A species from Japan, making an atractive mound of finely cut and serrated grey-green leaves. Above these rise the flowers, delightful curved pink bottle brushes.
Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Little Angel'£6.00Great Burnet
A variegated form of Burnet making low clumps of green and white leaves topped with little pink bottlebrush flowers in summer, a nice colour combination. Moist humusy soil in part shade.
A wild flower from Southern Europe, with small lilac flowers on thin stems over a long period summer, from June to September. A 'see through' plant, similar in habit to S.ochroleuca which has yellow flowers. Well drained soil in sun. Good wit
Senecio doria£6.00Golden Ragwort
Unusual perennial with upright stems topped with bright yellow flowers which attract insects. The hairy glaucous grey leaves reach over a foot long. Drought tolerant. Related to the common ragwort so to be safe, keep away from horses.
Masses of lovely mauve daisies, to 2 cm across, on long stems in summer. For sun and well drained soil. Good for a rockery. Short lived but will seed around. Hardy in mild areas.
Solidago x luteus 'Lemore'£6.00
A hybrid between Solidago canadensis and Aster ptarmicoides, a refreshing change from the weedier species of Solidago. Growing to around 75 cm (2˝ feet), and with pale yellow, larger flower, this is a good border perennial.
Solidago flexicaulis 'Variegata'£6.00Zig-Zag Goldenrod
An unusual cultivar which makes an ideal plant for sun to part shade. The brightly variegated foliage on zig zag stems is topped by sprays of small yellow flowers in late summer.
Solidago uliginosa£6.00Golden Rod
Tall species of Golden Rod with upright spikes of yellow flowers from June-September.
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Snowsprite'£6.00
Early flowering compact form with masses of double white flowers in late summer to autumn, ideal for the front of a sunny border in well-drained soil.
This graceful species has tall, purple-tinted stems topped by widely branched airy panicles of tiny pale lilac flowers with prominent yellow stamens from July to September.
Thalictrum sphaerostachyum£6.00Chinese Meadow Rue
An imposing plant, producing pale yellow fluffy flower panicles on strong stems above a mass of grey-green foliage.
Tolmiea menziesii 'Taffs Gold'£5.00Pick a Back Plant
Woodland plant related to the Heuchera with hairy leaves which sometimes carry baby plants.
Vernonia arkansana 'Mammuth'£5.00
A tall North American perennial in the Aster family, which makes a great partner for tall grasses in a prairie-style planting. Heads of tightly packed purple flowers in September to October, loved by bees and butterflies.
Veronica longifolia 'Schneeriesin'£6.00Speedwell
('Snow Giant'.) Growing to around 60 to 80 cm, not sure where the reference to Giant fits in. Nonetheless this is a good plant for growing in wet heavy soil, along with Lythrum, Filipendula etc.
Veronica austriaca ssp. teucrium 'Royal Blue'£6.00Saw leaved Speedwell
A compact, spreading perennial with deep blue flowers from June-August. Ideal for edging the front of the border. For moist, well drained soil in full sun or part shade.
A vigourous spreader, intermediate between V. minor and V. major. Glossy evergreen leaves and masses of pale lavender flowers over a long period through the winter and spring. Ideal for covering large shady areas and banks.
Waldsteinia ternata 'Mozaic'£5.00Barren Strawberry
A rare variegated cultivar, with leaves mottled and streaked with yellow. In spring single yellow flowers are dotted among the leaves.
Watsonia borbonica 'Peach Glow'£6.00
A South African cormous plant, loving well-drained soil in full sun. Tall flower spikes to 1.5 m. carry peachy-orange flowers in late summer - makes an impressive display. In cold gardens can be grown in a heavy pot & well-drained gritty John Innes mix.