READY SOON. A splendidly gothic variey of bugle, with glossy rounded leaves that are deep purple, as close to black as you can pretty much get, and, in spring and into summer, short spikes of deep blue flowers that stand out well against the foliage. Vigorous. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 6 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SOON. A number of new varieties of this popular long-flowering plant have emerged in recent years, and this is one of the best. Compact and vigorous, Sunset Cutie will, right through the summer, keep on producing its large flowers with bronzy red petals shading to creamy yellow at the tips. Like little suns, we suppose. Certainly a vibrant little...
An unusual evergreen low climber which simply refuses to stop producing its clear blue 5-petalled starry flowers. The mid-green leaves are also beautiful, being heart-shaped. Best in a pot, as it is wise to bring it inside in winter. Sunny sheltered spot. Fertile well drained soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre deep pot.
A once seen, never forgotten shrub, and it’s not that often seen. The arching branches are covered in tiny needle-like evergreen leaves and when they are joined, in early summer, by multitudes of lavender mauve tubular flowers, it’s a stunning sight. Full sun. Well drained soil, not clay. To 6 ft. 2 litre pot.
An interesting plant that will form a leafy mound rather like its relative the heuchera. It has panicles of white flowers in spring, but its main attraction is that the palmate lobed leaves gradually suffuse with red over the summer, becoming totally crimson by autumn. Hence the name. Best with some shade. Any reasonable soil. 12 in.
A remarkable oddity, this plant has a basal rosette of greyish leaves and looks, to all intents and purposes, rather like a thistle. But then, in summer, tall stems rise up, bearing large lilac purple flowers which is, to put it mildly, something of a surprise. A nice surprise. Full sun. Well drained soil. 18-24 in. 1 litre pot.
READY SOON. Southernwood or Lad’s Love are the common names of this rather neglected shrub whose airy grey-green foliage has a pungent aromatic scent when crushed. Late summer sees yellowish daisy-like flowers. Semi-evergreen. Sun. Well drained soil. 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. Phlox is a favourite of the classic cottage garden, and Cleopatra will show you why, with its large heads of double star shaped cherry pink flowers over a long season from mid-summer into autumn. With a lovely scent too. Sun or semi-shade. Fertile moist soil. 24 in. 2 litre pot.