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The different textures, tints and tones gives this garden a real depth and quality that changes constantly.
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Plant Inventory: Herbaceous Perennials

GALEGA x hartlandii alba. Handsome clumps of pale green pinnate foliage carry dense spikes of scented flowers for weeks. Unassailably tough. 180cm.
G. officinalis. Goats Rue. Leafy stems emerge from a stout rootstock and are covered in clusters of small vetch-like lilac flowers for weeks. 1.5m.
G. off. alba. The equally attractive white form of the above.

*GAURA lindheimeri. Wand like stems airily display delicate white flowers from pink buds, seemingly borne by the thousand through summer/autumn. Entrancing here in a duet with Miscanthus ‘Kleine Fontäne’. 120cm.

GENISTA aetnensis. A golden yellow shower of sweet scented blooms of the Mt. Etna broom against a piercing blue summer sky, once experienced is not quickly forgotten. Small, 2 year old plants offered. 4m +.

GERANIUM. Now let’s be honest with each other. There are far too many Geraniums abroad. A plethora in fact, largely owing to the fact that most are a doddle to grow. Their generous nature makes us quietly confident to the point where we over use them. Yes, their colours and length of season are a boon but their amorphous shapes are not. The answer is simple. Use them sparingly.
*G. ‘Blue Cloud’. Pleasing cut foliage and not too rampant growth, combined with pale silvery-blue flowers through most of the summer. A superb garden plant. 45cm.
G. ‘Brookside’. We find this a less vigorous plant than some of the blues, but it more than compensates with the size, colour and sheer quality of its flowers. 40cm.
G. x cantabrigiense ‘Vorjura’. A size up from G. dalmaticum (a parent) this newish form bears pretty, bright pink flowers. A good edger. 20cm
G. dalmaticum album. Durable and charming, its pearly white flowers hover over a mound of small glossy leaves. 10cm.
G. ‘Khan’. A G. sanguineum hybrid with huge, deep bright pink flowers. One of the very best. 30cm.
G. maculatum album. An American woodlander and one of the first to bloom with its nicely rounded pure white flowers in May. 60cm
G. macrorrhizum ‘White Ness’. Lacking the usual pink calyxces hence the flowers clean whiter than white effect. A worthy AGM winner and new to our collection.
G. ‘Nimbus’. Produces masses of pale violet-blue flowers over handsome cut foliage for most of the season. 50cm.
*G. ‘Orion’. A super hybrid from Holland with enormous violet-blue salvers. Stands apart in a Geranium crowd. 50cm.
G. x oxonianum ‘Rebecca Moss’. First rate hybrid with pale silvery-pink flowers. Lovely with Amsonia orientalis. 40cm.
Geranium x oxonianum ‘Phoebe Noble’. Dark pink and like All Bran, its effect utterly dependable. 30cms.
*G. ‘Patricia’. A G. psilostemon hybrid, possessing all the brilliant radiance of that plants magenta flowers. They are however larger. This together with its short stature make this a first rate plant. 60cm.
G. phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’. Large purple-mauve flowers. One of the best selections of the Mourning Widow Cranesbill.
G. p. ‘Lisa’. Sulphur yellow and white zonal leaf makings in early spring make for a distinctly eye catching plant. Flowers are typically violet-purple. It looked super here last year with Geum ‘Marmalade’. 60cm.
G. p. lividum. Large, pale greyish, lavender/mauve flowers in late Spring and early Summer. Predictably gets the thumbs up from the F&B fan club. Easy, peasy. 50cm.
G. p. ‘Marchants Ghost’. Our own seedling with ghostly, pale grey-lavender flowers the texture of satin. Much admired. 75cm.
G. pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clarke’. Pale, veined, lilac-blue flowers. A great Cranesbill needing little introduction. 90cm.
G. p. violaceum plenum. Venerable old double violet form. 90cm.
G. ‘Sabani Blue’. Brilliant violet blue notched flowers over strict clumps of softly hairy leaves. Fanfares the start of the cranesbill season in May. 30cm
G. sanguineum album. The Bloody Cranesbill bled dry in its pristine white form. 30cm.
G. sanguineum var. striatum. A not so Bloody Cranesbill, its large rounded pale pink flowers studding the low mound of cut foliage through summer. 10cm.
G. ‘Sirak’. One of the best hybrids to have appeared from the continent, producing masses of notched, large lilac-pink flowers over a dense clump of foliage. 45cm.
G. wallichianum. From Edinburgh’s Botanic Garden, the pale luminous silvery-blue flowers of this form show us something of the variation we can expect of a species group. An enthusiastic scrambler to 60cm or more.
G. w. ‘Syabru’. A Nepalese collection with mid-pink cupped flowers enhanced by conspicuous silver-white eyes. 40cm

GEUM ‘Apricot Sundae’. Occurred here as a lucky sport of G. ‘Pink Frills’. Its full, wavy edged flowers are coloured pale apricot flesh cum pink. 20cm.
G. ‘Borisii’. A reliable doer with cheering, eye catching clear orange flowers. 30cm.
G. ‘Herterton Primrose’. An immensely impressive newcomer, the pale lemon flowers are well displayed above neat foliage, and the plant has a refined look, a word not commonly used in association with Geums. 15cm
G. x intermedium. A neat plant with simply styled single flowers toned more yellow than orange. Cheering. 25cm.
G. ‘Lisanne’. A strong selection from the continent with bold, large yellow flowers. 40cm.
G. ‘Marmalade’. Pleasing copper-orange flowers, – a painterly colour many gardeners sadly choose to ignore. 30cm.
G. ‘Pink Frills’. A very pretty form with somewhat shaggy, nodding flowers of palest pink with contrasting crimson-pink calyxes through early summer. 20cms.
G. ‘Red Wings’. Full, semi-double flowers a glowing copper-red. A glowing addition to our range. 60cm.

GLADIOLUS papilio. S. Africa. A melange of celadon green, slatey grey lilac and dusky rose pink suffuse the hooded flowers creating a plant of remarkably restrained beauty. Not for everyone I guess. 60cm.
Gladiolus tristis. Small flared scented primrose yellow flowers. A far cry from the gross flowers bred for the cut flower trade. A favourite here.

GLAUCIUM flavum fulvum. The Horned Poppy in its pale tomato red form with handsome silvery rosettes – good the year round. 45cm.

GYPSOPHILA ‘Rosenschlier’. A spreading ‘Babies Breath’ covering itself in a haze of tiny pale pink double blossoms throughout mid-summer.

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