Snow-in-summer. Vigorous ground cover for a sunny position, small silver-white leaves and masses of star-shaped white flowers in late spring/summer. Needs well drained soil, even a gravel garden, and full sun. Fully hardy. H:10cm
Hardy plumbago. Fully hardy, woody perennial. Bright blue flowers in late summer and intense red foliage in autumn. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soil. Cut back hard each spring to encourage new growth and lots of flowers. H: about 30cm
Low-growing hardy perennial for a sunny and well drained position - good for tumbling over low walls for example. This gorgeous little alpine perennial is very long flowering. The attractive lilac-blue flowers with dark veins and a small yellow lip emerge in mid summer and carry on flowering into the autumn. Hardy. H: 20cm
Late summer to autumn lowering hardy perennial, bearing masses of deep cerise pink flowers with a golden yellow centre. Loves lots of sunshine and moist, fertile soil. Much loved by bees and butterflies and very good as a cut flower as well. H:60cm
Hardy perennial suitable for mid border. Flowering very late in the seasn. Great for late autumn colour, especially this great deep wine red. Flowers late October-November. Spikey sea urchin like flowers on erect stems. Great for cutting.Hardy. Full sun. Well drained soil. H: 60cm
Very striking sumer flowering hardy perennial producing 'spidery ' flowers in deep red throughout summer - also makes a great cut flower. Feed well and cut back spent flowering stems to ensure sustained production of blooms, probably until the end of September in fertile, moist soil. H: about 90 cm
Clump forming perennial, loosely resembling a very refined thistle - less the spines!. Small and intensely dark red flowers float over the border on tall stems - very attractive to bees. Valuable plant for a sunny border. Fully hardy. H:1m
Mid season. Very attractive purple-blue flowerheads in summer. Suitable for growing in a herbaceous border for scrambling amongst other plants. Length 60cm. Hardy. Sun or partial shade. Humus rich soil.
Autumn crocus. Beautiful large goblet-shaped snowy white flowers with emerald green tube throughout late summer into the autumn. Fleshy leaves early on in the year. H:30cm. Hardy. Well drained moisture retentive soil.
Highly fragrant woodland plant best suited to moister soils and lightly shaded conditions. White flowers in early summer, this cultivar, which was actually bred for the late-spring cut flower market, has unusually large blooms. Fully hardy. H: 25cm
Hardy, sun-loving perennial, producing masses of cheerful yellow daisy-like flowers throughout summer. Dead head from time to time to encourage further blooms. Very easy going and over a few seasons will grow into a handsome clump. Enjoys quite well drained soils and is very hardy. H: 30cm
Extremely elegant and refined hardy perennial, for a sunny position in moist but reasonably well drained soil - the more fertile the better as Crinum has the potential to form a large bold clump in 2-3 years, bearing multiple flowering stems. A long bulb neck bears arching leaves and umbels of up to ten large sweetly fragrant flared white flowers in late summer. H:1m. Hardy
Classic cottage garden perennial, with mid-green foliage and contrasting deepest purple-red flowers that is almost black, with a succesion of blooms from early summer onwards. Dig in well rotted manure and continue to feed whilst regulalry cutting flowers for the house. Lift tubers In cold areas or dry mulch heavily in autumn. H: up to 1m
Extremely showy dahlia, with very large creamy white blooms shading towards peach at the centre. Plant in rich, well manured soil and feed and water all summer - blooms will be produced in profusion. Lift tubers in cold areas or dry mulch heavily in autumn. H: 1m+.
A so-called 'Dinner Plate Dahlia' on account of the size of the very large salmon rose flowers that will be produced all summer. Plant in full sun in deep, rich soil that has been well-manured; feed and water generously and keep cutting flowers for the house which will encourage further blooms. Dry mulch heavily in autumn, or lift, dry and store tubers somewhere frost-free.. Half-hardy. H: 1m
Sun-loving half hardy classic 'cottage garden' plant; mid-sized flowers with masses of rich pink petals, fading to paler pink towards the tips. Grow in deep, fertile soil, rich in organic matter, feed well and cut spent blooms. Dry mulch as winter approaches or if grown in a potential frost pocket lift the tubers and store in a frost-free shed. H:about 75cm
Strong stems on this variety makes this superb for cut flower displays. Double white flowers with pale lavender tips. Frost hardy - cover the crowns withy dry mulch such as leaf litter in winter or bring in during the winter. Height: up to 1m
Exuberant summer flowering perennial, great for cut flowers or adding lots of colour throughout summer. Soft pink blooms that look amazing in the summer border. Deep, fertile soils, full sun and lots of feed for maximum performance. Frost hardy so provide a deep dry mulch over the crowns in winter, or lift and keep in a frost free place. Height 85cm
Compact, hardy evergreen perennial that produces small, delightful and brightly coloured orange flowers with pink to white inner halo and a golden yellow centre. Plant in very well drained soil in full and you will be reward with flowers throughout summer. H:10cm
This lovely, little hardy perennial is ideal for hot dry gardens. In the right conditions, it is a vigorous, mat-forming, evergreen succulent sporting deep purplish-pink, daisy-like flowers throughout the summer. Full sun required for the flowers to open and the plant to thrive. Hardy. H:5-10cm
Extremely classy new hybrid Delphinium, bred in New Zealand and one of the outstanding 'New Millennium Series'. Sturdy and tall stems carry spires of lightly frilled white flowers with very distinctive black bees. Vigorous and fully hardy, Delphinium 'Black-eyed Angels' will do best in fertile and reasonably moist soils, in full sun or light shade. Cut back spent flower stems to encourage flowering throughout much of the summer. Makes a fantastic plant for cut flowers for the house. H:1-1.5m
A new series of improved, high perfommance F1 hybrid delphinium, with stronger plants, larger, more abundant and more colourful flowers. 'Purple Passion' has deep purple and very double flowers. Enjoys rich soil and full sun; after a couple of seasons this will form a truly dramatic and eye-catching centre piece. Fully hardy. H:1.6m
Recently introduced, high-performance F1 hybrid hardy perennial. Magnificent spires of double, deep purple flowers on strong stems. Vigorous and hardy these plants will grow into an stunning and eye-catching centrepiece within 2-3 years of planting. Spectacular as a cut flower. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.6m, possibly more on rich ground.