Perennials

perennials

Perennials are versatile plants that fill the gaps between trees and shrubs. They fill the border with colour, texture, and scent throughout the year and are an important food source for wildlife.

Shade loving Perennials

We have an entire area dedicated to shade-loving herbaceous plants The selection is vast and varied throughout the year.

Plants such as Alchemilla, Bergenias, Brunnera, Ferns, Heuchera, Hostas, and Rodgersia are all large-leaved perennials that add texture, and colour to the shady border.

Many of the perennials for shade are also evergreen that means the border will always have colour. Bergenia, Hellebores, Heuchera, Vinca and evergreen Ferns are some of our favourite evergreen perennials as they are very low maintenance.

We also have many trees and shrubs for growing in the shade.

perennials for shade
Perennials for shade
perennials for shade
perennials

Perennials for a sunny spot

We have over fifty varieties of herbaceous plants for growing in a sunny spot. The selection changes depending on the season but is at its fullest in the spring and summer. We carefully choose the best herbaceous plants for the season to give you the most versatile and colourful plants for your garden border or in patio containers. We also have a large selection of alpine and rockery plants as well as plants suitable for ground cover.

Herbaceous plants
perennials
Herbaceous plants
perennials

Ground Cover Perennials

Many perennials have a carpeting growth habit thats ideal for covering large areas of the garden. Covering large areas of the ground with carpeting plants will help prevent seeds from weeds germinating and taking over. Ground cover plants are easy to grow and low maintenance. Pachysandra terminalis, Vinca minor, Lamium maculaltum, Gallium odoratum, and Ajuga retens are good ground-covering options.

Ground cover perennials
ground cover perennials
ground cover perennials

Grasses and Bamboo

Grasses and bamboo are available at the Secret Garden centre year round but the selection is at its fullest from late spring through to early autumn. You can typically find varieties of Carex, Deschamsia, Panicum, Pennisetum, Hakonechloa, Stipa and Miscanthus. As for bamboo, we regularly have Fargesia ‘rufa’, Fargesia ‘Red Panda’, Phyllostachys ‘Aurea’ and Phyllostachys ‘Nigra’.

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grass
grass
grass
grass
grass

Pond Plants

We stock pond plants from May until around the end of August, depending on availability and demand. Marginal plants, Oxygenators, and water lilies can all be found near the Acers in the garden centre.

For tips on creating a wildlife pond.

Pond plant