Garden Planning Service


























For beds, borders or the entire garden


RHS Gold medallist Sue Wooster can plan your entire garden, and then supply the plants.  Planting service also available. Rock and scree gardens are a speciality.   For the ideal gift - how about asking me to design a border, supply the plan and plants by post?


This service can be arranged by email. Please contact me using the ‘Contact & Links’ page of the website if you would like information.  Site visits in East Anglia can be arranged, otherwise  I am happy to correspond by email.


All-year-round plant sourcing service is also available.  Please let me know your requirements for trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines and through Winter, bare-rooted hedging and trees.  Delivery in East Anglia can be arranged for a modest charge. 



2014

April

Real spring and a proper April, with warm days and some rain overnight, though a little more in the way of showers would be very welcome.

The RHS mini-trial of Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ AGM is settling in well.

On Friday 11th April two swallows were spotted zooming over the walled garden - a wonderful sight.

Plant sales this month include Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s spring event at Redgrave and Lopham Fen IP22 2HX, on Sunday 13th April 10-3.  On Sunday 27th April a Gardening Event takes place at Wyken Hall IP31 2DW by kind permission of Sir Kenneth and Lady Carla Carlisle.  Entrance is £2 which includes access to the beautiful gardens, where many local nurseries will be selling plants. All proceeds in aid of SWWAG.


March

So far a balmy month with spring gathering pace, it is wonderful to feel the warm sunshine in the walled garden.  The bees and butterflies are waking and it is incredible to see the number of honey bees on a small patch of early Aubretia which has seeded at the base of the pillars of the summerhouse. 

Spring bulbs, such as the pretty species Tulipa humilis and wayward Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’, are in full flower.

I am about to plant the RHS mini-trial of Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ AGM which is a superb border bellflower.  It’s just tricky finding the true form.  Both The Bressingham Gardens and Great Dixter have donated plants for the trial - thank you Jaime and Fergus.

The huge range of hardy plants on the nursery are all screaming for attention - everyday more potted perennials, alpines and shrubs are ready for labelling and displaying.  Do call by at The Walled Garden to see the latest stock, including new campanulas and other perennials.

February

With a good number of garden design and planting projects underway, this month is proving to be a busy one.  Please contact the nursery if you would like details of our garden planning service.  Several of our autumn and winter projects have involved borders in shade so do get in touch if you would like ideas for more trying areas of the garden.  We have worked successfully with ‘distance designs’, using photos and garden information sent by email.  Good discounts can be negotiated for bulk plant orders.

Bellflower Nursery is open in winter on Thursdays and Fridays 10-3.30, other times by appointment. Please phone ahead if you plan to visit off-season. Farmers’ Market first Saturday of the month at Wyken IP31 2DW.

2013

June

A chilly and breezy month so far with no rainfall for two weeks in this part of Suffolk. The campanulas are waking up - Campanula barbata and Campanula thyrsoides are in flower.  Campanula barbata var. alba has come true from seed and is looking spectacular.  Campanula portenschlagiana AGM and relatives have been flowering for 2 weeks - this bellflower is given a hard time as it can march in light soil but in its defence, it is evergreen and can show flower for most of the year.

In the herbaceous borders in the walled garden, the sweet rocket and lupins look lovely.  In a matter of days the bearded iris have finally broken bud and look spectacular.  My all-time favourite is Iris ‘Quechee’ - beautiful rich cinnamon-burgundy hues. And the scent...

Bellflower Nursery is packed with colour too, with some fantastic hardy plants, shrubs, alpines and climbers, and of course, Campanulas...

The nursery opening hours in the Walled Garden at Langham Hall IP31 3EE are Thursday and Friday 10-4.00 or by appointment at other times.  Do ring for details.


2012

LATE JUNE 2012

All very frantic with preparations for departure to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Each day brings new challenges to both the plants and me with highly changeable weather.  Fingers crossed for a cool spell during Build Up and a dry sunny week (not too hot, please..) for the Show.  Do come and see our Campanula display this year in the Floral Marquee (FM29).  PS - GOLD MEDAL!


The Campanulas in the Walled Garden are looking fabulous, particularly Campanula latifolia, with the form ‘Brantwood’ looking spectacular against the frothy foliage of bronze fennel, inky-purple lupins and soft pink sweet rocket.  Perfection in the border! Look out for the film of this plant combination and more in the Walled Garden on the BBC coverage of Hampton. All very exciting. The Nursery will be closed on Saturday 30th June and Saturday 7th July as I will be at the Show.



The nursery is featured in the May 2012 issue of The English Garden.  Do get a copy if you can.  The article was written by Zara Napier, Suffolk professional photographer.  Her photos in TEG are very good!

