A to Z of Our Plants

 A to Z of our plants

A to Z of our plants is a list of the perennials, shrubs and trees which we have grown in our Aberdeen garden in North East Scotland and our Cheshire garden.

Also now including our South East Fife garden 

*** Hover over thumbnail to reveal plant name ***

 Open thumbnail for details of how the plant performed in our gardens.

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Abies-Koreana[1] Abutilon x Suntense May 31st (2) Acer-Acinitifolium[1] Acer-Palmatum-Disectum1[1] Acer-Griseum[1] Acer-Palmatum-Atropurpureum[1] Acer-Palmatum-Ozakazuki1[1] Agapanthus 001 Agapanthus Bressingham Blue Agapanthus africanus Albus Alchemilla Mollis (2) Alchemilla Mollis Auslese 02 Alchemilla Erythropoda 03 Alstromeria-Princess-Alexandra[1] Alstroemeria 'Princess Paola Anemone Blanda White Anemone Blanda March 20th 5 Aster Frikartii Monch 01 - Copy Aster Tongolensis Berggarten (27) Astilbe peach blossom - Copy Astilbe Rhienland (3) - Copy Anemone Honorine Jobert - Copy Anemone hupehensis September Charm aquilegia crimson star Aquilegia Fragrans 5 Aquilegia Flabellata Ministar Aquilegia Nora Barlow Aquilegia Alex Guiness  aruncus aethusifolius - Astrantia major - Astrantia Maxima - AstrantiaRubyWedding Aucuba Japonica Variegata  Auricula Old Irish Blue 2 - Copy Auricula Rusty dusty yellow (3) Auricula Curry blend (4) Auricula Leather jacket (5) Auricula starling (2) Azalea Glowing Embers - Copy Azalea Maria Elena - Copy Azalea Luteum (03) - Copy                           


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Begonia Helen Harmes - Copy Begonia Flamboyant with Clematis Blue Angel Bellis Habanera White with Red Tips (2) Berberis Ottawensis Superba Berberis Thunbergii Harlequin 3 Bergenia Purpurea Betula-jacquemontii Blue Fescue (2) Box Blight Box-Triple-Balls (1) Buxus Sempervirens Elegans Brunnera jack frost Buddleia Black Knight Buddleja Silver Anniversary 2 Buddleja Lochinch (2) Buphthalmum salicifolium


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Callistemon Subulatus callicarpabodinierivargnf8 Camellia Donation April 6th - Copy Camellia x williamsii 'Spring Festival  Camellia Japonica Lady Campbell Camellia Japonica Contessa Maggi Camellia Williamsii Debbie  Caragana-arborescens- Carex Buchananii Carex Oshimensis Evergold Carex Elata Bowles Golden Aurea Caryopteris Clandonensis Kew Blue Cedrus Deodara Aurea  Celmisia spectabilis   Ceratostigma  Chaenomelis x Superba Crimson and Gold Chelone Obliqua 2 Cherry Cheals Weeping  cimicifuga racemosa atropurpurea (3)       Clematis Montana Grandiflora  Clematis Montana Vera           

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 Dahlia Elga Dahlia Yin Yang (1) dahlia-renato-tosia-4-copy Daffodil February Gold (2) Daffodil Jack Snipe 03 Daffodil Jetfire  Tete e tete April 9th 008  Daphne (7)     

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echinacea-purpureamagnus-6-copy Enkianthus Campanulatus (6)        

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  Hart's tongue fern      FRITILLARIA PALLIDIFLORA  Fritilaria Meleagris  

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    Erica x.darleyensis Ada s. Collings      Heuchera Paris (6) Heuchera Lime Ricky (2)  Holly Silver Queen Holly Silver Van Toll (10)  Hosta Halcyon (2)  hosta-blue-mouse-ears-5  Hydrangea macrophylia ab green shadow Hydrangea Pinky Winky (7)  


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  Iris Katharine Hodgkin (4)  


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— K —

   Kniphofia Ember Glow (4) Kniphofia Lemon Popsicle (4)


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Lavatera Barnsley     leucanthemum goldrush (7)                  Trumpet Lily African Queen (2) Pink Perfection Trumpet Lily Regale (4) Lily of the valley 'Convallaria Majalis' (3) - Copy    Honeysuckle (8)   



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 April 13th 006     Miscanthus sinensis red chief (5)    


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Nepeta Nervosa Blue Moon (5)  


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             Primula Cheshire life 4      Pulmonaria Roy Davidson 003    

