana (9cm)

CODE: 8949

Campanula portenschlagianais a viggorous low growing evergreen perennial with beautiful dense rosettes of heart shaped leaves with a rich green colour.... More 

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Campanula poscharskyana (2L)

CODE: 602

This pretty semi-evergreen trailing perennial is much loved for its lavender-blue star shaped flowers. Spreads with ease to form a beautiful carpet of... More 

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Carex elata 'Aurea' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 9684

This is a stunning, evergreen grass which forms compact tufts of arching, narrow-bladed, bright yellow leaves with fine green variegation. It's a... More 

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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 9685

Densely tufted grass with arching narrow variegated leaves of deep green and white with an usual twist at the tips. Although the flower spikes are... More 

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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens

CODE: 2100

An award winning, shrub with dense, glossy evergreen foliage and racemes of deep purple flowers from late spring. An excellent ground cover plant that... More 

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Cedrus deodara 'Feelin' Blue'

CODE: 2801

An eye-catching, dwarf, spreading evergreen conifer which makes a lovely horizontal specimen or groundcover plant. ‘Feelin' Blue’ is a unique,... More 

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Cistus pulverulentus 'Sunset'

CODE: 8227

This is an attractive form of Rock Rose with dark, purple-pink blooms whose petals darken towards the centre. These are papery-looking with a rich,... More 

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Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink' (Grayswood Pink)

CODE: 2110

Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink' is an elegant Rock Rose which produces masses of light, blush-pink flowers fading to white in the centre from... More 

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Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'

CODE: 2108

Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens' is an excellent shrubby ground cover plant which bears luminous, snowy white flowers throughout summer. It has... More 

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Cistus x hybridus (syn. Cistus x corbariensis)

CODE: 2107

Cistus x hybridus (syn. Cistus x corbariensis) is an evergreen variety and is one of the two hardiest cistuses. It bears single white flowers with yellow... More 

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Cistus x purpureus

CODE: 2109

Large and rounded, papery-looking, dark pink blooms with a distinctive maroon mark at the base of each petal, close to the flowers rich yellow centre.... More 

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Compact Marjoram - Origanum majorana 'Compactum' (8/9cm)

CODE: 9535

Origanum majorana 'Compactum' is a low growing, mat-forming, woody-based perennial with oval-shaped, aromatic dark green deciduous leaves. Wiry... More 

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Convallaria majalis (2L)

CODE: 433

This is a beautiful, spring flowering deciduous bulb with arching racemes of small, pendent, sweetly scented white flowers. These are perfect for adding... More 

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Convolvulus cneorum

CODE: 2325

Convolvulus cneorum is a versatile, slow growing, spreading evergreen shrub that provides excellent groundcover as well as looking great cascading over... More 

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Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee' (2L)

CODE: 542

Large, deep yellow flowers float above mid-green foliage, creating a bright display throughout summer and early autumn. Flowers also appear lower down... More 

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Cortaderia selloana 'Rosea' (2-3L)

CODE: 1687

This is a spectacular evergreen variety producing tall, pink-flushed, feathery plumes on strong, erect stems in August. It has a strong-growing, bushy... More 

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Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star' (2-3L)

CODE: 1688

Fantastic, eye-catching, creamy-white flower plumes soar elegantly above a compact mound of long, arching evergreen foliage from August to November. This... More 

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Cotoneaster atropurpureus 'Variegatus'

CODE: 2123

A variegated leaved, red berried cotoneaster. Pinkish-white flowers are succeeded by red fruits. A deciduous stiff branched spreading shrub with glossy... More 

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Cotoneaster dammeri - Shrub

CODE: 4107

This is an outstanding, easy to grow, versatile evergreen groundcover with a vigorous, wide-spreading growth habit and small, oval, glossy dark green... More 

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Cotoneaster horizontalis

CODE: 2127

A deep green leaved, red berried cotoneaster. Pinkish-white flowers are succeeded by red fruits. A deciduous stiff branched spreading shrub with glossy... More 

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Cotoneaster microphyllus

CODE: 2304

A small, evergreen, spreading shrub with tiny glossy green leaves and white flowers in spring and summer, followed by red berries – essential food... More 

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Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (2L)

CODE: 434

Fiery, paprika red, funnel-shaped flowers with orange-yellow throats flare out along arching, dark bronze-green stems between August and September. This... More 

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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie' (2L)

CODE: 514

Fiery, crimson red and orange, funnel-shaped flowers with orange-yellow throats flare out along arching, dark bronze-green stems between August and... More 

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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie' (9cm)

CODE: 10336

Fiery, crimson red and orange, funnel-shaped flowers with orange-yellow throats flare out along arching, dark bronze-green stems between August and... More 

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Delosperma cooperi (9cm)

CODE: 8951

Delosperma cooperi is a mat-forming, evergreen succulent with unusual fleshy, tubular light green leaves with a smooth erect finish. The foliage... More 

