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
Very pretty, very small hardy perennial for a sunny spot, perhaps in a gravel garden or a pot - compact rosettes of stiffly upright grass-like foliage. Upright, wiry flower stems carry palest blue, almost white, flowers throughout summer. Easy to grow and very rewarding. H:10cm
Much like a giant, prickle-free, thistle this hardy perennial will enjoy full sun and well drained soils. Silvery, serrated foliage, tall, stiff flowering stems and large globular pink flowers with silvery-papery bracts in summer. Much loved by bees and butterflies and an important component of naturalist planting schemes. Fully hardy. H: 100cm
Evergreen perennial, forming a basal rosette of leaves and bearing large creamy-yellow flowers from mid-summer onwards. Deadhead individual spent flowers and remove spent flowering stems to encourage additional blooms. Fully hardy. Plant in full sun in well drained soil - for example, a raised bed would be ideal if the garden gets very wet in winter. H: 60cm
Erect, clump-forming perennial with lance-shaped, toothed dark green leaves. Graceful branches carry masses of rosy pink-flushed, white flowers with pink to yellow-brown centres in late summer. Best in full sun and in moist, fertile and reasonably well drained soil. Fully hardy.. H:1m
(Synonym: Symphyotrichum novi-belgii) Late-flowering, fully hardy perennial, with rich magenta-red flowers with yellow centres.Very attractive to bees and butterflies and will add a vivid splash of colour to the late summer garden. Enjoys full sun but will equally flourish in dappled shade. Pinch back growing tips in spring and early summer to create a compact and very floriferous plant, and divide clumps every thrdr year if desired. H:80cm
(Synonym: Symphyotrichum novi-belgii) Hardy herbaceous perennial for a sunny position and in soils that are reasonably rich and not prone to getting very dry in summer. Pale lavender, semi-double flowers emerge in mid-September. Attracts butterflies and bees. Height :60cm
Clump forming perennial perfect for the shady patch. Lobed mid green basal leaves. Very fragrant tiny bell shaped greenish flowers along a long flower stem in early summer. Full of partial shade. Hardy. H:50cm.