Lovely long flowering perennial that will lend the garden the natural feel of a flower meadow. Rosettes of downy, delicate foliage and from early summer through to November long stalks bearing a succession of pale lemon pin cushion flowers. Much enjoyed be bees and butterflies. Plant in in well drained and even really quite impoverished soils in full sun. Fully hardy. Height: about 90cm
Hardy perennial, forming clumps of foliage and bearing creamy yellow 'pin cushion' flowers throughout summer. Best in full sun in moist but well drained soils. Dwarf habit, so height around 40cm maximum.
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.
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
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