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In the beds and borders of the gardens that are part of Marchants a style of gardening is evolving that fuses the best elements of the "New Perennial" movement with a very English love of colour.
Elspeth Thompson. The Garden.

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Plant Inventory: Herbaceous Perennials

ECHINACEA. The cone flowers of North America are not only valued for the healing properties of the oil they contain but for their tremendous garden value too. The broad ray petals of mauve-crimson are mostly declined, thereby accentuating the glowing central cone of bronze-orange. They require good hearty soil and are not always easy.
Echinacea purpurea. Strong flowering sized seedlings from our best largest flowered forms. 75cm

ECHINOPS bannaticus ‘Blue Pearl’. An uncommon form with paler flowers than the latter, a good mid- blue in fact. 90cm.
*E. ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’. Coarsely cut, spiny leaves give rise to pale stems supporting spherical heads of rich blue flowers. Not thuggish as are some of its brethren. 90cm.

EPIMEDIUM. Did you know these plants are members of the Berberis family? Look at their flowers and you’ll soon discover why. Not too difficult to please, they require humus rich soil and a dose of shade. Their new foliage is often beautifully tinted and their Columbine like flowers beguile all those who encounter them.
E. ‘Amber Queen’. A cracking E. flavum hybrid, the main body of the large flower being amber coloured with hints of pink, pale yellow and white. 40cm.
E. grandiflorum ‘La Rocaille’. Ivory white suffused with palest celadon green, long spurred flowers. 35cm.
E. g. ‘Lilac-Pink Form’. A form with small leaves and pert, spidery lilac-pink flowers.
E. g. ‘Lilafee’. Dark tinted new leaves act as a harmonious foil to the dainty violetpurple flowers. 25cm.
E. g. ‘Rose Queen’. Inappropriately named, the large spurred flowers of this strong growing form are actually a fine crimson-purple. 25cm.
E. g. ‘White Queen’. A large flowered pure white form, yet to bettered. This, the true plant, is said to becoming rare. 30cm.
E. membranaceum. A beautiful Chinese species with burnished spiny margined foliage and insect like, long spurred pale yellow flowers for months. Evergreen. 30cm.
E. x oemeiense ‘Myriad Years’. A naturally occurring hybrid in the wild (E. acuminatum x E.fangii) with handsome foliage and extraordinary, huge pale grey-pink and purple spurred flowers. Requires a sheltered spot. 45cm
E. ogisui. Introduced in the 1990’s from the flora rich province of Sichuan, China, this beautiful large white flowered species remains uncommon and is further enhanced by the bronze tinted new foliage. 25cm.
E. x perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’. Airy racemes of unspurred lemon yellow flowers in spring. The handsome evergreen leaves remain unblemished throughout winter, making it an altogether classy garden plant. 35cm
E. sp. Yunnan. A refined and incredibly free flowering soft yellow, long spurred species from China with noticeably pale foliage. Patiently awaits a name.
E. versicolor sulphureum. Evergreen foliage, copper and crimson tinted in winter, which should be removed in February to enjoy the clean yellow flowers in spring. 40cms.
E. versicolor x versicolor. Subtly contrasted flesh pink and amber-yellow flowers, a perfect match for the young copper coloured foliage. 30cm

ERIGERON ‘Dignity’. Large, aster like flowers with elegant narrow ray petals. Good for the border front. Pale violet. 30cm .
E. karvinskianus. An obliging daisy, whose white flowers age to deep brick-pink, born for months on end. Will seed itself surreptitiously and cannily. 20cm.
E. ‘Quakeress’. The narrow lilac-pink ray petals make for a dainty flower. An old hybrid yet to be superseded. 60cm.
E. ‘Schneewittchen’. In effect a white version of the above and a plant we particularly enjoy here for its simple style and long flowering season. 50cm.

ERODIUM ‘Grey Blush’. Our own striking seedling with large, two-toned flowers in pink/pale lilac-pink, the uppermost petals embellished with markings in charcoal grey like a pair of blushing eyes. 15cm.
*E. x kolbianum. This smart Storksbill possesses filigree silver foliage and palest lilacpink flowers with a pair of dashing black eyes. 10cms.
*E. ‘Merstham Pink’. A hearty grower given good drainage, bearing a generous crop of rose pink flowers over cut, sage green foliage. 15cm.
E. ‘Marchants Seedlings’. Strong flowering seedlings dug, believe or not, from our gravel paths! There will be some crackers among these.
E. ‘Spanish Eyes’. The two uppermost petals of this much-admired rose pink Storksbill are quaintly dashed with purple. Top notch. 15cm.

