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
Compact, hardy evergreen perennial that produces small, delightful red flowers throughout summer. Plant in very well drained soil in full and you will be rewarded with flowers throughout summer. Would do well in a pot, especially if kept pretty dry and frost free during winter and then given lots of sun during summer. Drought resistant. H:10cm
Compact, hardy evergreen perennial that produces small, delightful and brightly coloured orange flowers a pink to white inner halo and golden yellow centre. Plant in very well drained soil in full and you will be reward with flowers throughout summer. H:10cm
This lovely, little hardy perennial is ideal for hot dry gardens. In the right conditions, it is a vigorous, mat-forming, evergreen succulent sporting deep purplish-pink, daisy-like flowers throughout the summer. Full sun required for the flowers to open and the plant to thrive. Hardy. H:5-10cm
Extremely classy new hybrid Delphinium, bred in New Zealand and one of the outstanding 'New Millenium Series'. Sturdy and tall stems carry spires of lightly frilled white flowers with very distinctive black bees. Vigorous and fully hardy, Delphium 'B;ack-eyed Angels' will do best in fertile and reasonably moist soils, in full sun or light shade. Cut back spent flower stems to encourage flowering throughout much of the summer. Makes a fantastic plant for cut flowers for the house. H:1-1.5m
Clump forming and substantial hardy perennial. Spires of clear sky-blue flowers with a white bee in summer. Will thrive in full sun and good rich soil. May need support in exposed positions. Over 2-3 seasons these will grow into a major talking point in the garden. Fully hardy. H: up to 2m
Classic 'cottage garden' perennial for sunny position, towards rear of of border. Tall spires of semi-double rich blue flowers with a dark eye in summer. Fully hardy. H: up to 1.8m so provide some support in windy areas.
Clump forming Pacific Giant perennial. Spires of deep blue flowers in summer. Full sun and good rich soil for best result: mulch well with manure in the spring. Needs support in windy positions. Fully hardy. H:2m.