Asplenium nidus ‘Campio’ is a gorgeous fern that produces wide, feather-shaped fronds in a delightful shade of fresh green.  I’ve got two of these ferns, both have a rather bushy and upright habit, which I really like; their vertical poise is also useful as it makes it easier for me to accommodate Asplenium nidus ‘Campio’ alongside the other plants on my shelf. 

I must confess that I am a little doubtful that my Selaginella plants that you can see in my photograph above are actually true Selaginella apoda.  However, for more than three years I’ve seen exactly the same type of Selaginella on sale at various nurseries and chains of garden centres and all of the plants were labelled as Selaginella apoda – and so I may well be wrong and this maybe the correct name for this plant. 

Myosotis scorpioides alba is also known as the Water Forget-Me-Not.  This pretty plant requires continually wet conditions; Myosotis scorpioides alba grows in reliably wet bog gardens, as well as in streams, and ponds.  If you have a patio garden and don’t have room for a pond you can still grow Myosotis scorpioides alba by creating a container pond or bog garden .

Ranunculus flammula is an aquatic plant with beautiful shining-yellow, bowl-shaped flowers.  This plant’s common name is Lesser Spearwort, but it’s very much like a lovely buttercup to grow in a pond!  Ranunculus flammula can be grown in streams, ponds, lakes, or continually wet bog gardens; if you don’t have a pond, you could grow Ranunculus flammula in a container filled with rainwater. 

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ = ‘Macane001’ (PBR) was the winner of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011 Competition.  This hybrid Anemone was raised in Scotland, by plant specialist Elizabeth MacGregor.

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ is a cross between earlier and later flowering forms of Anemone.  This cross breeding has created an Anemone with inherited characteristics from its relations, giving Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ an exceptionally long flowering season – plants bloom (intermittently) from May until November. 

Hosta ‘Hyuga-urajiro’ is a small sized Hosta, it’s a sport of Hosta ‘Kikutii’.  This is a very attractive Hosta, it produces very long and narrow, pointed leaves, which display unusual colourings, with contrasting lime green and blue-green, striped streaks. Hosta ‘Hyuga-urajiro’ makes for a delightful and rather striking herbaceous plant, it would be an ideal choice for a Japanese themed garden.

Hedera helix is more commonly known as ivy, or English ivy.  This rather lovely, evergreen climbing plant is often taken for granted, it can be maligned by others, but not by me – I adore ivy.  This is a magnificent plant, one that is willing to grow, easy to care for, and is a blessing for birds, insects, and wildlife.  Hedera are such a versatile group of plants – I am a huge fan of ivy!

If you love butterflies, bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects, then you’ll love growing Buddleja davidii, as this shrub is a magnet to these wonderful creatures!  If you’ve not grown Buddleja before, this vigorous shrub is perhaps easier to care for and taller growing than you might expect.  This said, you can prune your plant to keep it in shape and restrict its size a little, and if you’d prefer to grow a smaller, more compact variety, there are many new compact Buddleja varieties that have been released over the past five years or so.

Gypsophila is an easy to grow, hardy annual that is often used by florists and flower arrangers.  Ever since I can remember, Gypsophila has been a very popular wedding flower.

This is a perfect plant for a delicate look, a super choice for a flower fairy garden!  Gypsophila plants produce sprays that feature numerous tiny white flowers, which form soft, airy floral clouds, creating a light display that is hopelessly pretty.

Selaginella uncinata is also called by its common name of Peacock Moss, which references the blue-green, almost metallic colour of this stunning evergreen perennial’s foliage, which has an almost iridescent appearance, resembling the colouring of the peacock’s feathers.  The colour of Selaginella uncinata‘s foliage is most pronounced when this plant is grown in more deeply shaded conditions, but plants can also be grown successfully in partial shade. 

Verbena bonariensis, is an utterly fabulous plant!  However little room I have to garden, I always make room for Verbena bonariensis.  This plant is so accommodating; it’s tall, yet light and airy, and never claustrophobic.  Verbena bonariensis is happy to grow by itself or up close, in amongst other plants in the border.  Plants thrive in full sunshine; Verbena bonariensis also does well in partial shade. 

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (Auscartoon) was bred by David Austin Roses and christened to mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the weekly cartoon created by Annie Tempest.  The Tottering-by-Gently cartoon was first published in Country Life magazine in January 1994.  Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ produces open, single flowers, with pollen and nectar that are available and accessible to bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.

This rose was bred by David Austin Roses, and named for the The Brontë Society in remembrance of the bicentenary of the birth of the author Emily Brontë.  Emily Brontë is the sister of fellow novelists, Charlotte and Anne, who also stem from this renowned literary family.  Emily’s only novel, Wuthering Heights, was first published in 1847, just a year before the author’s untimely death, when she was only thirty years old.

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver) was bred by David Austin Roses.  This rose was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  David Austin Roses named this new rose after the novel of the same name, which was written by the famous female author Mary Anne Evans, who is known by her pen name of George Eliot.  The Mill on the Floss was first published in 1860.

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 soils, though please don’t give up hope if you have sandy soil – for many years I have grown Angelica archangelica very successfully on sandy, silty, free draining soils. 

Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ is an easy to grow, very hardy perennial, which can tolerate extremely low temperatures, down to as low as -20C (-4F) and possibly lower.  If you garden in a particularly cold climate, or in a very exposed, cold area, ensure that you really can offer your plant well drained soil over wintertime, to provide your plant with its best chance of survival. 

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is a deciduous shrub, which grows to 2.5 – 4m (8 – 13ft) in height and to around 1 – 2m (3 – 6ft) in width.

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is usually hardy to withstand winter temperatures as low as -10 to – 15C (14 – 5F).  Plants are most successfully planted in the warmest, most sheltered areas of the garden; plants usually fare well if planted near a south facing wall which helps to provide this shrub with additional heat required during summer and throughout the year.

Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is a hardy annual, which produces flowers with either yellow or brown centres, all of which are circled with lemon yellow petals, which become paler in colour as the flowers age.

Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is an easy to grow plant, which can be grown in containers or in the garden.  Sow the seeds of Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ during April and May, outside, directly where they are to flower.

This is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  The plant’s botanical name is a bit of a mouthful, so Zamioculcas zamiifolia is more commonly known as the ZZ plant.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a tuberous, evergreen perennial plant with glossy green leaflets, which originates from Africa and other warm countries, where it can be found growing in forests and grasslands.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia can be enjoyed as a versatile houseplant, which thrives when grown in a variety of conditions, from partially shaded, to deeply shaded rooms. 

Aloe vera is a really interesting, evergreen, tender succulent.  This is a plant species that has many uses, Aloe vera is an attractive, rosette forming, decorative, tender succulent, which is a popular houseplant, and it’s also a useful plant for a medical garden, in tropical climates.  There are a great many claims made about the properties and compounds found within this intriguing plant.