'Southcroft' North Road, Timsbury
Bath BA2 0JN

  the site where you can find something really choice and special. So look no further, just click on the links below.

my new book 'Dwarf Campanulas and related Genera' is Another Timber press publication that was released in November 2006 at the bargain price of £25. it is a must for campanula addicts and To read more go to the Timber Press preview page by clicking here.
Alpine Plants of North America
This book, published in November 2002, is no longer avaiable in the UK but can be ordered from Timber Press in the U.S. However if enough of you complain to Timber Press they may send some more over to the suppliers here. The reviews are still available and can be read by clicking on the button below, left.
Click here to read about the book including reviews
A Certificate of Merit for Gilia caespitosa at the Malvern Show in May 2005 followed by
Success with Daphne jasminea at the Pershore Show in July
Penstemon grahamii

Graham's Hardy Plants is a small mail order nursery specialising in the selection, propagation and supply of rare and choice plants for the rock garden or alpine house. Although I stock alpines from around the world, my main interest is North American alpines. Many of these are 'xeric' or come from dryland areas and I have found that a large number will grow outside in raised beds, sand beds or troughs where special care can be taken.

You can select items from my catalogue that grow well in troughs such as this home made container that has a cleverly designed slit down the side to use for crevice plants and Penstemon rupicola hanging from the top.


Townsendia spathulata, the Pryor Mountains form is just flowering now in my alpine house

or perhaps you would prefer something choice to grow in the alpine house.Lewisia rediviva featured here, is lovely to look at and very easy to grow. Just look at this specimen. As long as you keep it dry from seed setting time until September it will flower more and more each year for you.
You may just want something for the garden, a trough or the alpine house. Aquilegia grahamii is a fairly new introduction from Utah and a Certificate of Merit winner in 2001. Although growing to 80 cm (32 in.) in its native habitat, it remains 15-20 cm (6-8 in.) in cultivation.





and although not a North American plant, Dianthus microlepis 'Rivendell' also makes a good display in the trough or alpine house. The photo shows my plant at the 2002 Chesterfield show and was taken by Cliff Booker.








on the left is a dwarf form of Penstemon eriantherus only 15 cm tall with flowers of a rich purple/blue. Just shows what is available if you grow from seed




Edraianthus pumilio makes a superb show plant.
Physoplexis comosa need protection from slugs to look its best.
In addition to the nursery side of the business I also give slide talks (see below) and write 'easy to read' articles featuring many of these plants growing in the wild, in pots for alpine house culture or in the rock garden.
Many Eriogonum, Douglasia, and Penstemon species grow here in a raised bed completely uncovered all year round. Attention must be given of course to drainage and although the main compost is approximately 50/50 soil/grit the top 6" is coarse horticultural grit only. Naturally, being exposed to all winds and weathers, growth is slow to start at the beginning of the year and the plants do look a bit 'tatty' in early spring. However they grow much tighter than in the alpine house with the flower stems much shorter. Many of the Androsace sp. can be also grown in tufa and look so much better than in a pot.
A recent addition is a sand bed made with sand sizes 2-3mm particles and filled to a depth of 12"-18". Many of the more difficult plants can be grown in this type of bed, being fed once a year with Osmocote or something similar. There have been several articles written on sand beds in the NARGS bulletin and the internet is also a good place to find information on this type of culture.

With an alpine house, you will be able to grow more of the more difficult items that are in this list and remain dry on rainy days. Campanula piperi or C.shetleri and the Astragalus sp., Hymenoxys and Lewisia are just a few that can be grown this way for show purposes or just for personal satisfaction. I have a great many contacts in the USA with excellent plant growers and do my best to bring into cultivation in the UK, new species or cultivars where possible. If you are looking for that 'special' North American alpine plant, please contact me as I may be able to get hold of it for you.
We have many plants in small quantities and for that reason they do not appear on the list. Visitors to the nursery in the past have been very pleased with their 'special' acquisitions.
If my site has interested you, please take time out to enter comments in my guest book below. Thank you.
Now go to the buttons below and 'give 'em a click'. The slide talks link takes you to all my talks and dozens of photos featured in those talks. If you are interested in photos only, then click on the two photo site links or have a look at our new garden site. There you can see even more plants. Photos are also being uploaded to the catalogue page. Check there as well.



catalogue ................. slide talks and photos................. articles
click here for photo site no.1
click here for photo site no.2
click here for Graham & Iris's garden site
click here for Graham's 2005 NARGS tour of the U.S. west coast.
click here for links to other sites of special interest
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