Bulbous perennial from the western Balkans, grown for its blue grape-hyacinth like flowers which bloom in late spring. Foliage comprises grass-like leaves which taper to a point. Up to 70 blue-violet flower buds are borne on each stem in a dense raceme, opening into star-shaped flowers. Scilla litardierei will grow to about 15-20cm tall and prefers some light shade in a moist but well drained soil. Fully hardy.
Low-growing, sun-loving fully hardy perennial. Sprawling habit with deep bronze- red succulent foliage. Neon pinky-red flowers in mid-late summer, much loved by bees and other pollinating insects. H:15cm. Fully hardy. Grow in full sun and well drained soil. Makes a great addition to alpine garden, or for tumbling over low walls and so on.
(Synonym: Hylotelephium) Herbaceous perennial suitable for a sunny spot. Pink and white flowers in clusters in mid summer. Very popular with bees and butterflies in the late summer garden. H:50cm. Fully hardy.
A rare and very pretty dwarf member of the Apiaceae family which includes carrots and dill. Neat rosettes of deep green feathery foliage. Masses of small creamy white flowers fade to pink to give a lovely patchwork effect. Enjoys full sun and relatively well drained soil. Fully hardy and perennial . H: about 60cm to top of flowering stems.
Hardy, woodland species from the Himalaya. Thick fleshy stems carry quite large mid-green leaves, beneath which white flowers are borne in summer followed by large red fruit. Very attractive and unusual. H: 25cm
Sun-loving perennial, with a mass of small star-shaped, white to pale lavender flowers with dark purple veins and yellow centres over a rosette of grass-like foliage. Flowers throughout much of the summer season. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soil - looks very good in a gravel garden. Fully hardy. H:20cm
Small, sun-loving hardy perennial, with foliage superficially resembly a small juncus rush, althought Sisyrinchium are actually in the Iris family. Small star shaped flowers on grassy stems are creamy white with a mauve blush that become more intense towards the base of each petal. Best in full sun and well drained soil, a gravel garden or alpine bed, for example. Fully hardy. H: 10cm