We specialise in late flowering perennials, many from S.Africa. They are particularly valuable in the garden because most shrubs and many perennials are over by September. Their rich colours combine well with autumn foliage and fruits. Click on each image for a larger version.

Agapanthus ‘Midnight Blue’. The darkest blue flowers on a plant only 15’’ high, an old variety bred by The Slieve Donard Nursery, Co Down, and re-introduced by us.

Agapanthus inapertus. This rare species bears heads of pendulous tubular flowers on 5’ stems that always grow bolt upright.

Anemone hupehensis japonica. Although long naturalised in Japan, this fine variety actually comes from W. China, seen here with Selinum tenuifolium in fruit.

Aconitum napellus ‘Blue Valley’ with Miscanthius sinensis ‘Variegatus’.

Eupatorium maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’. One of the finest and easiest late tall perennials. Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ and Cornus alba ‘Aurea’ in the background.

The dark foliage of Cimicifuga ‘Blackthorn Strain’ sets off pink and white flower spikes.

Kniphofia ‘Wrexham Buttercup’. The finest large yellow ‘red hot poker’, with Salvia involucrata, Dahlia ‘Forncett Furnace’ and Acanthus mollis foliage.

Kniphofia ‘Erecta’. A curiosity with flowers that turn upwards.


Begonia grandis evansiana ‘Alba’. It is a little known fact that this delightful plant is hardy given a leafy mulch, also available in pink.

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