The National Garden Scheme Garden

This garden is a portion of a hazel copse, primarily planted with woodland and edge-of-woodland herbaceous perennials which are tolerant of heavy soils prone to drying out in late summer. The main season of flower would be spring and early summer

Corylus avellana

Large deciduous shrub about 6m tall, with strongly twisted branches bearing broadly heart-shaped, slightly twisted and contorted, mid-green toothed leaves, turning yellow in autumn, and pendent yellow male catkins in late winter and early spring followed by brownish fruits in late summer.

Carex oshimensis ‘JS Greenwell’

A evergreen leafy ornamental grass with a compact, clump forming habit. Long, narrow arched leaves with light brown flower spikes in early Summer. Full sun or partial shade in moderately fertile well-draining soil, drought tolerant.

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Epimedium ‘Spine Tingler’

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An Epimedium selection from Sichuan with narrow, toothed foliage. Bronze new growth turning to deep green with yellow spurred flowers in spring. Sun or partial shade.

Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’

Dusky, mid-blue petals, each with a distinctive silver edge, form lightly ruffled flowers in May and June above slender, blue-green, strap-shaped leaves. This beautiful blue, Siberian iris provides vertical interest in a sunny garden border on ordinary soil or is also adapted to waterside plating.

Astrantia major ‘Star of Billion’

‘Star of Billion’ is a clump-forming perennial to 75cm tall with deeply-cut, mid-green leaves. In summer, branching stems bear flowerheads of tiny greenish-white to white flowers surrounded by white, strap-shaped bracts tipped with green.

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