Achillea sibirica 'Love Parade' is unusual but highly ornamental perennial with unique bright green, leathery foliage composed of narrow, lance-shaped, saw-edged and rather fern-like leaves is quite unlike many others in the genus. It bears from June to September flat-topped flower heads clustered with numerous large and lovely soft pink flowers with pale yellow stamens. One of the best plants for poor dry soils.
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.
Native to the mountainous regions of Mexico, the mountain agave,Agave montana, is a beautiful and architectural plant, forming a huge solitary rosette of densely packed, spined, deep-green leaves with a white powdery patina. In the wild it is exposed to cool moist cloud and more of a temperate climate than other agaves and is therefore better suited to the British climate than some of its less hardy cousins, and has even been known to survive harsh British winters outside, without any protection.
Native to grasslands, chaparral, desert scrub, and oak woodlands in North American states of Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico - typically at elevations from 4,000 to 8,000 feet can be found, Agave parryi, often called Parry's agave or mescal. It is a most gorgeous rosette-forming perennial succulent that is noted for its attractive blue-grey to grey-green evergreen leaves, but is also noted for its infrequent but spectacular flowering spikes.
Althaea cannabina is commonly called palm-leaf marshmallow or hemp-leaved hollyhock. The leaves resemble those of hemp (Cannabis sativa), hence the specific epithet cannabina. A beautiful plant with a succession of deep pink mallow flowers on tall, willowy stems. Plant this mid border or towards the back of your border for flowers that sway gently in the wind from July all the way to October.
Carex flagellifera 'Auburn Cascade' a selection discovered and named on our nurseries. Colour and form are the best attributes for this New Zealand sedge. As a young plant, the bronze-red, fine-textured leaves are very attractive and as it matures, the upright leaves start to arch over to the ground. It is hard to believe that this ornamental grass, Carex flagellifera 'Auburn Cascade' is both hardy, evergreen and can be grown in full sun. When grown in shade, the leaves appear a more reddish-green colour. This sedge will quietly enhance any suitable landscape for many years with minimal care. The high arching clumps are very effective when planted quite close together.
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