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
Sun-loving hardy perennial, with large flattened heads of warm apricot flowers that fade to cream to give a charming two-tone look. Enjoys any decent garden soil and will form quite substantial clumps after 2-3 years. H:50-60cm
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
Hardy herbaceous perennial from north American woodlands. Particularly grown for its fern-like, deeply divided blue-green foliage. In spring 'Misty Blue' will bear spikes of fluffy, fragrant creamy-white flowers which subsequently develop white berries held on bright red stalks, a very striking combination. Prefers partial shade and the equivalent of cool, woodland conditions with a soil rich in organic matter. Height: about 75cm
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
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 in less severe winters.