Cluny House is a wooded garden that faces north-east, gets very little mid-day sun and tends to keep the moisture in the soil for a longer time than normal. None of our plants are protected during the winter and no herbicides or insecticides are used. Have fun choosing which seeds you want and remember that it is always worth trying something new. H = height, S = spread.
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HEMSLEYANUM: Herbaceous climber; good for scrambling and twining through shrubs, making more stems each year. Light purple flowers, of typical monkshood shape, are borne in hanging clusters in late summer to early autumn. Good foliage all season. Sun/partial shade; well-drained soil. H: 2m. S: 50cm.
VULPARIA [wolf’s bane]: Upright perennial with spires of creamy-yellow, hooded flowers on branching stems in summer. Leaves are dark green and deeply divided. May need staking. H: 1m.
ALBA [Doll’s eyes]: Clump flowering perennial with irregularly pinnate leaves. White flowers are borne in spherical racemes. White berries with a black eye on red stalks are produced in early autumn. H: 90cm S: 45cm.
RUBRA: From mid spring to early summer, bears oval racemes of small white flowers, 3 - 5cm long, followed by spikes of shiny red, spherical berries, on slender green stalks. H: up to 45cm S: 30cm.
RUBRA f. NEGLECTA: The white berried form of the above.
ANEMONE LEVELLI: Perennial woodland plant with white flowers with deep green and serrated foliage H: 50-60cm.
ANTHYLLIS VULNERARIA var COCCINEA : Brick orange to red flowers. An interesting matt forming rock plant suitable for gravel beds.
AQUILEGIA Graceful, clump-forming perennials, grown for their mainly bell-shaped, spurred flowers in spring/summer. Most prefer well-drained soil in open, sunny site.
BUEGERIANA: Dwarf variety with dainty flowers in May and June. The petals are purple and the corolla soft yellow.
CANADENSIS: In early summer, slender stems bear several semi-pendent flowers, with yellow sepals and red spurs, above lobed and divided foliage.
FLABELLATA: In spring bears bell-shaped, soft blue flowers with fluted petals and a short spur. Needs semi-shade and a moist soil. H: 15cm. S: 10cm.
FLABELLATA (EXTRA LARGE): As above but with larger, taller flowers in early spring. Long flowering. H: 25cm.
KUHISTANICA: Origin of seed from BG Gotenburg. Tall yellow Aquilegia from Tadschikstan. H: 25–30cm.
ARISAEMA Spring or summer-flowering, rhizomatous or tuberous perennials, cultivated for their attractive, sometimes unusually shaped spathes, the simple, palmately lobed/palmate leaves and slender, sometimes striking spadices. Dense clusters of spherical to oblong red berries in autumn, before plant dies down. They are best grown outdoors in partial shade.
ELEPHAS: Chocolate brown and white spathe with a spectacular vertical chocolate spadix in the shape of an elephant’s trunk.
PROPINQUUM A: Spathe 10-15cm, dark purple or green, with white or purple stripes.
PROPINQUUM “Nest of Cobras” B: As above, good clumping form.
TRIPHYLLUM: Green or purple spathes, hooded at tips. H: 15-60cm.
ASARINA PROCUMBENS: Matt forming trailing snapdragon with creamy yellow flowers in late spring through summer. H: 10cm. S: 0.1-0.5m.
MAJOR Pink form: [Masterwort] Pink pincushion perennial flowers lasting from June to August. Excellent for cutting and drying. H:0.5m.
CAMPANULA BARBATA [The Bearded Bellflower]: A typical scree plant; non-invasive. Lavender-blue, hairy bell flowers on stalks up to 30 cm.
GIGANTEUM: Giant Himalayan lily with magnolia coloured flowers and green stems. Flowers later than “Yunnanense”. H: up to 3.5m
GIGANTEUM var. YUNNANENSE: Giant Himalayan lily with yellow-white flowers and reddish brown stems. H: up to 3.5m
CODONOPSIS TANGSHEN: Herbaceous perennial climber with twining stems and fleshy, toothed, mid-green leaves. Bell-shaped yellow to olive-green flowers, with purple veins and spotted inside, are produced in summer. S: 2m.
