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.
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
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.
Wonderful half-hardy perennial, with dark lance shaped leaves and a truly sustained display of gorgeous deep-red, almost black, daisy flowers throughout summer, smelling of chocolate. Frost hardy. Full sun and well drained soil will produce the best results. A deep dry mulch in autumn will usually ensure survival over winter. H:30cm.
Extremely floriferous hardy annual, producing a long succesion of dark crimson flowers, the petals highlighted with white, making a very dramatic effect. Feeding, watering and dead-heading will ensure a summer-long flower show. Plant in full sun in moist and well drained fertile soil. Height: about 75cm.