Unusual form of 'bear's breeches' with spires of pure white flowers over large, dark green and glossy foliage in early summer. Will grow into a stately plant that will readily provide a focal point in any sunny or lightly shaded part of the garden. Easy to grow, robust and fully hardy. H: up to 120cm
Vigorous clump forming perennial with spectacular arching spiny dark green leaves. Flowering stem up to 1.5m - purple flower bracts and white inner corolla. Well drained soil. Full sun or partial shade. Hardy.
One of the best of the new Achiilea introductions, recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Tall, at around 120cm, with richly creamy-yellow flowers in early summer. Best in full sun; cut back to encourage repeat flowering. Will attract butterflies and bees. Fully hardy.
Robust and easy to grow hardy herbaceous perennial suitable for a freely draining site in a sunny spot. The flowerheads comprise a flattened mass of tiny flowers in a combination of yellow, orange and pinky-red. Foliage is soft grey-green. Fully hardy. H:80cm. Cut back after flowering for repeat flowering.
Clump forming perennial with bright green leathery divided foliage unlike other achilleas. Flat topped heads of soft pink flowers with pale yellow stamens. H:65cm. Hardy. Full sun. Well drained soil. Origin-Kamchatka peninsula Russia.
Very attractive woodland perennial from the far east. Compact clumps of foliage, flushed purple when young, but maturing to dark green. In mid summer produces elegant spires of white flowers, perhaps 1m tall which are very attractive to late season butterflies. Fully hardy and best in cool, shady conditions.
Stately plant best suited to a lightly shaded moist spot, especially in soils rich in organic matter. Large deeply cut light green leaves and long spires of white flowers in summer which will attract butterflies. Native to Siberia and China. Fully hardy and easy to grow. H: 80cm
Stunning woodland specialist, with very dark, purple-black leaves and stems, and, in late summer, slender spires of sweetly scented, small, white flowers carried aloft on very tall stems which will attract late-season butterflies. Will thrive in organic-rich, moister soils, preferably in light shade. Fully hardy. H 1.8 m.
Herbaceous perennial with large mid blue flower umbels in early summer. Lovely upright variety with stiff stems. The flower buds are darker than the blue flowers, offering a lovely contrast. Prefers full sun and a rich, well drained soil. Hardy. H:80cm
Lily of the Nile. A relatively compact form with large soft pale blue-lilac coloured flowers in midsummer. This agapanthus is an early flowerer and also flowers profusely. Will enjoy a sunny and sheltered spot, or can be grown very satisfactorily in pots, especially if they are over-wintered in cold green house or cold frame. Fully hardy H: 50cm
Lovely hardy perennial, this variety of Agapanthus is probably the best of all for rich deep-blue flowers, on blue-black stems. Does best in a sunny position in richer soils, or kept in a pot and over-wintered in a cold glasshouse. Attracts bees. H: 90cm
A lovely clump forming perennial flowering in mid summer. This is a bicolor agapanthus with inflorescences of white flowers with blue bases. Flowering in July-August and reaching a height of 1.2m, the plant makes a lovely contribution to a mid border or can be kept in a container. Full sun. Moist but well drained soil. Semi-evergreen and hardy.
Eye-catching, deciduous form of this well loved perennial, with silvery grey blue- white flowers in mid-summer. Will do best in rich, reliably moist soil. Appeals to butterflies. Will also do well in a pot, especially if overwintered in a cold glasshouse or conservatory, and allowed to become pot-bound. Fully hardy. H: 90cm
Tall agapanthus, ideal for a hot, dry sunny border. Rounded umbels of pale blue flowers occur on strong stems in late summer. One of the latest flowering agapanthus. Attractive narrow grey-green leaves. Deciduous. H:60-120cm.
Sun-loving hardy perennial, with characteristically aromatic foliage. 'Fluffy' terminal racemes of small blue/deep blue flowers throughout the summer into the autumn. Fantastic for bees and butterflies. H:75cm