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.

Plant of the Month

Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk'

Rambling roses have the power to make you stop you in your tracks, gasp in awe, and knock your socks off. And there are few plants that can really do that. But they have to perform just once. They have to give it their all: literally.  The impact of so many flowers far exceeds the effect of a climbing tea-rose clambering up a house, spinning out its flowering over the whole summer.  True, such roses are easier to deal with and maintain a 'pretty' presence for much longer.  But for me they are simply outclassed by the impact of a well-grown rambler.

When we first moved to Henley Mill I planted Rosa 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' to climb a mature ash tree behind the house, overhanging the mill race.  I tentatively positioned a wooded frame, about 2m tall for it to grow through.  How inadequate! PHM does not do modesty.  Its clouds of double pink flowers soon reached the crown of the tree and now they cascade down from all its branches to overhang the water below.  It is sensational.  Every visitor to the garden stops to admire it.  So, grow it if you have room, and celebrate its beauty.

Sally Gregson

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

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