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I would like to buy some plants with a names of loved ones that are no longer with us, to put in a part of my garden that I call my memory patch. Does anyone know of a website that can help me find plants by searching by name? I've tried a quick look but can't quite find one.

Gary Hobson

The RHS Plant finder is very useful, here: RHS Plant Finder

For example, entering 'Doris' in the search box finds 40-odd plants (including numerous Dianthus): Chetwyn Doris, Doris, Doris Allwood, Doris Elite, Doris Galbally, Doris Majestic, Doris Supreme, Doris Wyatt, Mos Doris, Pendle Doris Delight, Pink Doris.

And a rose: Doris Tysterman.

Plus many others.


Many thanks Gary I'll try that. ( Doris is my nickname from friends at work so I may grow something to remember them by as well!)

I have a book called, Grow That Name. If you struggle I could have a look in that for you.


That sounds like the perfect book for me, Who is it by please also the publisher would be helpful, many thanks janny


What a lovely idea. How about roses diggingdoris? They have first names you could match and there is even one called Absent Friends and another called Always Remember Me.

Hi Doris. It's compiled by Susan Purveur. I've just looked on Amazon & they have it in new & used very cheaply, under £3. I hope you like it.

Hi. I've been following this, and is a great help as  I'm looking for a rose called Doris or Winnifred for my late mum.      Does anyone know of a Winnifred ?  

Also one for my late husband  named Alan or Al.      😊

Oh forgot to say you might also want to try 'mum', grandma etc and even surnames as you may find something you like more or that feels more appropriate than plants with the persons first name - we did a list for our sister in law and I know some plants weren't going to be suitable for her garden using just first names.


Thank you for all your suggestions. I picked up a brochure from Hampton Court FS and ordered some rose bushes from them. A huge selection to choose from and all are doing well. I chose Sheilas perfume, Amber sweet dreams, and Mamma Mia..

Worth having a look at their website.


Forgot to say  they were Fryers roses.

chrissieB.   Morning.    Thank you so much for that information  a great help.

my sister was very interested as well.

had busy weekend trying to dig.   but as my name suggests.  I've done my back in, again, to much all at once.

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