Herbaceous Plants are perennial plants which completely die back in winter to pop up again in the Spring. There are a few exceptions which retain their foliage through the winter such as Heucheras, Tiarellas. and Euphorbias. Some are longer lived than others and some need staking but they are well worth the effort. There are many easy to grow varieties for beginners like Aquilegias, Astilbes and Potentillas. The wealth of varieties is so vast that there are suitable species for almost any garden situation from dry slopes and stone walls to bog gardens and stream banks. Many herbaceous plants are excellent cut flowers such as Dianthus (carnations) and Leucanthemums (daisies) and many are food sources for bees and birds.

At Highland Liliums we grow approximately five hundred varieties which we can overwinter in our Highland location. As a quick guide to help you choose we have compiled a list of our top ten.

Rabbit resistant
Acanthus spinosus, Aconitum, Agapanthus, Anemone x hybrida, Aquilegia, Aster, Doronicum, Hemerocallis, Euphorbia, Iris, Primula vulgaris.

Cut Flowers
Anemone x hybrida, Astrantia, Dianthus, Centaurea, Delphiniums, Gaillardias, Phlox, Rudbeckia.

Suitable for Containers
Agapanthus, Hemerocallis, Geranium (some), Hostas, Rudbeckia, Salvia.

Herbaceous Top Ten



Commonly known as Columbines. They are easy to grow with a wide range of colours.Early colour for the garden. Good with tall grasses. Fully hardy.

Soil: Any good garden soil
Situation: Good for all beds and borders. Best in semi-shade
Flowering Time: Spring 'til early Summer



Very easy. Showy plumes in summer in white through to red over attractive cut foliage of different shades of green to purple. Fully hardy.

Soil: Prefer moist soil and can be used in boggy gardens
Situation: Prefer semi-shade
Flowering Time: Mid-June to September



Good cut flower and arching stems of trumpet flowers makes this a very attractive plant. Some varieties (masanorum and lucifer) survive quite happily in our garden here in Kiltarlity but some varieties may need to be lifted for winter protection. We take the pots of the newer varieties indoors for the winter.

Soil: Any good garden soil preferrably well drained
Situation: Performs best in a sunny position
Flowering Time: August to September



Not so easy but it has spectacular flower spikes Delphiniums need staking, guarded from slugs and well fed.

Soil: Well drained and fertile soil
Situation: Does best in sheltered sunny position
Flowering Time: June and July



Easy to grow, mostly Spring flowering.Would be good with Aquilegias or Ferns which like semi-shade. Fully hardy.

Soil: Any well-drained garden soil
Situation: Semi-shaded sheltered spot
Flowering Time: Spring or Summer



Very easy to grow and a huge family to choose from! Old favourites are "Johnson's Blue "and" Wargrave Pink "but a new variety called "Rozanne" is a good blue and flowers for ages. Fully hardy.

Soil: Any well drained garden soil
Situation: Sun or semi-shade
Flowering Time: May to August



Such a range of foliage colour is now available in this easy to grow evergreen perennial.Some varieties have insignificant flowers while others present a striking picture with the contrast between their flowers and dark foliage.Although frost hardy the paler coloured varieties may be best given some protection in a hard winter.

Soil: Any well drained garden soil.
Situation: Very versatile. From sun to semi shade and from containers to mixed borders.



A tall perennial that doesn't need staked. Lots of colour choice and an easy plant to grow. Lasts as a cut flower if you invert it and fill it's stem with water and then plug it with cotton wool before putting it in a vase. Fully hardy. Good plant for bees.

Soil: Any well drained garden soil

Situation: Sun or semi-shade

Flowering Time: Repeat flowering early to mid-summer



Common name is Catmint. Quite a choice within the species but all are easy and good bee plants. Fully hardy.

Soil: Any well drained garden soil
Situation: Sun or semi-shade. Popular as border edging
Flowering Time: June to August



Not to be confused with shrub varieties although the herbaceous potentillas are just as easy and free-flowering. They are in the main low growing and spreading plants.Fully hardy

Soil: Any well drained garden soil
Situation: Front of the border in full sun
Flowering Times: June to August

Opening Times

The Garden Centre and shop are now fully open again following the easing of restrictions on the 5th April 2021. We would ask customers visiting to please maintain social distancing and use the hand sanitisers before entering.

So looking forward to welcoming you all back and hope you enjoy the improvements we had made over lockdown.

Our opening hours are back to Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am till 5pm.

Thank you all once again for your continued support and patience through this difficult period and hope to see you soon.

01463 741698 or 01463 741365


10 Loaneckheim


Near Beauly



From Inverness you head west on the A862 then take the A833 to Kiltarlity.

Once through the Village just follow the signs for 'Garden Centre'.