But no, this family, technically known as the Apiaceae, has maintained a steady following over the last decade or so, despite the relatively subdued colour schemes (usually yellow or white flowers, occasionally pink, or very rarely something brighter.) To the untrained eye they might be a little too reminiscent of weeds (cow parsley, hogweed and ground elder are in the same family) or vegetables (carrots, parsnips and celery likewise) for comfort. Nevertheless the often extravagant foliage and light lacy effect of the flower heads (and the fact that most are certainly not weeds) makes them very desirable to those gardeners who look for more than just big bright colours.
As much a foliage plants as for flowers - an extraordinary species with pale grey finely lobed leaves on pale stems, topped with broad heads of pinkish flowers. For sunny freely drained sites, this species is usually monocarpic but easily raised from fresh seed.
Sold out for now, and no seed set this year, but hopefully I'll have more in the future
Our native Pepper Saxifrage, this is a fine low growing species with glossy narrow cut leaflets and whitish heads of flowers. Easy in any open sunny site. Perennial.
2L pots ~ £6
The classic big lush Angelica with big impressive glossy maroon umbels and bracts contrasting well with the fresh green foliage (something I personally prefer to the total darkness of some forms). To 6ft. For moist soils in sun or light shade.
Lots more umbellifers to come!