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
Semi-double flowers in vivid pink, making a great contrast against the deep, very dark green foliage. Plant in deep fertile soils, preferably mulched with well rotted manure the previous winter, and dead-head, or cut for the house, regularly. Protect tubers from winter cold with a dry mulch, or lift, dry and store tubers in a frost-free place. Just about frost hardy. H: about 90cm
Magnificent summer-flowering perennial, producing massive pure white flowers, up to 20cm wide; looks stunning in the garden or as a cut flower for the house. Plant in a sunny position in deep fertile soils that remain reliably moist - prepare the soil well with well-rotted manure, and top dress with some fertiliser. Dry mulch with leaf litter as winter approaches to protect the tubers.. Under the right conditions height may be as much as 1,25m, with flowers from early summer through to the first frosts in late September or even October.
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
Compact, hardy evergreen perennial that produces small, delightful red flowers throughout summer. Plant in very well drained soil in full and you will be rewarded with flowers throughout summer. Would do well in a pot, especially if kept pretty dry and frost free during winter and then given lots of sun during summer. Drought resistant. H:10cm
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
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.