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.

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The Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society is a member of the Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs.

Plant of the Month

Scilla liliohyacinthus

There are several mysteries connected to this bulb, the main one being why SO few people know, grow or list it.  To its fans, including me, it is a star among scillas – being very easy, increasing generously (but never a pest), shade-tolerant, hardy, and looking good from March when the handsome wide leaves appear, and in flower through April and into May.  It’s not one of the pennies-for-hundreds Little Blue Bulbs, but as it bulks up so well, investing something like a tenner can give a very good start. Only five nurseries listed it in the 2015 Plant Finder (the nearest being Bregover in Cornwall and Shipton Bulbs in Wales, while Avon Bulbs have monopoly of the white form).

Native to central France and North Spain, it grows in woods and damp grassy places, so suits moist shrubbery conditions well, and goes beautifully with hellebores and primroses. The bulbs are strange, large for a scilla, with loose scales quite like an actual lily.  It divides and transplants easily when your clumps get big.

The flowers are soft blue/mauve, of open starry shape, held on sturdy stems not too far above the very handsome clean mid-green foliage, so the opportunities for attractive planting combinations are many. It really is a plant which will ‘go with anything’, including my earlier picks (Arum pictum, Skimmia ‘Kew Green’, and the Millwood primroses), and three months looking good is an achievement for any small spring bulb!  Key words charming, distinctive, reliable!  

Ro FitzGerald

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