Hardy plumbago. Fully hardy, woody perennial. Bright blue flowers in late summer and intense red foliage in autumn. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soil. Cut back hard each spring to encourage new growth and lots of flowers. H: about 30cm
Low-growing hardy perennial for a sunny and well drained position - good for tumbling over low walls for example. This gorgeous little alpine perennial is very long flowering. The attractive lilac-blue flowers with dark veins and a small yellow lip emerge in mid summer and carry on flowering into the autumn. Hardy. H: 20cm
Late summer flowering hardy perennial, bearing masses of bright pink flowers with a golden yellow centre. Loves lots of sunshine and moist, fertile soil. Much loved by bees and butterflies and very good as a cut flowers as well. H:60cm
Fully hardy late summer to autumn flowering tuberous perennial. Pure white flowers with strongly reflexed petals appear either before or with silvery-green leaves. Part shade preferred; will naturalise itself by seed. H: about 20cm
Noble perennial with massive silver-grey leaves and large thistle-like flowers which attract bees and butterflies. Similar to a globe artichoke where the large edible flower buds are eaten as an hors d'oeuvre. H:2m. Full sun and well drained soil.
Extremely showy dahlia, with very large creamy white blooms shading towards peach at the centre. Plant in rich, well manured soil and feed and water all summer - blooms will be produced in profusion. Lift tubers in cold areas or dry mulch heavily in autumn. H: 1m+.
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 liiter 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.
Strong stems on this variety makes this superb for cut flower displays. Double white flowers with pale lavender tips. Frost hardy - cover the crowns withy dry mulch such as leaf litter in winter or bring in during the winter. Height: up to 1m