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Agastache Black Adder
Agastache 'Black Adder' is an upright,clump-forming giant hyssop that grows up to 90cm in height. A long lived and hardy perennial, it is a hybrid resulting from a cross between Agastache rugosum and Agastache foeniculum. It is noted for its long summer until first frost floral display of tubular, 2-lipped, deep smoky violet flowers that bloom in showy bottle-brush terminal spikes. Flowers appearing many-flowered whorls which are densely packed to form the flower spikes,from nearly black buds. The aromatic anise/licorice scented, lance-shaped to ovate leaves are blue green. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and yet this plant defies rabbits, deer, slugs and virtually all sucking pests.
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Anemone x hybrida Andrea AtkinsonAnemone x hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson' is rated one of the top ‘Japanese Anemone’, or ‘Windflower’ varieties. It flowers for up to two months during the later part of summer and into autumn, and is both robust in stature and very hardy, coming through in the last few tough winters without damage. The flowers are pure white with clotted cream centres, mostlysingle but occasionally semi-double in form, and slightly larger than those of the more common Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert'.
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Anemone x hybrida WhirlwindAmong the most beautiful of all ‘Japanese Anemone’ or ‘Windflowers’, Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ lives up to its name with petals that look ruffled, semi-double and quite large. These white flowers fill the late summer and autumn landscape with fresh, much-needed colour, and are superb for cutting. The flowers are daisy-shaped, with several layers of white petals, the petal edges ruffed and surrounding a bright yellow centre tinged with green. The flower stems reach up to 90cm tall. Very long-lasting on sturdy stems, they are a mainstay of the autumn scene.

Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ is a particularly free-flowering variety, thanks to its branching habit. Mature plants will fill in the available space, often spreading wider than the 60-90cm normally expected. Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ is a perennial for cool conditions tolerates even quite wet conditions, and prefers a part shaded position. It is left alone by rabbits and even deer, and attracts the last butterflies of the season to its bright flowers.
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Anthemis tinctoria Mrs E.C BuxtonThis is a lovely free-flowering hardy perennial,with masses of deep primrose daisy-like flowers during the summer and autumn.The flowers are a lovely soft creamy yellow and easily blend in with other colours in a mixed border. Ideally, give it free draining soil in a sunny spot.If it does get untidy just cut it back and feed and water well to trigger another batch of fresh foliage and flowers. Flowers up to 45cm tall.

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Crocosmia Emily McKenzieCrocosmias, commonly called Montbretia, are corms which form dense clumps of upright sword-shaped foliage. In mid-summer this makes a good background for the sprays of bright, usually orange flowers,carried in branched spikes. It is ideal for growing in swathes through the herbaceous border and the flowers are excellent for cutting. In very cold areas, the plants need a sheltered site and the bulbs should be lifted and stored over winter. The compact variety Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’ flowers in late summer, its large, bright, slightly burnt orange flowers having a mahogany throat. The sword like foliage in this variety is olive green. 50cm tall. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Crocosmia Gerbe d’OrThe original Montbretia was bred by the French plant breeder Lemoine who was best known for his Lilac and Peony hybrids. From1880 onwards, Crocosmias or Montbretias as they were then known, filled the gardens of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. From it were bred short, grassy-leaved forms, including the dark-leaved Crocosmia `Solfatare' (now Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora `Solfatare'), which appeared in literature before 1897. This plant thrives in frost-sheltered western areas, but is not truly hardy and needs plenty of moisture. It is not a vigorous garden plant, despite its Award of Garden Merit. Crocosmia ‘Gerbe d’Or’ on the other hand, has very similar attributes, dark olive green foliage and deep apricot flowers, but is a much more enduring and hardy variety in the garden. 60cm tall. