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.

Kind Regards Janet & Martin Blow, SpecialPerennials

Our Plant Catalogue

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

We have lots of Helenium and Centaurea from our National Collections, Hemerocallis from Janet's collection, Geum, an ever expanding range of Phlox, Monarda, and lots more.

Click the links to explore our full plant list: A-B C-D E-G H-K L-O P-R S-V

Click here for our online order form (opens in new window)

Download and print a descriptive catalogue by clicking here

Full details of our mail order service are available here or why not pick up an order from a plant fair or garden open day and save the postage charge?

Our Garden

Get ideas for your garden with our garden pages full of great planting ideas and growing tips. There's lots of photos from our plot to inspire you and if you want more why not come and visit us on one of garden open days. Click here for more tempting photos.

See our garden in Amateur Gardening click here for a copy

Garden Open Dates 2014

Our garden is open for the National Garden Scheme on selected days in the summer.

Groups of 20+ are welcome by appointment.

Where to meet us

You can meet us both at our garden opens and Martin at Plant Fairs and talks throughout the region. Full details of: plant fairs and garden open days or scroll down this list:

April 2014

20/21 Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, Staffs

26 Sugnall Hall Walled Garden, Eccleshall, Staffs

May 2014

3 Crg Farm

4/5 May Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire.

11 May Renishaw Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

17 Buckden Towers, nr Huntingdon Cambs.

18 Consall Hall, Wetley Rocks, Staffordshire

24 The National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas Staffs

25 Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

26 Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Cuddington, Cheshire

30 Hodnet Hall Gardens Market Drayton, Shrops

June 2014

1 Hodnet Hall Gardens Market Drayton, Shrops

8 Culland Hall, Brailsford Derbyshire

15 Burton Manor, Burton, Wirral

22 Whittington Castle, Whittington, Shropshire

July 2014

12/13 Our Garden open for the NGS

16 Our Garden open for the NGS

19/20 Our Garden open for the NGS

Aug 2014

2 National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas Staffs

3 Dearnford Lake, Shropshire

6 Our Garden open for the NGS

9/10 Our Garden open for the NGS

13 Garden open for National Collections

16/17 Garden open for National Collections

20 Our Garden open for the NGS

24/25 Dorothy Clive Garden Willoughbridge, Staffs

30 Bodenham Arboretum, Kidderminster, Worcs.

Sep 2014

3 Our Garden open for the NGS

13/14 Our Garden open for the NGS

7 Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral, Cheshire

21 Sugnall Hall Walled Garden, Eccleshall, Staffs

Garden Diary

Our garden notebook full of planting ideas, propagation tips and lots of photos from our garden.

January:  Creating a herbaceous border read more.

Browse our Diary archive here

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.

Gardening Talks

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