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.
READY SOON. Highly aromatic foliage (think Earl Grey tea) is characteristic of bee balm, as are the interestingly spiky flowers (here in a fetching lavender pink) that will enliven your garden from mid to late summer. Petite Delight is a compact variety that makes a nicely proportioned specimen. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 12 to 18 in. 2...
READY SOON. We like a plant with a good name, and Red Umbrellas is, we think, a good name for this compact variety of meadowsweet. The fingered, maple-like leaves are strongly veined in deep red - so far, so nice - and when the clouds of fluffy candyfloss-pink flowers float above them in midsummer, the effect is simply stunning. Sun or semi-shade. Any...
READY SOON. It's big enough, at up to 36 in, and it's certainly blue enough, with striking electric blue stems sporting clusters of spiky intense blue flowerheads. The silver-veined green leaves are a perfect foil for what is pretty much a perfect plant for those who like their plants with a bit of impact. Full sun. Well drained soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. The emerald bit refers to the foliage of this compact bell flower, which is lovely as described. Just as lovely are the large clusters of sky blue flowers which perch atop sturdy stems throughout the summer months. A beauty. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 18 in. 2 litre pot.
READY SOON. A curiosity that attracts the attention of those who see it, this unusual eupatorium forms a clump of tall wand-like stems clothed in filigree lacy emerald green foliage: elegant yet imposing. There are white flowers in late summer, but these are pretty insignificant. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 4 to 6 feet. 2 litre pot.