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A lovely perennial with fragrant, deep rose-pink frothy flowers in summer. Attractive jagged cut leaves. The species originates from the damp meadows of North America and it excels here in a moist or boggy border. 1.5-1.8m (5-6ft).

For a well-drained rock garden position. Grey-green foliage, flowers subtle shades of green and brown with recurved tips. 30-45cm (12-18").

Whorled lanceolate leaves on stems 30-60cm (1-2ft) high. Purple-black or bonze purple flowers in May-June.

A native species of great charm, with pendant nodding bells, prettily marked with a checkerboard effect of pale purples, crimsons, pinks and white, occasionally pure white. Foliage is discreet, dying back cleanly once the show is over, so ideally placed for the early spring border or naturalising in grass. 30cm (12").

A native of woods and scrubs in Eastern Europe, greenish flowers in April & May.

A tiny but very hardy fuchsia, for rockery, raised bed or scree. The hand in the photo shows the scale. It flowers all summer and autumn.

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