DAPHNE LAUREOLA:[Spurge Laurel]: Hardy woodland shrub with yellow and green scented flowers.H: up to 1m. S: up to 1.5m
DECASNIA FARGESSI: [Blue sausage fruit] Deciduous, upright, semi-arching shrub with attractive blue-green leaves. Bears drooping panicles of yellow-green flowers in early summer, followed by striking blue fruits in autumn. Its open, airy habit allows under planting. Sheltered position, full sun to part shade in moist, fertile soil. H: to 4.5m
GRANDIFLORA [Yellow Foxglove]: Evergreen perennial. Creamy-yellow, trumpet flowers in summer, on open, upright spikes above a rosette of soft, broad leaves. Sun or part shade. Will grow in gravel or open woodland. Hardy. H: 75cm.
LUTEA: Clump-forming perennial. Pale yellow flowers in early and midsummer. H: 60cm.
DISPORUM SMITHII [Fairy Bells]: Liliacea, closely related to Tricyrtis. A small 20cm stalk with white flowers in spring and orange fruit in early autumn. A woodland plant.
ERYNGIUM BOURGATII [Sea Holly]: Hardy herbaceous perennial with blue flowers in July
and August. Excellent for a gravel garden. H: up to 0.5m.
CALIFORNICUM: (White): Clump-forming, spring-flowering tuber produces semi-erect, mottled basal leaves. Slender stalks bear up to three creamy-white flowers with reflexed petals and yellow eyes. Needs moist, well-drained soil. Will slowly multiply if left alone in light woodland, semi shade or deciduous-shade type bed. H: 15-35cm.
REVOLUTUM: Bulbous perennial with wavy-margined, deep green leaves (15-20cm), strongly mottled dark brown. In spring, slender upright stems produce pendent, purply-pink flowers (4-7cm). H: 20-30cm. Ideal for shady position.
ASCLEPIADEA [Willow Gentian]; Clump forming herbaceous early autumn flowering perennial with beautiful blue or white trumpet shaped flowers on delicate spikes. H: 40cm
LUTEA: Erect, unbranched perennial. In summer has whorls of yellow flowers in axils of greenish bracts. H: 1 - 1.2m. S: 60cm.
HABERLEA RHODOPENSIS: Evergreen perennial with dark green hairy leaves and violet 2
lipped flowers. Suitable for a rock garden or planted in a wall. S:0.5m.
INCARVILLEA ZHONGDIANENSIS Hardy perennial with pink trumpets. Plant in sunny
IMPATIENS SP: Himalayan annual. Pale yellow flowers, maroon spotting on throat, with curved spur borne on erect stems from mid-summer to first frost. H: to 1m
MARTAGON: A purplish red Turk’s cap lily, 1m tall. Good for naturalising.
MARTAGON var ALBUM: As above but white.
OXYPETALUM var INSIGNE: Highly desirable dwarf Himalayan lily with 1-2 large, pendent, bell-shaped, purplish-greenish to pink flowers. Prefers a cool, semi-shaded spot in well-drained, humus-rich soil. H: to 30cm
PYRENIACUM:Yellow Turk’s cap lily up to 1.2 m tall.
ACULEATA: Beautiful purple monocarpic poppy with yellow stamens and thorny stems.
BAILEYI [Himalayan blue poppy]: Deciduous perennial. In early summer, saucer-shaped, sky blue to rose-lavender flowers, 8 – 10cm across, with yellow stamens, are borne singly on bristly stalks, sometimes clustered towards the tops of the stems. H: up to 1.2m. S: 45cm.
BAILEYI ALBA: White form of the above.
CAMBRICA: Native herbaceous perennial with delicate yellow flowers suitable for wildflower and informal gardens. Enjoys rocky crevices.
GRANDIS: Erect, herbaceous perennial has rosette of toothed, hairy, mid-green leaves at base of stout stem and bears slightly nodding, cup-shaped, deep blue flowers in early summer. H: 1 – 1.5m. S: 30cm.
GRANDIS HYBRID: As above but with larger blue flowers.
HORRIDULA A: The prickly poppy! Monocarpic poppy with tissue paper COBALT BLUE flowers and prickly stems. For rock gardens H: 20cm to 1m.
HORRIDULA B: The prickly poppy! Monocarpic poppy with tissue paper PURPLE flowers and prickly stems. For rock gardens H: 20cm to 1m.
STAINTONII: Monocarpic poppy with white flowers on a 2 to 3m stem.
VILLOSA: Delicate yellow and beautiful perennial poppy. Grow in shade in humus-rich soil. H: 0.5 – 0.75m.
