Striking evergreen perennial with grey-green grass like basal leaves, forming rounded clump. Very tall slender flower stalks with deep pink flowers throughout summer. Full sun. Well drained soil. Hardy. H:50cm.
Densely tufted hardy perennial for a sunny and very well drained spot. Pale pink flowers in summer. Grows wild in the mountains of SW Europe and would be suitable for an alpine garden, Fully hardy. H: 15cm
Burning bush. Striking perennial for late spring and early summer interest. Forms upright clumps of foliage, topped with spires of white, lemon scented flowers in early summer. Prefers full sun and well drained soil and is noticeably drought-resistant Fully hardy. H:60cm.
Seed raised variant of this increasingly favoured north American prairie plant. Vigorous and sturdy, with beautiful cream, lemon and dark yellow flowers. Established plants will continue to flower for a sustained period , and will be much enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soils. Great as a cut flower. Fully hardy. H: 80cm
Exceptionally large-flowered coneflower with deep pink petals and rusty-orange 'cone', with a long flowering period through summer. Much loved by bees . Useful for mid to rear border. Fully hardy. H:1m
Blue Wheatgrass. One of the most striking of the blue ornamental grasses, with intense, steel-blue leaves. Will form a bold clump and act as an excellent visual 'pivot' in an herbaceous border. Prefers full sun. Fully hardy.
Fully hardy perennial with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and upright racemes of white flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Nothing like as invasive as the much more common rose bay willow herb. Sun or semi-shade. Hardy H: 1m.
Hardy herbaceous perennial, ideal for a shady spot where it will form a dense ground cover. Young foliage flushed red-bronze maturing to fresh green. Clusters of delicate while flowers flushed pink in spring open from pink buds. Best in leaf-litter rich soil. Fully hardy. H: 25cm
Hardy rhizomatous perennial suitable for a cool shady spot preferably with a layer of leaf litter. Evergreen. Heart shaped leaves. Spring flowering. Orange flowers opening to amber with lemon spurs. H:30cm.
Very pretty evergreen hardy perennial with elongated, spiny-margined leaves and clusters of white flowers with distinctive pink centres in spring. Potentially very floriferous once established, in cool woodland-type conditions, preferring organic matter-rich soil that stays reasonably moist. Height: 50cm for the flowering stems
Fully hardy woodland plant, forming clumps of deciduous, glossy green foliage, which emerges with at russetty-red flush over green, matures to green and then fades to coppery-bronze in the autumn. Stiff and wiry stems hold clusters of very pretty small yellow flowers in spring, contrasting with the young foliage. Highly recommended for the woodland garden or other shady position. Fully hardy. H: about 20cm
A new cultivar, with distinctive green and russet foliage, and tiny purple-pink spurred flowers in spring and through to early summer. Best in dappled shade and soils rich in organic matter. Fully hardy. H: about 25cm
Very pretty woodland specialist, from the Far East. Dense heart shaped leaves, tinged with copper when young. Wiry stems bear clusters of bi-coloured pink and white flowers over an extended spring display. Best in humus rich and moist soil although once established it will cope in dry shade- water regularly to get established under those circumstance. Fully hardy. Height and spread: about 30cm
A rare variety of evergreen hardy perennial, growing best in dappled shade and moist cool conditions. Relatively dwarf compared to many other forms of E. grandiflorum, and producing the typical sprays of pure white star-shaped flowers in early spring from pinkish buds. 'Bandit' has a notably boad purple-red margin to the young foliage, that will fade to green as summer draws on. Great ground cover plants. Fully hardy and clump-forming. H: perhaps 20cms or so.
Fully hardy perennial well-suited to dappled shade and reasonably moist conditions: beneath deciduous trees, for example. Delicate pale yellow flowers in spring, equally attractive foliage. H: about 30cm
Fully hardy herbaceous perennial, ideal for cool and shady positions. 'Galadriel' is an improved selection of the parent Epimedium x rubrum, with larger and more deeply coloured red flowers and white flowers. Spring foliage is nicely coloured reddish-russet. Effective as ground cover, especiallly in moister soils where quite large clumps will form after a few seasons. Height will be about 25cm.
Clump-forming and fully hardy perennial; delicate yellow flowers in mid to late spring. Evergreen, heart shaped mid green leaves that turn to a deep burnished red in winter. Excellent ground cover in shade and tolerant of moderately dry conditions. H: 50cm
Hardy perennial suitable for a woodland garden or shady border, forming lovely ground cover with its evergreen heart shaped leaves. Wiry stems bear clusters of pure white flowers in spring. Hybrid between the two Japanese species E.diphyllum x E.grandiflorum. 20cm. Fully hardy.
Hardy perennial suitable for a woodland garden or shady border, forming lovely ground cover with its evergreen heart shaped leaves. Wiry stems bear clusters of light lavender flowers with somewhat darker colouring towards the petal tips above the foliage in spring. Young foliage emerges purple in spring, matures to green and then becomes intensely red in the autumn. 'Tamobotan' is a hybrid between the two Japanese species E.diphyllum x E.grandiflorum. Height will be about 20cm. Grow in cool and reasonably moist conditions. Fully hardy.
Clump forming perennial grass with mid-green leaves. Arching habit and very graceful nodding flower panicles to 1m in height. Plant in full sun in any good fertile soil that does bot get extremely dry. In spring gently rake out old and dead leaves with a gloved hand. Hardy.