A great grass for the container or border. Dense clumps of foliage erupt skywards and turn arying shades of yellow and orange in autumn. Flowers are produced in late summer, feathery plumes of pale purple to silver; lasting right through the winter. 1m (39").
A fitting tribute to Karl Foerster, a nurseryman and pioneer of post war landscaping schemes. A perennial clump-forming grass with upright green foliage, producing erect panicles of pinkishbrown flowers in midsummer. These age to a lovely golden hue. A very hardy grass, tolerant of shade and drought which makes it an ideal candidate for a container, otherwise use it to good effect in a relaxed planting scheme. 1.8m (6ft).
Forms a most pleasing mound with its green and white variegated foliage, followed by the purplish-pink inflorescences appearing in summer. 120cm (4ft).
Reward yourself and the local bees, with the elegant pale lilac-mauve flowers of this plant. Grown in light soil in a sunny spot this aromatic herbaceous perennial will flower throughout the summer and well into autumn. 45cm (18").
Needing little introduction, the Marsh Marigold or Kingcup has spring-borne, golden-yellow flowers and rounded green leaves; a plant for moist or wet conditions. 30-60cm (1-2ft).
Stout stems bear clusters of dark purple-blue bell-shaped flowers. A tough, reliable and vigorous perennial, thriving on calcareous soils. Up to 60cm (2ft) high in flower.
This useful border perennial produces massed clusters of pink, tubular flowers along the stem which are set off by the strong green foliage. Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush. At 45cm (18") in height it makes it an ideal plant for the front of a bed in a sunny, moist but welldrained position.
A well known variety and one of the tallest of the 'lactifloras' reaching 120cm (4ft) or more in good soil. Great stands of stems are laden with much branched heads of soft lilac-pink, fivepetalled blooms in summer. A reliable performer for a good rich soil in sun or partial shade.
Another excellent garden variety, with the most intense dark violet-blue flowers held on strong stems. At 90-120cm (3-4ft), a plant for the middle or back of the border.
A handsome and vigorous perennial with an upright habit, serrated foliage and stems with well spaced racemes of pure white, cylindrical flowers which are good for cutting. Tolerates a heavy soil and happiest in shade or partial shade. 90-120cm (3-4ft).
Open-faced, large, powder-blue flowers in June-July on 60-90cm (2-3ft) high stems. Best in a good loamy soil in dappled shade. Makes a good cut flower.
From New Zealand, the home of many exciting sedges; this species has bronzed, olive-green foliage, produced in dense clumps between 30-75cm (12-30") high. Flower spikes of creamybrown fading to a dark chocolate-brown are borne freely. Grows in most places, but excels in moist soils.
A first rate sedge that will light up the garden in spring and summer; its bright acid-green growth made up of yellow leaves bordered with narrow green margins. Ideally suited to life by the side of a pond or in a damp border, in sun or partial shade. Tolerates periodic flooding. 60cm (24").
This perennial cornflower has delightful pale sugar-pink flowers - large and open-faced. Growing 45cm (18") high. Cut back after flowering to encourage fresh foliage.
An excellent pure white form of Valerian. Bearing large heads of small flowers that start in spring and only really finish with the first frosts. This long lasting perennial holds it fleshy, greygreen leaves throughout the year, forming compact bushes up to 75cm (30") tall. It requires a welldrained soil.
This Cow Parsley relative produces appealing umbels of pink that appear to hover over the neat mats of heavily dissected foliage. An easy plant, happy in sun or shade. 60cm (24").
A double flowered form of Chamomile, with double buttons of creamy-white flowers held above the aromatic deeply divided foliage. 25-30cm (10-12").
If you leave your prejudices at the garden gate, this white form of Rosebay Willow Herb makes a spectacular plant. With its neat row upon row of mid-green, lanceolate leaves topped by glorious spires of pure white, open saucer-shaped blooms in mid-summer. Vigorous creeping rootstock. 150cm (5ft).
An attractive and useful member of the saxifrage family. Forms ground cover in good, moist or even wet shade. Small yellow flowers, surrounded by sulphur-yellow bracts provide a long-lasting effect.
A popular perennial ornamental thistle, it forms slowly spreading clumps of foliage out of which during summer arise tall, branched flower stems holding many flowers; each flower is wrapped in a deep purplish-black bract topped by a good tuft of raspberry-wine red petals. 120cm (4ft).
A pretty form of the Lily of the Valley; with strikingly marked leaves of creamy-yellow and deep green; accompanied by pure white flowers in spring. Just as hardy as the common species and requiring similar conditions. 20cm (8").
In spring this plant produces good robust clumps of bright green foliage, providing a good backdrop for the masses of tubular indigo-blue flowers, which are coconut-scented and produced in early summer. 45cm (18").
Delightful spikes of creamy-white flowers, in early spring. Prefers a cool moist position in dappled shade. 15cm (6").
This spring flowering tuberous perennial bears spikes of purplish flowers just 10-20cm (4-8") high. We also have a red flowered form. Summer dormant.
Dainty spikes of pink flowers in early spring.
After emerging in May from its winter rest, this plant produces a long display of the most opulent velvety, deep burgundy flowers. Each flower is shaped like a small dahlia and emits a rich chocolate scent - especially on warm days. To maintain this extravagance it needs full sun and a good mulch during winter to protect the roots, or do as we do and grow in big pots and lift inside for winter. 60cm (2ft).
Needing little introduction, this first rate border plant makes spectacular fiery stands of upright bright green leaves followed by tall, much branched, spikes of tomato-red flowers. Flowering in June-July makes it one of the earliest flowering crocosmias. 120cm (4ft).
A cheery variety with bright orange flowers; paler orange internally with maroon blotching on the throat. The flowers produced in late summer are particularly good as a cut flower. 90cm (3ft).
Hardy bulbous perennial. Masses of flowers are produced in late winter and early spring. Best in a semi-shaded site, where plants will thrive and increase in size for many years. 6" high.