Very easy going day lily that with virtually no effort will produce a really impressive display of large pink lily-like flowers with frilled petal edges, each with vibrant lemon-yellow throat, much loved by pollinating insects. Enjoys full sun and moist but well drained soil, and given consistent watering and feeding will also do well in a pot. Fully hardy. H:about 60cm
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.
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.
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.