ERYNGIUM. The Eryngos, with their well designed defense mechanisms, are a prickly bunch of characters but make with both their flowers and their foliage striking garden plants. What’s more, they’re not difficult to please, given sun and reasonable drainage. In cultivation they are divided between species from Europe and South America, plus the odd hybrid. If you don’t grow them, why not give them a try.
*E. bourgatii. Seedlings from a form with particularly deep metallic blue flower heads and bracts. In the wild it grows in poor, stony soil. 60cm.
*E. ebracteatum var. poterioides. A plant whose mimicry fools almost every gardener into thinking it’s a Sanguisorba. The slender burr-like purple-maroon flowers are spaciously held on a tracery of wiry stems through summer/autumn. Full sun. 120cm+.
*E. giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’. The bleached pallor of the vengeful spiny bracts of this striking biennial present themselves at thigh/bottom level so should be positioned with care!
E. horridum. The handsome evergreen basal rosette is mildly spiny but it is the display of white thimble sized flowers on much branched stems that make it really worth the wait. 90cm.
*E. planum ‘Blauknappe’. A species often berated for its small flowers, we like them, metallic blue in this good form. As they say, size doesn’t always count! 75cm.
E. serbicum. To our eyes, like a small form of E. planum with silvery blue flowers and narrow bracts. Reached 50cm in last years drought but might achieve more. Uncommon.
E. x zabelii ‘Jos Erljking’. Zabelii’s are hybrids of E. alpinum and possess the largest flowers bracts in the genus. In this form both flower and surrounding streamlined bracts are silvery, metallic blue. 70cm

EUCOMIS ‘John Treasure’. This form has a particularly good purple hue to the leaves, stems and flowers. Grow this well and you’ll have something to boast about. 45cm.
E. pallidiflora. A fantastic creation. Succulent strap-like basal leaves, stem and palest green flowers all topped with a Pineapple like flourish. Hardy in the ground but less so in pots. 90cm.
E. ‘Sparkling Burgundy’. The terrific strap like succulent leaves are deep matt purple, a tone shared by the flowering stems and flowers, albeit a little diluted. A remarkable plant.
E. ‘Sparkling Burgundy Seedlings’. Flowering sized plants are offered. Why not throw the dice and try one of the children.
E. zambesiaca. At 30cm a small scale E. pallidiflora but equally characterful. Hardy and just the plant for a classy stoneware pot. A few to spare.

EUPATORIUM ligustrinum. Not a shrub that flamboyantly announces itself, but highly effective none-the-less. Its good evergreen foliage, structure and fluffy white flower heads in late summer beautifully partners Asters and late flowering grasses. 2m.
*E. purpureum maculatum album. We hope to have plants available of this uncommon white form for sale. 2m+.
*E. p. m. ‘Ankum’s August’. The claim from Nurseryman friend Coen Jansen that his plant will grow to only 140cm has been severely put to the test on our rich clay. A little taller here, it remains a good plant.
*E. p. m. ‘Orchard Dene’. Stood out in the Wisley trials with its huge heads showy flowers and dark stems and deservedly awarded an AGM.
E. p. m. ‘Purple Bush’. Fills a niche in being shorter than the type form yet identical in every other respect. 1.5m.
*E. p. m. ‘Riesenschirm’. Stout, glossy purple stems rise to 2.2m, climaxing in a display of dusky rose-purple domed flower heads. A distinguished late summer perennial.
*E. rugosum ‘Chocolate’. ‘Snakeroot’. Striking black-purple foliage and domed heads of white flowers in autumn. A asset on all accounts for any fertile border in full sun. 1.5m.

EUPHORBIA. Given reasonable drainage the Spurges are easy to please and give us all that we should expect of a plant. Do however be cautious of the white sap they exude when torn or damaged. It can burn skin badly!
*E. c. ssp characias. The progeny of a seedling collected by Lucy in the dry Cevennes, France. The huge airy ovoid head is composed of small violet-black flowers each surrounded by large apple green bracts. Terrific! 90cm.
E. donii ‘Amjillasa’. A very handsome Kew collection from Nepal with large, lurid yellow flower bracts. Seed raised. plants are offered. 1m+
E. ‘Jade Dragon’. An E. amygdaloides hybrid, the heads of showy green flowers punctuated with a conspicuous red eye fade to an equally beautiful dusky, soft red. 60cm.

Images at the top of the page are ©Gardens Illustrated / Sharon Pearson