Why not come along to the walled garden and Bellflower Nursery and browse the huge selection of hardy plants. The Nursery is open Thursdays and Fridays 10-4.30, Saturdays 10-1 mid March to end of October. Winter hours Thursdays and Fridays 10-4.

Garden planning service available.



PLANT LIST - AVAILABILITY AUTUMN 2013


PERENNIALS:


ACHILLEA - BORDER FORMS OF YARROW, FOR STUNNING COLOUR & DROUGHT TOLERANCE THROUGH SUMMER

All in 1-litre pots £4.00 each:

Achillea 'Forncett Fletton'.  Brick red

Achillea 'Inca Gold' Excellent taller form, warm gold

Achillea 'Lachsschoenheit'. Salmon pink

Achillea 'Summerwine' AGM.  Deep burgundy

Achillea sibirica var. camschatica ' Love Parade'. Something a little different - warm pink, repeat flowers through summer.

Achillea ‘Terracotta’ - warm orange, fading to mustard.


ACONITUM - MONKSHOOD.  A poisonous but beautiful group of plants

Aconitum charmichaelii 'Arendsii' AGM Intense blue 1.2-1.4m/4-5ft spires in September and October.

2-litre pots £6.00 each/ 1.4-litre £5.00

Aconitum carmichaelii Wilsonii Group. Tall stately spires of azure blue May to August. 1.2m/4ft.

1-litre pot £4.50



Agastache rugosa f. albiflora 'Liquorice White' £4.00 1-litre pot

Agastache Blackadder - great foliage colouring, adored by bees. £5.00 1.4-litre pot.


Anacyclus pyrethrum var. depressus.  Mount Atlas Daisy. Pretty grey-green ferny foliage, low growing daisy, magenta in bud, opening to white, flowers all summer in hot and dry sites.

10cm/4”. £4.00 for 1-litre pot


JAPANESE ANEMONE.  Must-haves for autumn colour and happy in shade. £5.00 - 1-litre pots

Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Pamina' AGM

Anemone var. japonica ‘Praecox’ - deep pink single flowers, early to flower. £5.00

Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind'. Semi double, creamy white flowers on 90cm/3ft stems.


AQUILEGIA - Columbine or Granny's Bonnet.  Always welcome in the late spring border

Aquilegia ‘White Star’ . Creamy white columbine, yellow centre, on 100cm/36" stems. Sun or light shade. £3.50 - 9cm pot.

Aquilegia 'Yellow Queen'. £4.00 - l-litre pot.

Other Aquilegia, quite special forms, available in small numbers.  Please ask.



ASTER - MICHAELMAS DAISY for autumn colour. Great with grasses. £4.00 for 1-litre pot

Aster amellus 'Rosa Erfüllung' (mid pink)

Aster amellus ‘Veilchenkoenigin’ AGM

Aster x frikartii 'Mönch' AGM (lavender blue)

Aster x herveyi - one of the very best and earliest to flower (July) with a non-stop show of clear blue daisies  even in dry shade.  Chosen as a favourite perennial by Piet Oudolf in BBC Gardens Illustrated magazine.

Aster laterifolius ‘Lady in Black’ - £5.00 1.4-litre pot

Aster novi-belgii 'Dandy' - more compact Michaelmas daisy of purple-red, best in part shade.



CALAMINTHA NEPETA - thrives in exceptionally dry conditions in hot sunny places.  Especially good for path edging and in gravel gardens. Pale blue/white flowers on 30cm/12” stems. £4.00 for 1-litre pot.

Calamintha nepeta ‘White Cloud’ For dry sunny spot, sprays of small white flowers rise from  the aromatic foliage all summer. £4.00 for 1-litre pot.


Campanulas - visit the Campanulas page to view and download a list of Alpine & Herbaceous campanulas.


Cephalaria gigantea.  Huge pincushion plant with pale yellow flower heads in mid and high summer.  Cut back hard after first flowering for fresh foliage and blooms.  Insects and butterflies love this plant.  IF you have the space do grow it.  Self-seeder.  2m/6ft £4.00 1-litre pot.


Cichorium intybus f album.  Really pretty perennial for dry spot in sun.  White-flowered form of chicory.  1.2m/4ft. £4.50 1-litre pot. AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN

Cichorium intybus ‘Roseum’ - as above, shell-pink form. AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN.


Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’- golden seed heads on this form of hair grass which enjoys light shade, not too dry. £4.00 for 1-litre pot.