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   Rhododendron Cilpinense         July 031               Rowan Sorbus Sorbus Sorbus Rudbeckia Goldsturm (4) Rudbeckia fulgida early bird gold

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  sanguisorba-officinalis-arnhem-       Symphoricarpos albus snowberry (4)      Sisyrinchium striatum (5)

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     Thalictrum hewitts double        


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  Veronicastrum Red Arrow     

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15 Responses to A to Z of Our Plants

  1. Brian Hill says:

    What a delight to find your website. Your garden is amazing and truly gives me renewed hope in my gardening experiences here on the North East coast after the ease of gardening in West Sussex. Could you be kind enough to reccomend a small tree that may be suitable for a not large garden which is about 500 yards away from the sea where we get some strong winds and salty air? I would be very grateful as I want to get some height into the garden. Many thanks, and many thanks for having such a superb site

    Best regards

    Brian Hill
    St Combs

  2. radha says:

    Had been on a holiday in Scotland and have taken pictures of so many trees and plants and was looking to identify them and here I am looking at so many pictures of flora!! Lovely site.

  3. Robert Smith says:

    I wish I had found this information when i first moved to Aberdeen – it would have saved me a lot of money and time! an excellent site – no gardening book can provide local information like this – very well presented site! Thanks very much.

  4. james penman says:

    very interesting reading thank you for the plesure james penman

  5. Val says:

    Both your garden and your web site are inspirational! How kind of you to share your accummulated experience so generously.
    My daughter is helping her friend to tackle a small courtyard-sized neglected patch of garden at his new flat. She has asked for my advice but it is so far from my experience down here in the midlands I am struggling. Would you be kind enough to pass on a few suggestions of half a dozen or so plants to give them a basic structure of year-round form/interest/colour around which they can then experiment with their own additions. The site is on Rosemount, walled all round (E and W by house walls, N by line of outhouses/ex-privies and to S by 6ft wall to street. There is a path on the E and N sides, a small lawn edged with narrow (15″) borders fills the rest. There is a deciduous tree which, while interestingly gnarled, does cut down the sun quota to 2 periods daily as it goes round the tree. My daughter and her friend are both busy young professionals, so minimum maintenance/complicated pampering would be appreciated but, naturally, with maximum wow factor! Quite a tall order, so you can see my dilemma …. with your enthusiastic expertise of gardening in wonderful Aberdeen, any ideas would be gratefully received by all three of us !

    • Alistair says:

      Val, talk about tall order. Gardening for all of us is a learning curve. The 15″ borders are so narrow I would simply plant Spring bulbs as a permanent feature then in the last week of May each year I would pay the garden centre a visit and purchase summer flowering annuals placing them in spaces left between the Spring bulbs. However if there are larger areas where shrubs can be placed I would recommend these.
      Magnolia Stellata for one of the sunniest positions.
      Hypericum Magical beauty
      Camellia Donation
      Azalea Luteum
      Red leafed Acer
      Rhododendron Taurus
      Pieris Forest Flame
      Cornus Alba Sibirica
      Good luck, Regards Alistair

  6. Brenda says:

    Thank you for a fantastic website I spend ages looking at your lovely garden and plant list

  7. Sarah Ward says:

    Hello Alistair,
    Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful garden and your knowledge on this great website. I am very much a novice gardener and have just moved into a nice old stone house in New Deer which has a large, sloping, south facing garden. (although still under a fair bit of snow at the moment!) I’ve really landed on my feet as the previous owner is a keen gardener and there are lots of trees, shrubs, alpine/rock garden plants (some have their tags intact so I looked them up!), grasses, and a pond. This is very much to my taste so I’m happy to tend to it and tinker with it as and when. The front garden is a more traditional set up – two rectangles of lawn with a 30-40cm border between the lawn and front wall with what look to my untrained to be pansies poking through the snow. I’d like to replace these with something with a bit more texture but with a fair bit of colour when the weather improves. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Alistair says:

      Sarah, what you describe sound fabulous. If it is Pansies in the front it sounds like the previous owner liked to have some annual plants in his garden. The pansies will have been planted in the Autumn and they should be reaching their best soon. You could do what many of us do for a splash of colour, in Summer add some bedding plants such as Begonias, French Marigolds, Petunias don’t plant them out until the end of May or even the first week in June and they will bloom right through until Autumn.

  8. Brenda says:

    Looking forward to your garden here in Cheshire

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