Currently Available Plants

Please note some plants are in small numbers only and may sell out before we can update the list.

You can order to collect from a plant fair or collect by appointment from our home nursery in Hankelow, near Nantwich Cheshire

This is how it works:

1. Plant prices are quoted on the list for each plant.

2. Send us your requests by email to plants@specialperennials.com or by Facebook message to www.facebook.com/specialperennial If collecting from a fair please say which fair. Please note some fairs will require advance purchase of a ticket from the venue.

4. We will confirm availability and send you a link by email, text or DM to make your payment using your credit or debit card online – please do not send any card details to us.

5. For collect from us, once payment has been confirmed we will contact you to ask you for preferred collection day and time.

Aster Twilight (now called Eurybia x.herveyi)

Shade lover (even dry) with violet flowers and large leaves. 2ft tall. Does creep at the roots but anything that flowers in dry shade is welcome to spread in my garden!

Price: £5.00(9cm pot)

Astrantia major Gill Richardson

Dark red flowers from late May until late July and sometimes again in September. About 2ft tall.

£5.00 (9cm pot)

Bidens aurea Hannay's Lemon Drop

Tall airy plants that flower in late summer and autumn. Fragrant flowers. They do spread so give them some space. They prefer well-drained soil and a sunny spot. White deep yellow disc splashed across the centre of the flower.

Scented flowers.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Boltonia Snowbank

White, opening from pink buds. About 4ft tall and flowering from mid August into the autumn.

Looks good planted amongst other tall plants and is a good alternative to asters where the soil is very dry.

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Campanula Elizabeth

Long, dangling bells on branching 2ft / 60cm stems. Sun or light shade, not too wet.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Campanula Kent Belle

Tall, branching plants with masses of blue-purple bells with flared ends. Can get to 3ft / 90cm if pampered.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Campanula lactiflora Loddon Anna

Soft pink flowers on 3ft / 90cm plants flowering in June/July and sometimes again in autumn if cut back after first flush fades.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Campanula lactiflora Prichard's Variety

Violet-blue flowers on 3ft / 90cm plants.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Campanula Sarastro

Lovely waxy blue bells. The purple buds have an almost crayon-like surface. The flowers are held in good sized clusters on 60-75cm stems. Tolerates hot sun but performs better in light shade. Longer bells than Kent Belle.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Centaurea bella

Bella is the big sister of C. simplicicaulis in every way: she has larger, more robustly lobed leaves and very similar, but larger feathery pink flowers. Her leaf mound is about 8in / 20cm tall. She flowers in bursts throughout the summer and performs best in a well-drained soil. She is native of the Caucasus. The epithet "bella" means "beautiful" and she certainly is.

£5.00 (9cm pot)

Centaurea karabaghensis

The large pink flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Taller and more airy than the similar C.woronowii; about 3ft / 90cm tall in flower. Flowers June - July and August-October.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Centaurea montana Lady Flora Hastings

More pure white than Alba and with finer petals. Elegant and beautiful

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Centaurea orientalis

Yellow flowers from exquisite pale bronze buds. About 2ft 6in tall. Best in sun. Excellent bee and butterfly plant. Native to Southeast Europe.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Centaurea woronowii

a knapweed from Caucasus and Asia Minor. Extremely hardy and drought tolerant. The large pink flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. About 2ft / 60cm tall in flower. Flowers May-June and August-October.

Similar to: C. dealbata, nogmovii, karabaghensis

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Cephalaria dipsacoides

Greenish-white pincushions on tall, airy stems getting to about 5ft / 150cm. Flowers July-September.

Probably one of the most difficult plants to photograph as a whole plant as the mass of thin, wiry stems seem to disappear in a photo leaving the flowers floating around in the air!

The flower buds are really attractive too.

Price £5.00

Cephalaria gigantea

Long, strong flower stems reach 5 - 7ft / 150-210cm tall. Flowers are a more buttery cream colour. Flowers June - end July. May repeat in September if cut back after their first flush.

Very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Common name: Giant Yellow Scabious.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Chrysanthemum Clara Curtis

Rubellum type. About 2ft tall. Rose-pink. The oldest named variety.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Coreopsis verticillata Zagreb

Fresh green leaves and bright yellow flowers - similar to the straight species but shorter at only 1ft tall in flower.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Crocosmia Limpopo

Another short variety with almost pink reddish flowers

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Crocosmia Lucifer

One of the best known and loved Crocosmias. 4ft / 120cm tall and early to flower

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Dianthus Bridal Star

New variety with masses of sweetly fragrant, starry, pure white blooms over a long season. 1ft / 30cm tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Dianthus Devon Wizard

Strong magenta flowers, bushy plants and scent that fills the garden on a warm day. The best of border the pinks.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Echinacea purpurea Rubinstern ("Ruby Star")

Larger and more deeply coloured flowers than the species. Tends to grow a bit taller (2ft 6in to perhaps 3ft in very rich soils). Flowers July - September.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Eryngium agavifolium

Rosettes with long, fleshy, dramatically spiky leaves and tall clusters of greenish-white flowers in summer.

