Avondale Nursery

Our National Collections

This section of the website is dedicated to our three National Collections:- Anemone nemorosa, Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae (both full status) and Sanguisorba (provisional status).

Plant Heritage, formerly known as the National Council for Conservation of Plants and Gardens, makes this award to plantsmen who can ‘document, develop and conserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future’.

I started by collecting my favourite plants, then the obsession grew, and as a nurseryman I’m now able to display, propagate and sell most of the plants in the collections on site.

Individual visitors can view the collections at the nursery and in the garden with no entrance fee. We’re happy to arrange visits for groups of ten or more at a small charge.

Anemone nemorosa National Collection Holders

ANEMONE nemorosa

Our native wood anemone can be seen in the wild all over the country. It forms a carpet of starry white flowers in springtime, glowing in the dappled shade at the edge of woodland.

As a bonus, there are many new colour and shape variations, many of them weird and wonderful, but often occurring naturally and spotted by keen collectors in many countries.

They will thrive in any shady spot. Their thin rhizomes spread through leaf mould just under the surface, and plants will colonise and propagate quite easily.

Our collection of wood anemones are grown in containers, rather than in the garden, to stop rogue seedlings and to prevent varieties from running into one another.

Anemone nemorosa National Collection Holders
Anemone nemorosa National Collection Holders

Visitors can see them in flower from mid-March on display benches in front of our shop. If you want to start your own collection, most are for sale in smaller pots!

This is our current collection list. Most of the varieties are for sale in the nursery.

 

ANEMONE nemorosa National Collection List

SANGUISORBA

If you’re looking for a plant with interesting foliage, a neat growth habit and unusual flowers, with names such as ‘Stand Up Comedian’, ‘Pink Tickler’ and ‘Martin’s Mulberry’, how about Sanguisorba!

Flowers range from white, through shades of pink to rich maroon, are held above tidy mounds of foliage, and resemble tiny drumsticks, catkins or fluffy squirrel tails.

Sanguisorba National Collection Holders
Sanguisorba National Collection Holders

With heights varying from 30cm to 180cm, they are useful for both front and back of the border. They’re not fussy about soil type, and prefer a moist but well drained site in full sun or part shade.

Cut back to the base in autumn, and propagate by division in spring.

Visitors can see our collection of Sanguisorba throughout the summer, and there will be a map to help you find particular varieties in the garden.

This is our current collection list. Most of the varieties are for sale in the nursery.

 

SANGUISORBA National Collection List

Sanguisorba National Collection Holders
SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae National Collection Holders

SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae
(ASTER novae-angliae)

Michaelmas Daisies, or New England Daisies, are well known as tough, long-lived perennials which bring much-needed autumn colour, and have the added bonus of being very attractive to butterflies.

They form a clump of tall upright stems from 3 to 5 feet high, topped with big daisies in shades of pink, lilac and mauve from September to October.

They prefer moist soil in sun to part shade, and unlike other asters, are relatively mildew-free! Cut back to the base after flowering, and propagate by division in the spring.

Our collection of over fifty varieties are on show in the long border of our display garden, and the best time to admire them is during our Aster Week in September.

SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae National Collection Holders
SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae National Collection Holders

The name for 'ASTER novae-angliae' has now been changed to 'SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae' and they can be found here under this new name.

This is our current collection list. Most of the varieties are for sale in the nursery.

 

SYMPHYOTRICHUM novae-angliae National Collection List

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Brian Ellis, Avondale Nursery, at Russell's Nursery, Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AG.

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Email : enquiries@avondalenursery.co.uk

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