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Eucomis bicolor (AGM)Eucomis bicolor is commonly called 'Pineapple Lily' because the flowers resemble a pineapple. This species boasts maroon-speckled stems and green flowers with maroon margins.The flowers occur on thick, solitary stalks bearing bottle-brush-like wands of tightly-clung flowers, which are crowned by tufts of green bracts.As the common name implies, these unusual and magnificent inflorescences are reminiscent of pineapples. Plant them in sheltered sunny beds or against a warm wall to protect them against the worst weather. This species is perhaps the easiest and hardiest to grow, and always attracts attention when its curious and long-lasting flower spikes appear in July and August. It can also be very successfully grown as a handsome container plant for that exotic look on the patio. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein'Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein' is a tender, vigorous, bushy evergreen sub-shrub with upright shoots, pinnately-dissected, pale green leaves and bright yellow daisy flowers on long stalks from early summer to mid-autumn. On free draining soils in our milder areas this beautiful plant may well survive an indeed thrive without intervention, but always best to take a few cuttings just in case. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Gaura lindheimeri Karalee WhiteGaura lindheimeri ‘Karalee White’ is a compact variety that is noted for its small upright habit, free branching, long flowering period and purest white flowers. It is a vase-shaped perennial that grows to 45-60cmtall. Four-petaled white flowers hover in wand-like panicles above the foliage and bloom almost continuously from late spring to autumn, often until the first frost. Flowers open a few at a time, and dance in the wind like butterflies. The narrow lance-shaped leaves are medium green. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Gaura lindheimeri RosyjaneGaura lindheimeri ‘Rosyjane’is the very first bicoloured gaura and one whose unique colouring is captivating gardeners. Each pure white petal has a cerise-pink,picotee edge, creating flowers with a distinctive two-tone effect. Emerging from slender, rich pink buds, their enchanting colouring means they mix very easily with pink, white and purple flowering perennials. It was spotted at Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants down the road in Hampshire and named for Rosy Hardy famous for her Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS shows around the country. At 75cm tall ‘Rosyjane' is taller than many recent varieties, some of which are rather dumpy and characterless, so it retains an appealing airy elegance. Use ether in large containers, or in sunny well drained border where it will come back year after year. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Helenium Indianersommer ( Indian Summer)Helenium 'Indianersommer' ('Indian Summer') is a medium-sized perennial producing striking brick orange red flowers with dark brown centres all through summer. It works very well in a hot-themed border, and is an ideal choice for attracting butterflies and bees into the garden.Plant in full sun, in a moist but preferably well drained soil. Height to 70cm. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Leucanthemum x superbum Aglaia (AGM)Introduced from North America in the early 1900s these familiar white (or pale yellow) Shasta daisies come in a range of heights, as single or double flowers, and with simple or frilly petals. All can be relied on to flower from late June through to September -most will re-bloom happily if cut back after flowering.Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Aglaia’ is a lovely clump forming perennial. Very frilly white daisy-like flowers with yellow centres from early summer to autumn. An excellent cut flower. Plant in any reasonably fertile soil, well-drained in sun or part-shade. Approx. 60cm tall so ideal for front/middle of border. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Leucanthemum x superbum Thomas KillinLeucanthemum x superbum ‘Thomas Killin’ (T.E. Killin) is a Shasta Daisy which features beautiful extra large single ice-white daisy flowers with pale yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The serrated narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. Shasta Daisies were introduced from North America in the early 1900s these familiar white (or pale yellow) perennials come in a range of heights, as single or double flowers, and with simple or frilly petals. All can be relied on to flower from late June through to September - most will re-bloom happily if cut back after flowering. Click the image to find out more or buy online.
Liatris spicata KoboldLiatris spicata grows with stiff, upright stems and produces bottle brush flowers in summer. These open from the top downwards,above a rosette of grassy foliage. Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ is a compact variety with fluffy mauve-purple flowers. Plants prefer a combination of summer moisture and winter dryness, so a well drained soil preferable for the greatest success. 60cm tall.
