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.
Superb choice for the back of a sunny border, as Thalictrum 'Anne' will grow 2 or even 3m tall, with shiny blue-green leaves emerging from purple stems. Purple buds open to delicate white flowers from June to August. Fully hardy and robust, and will only need support in the windiest sites.
Majestic hardy perennial with delicately lobed grey-blue leaves and enormously tall, slender, flowering stems. Clusters of tiny lilac-mauve flowers from June-August. Full sun or dappled shade in well drained soil. Very strong grower, up to 3m in height, and will withstand surprisingly windy sites.. Fully hardy.
Majestic hardy perennial with delicately lobed grey-blue leaves with lilac flowers from June-August. Full sun or dappled shade and moist but well drained soil preferred. Very strong grower. Fully hardy. H: 2m.