Ken and Alison's Garden

  • Digitalis Purpurea : The Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a biennial or short-lived perennial, freely self-sowing, with a rosette of softly hairy, oval leaves and tall, one-sided spires of pendant, tubular, bright rosy-purple flowers 6cm long.
  • French Lavender : French lavender with round flowerheads and upright petals like butterfly wings. Looks wonderful planted in a sunny border. The flowers are a magnet for bees and other nectar loving insects.
  • Campanula : C. persicifolia is a rosette-forming perennial with narrow, evergreen basal leaves. Loose spires of outward-facing, cup-shaped, lilac-blue flowers appear in early and mid-summer.
  • Aquilegia : Aquilegia are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with long-stalked, ternately divided basal leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing bell-shaped flowers. We planted an alpine type in Ken and Alison's garden.
  • Thyme : Plant out in a warm, sunny spot in the garden. They demand well-drained soil and will rot over winter if the ground is too wet. If your soil is too heavy or you have a small garden, grow thyme in pots.
  • Yew tree
  • Salvia
  • Scabiosa
  • Privet (standard)
  • Photinia Fraseri Red Robin
  • Senetti
  • Phormium Jester (New Zealand Flax) : A striking architectural plant with arching, strap-like leaves up to 90cm (3ft) in height. Plant in full sun or semi-shade in a sheltered position in a bed or border or in gravel. Ideal for a pot on the patio, balcony or in a courtyard.
  • Thyme Lemon Thymus Citriodorus : The aromatic mid-green leaves of this thyme release a lovely lemon scent whenever they are rubbed, while also producing a colourful display of lilac flowers in summer. It's a spectacular container plant, or it can be used to line a sunny border.
  • Lupin Lupinus 'Noble Maiden' : 'Noble Maiden' is a clump-forming perennial to 90cm tall, with dense spikes of creamy-white flowers in early and mid summer
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