A sage originating in the damp grasslands of eastern South American and settling happily into UK gardens. It is a useful plant for the late summer border, where its graceful wavering stems are filled with sky-blue flowers that have a long season. For a moist or moisture retentive soil and as long as the roots don't freeze it will provide many years of interest. 1.5-1.8m (5-6ft).
This robust clump forming perennial from the alpine meadows of Japan has large pink bottle brush flowers from July to September. It makes a good cut flower. 60-90cm (2-3ft) high.
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The autumn border can be uplifted by the mass of deep rose-pink flowers produced by this strong growing perennial. Like all Schizostylis it requires a sunny position with rich, moist soil and protection from cold winds. 45cm (18").
With large, clear, salmon-pink flowers, this is probably one of the best of the Kaffir Lilies. Site them where the afternoon sun can shine through the flowers making them appear to glow. 45cm (18").
An unusual form of our native Bull Rush, its green leaves vertically striped with irregular patches of white. Can be grown either in a damp, fertile soil or it can be planted in a pond with its roots placed up to 30cm (12") beneath the surface. 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft). (The name Bull Rush is often misapplied to Reed mace - Typha - the big reed with the familiar velvety-brown pokers).
A member of the Solanum (Nightshade) family from Central Ukraine & Lithuania, that during spring produces 2.5cm (1") bell-like flowers of yellow-green. Requiring a semi shaded position with good to moist soil, it is perennial in habit, dying back after flowering allowing summer bloomers to take over the display. 60cm (2ft).
A member of the Solanum (Nightshade) family from Central Ukraine & Lithuania, that during spring produces 2.5cm (1") bell-like flowers of an intense purple colour on the outside and a pleasing yellow-green inside. Requiring a semi shaded position with good to moist soil, it is perennial in habit, dying back after flowering allowing summer bloomers to take over the display. 60cm (2ft).
A vigorous, sun loving creeping perennial displaying sprays of bright blue tubular flowers from early June into late July. Good at the front of a border or on the edge of a raised bed. 15-20cm (6-8").
Suitable for rockery, scree or alpine trough in full sun. Silver-grey foliage with a white bloom and yellow flower heads.
Sun loving plant for any well drained situation. Dark evergreen foliage and deep red flower heads in mid summer. 10-15cm (4-6") high.
Grown for its succulent foliage - turning darker as the season advances. During summer it produces masses of pink flower buds which open a contrasting white. In winter the sight of frost adorning the faded flower heads is an added attraction. Give this plant full sun to bring out the best of the coloured foliage. 45cm (18").
Forms lovely hummocks of glaucous purple-grey foliage to 20cm (8") in height. Dusky wine-red flowers. Neat habit. Good for rockery or raised bed and looks particularly stunning with slate.
Loose flower stems full of delicate nodding, spurless, mauve-pink to purple flowers are produced during late spring. A Chinese woodlander, but tolerant of sun or partial shade, in well-drained soil. 15-30cm (6-12").
A really useful plant for the rock garden or front of a sunny border. Growing up to 30cm (10") in height and bearing thistle-like purple flower heads in autumn.
Flowers are an unusual combination of 'biscuity' shades! 25cm (10") high.
A fantastic form of Golden Rod, reaching 1.5-2.1m (5-7ft) in height. It has a strong, clump forming habit and the foliage is attractive and self-supporting. Dense sprays of bright golden-yellow flowers in late summer and autumn. Excellent for cutting.
Clump-forming perennial 60-75cm (24-30") high, with dense heads of long-lasting lemon-yellow flowers in late summer.
A grass with densely tufted evergreen foliage, producing magnificent shimmering panicles of silver to purplish green spikelets which turn a rich autumnal gold when ripe, giving the illusion of giant oats. 1.8m (6ft).
A first rate grass. A few years ago we said that if we only grew one grass this would be it, and we are still of the same opinion. A deciduous species sending up bright green narrow leaves in spring and forming dense tufts, in July these are accompanied by silky flowers starting silvery-green and aging to a rich buff. In the slightest of air movements the whole plant sparkles, not to mention the beautiful form when highlighted by winter frost. Thrives with good drainage and a sunny site. 45cm (18")
Forms large robust clumps of foliage which is bright yellow in spring and early summer. Blue flowers. 45cm (18").
A little woodlander, growing in moist areas of Western North America, over wintering as a clump of rounded hairy heart-shaped leaves, dark green in colour and reaching 5cm (2") across. To herald spring it sends up dense racemes of bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers, surrounded by sharply serrated bracts. 15cm (6").