Good in sun or very light shade. Gets to greatest size if kept moist in summer. 2ft - 4ft tall.

Price £5.00

Eryngium eburneum

"Ivory White Sea Holly". Rosettes with long, spiny leaves and tall clusters of ivory-white flowers in summer.

Good in sun 2ft / 60cm tall in leaf and 4ft / 120cm in flower.

Price £5.00

Geranium Elke

Sanguineum type but with large white-edged pink flowers for a long season. Low mat former and a great edger.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium himalayense Gravetye

Low growing, repeat blooming and spreading

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium himalayense Plenum

Double form, also known as Birch's Double

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium x.oxonianum Sherwood

The star-shaped pink flowers appear from May onwards on plants reaching 1 1/2ft / 45cm. Good repeat flowring.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium phaeum Joan Baker

Beautiful soft blue-pink flowers on neat plants

About 1ft 6in / 45cm tall in flower

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium phaeum Rachel's Rhapsody

Mosaic-like variegation to the large leaves in yellow and green with dots of red. Rather weird. Flowers are typical maroon phaeum type.

Makes a large leaf mound about 2ft tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium Nesta

Tan patterning on the leaves and rose-pink semi double flowers. A good rebloomer from late May to late August 1 - 1/2ft / 30-45cm tall and wide.

Named after the lady who's garden it first came up in.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium Stephanie

Leaves like Geranium renardii and pearly pale violet flowers from April - June. Low growing and great in dry and poor soils but give her some TLC and you won't regret it! Needs a sunny spot.

Propagate by division in spring.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geranium Tiny Monster

This is a cross between Geraniums sanguineum and psilostemon producing a low-growing plants (like a sanguineum) with large, magenta flowers like psilostemon (albeit lacking the black eye). They do well in dry, sunny spots and flower from May through to the autumn with a little rest in high summer.

Propagate by division in spring or by root cuttings.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geum Dolly North

Border geum with lovely dobule orange flower in summer. We are really please to be able to offer this favourite of ours again

1ft / 30cm mounds with flowers on longer stems

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geum Mai Tai

Mai Tai is new variety with lovely ruffled, semi double flowers in a gorgeous peachy pink. She grows to about 1ft tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geum Old Luv

Our introduction - a daughter of Geum Lissane. Named for Janet's favourite Eric Clapton song.

Large amber flowers, nodding at first and then outward facing. 1ft / 30cm tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Geum Snowflake

This is the only pure white Geum we know. It has outward facing flowers and grows to about 9in / 22cm tall. It is quite a rare variety.

Like all rivale types this one prefers a moist soil but will make do with drier conditions.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Helianthus Happy Days

Happy Days for this peacock butterfly - the centres of the flower are full of nectar!

Flowers much like Capenoch Star but with larger centres. The main attraction is that the plants are quite short - 3ft - 3ft 6in tall - and remain compact.

In bloom from late July

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Crimson Pirate

One of older spider types with deep red flowers with a darker eye zone. About 2ft 6" - 3ft tall. Flowering from early July.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Eggplant Escapade

Very Large flowered spider type with stunning greyish purple flowers with deeper purple eye zone and golden sunburst throat.

2ft 9in tall and flowering from late July.

Price £5.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Georgette Belden

Self-coloured daylilies are great for general garden use being easy to place amongst other plants - you only have one colour to match!.  Georgette Belden is one the best purple selfs because she is quite weather proof and has consistently performed well in the our garden.  Good perfume. About 2ft 6in tall in flower and in bloom from late June.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Highland Lord

large velvety red flowers. About 2ft 6in / 75cm tall.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Miss Jessie

Lovely spider form with large, softly coloured flowers. A good doer

Price £6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Morning Sun

Large flowers and strong constituation.

Price £5.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Orchid Corsage

Spider-petaled, plae pink. Short plants (up to 2ft / 60cm) and lots of flowers on well branched stems. Flowers July-August

Price £5.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Parade of Peacocks

Very large flowered unusual form (UFo) that demands attention. One of the best flowerers in our collection. Flowers July-August. 2ft 6in / 75cm tall

Price £5.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Silver Quasar

A stellar performer in the garden. Head-turning, tall (3ft / 90cm) with masses of large flowers. We've only got a few of these!

