Welcome to SpecialPerennials!

We hold the National Collections of Helenium and Centaurea at our garden nursery in Hankelow, Cheshire UK where we grow choice and unusual perennials.

We sell plants by mail order, at plant fairs and on our special open days only. All plants are grown and tried out here, so we can talk from experience on how to get the best from them.

Did you miss us on BBC 2 Gardener's World Friday 29th August 9:30pm? Catch up by clicking here.
Our range of Heleniums can be found by clicking here

We are open for just 1 more day this year and taking a (well-earned) rest from garden opening in 2015. So don't miss your last chance to see our garden this side of 2016:  Click here for details.

Where to meet us

Scroll down this list to see where we are or click links for full details of: plant fairs and garden open days

You can meet us both at our garden opens and Martin at Plant Fairs and talks throughout the region.

You can order plants for Martin to bring to a plant fair for you (no delivery charge).

Sep 2014

14 Our Garden open for the NGS 2-5pm

21 Sugnall Hall Walled Garden Eccleshall Staffs

Mar 2015

Sun 22 Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch, Shrops SY13 3JQ

Sat 28 National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas Staffs. DE13 7AR

Sun 29 Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral Cheshire CH64 4AY

Apr 2015

Sat 4th Carsington Water, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST

5/6 Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle, Staffs TF9 4EU

11 Bodenham Arboretum nr Kidderminster, Worcs DY11 5SY

12 Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire. SY14 8HN

18 Middleton Hall, Tamworth, Staffs. B78 2AE

19 Consall Hall, Wetley Rocks, Staffs ST9 0AG

25 Sugnall Walled Garden, Eccleshall, Staffs ST21 6NF

May 2015

2 Crug Farm Caernarfon LL55 1TU

3/4 Weston Park, Shifnal, Shrops TF11 8LE

10 Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4LF

16 Buckden Towers, Huntingdon

17 British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry, Shrops SY11 4JH

23 National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas Staffs DE13 7AR

25 Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Cuddington, Cheshire CW8 2TF

30/31 Hodnet Hall Market Drayton, Shrops TF9 3NN

Jun 2015

14 Culland Hall, Brailsford, Derbyshire

21 Whittington Castle, Whittington, Shrops. SY11 4DF

Jul 2015

4 Arley Arboretum, Bewdley, Worcs DY12 1XJ

5 Sugnall Walled Garden, Eccleshall, Staffs ST21 6NF

26 Carsington Water, Ashbourne, Derbys DE6 1ST

Aug 2015

1 National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas Staffs DE13 7AR

2 Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch, Shrops SY13 3JQ

23 Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere Cheshire CW8 2HS

30/31 Dorothy Clive Garden, Newcastle Staffs TF9 4EU

Sep 2015

5 Bodenham Arboretum nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY11 5SY

6 Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral, Cheshire. CH64 4AY

Our Plant Catalogue

Over 500 plant varieties all pictured growing in our garden and with complete growing instructions and propagation tips.

Full details of our mail order service are available here.

Why not pick up an order from a plant fair or garden open day and save the postage charge?

Click here to start exploring our catalogue

Gardening Talks

Martin gives entertaining and informative talks to clubs and societies - for a list of talks click here.

Our Garden

We are open for the NGS in 2014: Garden Open Dates 2014

Our garden diary

Our garden is scheduled to be featured on Gardener's World this month. Click here for the story of the day.

Browse our Diary archive here. Full of planting ideas, propagation tips and lots of photos from our garden.

Nature Notebook

Photos and notes on wildlife visiting our garden together with tips on plants to attract more wildlife to your garden. Explore more

Gardening articles

Full of tips and techniques that work for us plus articles featuring our garden. Click here.