Garden Design and Planning Service

For beds, borders or the entire garden

RHS Gold medallist and Garden Designer Sue Wooster, based on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, can design and plan your entire garden or perk up tired borders, and then supply the plants.  A planting service is also available. Rock and scree gardens are a speciality, as well as woodland areas and shady places.   For the ideal gift - how about asking me to design a border, and supply the plan and plants by post?

This garden design service can also 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.

An 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. 



Glorious so far with warm days and rather chilly nights.  The light mellows at this time of year and enhances the subtle hues of the walled garden.  In the garden, the grasses I have planted are soft accents in the borders - Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’, Molinia ‘Transparent’ and, all time favourite, Panicum virgatum ‘Squaw’.

Francis, our part-time horticultural trainee from the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, has been removing Acanthus spinosus from the central beds.  They have taken over in places.  We are leaving these areas fallow, ready to pounce on any signs of the bears’ breeches returning.

My pride and joy in the garden is the hybrid x Chitalpa tashkentensis which has been flowering these last few weeks.  See my Twitter page for a photo.

Do visit the nursery on a Thursday or a Friday as there is a huge range of autumn flowering perennials and shrubs just waiting to fill spaces in your borders.

The Autumn Plant Heritage Plant Sale is at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk IP14 6EF on Sunday 14th September 10-4.  Entry to sale and breathtaking Hall gardens is £6.00.  National Collections from Suffolk and beyond will be displaying and selling plants, alongside many of the best specialist nurseries in the area. See you there!

July - already

Hectic times with so much to do in the walled garden, on the nursery and with the garden planning side of the business.  A good mix of  weather so far this month, the usual English summer extremes with heatwaves and torrential downpours, even funnel clouds reported over the border in Norfolk.

Rabbits have found their way into the walled garden - Stig the intrepid JRT has finished off one or two.  A family of hedgehogs lives in the hollow of the ancient wisteria in the garden.  We like them!

The June issue of the RHS publication The Plantsman included my article on the recent three-year RHS trial of border campanulas, with confirmation of AGMs.

The mini trial in the walled garden of Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ AGM is in flower - a small trial but interesting as the RHS Trials Forum would like to find this illusive bellflower.

Please contact the nursery if you would like help with re-designing your borders.  Do visit the nursery - open Thursdays and Fridays 10-4 - as we have an enormous range of wonderful plants to spice up your plot!


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.


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.


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.

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.



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.


PERENNIALS - Many more available in small numbers:


All in 1-litre pots £4.00 each:

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 ‘Mondpagode’ AGM - ghostly at dusk, a stout-stemmed form with broad cream flower heads in summer.

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 £6.50 each

Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ AGM - tall spires of steely blue hooded flowers May/June. 1-litre pot £5.00

Agastache rugosa f. albiflora 'Liquorice White' £4.00 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.

Anemone hupehensis var japonica ‘Splendens’ - rich pink single flowers well into autumn. £4.00 - 9cm pot.

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

Aquilegia ‘White Bonnet’ - semi double creamy white. 60cm. £4.50 - 1-litre pot

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Ruby Port’ - burgundy very double form. 60cm. £4.50 - 1-litre pot.

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.

Aster ‘Little Carlow’ AGM - £6.50 - 2 litre pot

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.

Calamentha nepeta - pale blue, as above

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.


Centaurea ‘Black Sprite’ - almost-black spiky flowers.  Very popular an rightly so.  Be brave and plant with orange Geum!  Sunny and well-drained. £7.00 for 1.4litre pot.

Centaurea ‘John Coutts’ - purply-pink shaggy flowers in early summer.  Grey soft-felted leaves.  For sun. £4.50 for 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.


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

Dicentra 'Bountiful'. Compact form to 25cm/10".  Deep pink.  Tolerates shade. £5.00 - 1 litre pot.


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. £6.50 2-litre pot


Echinacea purpurea ‘Baby White Swan’

Echinacea purpurea ‘Baby Pink Swan’

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

All at £6.50 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 griffithii ‘Fireglow’ - £5.00 - 1 litre pot


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”. £5.00 for 1-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 9cm 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. BARE-ROOTED IN AUTUMN

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. £4.00 for 9cm 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” £6.50 for 2-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 ‘Tiny Monster’ - £5.00 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. £5.00 for 1-litre pot.

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Album’ - £5.00 for 1-litre pot

Other Geranium available - please ask.

GEUM - AVENS.  Many available including

Geum ‘Bell Bank’ - £4.00 - 9cm pot

Geum ‘Rusty Young’

Geum ‘Savannah Sunset’

Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’

Geum ‘Fireball’

Geum ‘Tequila Sunrise’

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.   £7.00 for 2 litre pot.


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


Heuchera ‘Obsidian’

Heuchera ‘Green Spice’

Heuchera ‘Huntsman’

Heuchera ‘Charles Bloom’

Heuchera ‘Birkin’

Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’

Heuchera ‘Rachel’

Heuchea ‘White Spires’

and more!

All at £6.50/£7.00 - 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’. £12.50 each in 2-litre.  Mature plants which will flower this year.


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

Salvia nemorosa ‘Amethyst’ AGM deep pink-mauve

Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’ AGM

Salvia nemorosa ‘Lubecca’ AGM

£6.50 - 2 litre


SCABIOSA CAUCASICA ‘Clive Greaves’ - mid blue scabious, loved by bees and other beneficial insects.  No cottage garden should be without this perennial. 30cm/12” £5.00 for 1-litre pot.

Scabiosa caucasica ‘Alba’ very pretty white form, copes well in part shade.  £5.00 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 £6.50.

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



Akebia quinata ‘Alba’

Crataegus laevigata ‘Pink Corkscrew’

Deutzia x hybrida ‘Magicien’

Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Red Wine’

Euonymus hamiltonianus ‘Miss Pinkie’

Euonymus hamiltonianus ‘Snow’

Ilex aquifolium ‘Aureomarginata Pendula’ 

Lonicera standishii ‘Budapest’

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 regularly.  Please contact the nursery with any queries about stock.