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Plant Inventory: Herbaceous Perennials

LASERPITIUM siler. An uncommon Umbellifer with loosely cut glaucous foliage. In summer, supported on arching stems, shallow domed heads of tiny white flowers burst forth. A model exercise in plant design. 90cm.

*LATHYRUS grandiflorus. An inveterate scrambler (and runner!) needing space to flaunt its’ sensational big carmine, purple keeled blossoms. Alas, no scent. A few to spare.

*LEUCANTHEMELLA serotina. The Hungarian Daisy survives with glee here, muscling its way through our unforgiving clay and rewarding us with a brilliant late display of gay white daisies. 2m.

*LEUCOJUM autumnale. An oddball Snowflake, tiny white lampshades on dark stems in autumn. Pure charm. 10cm.

LIBERTIA sessiliflora. My Googling research has produced images of an interesting Chilean species with terminal clusters of pale lilac flowers with prominent orange stamens. The term ‘Je ne sais croix’ springs to mind!

LIGUSTICUM scoticum. Scotch Lovage. Mounds of glossy foliage held on ruby red stalks, white flowers and seeds which can be used in the kitchen make for a versatile plant. 45cm.

*LIMONIUM platyphyllum. A Sea Lavender with course, leathery leaves erupting in an airy display of minute lavender-blue flowers on wiry branches. Very beautiful in seed too. 40cm
L. platphyllum ‘Robert Butler’. Clouds of tiny purple-blue flowers from silvery buds – a florist’s delight. 40cm.

*LOBELIA laxiflora var. angustifolia. A curious species from Arizona looking vaguely Penstemon like in leaf, but with cheering bright red tubular flowers, yellow in the throat. Full sun. 75cm.
L. tupa. A classy, eye catching plant with pale, sage-green leaves and dark stems terminating in a spike of claw shaped cherry red flowers. Needs retentive soil and some shelter but worth every effort to grow well. 120cm.

LUNARIA redeviva. Perennial honesty (our own plant is over 10 years old) is recognizably similar to the biennial we all know well but with paler flowers and elliptic seed heads. 75cm.

LUPINUS versicolor. Beautiful silky foliage up to 1.2m across peppred with bicoloured flowers, mauve and pale yellow for the most part. Worth growing for its foliage alone.

*LYCHNIS coronaria. Raised from wild collected seed we offer a very striking form with vivid shocking pink flowers, noticeably paler than the following. 60cm.
L. c. This, the more ordinarily seen form, is far from ordinary. The retina blasting colour of the crimson-magenta flowers is almost without parallel.
L. c. alba. A pure white form for those who wish to maintain their equilibrium!

*LYSIMACHIA clethroides. Plenty of leg room needed for the spreading roots of this Loosestrife but worth it for the show of horizontal, tapered spikes of brilliant Dulux white flowers in late summer. 1m.

*LYTHRUM salicaria ‘Blush’. The soft pink flowers of this form are a good antidote to the richer coloured forms that follow. 60cm.
L. s. ‘Lady Sackville’. A dependable mid pink. 60cm
*L. s. ‘Zigeunerblut’. Vivid magenta-purple flower spikes. A Gypsy with blood this colour would be in serious need of a transfusion! 90cm.
L. virgatum. The branched stems of this widespread European and Asian species carry myriad small, deep lilac-pink flowers for weeks in mid-summer. Has a quality that becomes addictive to use and associates well with grasses too. 90cm.

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