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Plant Inventory: Herbaceous Perennials

*HEBE stenophylla. Narrow willowy leaves and spikes of white flowers in late summer make for an elegant shrub, an adjective rarely used to describe this genus. 2m.

HEDYSARUM coronarium. The wayward spreading stems of this legume will be forgiven when it comes to enjoying the abundant rich wine-crimson flowers over the summer months. 60cm.

HELENIUM. The species Sneezeweeds are native to America but in Nurserymans hands have been selected for decades. They are among the easiest grown and most colourful herbaceous perennials of Summer and Autumn.
H. ‘Die Blonde’. Boss and flower an unadulterated bright yellow. Very cheering. 180cm.
H. ‘Moerheim Beaty’. Fox red-brown flowers. An old hybrid, still holding its own after 70 years. 120cm.
H. ‘Ring of Fire’. A newish form from Holland, the flowers are reddish brown made more striking with a central and outer zone of yellow. Upright, free flowering (in sept/oct) and deemed worthy of an AGM.
H. ‘Rubinzwerg’. Rich, deep mahogany-red flowers over a long season on a plant of short stature make this a valuable addition to the range. 75cm.
H. ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’. Fantastic long display of large flowers, a mixture of burnt orange and ochre yellow. 1.2m.
H. ‘Septemberfuchs’. Late flowering, with tawny red-brown flowers, a lovely colour to enrich the autumn border. 180cm.
H. ‘Wyndley’. An old English cultivar still managing to deliver the goods. Large Mustard yellow flowers overlaid with orange and tawny flecking. 1m.
H. ‘Zimbelstern’. A fine, large flowered yellow form with orange flecks and brown boss to compliment our range of colours. 150cm.

HELIANTHUS giganteus ‘Shiela’s Sunshine’. A whopper (2.5m+) with pale sulphur yellow daisies through autumn.
Helianthus. ‘Lemon Queen’. Helianthus are generally speaking coarse plants. This variety is redeemed by the quality/volume of its autumn crop of large pale lemon daisies. 2m.
H. salicifolius. A towering, willowy leaved foliage plant whose airy display of golden yellow flowers brings the daisy season to a close in early October. We are told ours is a good form. 2.5m.

*HELIOTROPIUM amplexicaule. Hardy, but lacking scent, small clusters of lavendermauve flowers give a prodigious Summer/Autumn display. A weaver revelling in full sun. 15cm.

HELLEBORUS foetidus ‘Wester Flisk’. Deeply incised dark bottle green leaves and pale green flowers held on mottled crimson stems in mid-winter. 45cm.
Helleborus x hybridus. The following are seedlings raised from plants of impeccable pedigree, though like the Royal family, parents cannot always be entirely responsible for the character of their children! No doubt the following offspring will show some interesting variation too.
H. x h ‘Creams/Greens’. Some with faint spotting too.
H. x h. ‘Reds come deep Pinks’. Very large, cupped flower strain derived from Helen Ballard strains.
H. x h. ‘Slaty-Blue with purple spotting’. Blue bloomed beauties resembling their strongly freckled parent.

