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Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Pure white honesty-like flowers in spring, over dark green leaves. 15cm. A pretty spreader for moist shade.

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Parahebe perfoliata

Sometimes treated as a Veronica, this is a rather distinct looking, semi-lax perennial with stems clad in glaucous perfoliate leaves. Each stem terminates in a spike of soft lavender-blue flowers in summer. Cut hard back after flowering this can flower again in Sept-Oct. From the cold mountains of SE Australia, this is generally hardy in the UK in a warm sunny sheltered position. Usually about 30cm tall on longer stems.

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Paris incompleta

Allied to our native P. quadrifolia, but an all round better garden plant, being stouter and more vigorous and having wider leaves in whorls of 7 to 11 leaflets, centred by larger yellow-green flowers on stalks above the leaves. Slow to establish, but with gently creeping rhizomes, this is best in woodsy humus rich soil in shade. From The Caucasus, Armenia and Turkey.

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Paris quadrifolia

Paris quadrifolia

Herb Paris. Our lovely rare native, found in ancient woodland, and perfectly suited to a semi-shaded spot in leafy soil in the garden. Very elegant green flowers on stems to 50cm, effective from May to Aug. Black berries follow.

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Patrinia sp. from China

A tall attractive E Asian member of the valerian family. Multiple small flat heads of soft, pale-yellow, scented flowers, produced on a well branched scape to 1.8m tall in September. A tall plant with none of the harsh yellow normally associated with P. scabiosifolia. A hardy perennial that doesn't appreciate exceptionally dry conditions.

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Peltaria alliacea

Garlic Cress in endemic to SE Europe where it inhabits open stony ground. Purple tinged glaucous foliage emerges early in late winter and masses of white flowers in loose panicles appear in early summer. The leaves are used culinarily to add a garlicky, mustardy kick to salads and are best harvested in spring and autumn. Height 70cm. Hardy.

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Peltoboykinia watanabei

Beautiful deep green, large, deeply lobed peltate leaves. Spikes of delicate cream flowers above the foliage in summer. Height 40cm. A splendid foliage plant for cool, moist shade.

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Persicaria virginiana var. filiformis

Olive-green and red tints in leaves and stems and a bold dark, red-brown V shape on each leaf. Long spikes of deep red very small flowers in late summer. A safe clumper, 75cm tall, for sun or shade in not too dry conditions. Loves heavy moist soils.

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Phlomis russeliana NE Turkish form (new)

A form with deeper yellow flowers and greener leaves. Whorls of yellow flowers encircling the 1.2m stems in summer. Forms slowly spreading patches of luscious hairy leaves, green in winter. Seed heads provide winter interest. Sun or shade, very tough.

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Phlox ovata (new)

The Mountain Phlox is a small Eastern North American species rarely grown in the UK, this has stems to 30cm topped by heads of deep rose-pink flowers in summer. For semi-shade and not too dry soil.

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Phlox paniculata 'Jade' (new)

A relatively new short sturdy form, with uniquely coloured rounded heads of scented white flowers edged in green in summer. Mildew resistant. Height 50cm. Sun or part shade. Not too dry.

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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Variegata' of hort.

A form of Chinese Lanterns with the green leaves randomly blotched and spotted yellow, forming a low mound of foliage, covered in autumn with vivid red-orange lanterns which make fine dried arrangements especially around Halloween. For a well drained position.

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Phytolacca americana

The Pokeweed from the USA makes a rather striking herbaceous plant to about 2m tall, the stems branching widely to make a sizable specimen. Racemes of white or pink flowers are followed by shiny black fruit on pink stalks. This plant is as toxic as various other commonly grown garden plants and should be treated with respect.

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Pimpinella major 'Rosea' Short form (new)

The Greater Burnet-Saxifrage from Central Europe and the Caucasus is actually a member of the carrot family, the Apiaceae and, in this form, bears flattened umbels of pale pink flowers in early summer on stems to 60cm. Sun or part shade in most decent soils.

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Pimpinella major 'Rosea' Tall form

The Greater Burnet-Saxifrage from Central Europe and the Caucasus is actually a member of the carrot family, the Apiaceae and, in this form, bears flattened umbels of pale pink flowers in early summer on stems to 1m. Sun or part shade in most decent soils.

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Pimpinella rhodantha (new)

Light and airy mid-pink or occasionally pale pink hardy perennial dwarf umbel flowering June to August on stems to just 40cm over finely dissected foliage. From Transcaucasia, Turkey and Iran. This collection from Georgia. For full sun and any ordinary soil.

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Plectranthus effusus var. longitubus

Formerly Rabdosia, this Japanese woodlander reaches its peak in autumn when long tubed lilac flowers are formed en-masse in airy inflorescences at the top of 90cm stems. For shade or semi-shade. Hardy.

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Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' (new)

Large parasols of foliage with lobed margins, heavily spotted and marked with dark brown dots, especially on emergence. Fairly large dark-red flowers hang under the foliage in May and June. A superb foliage plant for shade or semi-shade in woodsy, not too dry soil. Protect from slugs and snails as the plant emerges in spring. Height 45cm.

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Podophyllum peltatum

Handsome foliage emerges brown tinted and forms highly attractive, very deeply lobed parasols to 45cm. Beautiful, nodding, cupped white flowers among the foliage in spring, followed by elongated red-orange seed pods. A fine eastern N. American perennial where it forms drifts of impressive foliage in deciduous woodland. For shade and humusy soil. Hardy.

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Polygonatum falcatum NJM 11.012 (new)

A collection from Guizhou, SW China, of this large impressive species. Arching stems with relatively large elongated foliage and dangling white and green flowers in June. Height 50cm. For some shade and humusy soil.

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