Small hardy shrubby perennial, ideal for a sunny position on well drained soils, preferably facing south or south-west. Intense, deep purple flowers throughout summer up to the first frosts. Cut back in late spring to encourage new growth. H: 60-90cm. Don't plant in a frost pocket.
Stalwart hardy prennial for a sunny summer-flowering herbaceous border. Neat maounds of mid-green foliage topped with spires of white flowers throughout summer. Enjoys pretty well drained soil and dead head to encourage repeat flowering. Adored by bees and butterflies. Fully Hardy. Height: about 45cm
Clump forming hardy perennial suitable for mid border or naturalising. Dark reddish lambs tails-like flowers in mid summer. Attractive delicate foliage. Damp meadow plant so moister soils preferred; if in doubt mulch well. H:1m.
Clump forming perennial requiring some moisture and either full sun or light shade. Pinnate mid green-greyish leaves. Spires of fluffy white lambs tails in summer which attract bees and butterflies. Hardy. H: 1m.
A handsome clump forming hardy perennial with attractive divided foliage and stiff stems supporting white lambs-tail like flowers throughout the summer Typically plants of moist grasslands in China andJapan they enjoy full sun and moist but well drained soils. Fully hardy. H:1.5m.