An exciting alternative to Echinacea purpurea; this Coneflower has lots of narrow drooping petals of a rich magenta-puce to pale pink colour, surrounding an orange-highlighted, pointed cone, borne on tall slender but stout stems. 1m (39").
One of many daisies from the prairies of North America, this popular herbaceous species produces many upright stems with individual large purple flowers, with a central cone made up of numerous orange and brown anthers. 90- 20cm (3-4ft).
A good cream-white flowered variety with a central cone of rich oranges and browns, the whole flower measuring 11cm (4 ½") across. 60cm (24") or slightly more in height.
An interesting alternative to the usual Echinacea species, this variety is shorter with smaller blooms than E. purpurea, but with a similar colouration. Each flower has upward curving, pastelpink to mauve petals and the central disk florets starting brown-black but turning orange-yellow when they open. The plant is a vigorous, compact, clump-former reaching 60cm (2ft) and requiring full or part sun, well-drained soil, only needing moisture to establish.
Flowers are large, very pale dusky-pink outer petals, deep dusky-pink within. Marbled foliage. 30cm (12").
A charming delicate-looking species; forming attractive low domes of dense foliage. During April and May it produces masses of pendant, white, spurless, bell-shaped flowers. The foliage is strongly tinted bronze when young. 25cm (10").
Large jewel-like wine-red coloured, large spurred flowers, appearing in mid to late spring above the new ruby-flushed foliage. 40cm (16").
An excellent form with violet-purple flowers . Growing 25cm (10") high, the foliage has metallic-purple tints when young.
Attractive copper-tinted foliage and wiry stems bearing clusters of deep pink flowers in spring.
An attractive hybrid, it produces massed sprays of numerous, large, pure white blooms, each with a hint of pink at their base, all held above handsome foliage. 40cm (16").
A small but perfectly formed elegant species with quite large (for its size), long spurred white flowers produced in spring. The fresh green new growth is attractively edged with crimson-brown markings. 7.5cm (3").
An attractive species with long spurred, large white to lilac-pink blooms. The handsome leathery foliage, when new is rich milk-chocolate-brown to copper, the margins edged with soft fine spines. 15cm (6").
Clear, pure yellow blooms with brown sepals up to 2.5cm (1") across, creating a pleasing combination of chocolate and cream. 15cm (6").
Throughout the year, this plant makes a good mound of fine-looking, glossy dark green, toothed foliage which doesn't require trimming back, unlike most epimediums. In spring it produces bunches of bright, starry-yellow flowers. 30cm (12").
A reliable performer, bearing rich yellow, outward facing blooms in tall, upright panicles throughout April and May. This species is well suited to shade where it will form a good dense ground cover with its coppery-red new growth. Tolerant of drought once established. 30cm (12").
Similar in appearance to Epimedium grandiflorum and its hybrids, as its name suggests it has evergreen foliage over which are held attractive white flowers.
A graceful hybrid with white, bell-shaped flowers, held above attractive reddish-brown mottled foliage. 15cm (6").
One of the most popular epimediums and rightly so; pale yellow blooms on long stems held above good foliage which are strongly coloured in the spring and autumn. Vigorous, ground covering habit. 30cm (12").
Dense foliage reaching 40cm (15") in height and carrying lovely orange blooms.
A small hybrid whose new growth is flushed through with purple; it bears short spurred, mauve flowers. 20cm (8").
A showy, free-flowering species, with pure white flowers above dark chocolate-brown young foliage. 25cm (10").
Another of the smaller hybrids with dainty dusky-pink flowers, produced in spring, against a backdrop of almost downy foliage. 20cm (8").
A fine variety with sprays of sugar-pink to mauve flowers held above strong, dark green, corrugated foliage which when turned over is almost white in colour. 30cm (12").
