READY SOON. A recent introduction with a lot going for it. Divided foliage that starts out coppery red in spring then matures to darkest green and, above that, spectacular triangular plumes of vibrant red flowers in early to mid summer. Nice. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. Not a big plant in terms of stature, but big in the impact it makes in early to mid summer when prolific plumes of flowers, starting out reddish pink then shading to soft candy floss pink, float above divided foliage of deepest woodland green. Cue roll of thunder. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. Why name a plant after a style of coffee? Well, the spectactular feathery plumes of white flowers are the froth on top of the lacy reddish brown foliage which does a pretty good job of impersonating the coffee. See? Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. This North American native answers to the common name of butterfly weed - and lives up to it too, as butterflies and other flying insects are attracted by the clusters of shocking orange flowers that are held on tall upright stems over a long period from summer into autumn. Full sun. Any reasonable soil, including dry ones. 36 in. 2 litre pot.
Another one for the gothic enthusiast, Jordy sports splendidly ragged flowers with spidery petals in a virtually black shade of deepest maroon. Set against the silvery foliage in early and mid summer, the effect is stunning. Cue black cats and broomsticks. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SOON. A romantic varietal name is not the only attraction of this plant, with its elegant willowy stature and branched spires of lilac blue flowers over a long period in mid and late summer. Very nice indeed. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile moist soil. 3 ft. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. The original full-size Patty's Plum has rapidly become a highly popular oriental poppy with its distinctive ruffled flowers in a unique and difficult to describe shade of plummy lilac purple. This is Patty's little sister, getting only to some 20 inches in height, so easy to accommodate in the smaller garden. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable...
READY SOON. Now you can have a hollyhock without the dreaded rust! Or pretty much. This cross between Alcea and Althaea has semi-double rose pink flowers arranged along tall stems from the height of summer until the depths of autumn. Great for that cottage garden feel. Full sun. Any soil. 4 ft. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. A particularly nice example of the fern leaved style of Dicentra, this little beauty has golden chartreuse foliage, particularly so in spring (hence the name!), which provides a fine backdrop for the dangling heart shaped flowers which are deep pink, shading lighter at the lips. Very long flowering. Best with some shade. Moist soil. 12 in. 2...
READY SOON. A really rather splendid specimen, forming a clump of divided palmate leaves and producing a late season display of stiff spikes covered in large hooded deep blue flowers over a long period. Sun or semi-shade. Most soils. 3 ft+ 2 litre pot.
A member of the borage family, hailing from south eastern Europe, this is a rugged and adaptable plant, happy in sun or shade, damp or dry conditions. The vivid blue flowers with curious reflexed, curled petals appear in spring before the leaves really get going. When they do, they are large, coarse and hairy and are good at suppressing weeds. Sun or...
READY SOON. As this plant is known as the pineapple sage, you won't be surprised to learn that the soft grey-green pointed heart-shaped leaves smell strongly of pineapple when rubbed. In late summer, and often well into autumn, long sprays of tubular brilliant red flowers (again, no surprise there) adorn the plant. Sunny sheltered position. Any reasonable...
READY SOON. A proper little charmer from North America, where it is commonly known as shooting star. See the clusters of cyclamen-like purplish pink flowers on upright stems in spring into early summer, and you will understand why. Vibrant and full of early season fun. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SOON. No, not quite what you might expect of a clematis, this is the herbaceous perennial sort, forming a woody-based mound of three-lobed toothed leaves which will be adorned through the summer by clusters of highly fragrant mid to deep blue flowers. Nice or what. Sun or semi-shade. Moist but well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.