DICENTRA

Happy in light shade, these forms have shortish stems hanging with delicate 'lockets'

Dicentra 'Bountiful'. Compact form to 25cm/10".  Deep pink.  Tolerates shade. £4.00 - 9cm pot.

Dicentra 'Spring Morning'. Pale pink flowers for many weeks. £4.00 - 9cm pot


DIGITALIS - FOXGLOVE

Digitalis ferruginea AGM.  Narrow bronze flower spikes. 1.2m/4ft. £5.00 1.4-litre pot.

Digitalis x mertonensis - perennial foxglove. Large tubular flowers the colour of raspberry smoothie. £5.00 1-litre pot


ECHINACEA - CONE FLOWER

Echinacea purpurea Bressingham Hybrids

Echinacea purpurea ‘Baby White Swan’

Echinacea purpurea ‘Baby Pink Swan’

Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinstern’

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN

All at £6.00 each



EUPATORIUM MACULATUM Atropurpureum Group ‘Riesenschirm’ AGM - Joe Pye Weed/Hemp Agrimony.  Dinner-plate sized flower heads on nearly-black stems. 1.8m/6ft.  A real stately feature in the mixed border in high summer.   Not too dry. £6.00 for 2-litre pot.  AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN THE AUTUMN

EUPATORIUM CANNIBIUM ‘Flore Pleno’ - Hemp agrimony, double-flowered form. A must for back of the border.  As above. £4.50 1-litre pot.

EUPATORIUM FORTUNEI ‘Pink Elegans’ Sprays of purple-pink flowers on stout 1.2 - 1.5m (4-5ft) stems above cream variagated foliage.  For sun and good soil.  £5.00 for 1.4 litre pot.


EUPHORBIA SCHILLINGII AGM Spurge for dappled shade.  Lime-green bracts in spring and good dark green foliage.  Lovely spring emerging leaf colour. To 100cm/36”.  £6.50 for 2-litre pot.


GERANIUM

Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘St Ola’ - large white flowers which to pale pink, all summer.   Aromatic evergreen foliage with good autumn colour.  Great ground cover in poor soil. To 25cm/10”. £5.50 for 1.4-litre pot.

Geraniuim clarkei ‘Kashmir Purple’ £4.00 9cm pot. AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN.

Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir White’ AGM - white cups all summer. Highly garden worthy, sun or semi shade.  £4.00 for 1-litre pot. AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN.

Geranium’ Coombland White’ - Evergreen foliage with palest mauve-pink, delicately veined flowers in summer.  Appears white en masse.  40cm/14”. £5.50 for 1.4-litre pot.

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘White-Ness’ AGM.  Pure white flowers cover mats of pale green aromatic foliage late spring to mid summer. £4.00 for 1-litre pot.

Geranium ‘Orion’ AGM - Large deep blue flowers on 60cm/24” stems.  Bonfire autumn colours.  One of the very best geraniums - must-have! £4.00 1-litre pot.

Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’ - Mounds of soft grey-green foliage with interesting flowers of light blue with navyblue veining and notches on the petal edges - very light and airy form.  45cm/18”.  £5.50 in 1.4-litre pot.

Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovelle’ - Beautiful dusky purple flowers with paler eye on 60cm/24” stems May to July.  Very pretty plant for part shade. £5.50 for 1.4-litre pot.

Geranium phaeum ‘Margaret Wilson’ - subtle variegation on emerging foliage.  Pretty pink flowers into summer. Light shade. £4.00 for 9cm pot.

Geranium ‘Red Admiral’ - a good red for a cranesbill.. this hybrid has stamina and will flower all summer. Large red flowers with dark centre. 60cm/24cm. £5.50 for a 1.4 litre pot.

Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’AGM - White form of bloody cranesbill. Pure white flowers June to August. 30cm/12” £4.00 for 1-litre pot

Geranium sanguineum ‘John Elsley’ Bright fuchsia pink flowers all summer on this ground covering cranesbill.  Good autumn colour. 1-litre £4.50

Geranium sanguineum ‘Vision Violet’ - Pretty discs of deep pink papery flowers.  Vigorous doer, for sun or dappled shade.  20cm/9”. £4.00 for 1-litre pot.

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Amy Doncaster’Deep blue flowers with white eye.  Good foliage a bonus.  Highly garden-worthy for sun or partial shade. £4.00 for 9cm pot.


GEUM - AVENS

Geum 'Borisii' - tangerine/orange single flowers from May to September. Sun or part shade. Compact stems to 30cm/12"/ £4.50 for 1-litre pot.

