Robust and easy to grow fully hardy clump-forming perennial. Produces large pure white feathery clover flowers in summer. Green characteristic clover-like leaves. Cut back after flowering to encourage repeat blooms. Once established becomes pretty drought tolerant. Great for bees and other nectar-seeking insects. Plant in full sun. H: 60cm
Sun-loving hardy perennial, with clusters of mauve flowers accented with yellow coronas over a long summer flowering period. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soils. Works well in a pot as well - but observe scrupulous watering and feed, please! Fully hardy. Height: about 30cm
Elegant and stately plant for rear of border with narrow, stiff and erect stems bearing dense pink-purple flowerheads throughout summer into autumn. Hardy. Full sun. H:1.5m Self seeds readily. Atttracts numerous insects such as butterflies, bees and the humming-bird hawk moth.
American Vervain. Large and fully hardy perennial from North America. Produces a mass of little spires each crammed with pale pink flowers, each wih a dark pink eye throughout summer. Great for bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun (six hours of sun or more each day in summer) in soil that is moist but well drained. Fully hardy. Height: about 1m
Wonderful short lived perennial which seeds around rather nicely so has a persistent presence in the garden . Bampton is bushy and upright with deep purple foliage and fine, wiry stems bearing small spikes of deep purplish-pink flowers in mid-late summer. Full sun. H: 60cm. Well drained soil. Choice plant.
Clump forming perennial flowering in May into summer. Particluarly attractive tall flower spikes of the palest blue. Bright green basal rosette of leaves. H:60cm. Full sun or partial shade. Moist but well drained soil. Hardy,
Hardy perennial for full sun or light shade in any decent garden soil. Lightly variegated foliage with the mid-green offest by a delicate cream margin. Slender spires of tiny white flowers summer. Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush, especially if given some fertiliser and the occaisonal drink. Bees love it!. Fully hardy and easy to grow. H: 90cm
Vigorous, evergreen, low growing perennial suitable for moist or dry shade. Spreading branches bearing pale pink flowers from early spring and summer. Self-rooting so very helpful for covering the ground, expecially in difficult areas, e.g. for example on a dry bank. Height: about 40cm, spread is pretty much unlimited.
Great plant for ground cover in cool and shady positions, with triangular leaves with dark purple centres and purple veins. Fragrant lavender-coloured flowers in spring will be sought after by bees and other pollinating insects. Plant in partial to full shade in a moist, organic matter- soil. Fully hardy. H:about 15cm
Compact, spring flowering hardy perennial, ideal for a cool spot in fertile and moisture-retentive soil. Rich purple flowers en masses in spring - dead head from time to time to encourage futher blooms. Lovely subject for a pot as well. Fully hardy. H:20cm
Long-flowering sweet violet, carrying a succession of sweetly fragrant white flowers in spring. Earliest flowers to emerge have a lovely pale blue tint which stand out nicely. Fully hardy and easy to grow. Semi shade preferred. H: 20cm