Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram' - a very good ground-cover to use amongst shrubs. Strong blue flowers in spring.  This variety has larger flowers.

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram' - forms long-flowering clumps of forget-me-not blue flowers in spring

Narcissus 'Fruit Cup' - scented daffodil with a cup that eventually fades to white. Leaves are narrower than usual - almost grass-like so they die back inconspicuously after the daffodil has flowered.

Narcissus 'Fruit Cup' - scented daffodil with a cup that eventually fades to white. Leaves are narrower than usual - almost grass-like so they die back inconspicuously after the daffodil has flowered.

Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' - a very small shrub that slowly spreads to form a low ground-cover. The slightly shiny leaves set off other plants very well.

Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet' - a very small shrub that slowly spreads to form a low ground-cover. The slightly shiny leaves set off other plants very well.

Euonymus japonicus 'Green Rocket' - a strongly upright small shrub. Creates a good evergreen vertical accent when it's drifted through a border. A structural backbone.

'Greenspire' Euonymus upright evergreen hedge, tighter form than boxwood, great for narrow spaces this is what mom bought. Works in sun and part shade upright columnar

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merveille Sanguine' - one of the very best hydrangeas. The whole plant has an extra dose of redness from the flowers to the stems and leaves. The leaves also have good autumn colour.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merveille Sanguine' - one of the very best hydrangeas. The whole plant has an extra dose of redness from the flowers to the stems and leaves. The leaves also have good autumn colour.

Viola cornuta 'Roem van Aalsmeer' - a good Dutch variety with strong purple flowers produced over a very long period. A healthy plant with vigour.

Viola cornuta 'Roem van Aalsmeer' - a good Dutch variety with strong purple flowers produced over a very long period. A healthy plant with vigour.

Viburnum 'Pragense' - an evergreen shrub with creamy-white flowers in May. Very hardy. Grows fairly wide.

Learn about Viburnum pragense or Prague viburnum from experts at DIY Network. Pragense viburnum is a fast grower that makes a great hedge.

Thalictrum pubescens - a tall perennial for the back of the border. Fluffy creamy-white flowers in June/July-August. A strong, upright plant.

Macplants Berrybank Nursery - central/southern Scotland's largest growers of herbaceous perennials, alpines, ferns and ornamental grasses

Helleborus x hybridus 'Queen Picotee' - flowers in late winter held on longer-than-usual stems, so a particularly good variety for cutting

Helleborus x hybridus 'Queen Picotee' - flowers in late winter held on longer-than-usual stems, so a particularly good variety for cutting

Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk Group' - discovered in a Scottish garden. Very good winter interest - a particularly decorative form.

Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk' - a superb form of the native hellebore found in Mamie Walker's garden in Fife, Scotland. Shade-tolerant, but red colouring in the stems develops more strongly when grown out in the open.

Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata' - grass with a beautiful flowing habit that dies back in winter but looks good for 9 months of the year.

Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata' - grass with a beautiful flowing habit that dies back in winter but looks good for 9 months of the year.

Trollius 'Dancing Flame' - a punchy orange flower that still has a delicacy because of the flicker of narrow upright petals in the middle.

Trollius Dancing Flame New for 2014 from Hardy's

Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' - lightly scented flowers in late spring to early summer. The leaves knit together to make a light ground-cover with year-round interest - lovely with spring bulbs like daffodils.

Tiarella 'Spring Symphony' - lightly scented flowers in late spring to early summer. The leaves knit together to make a light ground-cover with year-round interest - lovely with spring bulbs like daffodils.

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