Low, spreading semi-evergreen perennial with small grey-green pewter coloured leaves. Numerous small pale pink flowers throughout summer. Forms matts of ground cover. Native to the Alps and Pyrenees. Best in full sun. H20cm W: 50cm
An upright, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with simple leaves and masses of showy golden daisy-like flower-heads from mid to late summer on tall, erect stems. Fully hardy and best in full sun in fertile soil that does not get too dry - mulch well if in doubt. Great for bees and butterflies. H: about 75cm
Evergreen ornamental grass, with blue-grey leaves forming a neat mound and upright, light and airy golden flower spikes in summer. Prefers a moist but well drained spot in full sun. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. H:60cm
Summer flowering hardy perennial, tall and stately. Lovely dark foliage contrasts with fire red flowers that turn , orange-red and then fade to bronze from July to October. Plant in full sun and moist, fertile soils, very easy going and trouble-free. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.2m
Very robust and easy to grow evergreen perennial. Produces large lemon-yellow lily-like flowers over a long summer season, each individual flower lasts just one day, hence the common name. Tolerates a wide range of conditions but will thrive in moister soils that are deep and fertile in full sun or light shade. Fully hardy. H:about 70cm
Day lily. AGM. Free flowering evergreen perennial. Throughout the summer, star shaped deep yellow flowers with brown stripe on the back of the flower petal. Will tolerate shade but prefers sun. H:70cm. Fully hardy.
Sun-loving hardy perennial, tolerating a wide range of conditions given a few hours of sunshine and reasonably moist soil. Large red to pink flowers with a vivid yellow centre during early to mid summer; noticeably narrow petals giving each flower a pronounced star-like shape. Fully hardy. H: 75cm
A low, clump-forming, semi-evergreen woodland specialist. Rounded or kidney-shaped leaves have deeply-cut, sharply pointed lobes, quite different from the rounded leaves of the more common H. nobilis, and which turn russet- red to purple in autumn. White flowers on relatively tall stems appear before the foliage in the spring. Fully hardy, and thriving in cool, woodland-like conditions - dappled shade and organic matter-rich soil. H: 25cm
Essential late flowering perennial. Best in moist but well drained soil in full sun. Plenty of summer water needed for autumn flowering. Soft pink buds opening to large star shaped ice-pink flowers. H:30-40cm. Hardy.
Ideal for late summer and autumn colour. Clumps of narrow leaves and then spikes of very pretty open cup-shaped pink flowers. Best in full sun and soil that does not dry out too much - mulch if necessary. Frost to fully hardy - if planted in a frost pocket or a colder part of the UK use a dry mulch to protect corms over winter. H: 60cm
Exceptionally large hosta, named in honour of Wu Zetain, concubine of Chinese Emperor Taizong in the 8th century. Whilst not officially an Empress she was de facto China's only female ruler in 4000 years. Huge dark green, deeply veined leaves, this plant can grow to well over one metre high and wide after a few seasons. Purple-mauve flowers. Fully hardy.
Clump-forming perennial, thick and glaucous blue-green leaves, edged green-yellow; grey-white flowers in early summer. Prefers part shade and damp soil. Makes a delightful subject for a large pot. Fully hardy. H:60cm
Medium-sized, fully hardy perennial - happiest in damp shade but sunny conditions with reliably moist soil will also produce good results. Long green leaves with a cream centre and lilac flowers in summer. Ideal as a pot-grow specimen as well H:45cm
Clump forming perennial. One of the most striking white-edged hostas so far. Purple sprouting shoots and a wide white margin on deep green leaves. Shady conditions and moist soil will produce the boldest plants. Fully hardy. H:40cm.
Lovely clump forming perennial. Large blue-grey ribbed leaves. Greyish-white flowers on blue-grey flower scapes in summer. Will thrive in shade and moist soil, and will also look lovely in a terracotta pot. Fully hardy. . H:60cm.
Compact, sun-loving hardy shrub; small glaucous green foliage. Large pale yellow flowers in mid to late summer. Native to Greece and the Balkans. Clip back in spring to encourage new flowering shoots and grow in sharply drained soil. Fully hardy. H: 60cm
Beautiful fully hardy iris for a reliably moist soil through to the pond margin. Stiffly upright green foliage provides a structural note, whilst the large pure white flowers, each petal base marked with green, are truly sumptuous - and very appealing to pollinating insects. Very robust and easy to grow. Height: up to about 90cm
Intermediate bearded iris. Quite similar in many respects to the well-known tall beared iris, 'Little Sapphire' is much shorter and more compact, bearing richly colouredpale -blue flowerswith delicate mauve veining in early summer. Plant in full sun and in well drained soils, ensuring the tubers lie just above the surface of the soil. Fully hardy. H: about 25cm
Intermediate bearded iris. Quite similar in many respects to the well-known tall beared iris, 'Little Shadow' is much shorter and more compact, bearing richly coloured violet-blue flowers in early summer. Plant in full sun and in well drained soils, ensuring the tubers lie just above the surface of the soil. Fully hardy. H: about 25cm
Vigorous clump forming perennial for damp shade from the Far East. Hand-sized palmate leaves on tall stems and, in late summer, pale lemon yellow fleshy flowers. A handsome and quite unusual herbaceous plant for shady positions. Fully hardy. H:2m.
Fully hardy British Isles native meadow plant, thriving in sunny and reasonably mois tbut well drained soils - a classic flower meadow component. Produces pale violet-mauve 'pin-cushion' flowers over a long summer season which will be frequently visited by bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Very easy to grow. Height: about 75cm