Price £5.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Vera Biaglow

Good bright pink self with flowers held well above the leaves from early July onwards.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hesperantha coccinea

The wild species from South Africa. About 2ft / 60cm tall. Flowering August to November.

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hesperantha coccinea alba

Pure white flowers. Slightly shorter than other varieties - about 1ft / 30cm

Price: £6.00 (9cm pot)

Hesperantha coccinea Fenland Daybreak

Pale pink flowers with darker striations. Lot of flower coming to a peak in November. About 1ft 6in / 45cm

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hesperantha coccinea Major

Very large red flowers. 1ft 6in / 45cm tall. Flowers from mid-late September.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hesperantha coccinea Sunrise

Pink flowers. 1ft 6in / 45cm tall. Flowers from mid-late September.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hesperantha coccinea Pink Princess

Pearly pink flowers. 1ft 3in tall. Flowers from mid-late September.

Also know as "Wilfred H. Bryant" - obviously not so saleable!

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price: £5.00 (9cm pot)

Kniphofia Bees' Lemon

Bold green-topped, lemon yellow flowers in late summer. About 2ft 6in / 75cm tall.

Originally from Arthur Bulley's Bees' Nursery. Our photo was taken at Ness Botanic Gardens which was created by Arthur Bulley.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Kniphofia Fiery Fred

Fiery Fred is set off by intense deep pink of Monarda (photo taken at Abbeywood Gardens)

Bold fiery orange. A good strong and compact variety.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Kniphofia Shining Sceptre

Bright and large amber yellow and orange flowers. 2ft 6in - 3ft / 75-90cm tall

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Kniphofia Timothy

Uniquely coloured in pinkish orange. Short and stout - about 1ft 9in - 2ft. Flowers mid summer. Vey tough.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Perfect Partners: What a great colour combination - Kniphofia Timothy with Lavender Grappenhall.

Kniphofia Toffee-Nosed

Lovely toffee and cream coloured poker. About 2ft 6in tall in flower. Flowers from July to September

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Leucanthemum Bad Hair Day

New in 2018. This daughter of Phyllis Smith was named by a garden visitor a few years ago. Slightly harsh we think!

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Liatris spicata Floristan White

As per the violet variety. About 2ft 6in tall

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lobelia cardinalis Bees' Flame

Far better and tougher than the similar "Queen Victoria". Flame red flowers and bronze foliage. Being a cardinalis variety it is very hardy. 2ft 6in tall in flower.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lobelia Compton Pink

Lovely pale pink flowers with a brighter pink highlight. About 2ft tall. Attractively coloured spring foliage.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lobelia Hadspen Purple

Luscious deep purple flowers. About 2ft / 60cm tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lobelia x.speciosa Russian Princess

Shocking pink flowers and bronze leaves and stems. Reaches about 2-3ft tall. Flowers from July to September.

There is some mix up on the naming of this plant. Apparently there was a plant with plain green leaves and purple flowers at one time.  To avoid confusion, our picture aptly describes the plant we are selling.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lobelia x.speciosa Tania

Lovely purple-pink flowers on strong plants that have been hardy with us for many years. One of our favourites. 2ft 6in tall.

Raised at Myddleton House in Enfield, now HQ of the Lee Valley Park.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Lythrum salicaria Feuerkerze

Lythrum Feuerkerze with Persicaria amplexicaulis Atrosanguinea and lots of Phlox in our garden in August

("Fire Candle")

Intense rose-red double flowers. Stately plants reaching 3ft / 90cm. Flowers June to September. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Molinia Transparent

As the name suggests this is grass has very fine stems that become nearly transparent to view through with heads of purplish flowers floating on top from late August.  A true designer's plant great at the front a border despite its 6ft plus height.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Monarda Sagittarius

pale lavender. Mildew resistant 2ft 6in / 75cm tall. Flowers July - September.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Monarda Squaw

One of the best reds and always free from mildew in our garden. 3ft tall. Flowers July - September.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Nepeta Blue Dragon

Lovely, large, blue flowers spotted on their insides on upright plants about 1ft 6in - 2ft tall. Flowers throughout the summer. I've been growing it in a spot that only gets direct sun in the early morning and its performed very well for me.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Persicaria microcephala Purple Fantasy

Persicaria

Exotic looking but perfectly hardy with us. The leaves keep their best colour and patterning in light shade. Up to 2ft tall but we keep it short by pinching out the tips regularly. The small clusters of pink-white flowers are unremarkable but don't spoil the show!

A clump former.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Persicaria microcephala Red Dragon

Another exotic looking but hardy variety. This one gets taller - up to 3ft /90cm if left unpruned. You can pinch it out (remove the top 2in / 5cm of growth) every month or so to get it short and bushy

A clump former.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Primula beesiana

Gold-eyed, pink or purple flowers in candelabra fashion in May and June. Prefers a damp location and ideal for even boggy or waterside planting.

