Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

1 Geranium pyre­naicum

A self-seeder that will grad­u­ally travel through the gar­den, cast­ing dif­fuse sprays of small, pale-mauve flow­ers. Thrives best in light soil and sun. 40-50cm. RHS H6 †.

2 Nec­taroscor­dum sicu­lum

One of Mrs Fish’s favourite plants, de­scribed as grow­ing ‘above the eye so that the maroon mak­ings in­side the cream and green bells can be en­joyed’. 1.3m. RHS H5.

3 As­tran­tia ma­jor Gill Richard­son Group

A good dark form. Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Fish, ‘As­tran­tias are good mix­ers and they will fit in any­where and go with every­thing’. 60cm. RHS H7.

4 Pa­paver ori­en­tale (Go­liath Group) ‘Beauty of Liver­mere’

A show-stop­per, with large goblet flow­ers of blood red, pro­duced in June. Does best on rich soils. 1m. RHS H7.

5 Lathyrus au­reus

A non-climb­ing pea mak­ing loose mounds of good, green fo­liage and cov­ered in spikes of mod­est, ochre pea flow­ers. 60cm. RHS H6.

6 Geranium pratense

A self-sow­ing, vari­able peren­nial that read­ily finds its way through bor­ders, paths and dry stone walls. 60cm. RHS H7, USDA 4a-7b.

7 Phuop­sis sty­losa

A mat-form­ing peren­nial, with car­pets of vivid green, bed­straw-like fo­liage topped with tight clus­ters of small, bright flow­ers. 15cm. RHS H5.

8 Geranium ver­si­color

This loose, mound-form­ing geranium has white flow­ers with retic­u­late pink ve­na­tion. Flow­ers late spring into early sum­mer. 50cm. RHS H6.

9 Gla­di­o­lus com­mu­nis subsp. byzanti­nus

A sig­na­ture plant at East Lam­brook, where it self-sows through­out the gar­den. In­tense ma­genta flow­ers. 50cm. RHS H5, USDA 7a-10b. AGM*.


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