Vigorous and substantial clump forming perennial, with large glossy mid-light green leaves. Elegant, fragrant white flowers. Prefers moist soil and light shade or sun, so long as the soil does not dry out. RHS AGM. Fully hardy. H: 60cm; W: 1.2m
Striking clump-forming perennial suitable for damp shade. Large grey-green leaves on unusually long stalks and long white flower spikes in summer. Will thrive in dappled shade and realiably moist soil, so mulch well if in doubt. Also does well as a pot specimen. Fully hardy H:60cm.
Unusual form of hosta, with very large, pure white, double and very fragrant flowers. Flowering is generally best if planted in the sun, so a rich and moist soil will be needed, otherwise cooler conditions more typical for hostas will be fine. Dig in plenty of garden compost and mulch well. Fully hardy. H: 60cm
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.
Japanese iris. Blue/purple to red-purple and white flowers (either stripey or not) in mid summer, with erect standards and larger falls. Tolerant of most conditions but prefers moister soil or even the pond margin. Fully hardy. H: 80cm
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
Intermediate bearded iris. Quite similar in many respects to the well-known tall beared iris, 'Petite Polka' is much shorter and more compact, bearing richly coloured flowers with pure white standards with an irregular border of royal blue 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
Widow Iris. Tuberous perennial with unusual solitary greenish flowers with black brown outer segments. Scented. H:20cm. Hardy. Sharply drained soil in full sun will yield the best results. Until recently known as Hermodactylus tuberosus until molecualr studies at Kew Royal botanic Garden returned it to 'Iris'
Fully hardy British Isles native meadow plant, thriving in sunny and reasonably mois tbut well drained soils - a classic flower meadow component. Produces pale violet-mauve 'pin-cushion' flowers over a long summer season which will be frequently visited by bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Very easy to grow. Height: about 75cm
Vigorous herbaceous perennial with lance shaped leaves. Dense heads of yellow-lemon flowers, with green tips, from green buds in late summer through to the Autumn. Plant in full sun in rich but well drained soil. Fully hardy. H:85cm.
Clump forming perennial with grass-like narrow leaves. Attractive slender flowers in an intense 'mango' orange colour from early summer into Autumn. Unlike many Kniphofias, the flower colour remains unchanged as the flowers open and subsequently fade. Will thrive in full sun and moist but well drained soil. Fully hardy. H:40cm
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
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