HEMEROCALLIS. Daylilies are indestructible border perennials which with little fussing will give pleasure for years. Latterly, they have become grossly vulgarised in breeder’s hands. The following species/old cultivars are plants fortunately untainted by this brazen treatment.
*H. ‘American Revolution’. Suave, dusky black purple flowers, rather sinister in an odd, appealing sort of way. 75cm.
H. citrina. Similar to the following but with slightly deeper yellow flowers. 80cm.
H. citrina x ochroleuca. An extremely graceful hybrid bearing narrowly fluted pale lemon scented flowers on stems well above its foliage. 75cm.
H. ‘Conspicua’. A classy old cultivar, now rare with huge flared trumpet-like flowers in deep crimson red with greenish-yellow throat. 1m.
H. ‘Corky’. Zestful, lemon yellow flowers from mahogany buds. Never disappoints. 60cm.
H. ‘Golden Chimes’. With its golden flowers, mahogany on their reverse, dark stems and free flowering habit, this nearly 50 year old hybrid has yet to be outclassed. 60cm.
*H. ‘High Tor’. An appropriate name being one of the tallest Daylilies we grow, the large golden yellow flowers looming at a dizzy 1.75m.
*H. ‘Hyperion’. Another old cultivar with gently flared pale yellow, scented flowers. Hard to beat. 90cm.
H. ‘Lady Fermor Hesketh’. Raised by Amos Perry many decades ago, yet still holds its own. Well proportioned canary-yellow flowers, good for the border or, with their peppery flavour, salad bowl alike. 90cm.
H. ‘Laughton Tower’. Thinking the horticultural world short of a new Daylily or two, I successfully bred this fellow. At 1.5 m + high, it looks down on its overblown American peers in a very haughty and satisfactory manner. By the way – the small fluted flowers are apricot-orange.
H. ‘Pinnochio’. Picked this up in France 3 years ago. A delightful plant looking like a species with dainty lemon-yellow flowers. 45cm.
H. ‘Red Precious’. An old English cultivar which deserves to be much better known with flared, flame red flowers, ochre yellow on their reverse. At 45cm, perfect for the border front.
H. ‘Sammy Russel’. Bold, reddish-tan, flamboyant flowers, perfect for ‘heating up’ the border. An old cultivar yet to be surpassed. 90cm.
H. ‘Siloam Red Toy’. Quite small flowers in a fabulous shade of madder red, an uncommon colour in daylies but great to use in the garden. 70cm.
H. species (? cultivar). Bought from a reputable Nursery under the name of H. ‘Hyperion’ which it clearly isn’t! The soft orange-yellow flowers are born long into late summer and meld well with crimson Persicarias. 1m.
*H. ‘Stafford’. Large mahogany-red flowers of ravishing quality. An exemplary old hybrid which still holds its own in the Daylily stakes. 120 – 150cm.

HESPERIS matrionalis. Sweet Rocket needs no introduction. Strong plants raised from mixed seed so colour will vary between white and deep lilac. Their delicious scent is most pronounced in the evening. 1.5m+.

HEUCHERA americana. A beautiful form which has been under our care for many years with striking chocolate-purple mottling overlaying the young leaves. Small white flowers. 30cm.
H.‘Brownfinch’. Good though the many plum-purple cultivars are, this silver mottled, green leaved form provides welcome relief. But it is the copious 60cm spikes of terracotta-brown flowers that are its greatest attribute, looking magnificent here with purple salvias through early summer.
H.‘Chiqui’. Effective spikes of large salmon-pink flowers over tame, evergreen mounds. Uncommon. 45cm.
H. sanguinea ‘Alba’. This plant received an AGM only recently yet is rarely met with. Why? Its plain green leaves perhaps. This is a wonderful plant whose ivory flowers age with remarkable grace, a feature not normally noted in white flowered plants. Early summer onwards. 60cm.
H. s. ‘Leuchtkäfer Seedlings’. An experiment on our part to see how seedling progeny fair in colour/form. The parents flowers are vibrant scarlet! May not flower this year but why not join us in our Mendelian caper.

HOSTA. Having been shaken to the mid-ribs by the Hosta boom, my enthusiasm for these ubiquitous plants still remains tepid. That said, used discriminately (with slugs kept at bay) they can be highly effective. We offer the following, including two new to our list – must be a red letter day!
H. ‘Krossa Regal’. Arguably the finest blue Hosta available.
H. plantaginea var. japonica. Perhaps surprisingly, revels in full sun, which encourages a display of huge white, deliciously fragrant flowers. Refreshing, pale green foliage. Wonderful in pots.
H. rectifolia ‘Junco’. Named at Wisley Garden ( after a Japanese trainee student apparently) and offered here, I believe, for the very first time. Simplicity itself – glossy green leaves combined with a fabulous display of purple flowers.
H. ‘Thumbnail’. Lilliputian in scale, the name refers to the leaf size. Pleasant pale violet flowers on 20cm stems maintain the symmetry.
H. venusta variegata. A little charmer with neatly variegated cream and green leaves and abundant pale violet flowers. Rare. 15cms.

HYSSOPUS officinalis. Of biblical association, this lavender-blue flowered herb with its sharp aroma could easily be accommodated in any sunny, well-drained border. 30cm.

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