NOTHOLIRION BULBULIFERUM: Bulbous perennial. A member of the lily family
which in summer, bears 10 – 30 funnel-shaped, pale lilac flowers, to 4cm long, with green tips. H: to 1.5m. S: 15cm.
OURISIA MACROPHYLLA: Mat-forming, evergreen rhizomatous perennial. In summer, upright stems produce whorled racemes of many yellow-throated white flowers, to 2cm across. Suitable for moist soils and partial shade. Height: 30cm+. Spread: 40cm+.
VEITCHII: Herbaceous perennial 45cm tall with pink to pale magenta flowers. WOODWARDII: As above with single deep-rose pink flowers in spring.
DELAVAYI: Upright, sparsely branched, deciduous shrub (tree peony) with dark green leaves, blue-green beneath; bears horizontal to nodding, single, cup-shaped, rich dark maroon flowers, 10cm across. Height: 2m. Spread: 1.2
PELTOBOYKINIA WATANABEI: From Japan; hardy perennial for woodland or semi- shade. Has glossy scalloped leaves, reddish-tinted when young and, in early summer, bears panicles of small, pale creamy yellow bells. Humus-rich soil. H: 30-60cm.
PODOPHYLLUM HEXANDRUM syn. EMODII [Himalayan May Apple]: Perennial with pairs of lobed, brown-mottled leaves bears white or pink flowers in spring, followed by fleshy, red fruits in summer. Prefers semi-shade and moist, humus-rich soil.
H: 30– 45 cm. S: 30 cm.
PAUCIFLORUM: Pale yellow trumpets in early/ mid-summer. H: 40cm.
PAUCIFLORUM subsp. HINCKLEYI: Fine fern-like, musk scented leaves and narrow, tubular, apricot flowers with orange-pink markings. H: 40cm.
POTENTILLA ATROSANGUINEUM: Striking plant with silvery-green foliage and deep red flowers. Suitable for a sunny border. H: 0.5m
ALPICOLA (White): Compact, deciduous perennial. Produces two or three whorls of scented, pendent, funnel-shaped flowers on slender stems in early summer. Shade or part shade in humus-rich soil. Hardy. H: 15 - 50cm. S: 15 - 30cm.
ALPICOLA (Mix): As above but in pink, white, yellow or purple.
ANISODORA: Maroon, pendent bells. Special candelabra for semi-shaded, permanently damp spot.
CANDELABRA MIX: A mixture of different damp loving candelabras.
CHIONANTHA: Violet-purple or white flowers in early May. Prefers deep humus-rich soil. H: up to 40 cm.
CHUNGENSIS: Vigorous candelabra. Fragrant, pale orange flowers, H: to 80cm.
COCKBURNIANA: Coppery-red flowers in late spring. H: 45cm.
CONCHOLOBA large form: Small, hairy-leafed; sky blue flowers in a tight head. H: 20cm.
CORTUSOIDES: Small hairy, round leafed with umbels of bright pink flowers. Will grow in shade. H: 20cm.
FLACCIDA: Conical umbels of pendent, funnel-shaped flowers in lavender-blue to violet. Height: up to 50cm.
FLORINDAE: In summer, large heads of pendent, bell-shaped, sulphur-yellow flowers. H: 80cm.
FLORINDAE: As above but in orange/red.
IOESSA: Umbels of fragrant, pendent mauve-pink or white flowers. H: 15cm.
JAPONICA: Red-flowered candelabra suitable for damp patch. H: 30-60cm. S: 30cm.
JAPONICA ‘Alba’: White flowered candelabra as above.
MATTHIOLI [Alpine Bells]: Clump-forming perennial with nodding umbels of deep pink flowers in late spring/early summer above a basal rosette of long-stalked, rounded-heart shaped leaves. H: to 25cm.
MAXIMOWICZII: Stunning bright red primula suitable for partial shade. H:80cms.
NANA: Beautiful long flowering bluish-mauve petiolarid primula, primrose-like.
PULVERULENTA: Deep red-purple strong growing candelabra. H: 60 cm-1m.
SECUNDIFLORA: Pendent pinky-red, funnel-shaped flowers. H: 30-45cm.
SIKKIMENSIS: Pendent clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Mixed forms can be white, pale yellow or bright yellow and up to 80cm tall.
VIALLI: In summer, bears several upright spikes of bright red buds, opening to pale violet. Needs cool position in part shade; humus-rich soil, moist, but well drained.