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Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophyllaLysimachia paridiformis stenophylla is a plant that still thrills and amazes me. It is so unlike any other Lysimachia species, being a shade lover and behaving more like a hellebore than the more familiar spire forming perennials that most of us cultivate in our gardens. My plant came from my good friend Roy Lancaster quite some years ago now, and was collected in the wild in China by Mikanori Ogisu, but is still rare in cultivation.

The unusual Lysimachia paridiformis var stenophylla grows best in moist soil in some shade and associates very well with Hellebores, hardy ferns and other ground dwelling woodland plants. There are a few different collection of this species but this is an amazing form with clusters of yolk-yellow flowers from July to September in dense clusters within parasols of deep green foliage. It is low growing but bushy perennial wider than tall at around 30 x 60cm. It is very hardy and is evergreen, but best treated like Helleborus x hybridus and removing the old leaves and stems once the new growth starts appearing in the spring. Good moist soil some shade and this species will thrive and amaze you also.
Rudbeckia fulgida var deamii (AGM)Rudbeckia fulgida var deamii is granted the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this attractive North American perennial is perfect for the naturalistic prairie-style planting schemes that are becoming popular. More drought-tolerant than most rudbeckias, it produces masses of deep yellow, black eyed, daisy-like flowers from late summer to mid-autumn. A plant much adored by bees. 70cm tall.
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Rudbeckia fulgida var speciosa (AGM)Rudbeckia fulgida var speciosa is from the prairies of the United States. They thrive in sun or partial shade and flower for a long period from late July well into autumn.They tolerate drought but are not really fussy about soil type.Rudbeckia fulgida var speciosa is a holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). This attractive North American perennial is perfect for the naturalistic prairie-style planting schemes that are fast becoming popular. More drought-tolerant than most Rudbeckias, it produces masses of orange-yellow daisy-like flowers from late summer to mid-autumn. 60cm tall.
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Salvia uliginosa (AGM)Salvia uliginosa is a lovely tall plant for the back of a sunny border, flowering in late summer and autumn. The flowers,almost turquoise blue, appear in short spikes at the top of tall, almost leafless stems and appear to hover among other flowers. Each flower-head has only a few blooms open at a time, so the same heads keep flowering for several months by producing a succession of flowers. Bees, bumble bees in particular are always visiting the flowers of this species. Plant in any good garden soil is sun or partial shade. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Lovely scented foliage.
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Selinum wallichianumSelinum wallichianum rises later in the spring than most perennials. But, once it is ready to re-grow, it spreads out its basal leaves to form mats of fine foliage. Each leaf is intricately divided. Strong ribbed stems then start to push up, heavily endowed with more fretted leaves, making tiered layers of lace. The stems branch but the tiered effect is maintained. During late summer, the flower buds emerge, inverted and cradled by the supporting pinky-bronze stems. Each flower head becomes a plateau composed of a number of smaller florets, which in turn are made up of a myriad of tiny flowers. It works well as an isolated specimen or can take its place among other border plants as a team Selinum wallichianum has a reputation for reliability and longevity. Height up to90cm.
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Verbena bonariensis (AGM)Verbena bonariensis, Purpletop Vervain, is a tall and slender-stemmed perennial. It can grow 120 cm tall and can spread to 90 cm wide. At maturity, it will develop a woody base. Fragrant lavender to rose-purple flowers are held in tight clusters located on terminal and axillary stems, blooming from mid-summer until first frost. The stem is square with very long internodes. Leaves are ovate to ovate-lanceolate with a toothed margin and grow up to 10 cm long. This is a perennial flower that adds height and wispiness to both the garden and flower arrangements. It is a tall plant, that has small, delicate, vibrant metallic purple flowers that are held high on 1.5m thin, ridged stems. It adds impact to borders and flower arrangements when used in numbers. It has been used extensively in prairie style planting designs by Tom Stuart-Smith & Piet Oudolf and the flowers are a haven for bees and are as attractive to butterflies as Buddleia. Best planted in groups, rather than relying on single plants for effect.
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