Rhizomatous herbaceous perennial found in moist shaded woodland. Grow in humus rich moisture retentive soil. White tubed purple striped spathes occur in early spring appearing underneath little arrow-head shaped leaves. the spathes have an elongated tip which forms the 'mouse tail'. Hardy. H: 10cm.
Sun-loving hardy perennial, valued for its silvery-green foliage and ability to thrive in hot, well drained conditions. Lance-shaped, usually coarsely toothed leaves, vividly white when young. Small, yellowish flowerheads are insignificant. Cut back from time to encourage fresh growth. H: 60cm
Late summer flowering hardy perennial, with unusually high resistance to mildew, and a long lasting and splendid display of yellow-centred white flowers. Plant in full sun or light shade in rich and moist soil (dig in well rotted manure or garden compost if in doubt).
Late summer flowering hardy perennial, best grown in full sun and reliably moist soils - mulch well in spring if in doubt. Will form a loose and delicate mound of branching stems generously covered with very pretty pale lilac-blue flowers, with golden centres. Fully hardy. H: 50cm
Hardy perennial grown for its very large leaves, held horizontally. Plumes of white flowers on tall stems in summer. Prefers moist, and /or shady conditions. Fantastic woodland plant that will lend an exotic air to the garden.. Fully hardy. H: up to about 75cm
The false indigo is a lovely thing to behold. 'Lemon Meringue' bears sturdy lupin-like racemes of bright yellow flowers in late spring. It is an upright and densely branching plant with oval leaves and strong stems. Wonderful in a herbaceous border. Hardy. H: 60cm. Full sun and moist but well drained soil preferred.
Wonderful perennial suitable for back of a sunny border. Heavily divided ferny foliage supports numerous lemon yellow flowers with a white drop at the end of each petal. Highly floriferous. A hardier version of Bidens. H: 1.5m. Full sun and well drained soil required.
A versatile hardy perennial, attractive for its pure white flowers in spring and beautiful silver and green foliage in summer. Ideal in light shade or on moister soils, full sun. Will form large clumps over 2-years. Fully hardy. H:35cm
Large, erect bulbous perennial, with pale blue to white flowers growing along the upper length of the stems. Ideal for dappled shade or full sun, plant to mid- or rear of border. Native to N. America. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.2m
Repeat flowering from mid-summer until the first frosts, with rich purple-blue flowers. Delightful 'cottage garden'; subject or even in a pot. Fully hardy, and enjoying fertile soils that are moist and reasonably well drained. Full sun, if the soil does not dry out, otherwise dappled shade for best results. H: 20cm
A new and very compact form of bell flower. Grows into clumps of erect, stiff stems with mid-green leaves and dense clusters of white bell-shaped flowers in early summer. Cut back for second flowering. Fully hardy. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. H: 50cm
Lovely 'cottage garden' hardy perennial, forming neat rosettes of bright green leaves and in summer tall spires carrying unusually large powder blue 'bell flowers'. Best in full sun and moist, well drained soils. Full height of the flower stems will be about 90cm
Clump forming, upright, hardy perennial flowering in mid summer. Slender tall stems, up to 60cm, carry mid-blue flowers, with outward curling petals revealing a further inner set of petals inside the flower. Hardy. H:60cm. Full sun and moist but well drained soil preferred.
Ornamental thistle, native to the Balkans. Produces brilliant red flowers on tall stems in summer and will continue flowering if dead-headed. Silvery-leaves, intriguing bristly bronze-coloured flower buds and last well as a cut flower. Very attractive to bees and butterflies. Best in full sun and moist but well drained soils.
Hardy plumbago. Fully hardy, woody perennial. Bright blue flowers in late summer and intense red foliage in autumn. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soil. Cut back hard each spring to encourage new growth and lots of flowers. H: about 30cm
Low-growing hardy perennial for a sunny and well drained position - good for tumbling over low walls for example. This gorgeous little alpine perennial is very long flowering. The attractive lilac-blue flowers with dark veins and a small yellow lip emerge in mid summer and carry on flowering into the autumn. Hardy. H: 20cm
Late summer to autumn lowering hardy perennial, bearing masses of deep cerise pink flowers with a golden yellow centre. Loves lots of sunshine and moist, fertile soil. Much loved by bees and butterflies and very good as a cut flower as well. H:60cm
Hardy perennial suitable for mid border. Flowering very late in the seasn. Great for late autumn colour, especially this great deep wine red. Flowers late October-November. Spikey sea urchin like flowers on erect stems. Great for cutting.Hardy. Full sun. Well drained soil. H: 60cm