Epimediums are valuable garden plants, not only for their exquisite flowers, but also for their varied and attractive, long-lasting foliage. Sometimes known as Bishop's Mitre, they prefer a cool site and are best suited to a shaded or semi-shaded herbaceous border. Foliage can be cut back in winter to allow the spring borne flowers to be displayed to best effect.
Not as big as the scientific and common name might suggest, its upright stems only reaching 40cm (16") high and with lance-shaped leaves arising from a creeping rhizome. During late spring, clusters of curious flowers appear on the end of the stems, each flower a mix of bright greenyellow, the lip veined with maroon and sepals purple veined. Suitable for a moist but well-drained site on a neutral to alkaline soil in part shade where it will spread slowly.
A rhizomatous hardy orchid with white/reddish flowers with maroon veins in spring/early summer. 30cm (12") high, moist to wet soil in part shade.
African or weeping love grass. 60-90cm (2-3ft) high in flower. Best sited in an open sunny spot with space around it to show off its beautiful arching form.
An easy to grow, but often hard to come by little plant. Masses of small daisy flowers, white at first later pink, are produced throughout summer on wiry mounds of foliage 25cm (10") high. For a warm, well drained site where it will self seed freely.
Large, rich fine rayed flowers which start peachy and mature to pink are produced through summer and autumn. 45cm (18")
An unusual plant for rockery or scree, it forms a low dome of greyish, rounded foliage and yellow flowers in summer.
A robust perennial for a sunny open spot. Cerise-pink flowers on very long stems throughout the summer.
This looks for all its worth like a tender Pelargonium except it is fully hardy and grows in most situations. It has pinnately lobed, hairy leaves, forming perennial hummocks that attain 30cm (12") in all directions and during the summer months (and often the rest of the year!), bears clusters of white Geranium flowers each with pink flecking. If it is allowed to seed then it will slowly increase forming polite colonies.
45cm (18") high. Evergreen rosettes of strong white veined foliage. Stiff upright stems bear grey-blue flowers. Full sun. A true and long lived hardy perennial.
Flowers open a good clear yellow, slowly turning a rich purple, such is the length of the flowering period it is usually adorned with yellow and purple on one stem and all shades in between. Like Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' it requires a free-draining soil, ideally in full sun. 60cm (2ft) or more.
A perennial Wallflower producing long racemes of solid purple-mauve flowers throughout the early months of the year; and making a nice rounded subshrub with its narrow grey-green leaves. 60cm (2ft) or more.
Strong growing, spring-flowering, tuberous perennial. The foliage is arranged in a funnel around the base of the plants. From the centre rise stems of between one and three white nodding blooms. Increases quickly in a leafy soil under a deciduous canopy. 15cm (6").
In spring this plant reveals its enchanting flowers, each supported on a long stalk and with swept back petals of a light pink-rose colour. These are held over the brown specked, fleshy green leaves and reach 15cm (6"). Easy to grow in moisture retentive leafy soil or in thin grass in half shade. Once happy it will seed around freely before dying back each autumn to reappear afresh in spring.
Hardy bulbous perennial. Bright yellow flowers on 30-40cm (12-16") stems are produced in April-May. Good soil in shade.
A justifiably popular hybrid, producing tall stems with lots of large, sulphur-yellow flowers held over sturdy, fleshy green, sometimes mottled brown, leaves. 35cm (14").
A wonderful hardy herbaceous perennial for the back the border in good soil. 6ft high in flower in it self supporting, as seen here at Hall Farm Nursery flowering in late summer alongside Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant'.
Joe-pye or smoke weed. For a rich neutral to calcareous clay soil. 1.8m (6ft) or more high stems of pointed leaves in whorls carry fuzzy wine-red flowers in early autumn. Loved by butterflies and bees.
A most rewarding species, highly regarded for its terminal clusters of honey-scented flowers held over bright green leaves that form a rounded evergreen subshrub. Excellent when planted in a sheltered spot, in full sun and free- draining soil, where it will make a most useful architectural feature. Up to 1.8m (6ft).