Seed raised variant of this increasingly favoured north American prairie plant. Vigorous and sturdy, with beautiful cream, lemon and dark yellow flowers. Established plants will continue to flower for a sustained period , and will be much enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun in moist but well drained soils. Great as a cut flower. Fully hardy. H: 80cm
Exceptionally large-flowered coneflower with deep pink petals and rusty-orange 'cone', with a long flowering period through summer. Much loved by bees . Useful for mid to rear border. Fully hardy. H:1m
Blue Wheatgrass. One of the most striking of the blue ornamental grasses, with intense, steel-blue leaves. Will form a bold clump and act as an excellent visual 'pivot' in an herbaceous border. Prefers full sun. Fully hardy.
Fully hardy perennial with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and upright racemes of white flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Nothing like as invasive as the much more common rose bay willow herb. Sun or semi-shade. Hardy H: 1m.
Hardy herbaceous perennial, ideal for a shady spot where it will form a dense ground cover. Young foliage flushed red-bronze maturing to fresh green. Clusters of delicate while flowers flushed pink in spring open from pink buds. Best in leaf-litter rich soil. Fully hardy. H: 25cm
Hardy rhizomatous perennial suitable for a cool shady spot preferably with a layer of leaf litter. Evergreen. Heart shaped leaves. Spring flowering. Orange flowers opening to amber with lemon spurs. H:30cm.
Very pretty evergreen hardy perennial with elongated, spiny-margined leaves and clusters of white flowers with distinctive pink centres in spring. Potentially very floriferous once established, in cool woodland-type conditions, preferring organic matter-rich soil that stays reasonably moist. Height: 50cm for the flowering stems
Fully hardy woodland plant, forming clumps of deciduous, glossy green foliage, which emerges with at russetty-red flush over green, matures to green and then fades to coppery-bronze in the autumn. Stiff and wiry stems hold clusters of very pretty small yellow flowers in spring, contrasting with the young foliage. Highly recommended for the woodland garden or other shady position. Fully hardy. H: about 20cm
A new cultivar, with distinctive green and russet foliage, and tiny purple-pink spurred flowers in spring and through to early summer. Best in dappled shade and soils rich in organic matter. Fully hardy. H: about 25cm
Very pretty woodland specialist, from the Far East. Dense heart shaped leaves, tinged with copper when young. Wiry stems bear clusters of bi-coloured pink and white flowers over an extended spring display. Best in humus rich and moist soil although once established it will cope in dry shade- water regularly to get established under those circumstance. Fully hardy. Height and spread: about 30cm