Six on Saturday: New perennials

This week I visited Marchants Hardy Plants, a wonderful nursery selling grasses and hardy perennials near to where we live in East Sussex, which currently has a 25 per cent off end of season sale.

I came home with seven new plants, which I have cunningly turned into six things to show this Saturday to join in with the perennially brilliant Propagator. I was unusually organised and got them all in the ground straight away, so here are my new garden stars.

1. Persicaria amplexicaulis

I went along armed with a list which proved really useful when faced with so many goodies. Owner Graham Marchant has a great range of Persicarias – he and his team grow all their own plants from cuttings. I had clearly in mind that I wanted a very pink, full-flowered variety and he found me this baby.

2. Aster cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’


I spotted this gorgeous lilac aster next to a swishy Miscanthus and it stole my heart. The label states: “Wiry stems support prolific numbers of inch wide lavender-blue flowers, enhanced by autumn light”.

3. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ and Salvia Uliginosa


Here is the Miscanthus with its “narrow silver-buff plumes”, next to the ‘Bog Salvia’ with its “small piercing sky blue flowers, not large but prolific and lasting well into the autumn”. I am hoping both will clump up nicely.

4. Astrantia ex. ‘Marchants White’


This is Marchants’ own variety of Astrantia, white blushed pink. I have placed this in the empty bed I showed in last week’s six.

5. Campanula lactifloria ‘Dixter Presence’


A Campanula was not on my list, but I could not resist this lovely blue one which was Christopher Lloyd’s own selection, promising “profuse bell flowers of mid-blue carried in large open heads”.

6. Geranium pratense ‘Southease Celestial’


I was planning to buy a blue geranium, but was flexible as to the variety, so I was pleased to spot the last remaining one of this variety named after a village near us. It doesn’t look much at the moment, but I have high hopes for it next year, as it promises: “huge cupped salvers of luminescent lavender-blue born in summer”. I have placed it next to our ubiquitous pink cranesbill for contrast.


Here is the empty bed now, looking slightly less empty. I have ordered bulbs for this spot from Peter Nyssen – pale apricot tulips and white narcissi. Next up is bare root rose buying – I usually treat myself to three new roses a year. For this spot I am thinking a shade tolerant climber or rambler – Paul’s Himalayan Musk, Cecile Brunner or Felicite Perpetue. Answers on a postcard please.

And here is what I am aspiring to – the beautiful garden at Marchants!


  1. An interesting selection of new plants. Persicaria is something that we never see in our local nursery and I like the look of it. It will be fun to see all those plants grow up.

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  2. The first lesson of Six on Saturday is to remember that Mr Prop reads all the posts. So in the interests of his sanity we must never mention that place X is having a sale as he cannot resist a bargain and will fret so if he can’t get there! You’ve made some lovely choices and, like others, I look forward to seeing the results next year.

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  3. Oh dear, you still haven’t got your blue geranium from me! 😦 Still on offer if you want it. Love Saliva uliginosa, such an amazing blue and will be wonderful next to the grass. As for the roses, I have grown Felicite, she is very vigorous! (but very beautiful too).

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  4. tee hee! #6 ROX! When I got my Eastern red cedar, I so wanted to show it off, even though it looked like . . . well, like the weed that it is. It is sooooooo important to me because they are not native here. People understood that, and approved of it just because I enjoyed showing it off.

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