Centaurea nigra is a species of perennial flowering plant, and a stalwart of any meadow type planting intended to attract bees. The fluffy mauve flowerheads are in fact one of the very best sources of nectar of any plant found naturally gowing in Britain. Full sun and moist but well drained soil preferred. Fully hardy. Height: about 1m
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.
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
Highly fragrant woodland plant best suited to moister soils and lightly shaded conditions. White flowers in early summer, this cultivar, which was actually bred for the late-spring cut flower market, has unusually large blooms. Fully hardy. H: 25cm
Late spring flowering hardy perennial suitable for partial or full shade. Branching stems carry tight clusters of small, very fragrant, rounded bell-shaped creamy-white flowers. Forming an effective ground cover once established. Plant in a leafy, fertile, humus-rich, moist but well drained soil. H: 20cm.