Repeat flowering from mid-summer until the first frosts, with rich purple-blue flowers. Delightful 'cottage garden'; subject or even in a pot. Fully hardy, and enjoying fertile soils that are moist and reasonably well drained. Full sun, if the soil does not dry out, otherwise dappled shade for best results. H: 20cm
A new and very compact form of bell flower. Grows into clumps of erect, stiff stems with mid-green leaves and dense clusters of white bell-shaped flowers in early summer. Cut back for second flowering. Fully hardy. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. H: 50cm
Lovely clump forming perennial, flowering in mid summer. Pale lilac-pink flowers clustering up the stem. Prefers partial shade or sun and a rich moisture retentive soil. If in doubt, mulch with well-rotted garden compost in spring. Fully hardy. H:50cm.
Clump forming, upright, hardy perennial flowering in mid summer. Slender tall stems, up to 60cm, carry mid-blue flowers,with outward curling petals revealing a further inner set of petals inside the flower. Hardy. H:60cm. Full sun and moist but well drained soil preferred.
A very fine form of 'ornamental thistle' but minus the spines and with loads of large soft pink flowers in summer. Very good for bees. Best in full sun and in moist but well drained soil. Very easy to grow and trouble free. Fully hardy. Final height will be up to 1m.
Ornamental thistle, native to the Balkans. Produces brilliant red flowers on tall stems in summer and will continue flowering if dead-headed. Silvery-leaves, intriguing bristly bronze-coloured flower buds and last well as a cut flower. Very attractive to bees and butterflies. Best in full sun and moist but well drained soils.