A compact variety, with flower spikes that emerge orange-red at the top and fade to cream-white at the bottom. Plant in rich and fertile soil in full sun. Dead head regularly to extend a potentially very long flowerinf season. Fully hardy. H:30-40cm
A recently introduced form of 'red hot poker', with tawny apricot buds that open to pale apricot flowers on bronze stems. Large, spectacular yet easy to grow plant for a sunny spot. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.2m
Hardy clump forming perennial with deep green, grassy and evergreen thin strap like leaves. Striking apricot-orange fading to coral-pink flower spikes throughout the summer. Plant in moist but free-draining soil in full sun. H:60cm.
Vigorous hardy perennial suitable for the mid-border. Soft primrose to creamy-yellow daisy-like flowers from mid to late summer. Happiest in full sun and moist but well drained soils. Fully hardy. H:60cm
Erect strap-shaped green leaves emerge in late winter followed in spring by pendant white bell flowers that are faintly chocolate-scented. A woodland plant, the summer snowflake much prefers humus rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy. H:50cm.
Very striking umbellifer (i.e. cow parsley family) with large, dark green and very finely cut foliage, accenting the flattened heads of masses of tiny white flowers. Very stately and architectural but also delicate-looking and very much at home in a naturalistic or 'cottage' planting scheme. Robust and trouble free, best in full sun and fertile soils. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.5m
Unusual lily, being very dwarf in stature but having relatively massive flowers, pure white within, pink flushed without, and powerfully and sweetly scented. Fully hardy and doing best in full sun and moist but well drained soil. Will self-seed freely. H: up to 30cm
Very showy lily, growing wild in the mountains of central China, growing to as much as 1.5 high, possibly more, with orange flowers spotted black. The petals recurve (i.e. bend backwards), and eventually resemble those of the more widespread Turk's-cap lily. Prefers moist, fertile soils rich in organic matter; cut plants back only after leaves and stems turn yellow. Fully hardy.
Hardy and clump-forming perennial, ideal for moist soils or shallow pond margin or bog garden. Strong upright stems produce spires of brilliant blue flowers in summer which will attract bees and other pollinating insects. Cutting spent stems will encourage prolonged flowering into early autumn. Hardy. Height will be up to 1m
Richly coloured summer-flowering hardy prennial, for a sunny spot in soil that reliably moist soil, even down to the edge of a bog garden. Spires of brilliant red flowers contrast dramatically with the purple green foliage and will attract bees and butterflies. H:60cm
Key element of any 'cottage garden' design, with tall spires of tightly packed flowers in white, pink, red, yellow, orange, violet and even multi-coloured varaints. Best in full sun and good soil - will make large plants by 2nd year.
A very pretty, large clump forming, hardy and erect perennial that is often unjustifiably overlooked. Tall stems carying lance-shaped soft leaves are topped by spires of pale rose-pink flowers from summer to early autumn. Prefers moist soil and full sun. H:1.2m.
Rare hardy perennial, native to rocky slopes and ravines in China and Korea, Forms a compact mound of large, maple-shaped leaves. Tall stems hold panicles of 20-30 small white star-shaped flowers in spring. Will thrive in cool, moist, soil in light shade. Fully hardy. H:25cm