Fully hardy, bulbous perennial with nodding, mauve to pink star-shaped flowers with recurved petals with yellow and red-brown zones at the base of each petal. The leaves are green, heavily mottled with brown, A woodland specialist Erythronium dens-canis is best grown in dappled shade in soil that is rich in organic matter and reasonably moist and well drained. Improve the soil with garden compost or leaf litter. Fully hardy. H: 10cm
This clump forming perennial is a lovely more dwarf variety of Eupatorium, or Joe-Pye Weed. Being smaller, it forms a bushy upright mound of dark-green leaves, ideal for a smaller garden or restricted space. Large flat flower heads of purplish-pink form in late summer. Great for butterflies. Eupatorium prefer moist or even wet conditions. Fully hardy. H:70cm.
Great choice for a bold foliage statement, with its dark-green leaves edged in creamy yellow. Will form strong clumps after 2-3 seasons, and in summer will produce large heads of tiny pink flowers, attractive to bees and butterflies. Fully hardy, and enjoying moister soils and full sun. H: 1m
Imposing plant for rear of border. Full sun or partial shade and moisture-retentive soil. Strong purple stems. Mid-green leaves and dense purple-pink blooms in summer to early autumn. Fully hardy. H:2m
A tall, architectural plant, ideal for the back of the border, where its summer time heads of massed fluffy pink flowers will gently waft in the breeze, no doubt with a small squadron of happy bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects in attendance. Enjoys moister soils and full sun or light shade. Fully hardy, vigorous and trouble free. Height 15. to 2.5 (!) metres
This is an interesting variegated variety of spurge with attractive white edging to the leaves. The flower bracts are also white, giving a striking appearance. Euphorbias prefer a well drained soil in either full sun or partial shade. The variegation can be more marked in full sun. H: 50cm. Well drained soil. Hardy.
Eye-catching hardy perennial. Copper tinted dark green foliage emerges in spring as vivid red shoots, with equally intense dusky orange-red flowers in summer. Best in moist rich freely draining soil in full sun or light shade. Fully hardy. H:75cm.
Hardy, clump forming perennial with large lobed, incised lightish green leaves. Plumes of white flowers with red stamens in summer appear pink from a distance, attracting bees and butterflies. Much more compact than most meadowsweets, growing to about 60-70cm. Enjoys moist soils in full sun, so add plenty of organic matter when planting and perhaps mulch each spring as well.
Hardy fuchsia 'Mrs W.P. Wood' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that in summer will produce a multitude of singlepale pink flowers with pale pink tube and sepals and white petals. Grow in full sun or light, dappled shade, preferably in a sheltered spot that faces in some degree to the south, protected form the coldest northerly winter winds. Final height after 2-3 years will be 0.5 to 1m