Welcome to the Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society

The UK Hardy Plant Society (HPS) was formed in 1957 to foster interest in hardy herbaceous plants on the widest possible scale. The aims of the society are to give its members information about the wealth of both well and little known plants, and to ensure that all worthy plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution.  In the Somerset Local Group, we provide information and activities at a local level for Hardy Plant Society members to promote the aims of the society.

This is accomplished by organising a programme of meetings, visits and publishing a local newsletter.  (Please see the Programme of Events page for full details of forthcoming events.)

Membership of the local group is open to anyone who is member of the Hardy Plant Society nationally. You can find details of how to join on the Membership page.

This website is maintained by the HPS Somerset Group.


Our next lecture will be on Saturday 17 October at 11:00am at West Monkton Village Hall.

Neil Lovesey (of Picket Lane Nursery) will talk about "The History (and Future) of the Cottage Garden".  He'll also be bringing plants for sale.

Plant of the Month

Succisella inflexa

At the end of the summer when the herbaceous borders are beginning to look a little tired and wan, how delightful it is that some flowers are just coming into bud. And they are not daisies. There are plenty of asters that are opening with enthusiastic colour in their cheeks. There are Japanese Anemones eagerly unfurling their pink and white petals. And sharp yellow spikes of Golden Rod (Solidago) cut vertically through their companions. But they can all seem a little predictable.

In my bed of Molinia 'Transparent' with its tall awns of flower arching and dancing in the wind I wanted something a little less stiff, less heavy, more mobile. So when I came across Succisella inflexa at a late plant sale I was captivated.  Its hosts of tiny, lilac-pink flowers, like animated moths on tall, very tall, stems move in unison with the wind and the grass. Unlike many of its scabious relatives, it seems not to dislike my rich, slightly heavy soil, but it does share their sun-loving ways. Essentially it is light and airy and its flowering peaks at the same time as the molinia is at its most beautiful.  The combination is impressionistic, and charming.

Sally Gregson

Sally's book, 'The Plant Lover's Guide to Epimediums', is out now (Timber Press).

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