Originating from Western China.

About 2ft tall. Spacing about 1ft 6in.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Primula bulleyana

Can be divided after flowering to quickly made a large drift in moist soil

Orange-yellow flowers in candelabra fashion in May to July. Prefers a damp location and ideal for even boggy or waterside planting.

About 2ft tall. Spacing about 1ft 6in.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Primula pulverulenta

Deep,deep pink flowers on 2ft / 60cm stems. Spacing 2ft/60cm. Moisture loving.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Rudbeckia subtomentosa Little Henry

Little Henry is shorter than subtomentosa varieties and has rolled up petals

A short sport of R. subtomentosa Henry Eilers and shares the special flowers with rolled up petals making this an eye catching plant

RHS Award of Garden Merit (H4)

Price £6.00 (9cm pot)

Salvia forskaohlei

Difficult to pronounce, easy to grow! Large hairy leaves and many spikes to white-lipped purple flowers in early summer. Sun or light shade

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

Violet blue flowers set off admirably but the striking black stems. 1ft 6in / 45cm. Fully hardy.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Sanguisorba Burr Blanc

Upright (rather than dangly) white flowers from June to late August. About 4ft tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Sanguisorba obtusa

Vivid pink bottlebrush flowers on shorter, bushy plants - 2ft / 60cm tall in flower.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Sisyrinchium striatum

Perfect Partners: An underplanting of Sisyrinchium Striatum adds warmth to this pure white rose.

A good little doer with spires of butter cream coloured flowers on and off throughout the summer. Leaves about 1ft tall and flowering height is about 1ft 6in to perhaps 2ft.

Price £5.00 (9cm)

Stipa gigantea

Perfect Partners: Stipa gigantea is a great mixer providing a elegant, vertical element to plantings. Here with the rich red of Helenium Mahagoni in our garden on August 9th. The Helenium would prefer a moister spot but has adapted well over the years to the dry soil liked by the Stipa.

Common Names: Giant Spanish Oats, Giant Feather Grass.

Large clumps of stiff green leaves up to 4ft across and 2ft 6in high and masses of tall, elegant flower spikes with dancing oat flowers in summer, lasting through winter. Up to 6ft high in flower. Hardy and drought tolerant. An excellent back drop for many plants. Looks stunning when the evening sun catches the flower heads.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Succisella inflexa

Spreading clumps of long narrow leaves. The globular flowers are about 1/2in across and held on stems above the foliage (flowering height about 1ft 6in / 45cm). Flowers from July onwards.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Succisella inflexa Alba

Not completely "alba" - always has a hint of soft pink. Slightly smaller than the standard species - about 1ft / 30cm tall in flower

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Valeriana officinialis subsp. sambucifolia makes a lovely, long-lasting backdrop in our garden.

Valeriana officinalis subsp. sambucifolia

Unusual form with attractively, finely divided leaves. The flowers are white, tinged pink with age. The overall impression of the plant in the border is a white version of Verbena bonariensis. However the plants do not self seed at all (unlike the standard species) but spread by underground stems to form clumps. Sweetly fragrant. About 4ft - 5ft tall but airy and "see-through".  Flowers June through to early August.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Verbena corymbosa

The official name is now the highly unappetising Glandularia corymbosa, so we're sticking with the name we know and love. Creeping stems that clamber up arond 1ft / 30cm to burst forth with clusters of purple flowers. Needs reasonable drainage and won't winter that well in extremely cold parts of the UK.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Veronica longifolia

Veronica longifolia looking lovely with Valeriana sambucifolia

Tall spires of deep blue flowers on tough, easy to grow plants. About 3ft / 90cm tall

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Veronica Pink Damask

About 2ft tall with pale pink flowers with deeper coloured centres. Needs a soil with some moisture to do best.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Veronicastrum Fascination

Fasciation has the predisposition to "fasciate", that is grow in weird and wonderful shapes.
Veronicastrum Fascination is wonderful as a large drift, planted here behind Persicaria amplexicaulis Atrosanguinea.

About 4-5ft tall with purple-pink flowers. The name derives from the plants predisposition to "fasciate", that is to produce extended, flattened flower heads in weird shapes. Flowering from July to September.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Veronicastrum Lavender Tower (Lavendelturm)

Again, 4-5ft tall with pale lavender flowers. Flowering from July to September.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Veronicastrum Pink Glow

Again, 4-5ft tall with pale pink flowers. Flowering from July to September.

The flowers appear nearly white on opening and deepen in colour slightly as they age

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

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