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Dianthus 'Albus Plenus' (9cm)

CODE: 95

Masses of attractive, dainty, single pure white flowers with a sweet scent and fringed petals appear across the whole plant from June to September. This... More 

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Dianthus deltoides 'Flashing Lights' (9cm)

CODE: 8952

Brilliant, upward-facing, flashing, bright red blooms with deep, carmine-red centres and a slightly darker outer edge are borne singly on tiny stems,... More 

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Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 7700

Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' is a dwarf semi-evergreen fern, perfect for adding some year round interest and colour to a border.... More 

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Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1927

Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata The King' is a handsome semi-evergreen fern with crested, large arched fronds twisted at the tips. Shuttlecock in... More 

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Dryopteris affinis (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1927

Dryopteris affinis is a hardy semi-evergreen fern often found in woodlands throughout the UK. Young bipinnatifid fronds are bright yellow-green... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1928

A handsome deciduous fern with triangular fronds which are copper-red when young, slowly maturing to a dark green. A very popular fern that is ideal when... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica (1.5/2L)

CODE: 8160

Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica is a striking compact evergreen fern with triangular fronds that start out an beautiful copper-red, slowly turning... More 

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Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica (11cm)

CODE: 10303

Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica is a striking compact evergreen fern with triangular fronds that start out an beautiful copper-red, slowly turning... More 

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Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa Cristata' (1.5/2L)

CODE: 1929

A native British fern, semi-evergreen with a compact habit. Tall, bright green fronds with crested leaves which are ruffled or curly along their margins,... More 

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Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' (2L)

CODE: 647

Epimedium x perralchicum 'Fröhnleiten' is an excellent, strong growing evergreen groundcover perennial with with ovate leaves that are... More 

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Epimedium x rubrum (2L)

CODE: 546

Grown for both its foliage and flower, Epimedium x rubrum is an essential addition to any shady part of your garden. Heart shaped young leaves are... More 

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Erica carnea 'Loughrigg'

CODE: 122

A lovely evergreen variety which produces dark, purplish-red flowers from late winter to spring. These contrast beautifully against the dark green... More 

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Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

CODE: 9840

Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby' is a prostrate, evergreen variety with a neat, compact, mat-forming growth habit and rich dark green summer foliage.... More 

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Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'

CODE: 123

A compact, flat-growing, dwarf evergreen bush which produces a dynamic, bi-coloured winter floral display of shell-pink blooms with deeper pink tips.... More 

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Erica carnea 'R.B. Cooke'

CODE: 124

An excellent, prostrate evergreen bush which forms a wide mat of handsome, spiny, mid- to dark green foliage that provides a perfect backdrop to the... More 

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Erica carnea 'Vivellii'

CODE: 126

This variety has dark bronze-green evergreen foliage and bears deep purple pink flowers from winter to spring. It has a potential height and spread of... More 

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Erica carnea 'Winter Beauty'

CODE: 126

This variety has dark green evergreen foliage and deep rose pink flowers from early winter to mid-spring. It prefers a site in full sun to light shade... More 

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Golden Starlet'

CODE: 121

A prostrate, evergreen variety with a neat, compact, mat-forming growth habit and glowing, golden-yellow summer foliage. In the winter the foliage turns... More 

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Erica carnea f. alba 'Springwood White'

CODE: 9841

Erica carnea f. alba 'Springwood White' is a prostrate, evergreen variety with a neat, compact, mat-forming growth habit and vivid bright green... More 

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Erica carnea f. aureifolia 'Foxhollow'

CODE: 120

A prostrate, evergreen variety producing fabulous, shell pink to pale lavender blooms sporadically from December to April. It has rich, golden-yellow... More 

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Erica cinerea 'Atrorubens'

CODE: 125

This variety has dark evergreen leaves and bears gorgeous light pink flowers which compliment the foliage superbly. It flowers between January and April... More 

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Erica cinerea 'Stephen Davis'

CODE: 137

This beautiful variety of heather is fully hardy, and has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit. It is able to survive the harshest of British... More 

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Erica x darleyensis 'Darley Dale'

CODE: 128

A tough, reliable, bushy evergreen shrub with a compact, low-growing habit and stiff, glossy, mid-green, needle-like foliage that becomes attractively... More 

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Erica x darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'

CODE: 129

This evergreen heather bears attractive pink flowers that are borne in November and last right through to late May. These deepen on ageing to heliotrope... More 

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Erica x darleyensis 'J. W. Porter'

CODE: 130

This is a spreading, compact evergreen shrub with stiff, needle-like, dark green foliage that displays beautiful cream and red growing tips in the... More 

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Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'

CODE: 131

This is an excellent variety which bears clusters of urn-shaped, magenta flowers between January and April. It has handsome, bronze-green evergreen... More 

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