Temperate Herbaceous Collection
A collection of temperate, hardy, non-woody plants with some sub-shrubs.
Location: Systematic Garden (Evolution Garden) and adjacent wall borders, Peony Garden, Woodland Garden, Queen’s Garden and Grass Garden. Small numbers in the Broad Walk Borders, Duke’s Garden and Secluded Garden
Taxa: 2,000 Accessions: 5,269 Wild-sourced: 39%
Geographic strengths: North America, Asia, particularly China, Japan and S. Korea, Europe
Taxonomic strengths: Iridaceae, Poaceae, Lamiaceae (especially Salvia), Paeonia, Epimedium, Trillium and Hosta
Notable specimens: Salvia miltiorrhiza, a Chinese medicinal plant under investigation for possible alleviation of dementia symptoms, Bromus interruptus, extinct in the UK until reintroduction in 2004; Cardiocrinum giganteum, the largest of all the flowering lilies; and the globally Endangered Saruma henryi, Kirengeshoma palmata and Cypripedium formosanum