Biennials

This page lists many of the biennials that I’ve written about on pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on the name of each plant to discover more information and find links to further articles.

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Alliaria petiolata is a commonly found wildflower in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa.  Whenever its foliage is bruised, crushed, or trampled, this plant’s leaves release a scent that’s reminiscent of garlic; as a consequence, in the UK, Alliaria petiolata is often called Garlic Mustard, or…

Angelica archangelica is a simply divine garden plant!  I love the zingy green colour tone of this biennial’s flowers and seeds, their fresh colouring and the plant’s tall, architectural, and statuesque appearance is of great value in the garden. Angelica archangelica favours moist, well drained…

Anthriscus sylvestris is a biennial or short lived herbaceous perennial plant, which is more commonly known as cow parsley – in the UK, at least anyway – where Anthriscus sylvestris grows as a wildflower, along roadsides, hedgerows, in grasslands and meadows. Flowering in late spring,…

Arctium lappa can be found growing wild across Europe, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, as well as other locations around the world.  In the UK, Arctium lappa is more commonly known as Greater Burdock, but I’m sure that this plant has a range of common names,…

Cutting Celery is also known by the botanical name, Apium graveolens.  Cutting Celery is closely related to celery and celeriac, but these particular seeds have been selected and reselected especially for the flavour of their leaves.  The leaves taste like celery – it’s a strong…

Digitalis ‘Camelot Cream’ is an absolutely fabulous foxglove!  This F1 hybrid flowers for a really long time, much longer than many foxgloves, producing flowering stems that are full of gorgeous cream flowers, which are decorated with crimson-maroon freckles.  It’s a really very pretty plant that’s…

Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ is a short-lived perennial foxglove, famed for its horizontal flowers.  Every single bloom is tilted upwards.  This floral adaptation allows us to admire each individual flower’s markings; it provides us with the perfect opportunity to observe bees buzzing in and out of…

Digitalis purpurea is the botanical name for one of our stunning wildflowers – the foxglove.  Foxgloves are charming plants that produce towering spires of handsome pink-purple flowers in June, July, and August.  We may chance upon Digitalis purpurea plants during country walks.  Groups of Digitalis…

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora is the botanical name for our naturally occurring, white-flowered form of Digitalis purpurea – the foxglove.  I adore both our pink-flowered foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) and this stunning white-flowered form – they’re two of my favourite plants.  I’ve grown foxgloves in every…

Digitalis ‘Lemoncello’ is a new biennial foxglove, which was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  Digitalis ‘Lemoncello’ produces lemon-yellow coloured flowers all around each flower stem, as opposed to just having the flowers all over to one side of the flower stem –…

Dipsacus fullonum is a biennial or perennial plant that’s found growing in the wild in a widespread area across Europe and even as far as regions approaching North West Africa.  In the UK, Dipsacus fullonum is usually known as the Teasel, but due to how far…

Echium vulgare is a hardy biennial with hairy stems; plants produce pretty pink buds, which open as sky-blue coloured flowers.  This is a superb plant for a wildlife garden, as whilst it’s blooming, Echium vulgare is a veritable bee magnet! This is a UK native plant…

Hesperis matronalis is a short lived perennial or biennial that’s often known as Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet.  These lovely plants are very easy to grow; they really are super plants to grow in your garden.  Hesperis matronalis are hardy throughout the UK and they’re…

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora is a short lived perennial or biennial plant that is often known as Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet.  These lovely plants are very easy to grow, they’re nice things to have around.  Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora plants are hardy throughout the…

‘Parcel’  or ‘Par-Cel’ is also known by the botanical name, Apium graveolens.  This is a hardy biennial plant that produces edible leaves with a strong flavour of celery; Parcel’s stems are edible too, but it is the pungent leaves that this plant is usually grown…

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