H: 35cm, S: 15 cm
WALTONII A: Pendent, dusky pink to wine red flowers with a cream-mealy face. H: 50cm.
WALTONII B: As above but with yellow flowers.
YARGONGENSIS: Similar to P. involucrata with purple flowers and a white ringed yellow eye. H: to 30cm.
PRUNUS SERRULA TIBETICA [Tibetan Cherry]: Tree with white flowers and red berries
best known for its magnificent red-bronze, peeling bark.
PULSITILLA ALPINA subsp APIIFOLIA: Clump forming perennial alpine with yellow flowers. Height: 0.5m.
ROSA OMEIENSIS: Chinese large shrub rose with creamy white 4 petalled flowers in May. Hips pear shaped and can be yellow or scarlet.
ROSA MOYESII: Vigorous, arching rose bears faintly scented, single, dusky-scarlet flowers, 5cm across, with yellow stamens in summer. Long, red hips in autumn. H: 4m Spr: 3m.
ROSA SETIPODA: Lovely pink Chinese shrub rose with large bristly flagon shaped hips.
SALVIA HIANS: Himalayan perennial with fragrant leaves with purplish-blue flowers. H: 0.6m.
SILENE ASTERIAS: (Starry Catchfly) Hardy perennial. Heads of mauve/red flowers in dense umbels on strong, sticky stems above a rosette of bright green foliage. H: 60-90cm.
SMILACENA ‘P.COX’: Hardy perennial. Arching stems with oval, light green leaves produce terminal sprays of feathery, white flowers from spring to mid-summer, followed by fleshy, red fruits. Semi-shade and moist, humus-rich, soil. H: 75 - 100cm S: 45cm.
SOLDANELLA MONTANA [Mountain tassel]: Evergreen, mound-forming perennial bears fringed, pendent, bell-shaped, lavender-blue flowers in early spring. H: 10cm. S: 15cm.
AQUILEGIFOLIUM: Erect, clump-forming perennial. In summer, strong stems bear terminal sprays of delicate, fluffy flowers of shades between white and mauve. Cool, moist soil in light shade or sun. Fully hardy. H: 1-1.2m. S: 45cm.
DELAVAYI: Elegant perennial bears large panicles of nodding, blue flowers with prominent stamens from mid- to late-summer. H: 1.5m. S: 60cm.
TRICYRTIS LATIFOLIA: Toad Lily with yellow flowers and purple spots flowers June-
September. H: 40-50cm. Spreads when happy
TRILLIUM Excellent spring-flowering woodland plants-well worth waiting for! As their name implies, they have three of everything: three large leaflets, often beautifully mottled, three sepals and, at the centre of the leaves, the flower with three petals, sometimes long and narrow and sometimes broad and showy. Once established each thick rhizome gradually multiplies, eventually giving fine clumps. Good plants for shade, to part-shade, in leafy soil.
CAMTSCHATCENSE: Lovely white Asiatic Trillium with green bracts. H: 30cm
CHLOROPETALUM var. GIGANTEUM: Flowers purplish-pink to white above grey-marbled foliage. H: 30-45cm.
ERECTUM: Maroon flowers hang on short stems above the leaves. H: to 50cm.
GRANDIFLORUM: Later flowering white Trillium, very showy. H: 40cm.
KURABAYASHII: Upright maroon flowers and beautifully marked leaves.
OVATUM: Solitary, pure white flowers fade to a deep purplish-rose. H: 25-40cm
RUGELII: Beautiful hidden white pendant flowers with recurved petals. H: to 40cm.
SESSILE: Mottled leaves; deep red flowers with long, narrow petals. H: 25-45cm.
VASEYI: Rich velvety maroon, scented flowers with long, recurved petals. H: 40cm
Herbaceous perennial for woodland or semi-shade. Flower yellow-green but grown for hairy rounded foliage topped during the summer with red fruit in tight clumps. H: 40-60cm.
NIGRUM: Herbaceous clump forming perennial with dark red to brown flowers in summer. H: up to 1.5m.
VIRIDE: Hardy perennial with numerous light green flowers in a terminal panicle from May-July. H: 1m+.
VIOLA CORNUTA [Horned Violet]:
Vigorous sky blue or crisp white perennial pansy. Cut back whenever messy; blooms again in a few weeks. Height: 15cm.