Geum coccineum 'Cooky' - good warm orange single flowers on 20cm/9"stems

Geum 'Karlskaer' - everso pretty warm apricot single flowers on 20cm/9" stems

Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ - welcome to the sweetie shop.  Sherbet lemon yellow hanging flowers on 30cm/12” stems.  Sun or light shade.  £4.00 in 1-litre pot.

Geum 'Mrs W. Moore' - salmon pink tinge. 30cm/12". Extra special.. £4.00 in 9cm pot


HAKONECHLOA MACRA ‘AUREOLA’ AGM - An amazing grass for shady places, perfect for forming a skirt at the base of tress.  A softly golden striped green sway to 30cm/12”.  Trim late winter to tidy up.   £5.00 for 1litre pot.


HEDERA HELIX ‘ERECTA’ AGM Upright form of Ivy.  Interesting shade-lover. £5.50 1-litre pot.


HELLEBORE - LENTEN ROSE

Helleborus x hybridus Ballards Group.  Interesting  selections from Helen Ballard. £9.50


HEMEROCALLIS ‘Neyron Rose’AGM Wonderful daylily salmon-red petals with cream central stripe abd apricot-orange throat.  FOr sun and good soil. 70cm/28” £4.50 for 1 litre.


HEUCHERA - CORAL BELLS

Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

Heuchera ‘Green Spice’

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' PBR - orange/red/copper on frilly foliage.  2-litre £6.50

Heuchera ‘Birkin’

Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’

Heuchera ‘Rachel’

Heuchea ‘White Spires’

and more!

All at £6.50 - 2-litre pot


xHEUCHERELLA - Great ground cover for dry shade under trees and shrubs and on banks.

x Heucherella ‘Sugar and Spice’ PBR - Soft green maple-like foliage with dark chocolate central stripe.  Pink flower spikes to 40cm/14”. Superb plant for dry shade. £5.00 for 1.4-litre pot.


Hystrix patula - Unusual grass named the bottlebrush grass for its...bottlebrush-shaped flowerheads, funnily enough.  This grass flowers twice!  Cut back after first flowering which is June, then wait for second flush and leave these on for great winter outlines.  £6.00 for 2-litre pot.


PAEONIA - many scrumptious cultivars, EG Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Antwerpen’, and Paeonia lactiflora ‘Vogue’. £10.50 each in 2-litre.  Mature plants which will flower this year.


SALVIA

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ AGM Dark navy blue spires all summer.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Amethyst’ deep pink-mauve

Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfrieldland’


SCABIOSA - AVAILABLE BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN

SCABIOSA CAUCASICA ‘Clive Greaves’ - mid blue scabious, loved by bees and other beneficial insects.  No cottage garden should be without this perennial. 30cm/12” £4.00 for 1-litre pot.

Scabiosa caucasica ‘Alba’ very pretty white form, copes well in part shade.  £4.00 for 1-litre pot.


SIDALCEA candida - pure white form of Prairie Mallow, on 90cm/3ft stems. pot Sun or light shade. £4.00 for l-litre pot

Sidalcea ‘Loveliness’ - shell-pink cups on more compact 75cm/30” stems.  July to September .£5.00 for 1.4 litre pot.

Sidalcea ‘Wine Red’ - deep maroon to90cm/3ft.on flower spikes. £5.00 for 1.4 litre pot

Sidalcea ‘Sussex Beauty’ softest palest pink shells. Fully hardy.


VERONICA GENTIANOIDES  Lovely forms of spring-flowering herbaceous veronica.  Tall blue spires of colour in May, eg Veronica gentianoides ‘Barbara Sherwood’. 2-litre pot £6.00.


HELLEBORES - Please order for Autumn 2014:

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington speckled white 2-litre pot £12.50

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington ‘Picotee’ 2-litre pot £12.50

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington apricots 2-litre pot £12.50

Helleborus x hybridus Harvington Doubles 2-litre pot £12.50


 

A SELECTION OF SHRUBS & CLIMBERS, £9.50 each:

Akebia quinata ‘Alba’

Cornus stolonifera ‘Kelsae Gold’

Crataegus laevigata ‘Pink Corkscrew’

Deutzia x hybrida ‘Magicien’

Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Red Wine’

Ilex aquifolium ‘Aureomarginata Pendula’ 

Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’

Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ AGM

Rhodotypos scandens

Ribes laurifolium ‘Mrs Amy Doncaster’

Ribes sanguineum ‘Koja’

Sarcococca orientalis

Viburnum ‘Mohawk’

Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’ 

Viburnum x Cayuga

Viburnum x juddii

Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Compactum’

Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Conoy’

Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Park Farm Hybrid’

 


This availability list is being updated weekly.  Please contact the nursery with any queries about stock.