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Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum

Although Cirsium rivulare is related to the garden thistles that we gardeners strive so hard to get rid of, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’is a tall perennial, a statuesque plant that is perfect for the herbaceous border. It produces elegant, long, leafless stems, each topped with a huge magenta-pink thistle head. Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ is a useful plant for the back of the border but can also be planted at the front as an accent plant, because other plants can be viewed through its stems. Plant Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’in any fertile, well-drained, soil in full sun. Height up to 90cm


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Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) (AGM)Cynara cardunculus is an old Victorian favourite, once grown as a vegetable and blanched for use rather like celery, the cardoon is now valued for its bold silvery, spineless but thistle-like foliage, which adds a theatrical touch to the border. In summer, tall flower stems are topped by fat thistle buds which resemble small globe artichokes - the plants are close cousins. Cynara cardunculus buds finally open into large purple thistles which attract lots of bees; the dead flower-heads can be left on the plants and will provide an attractive feature over the winter months. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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Cynara scolmus 'Gros Vert de Laon'Cynara scolymus ‘Gros Vert de Laon’ is a traditional Heirloom French globe artichoke producing the largest hearts of any artichoke. A robust architectural perennial vegetable producing large flower heads which are deep green tinged with purplewith solid hearts. The plants are easy to grow and last many years. Its Silver-green foliage and large flower heads make this an interesting plant when grown in the ornamental garden. The fleshy base of the petals and the meaty heart are the most edible parts. Buds are usually cut when 6-10cm in diameter. Vigorous and prolific plants grow up to a height of 1.8m and will produce from the second year.
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Eryngium pandanifolium Physic PurpleEryngium pandanifolium Physic Purple is a bold architectural perennial. Grass type foliage up to 1.5m long evenly spiky along the edge. Forms a dense grassy fountain from which a flowering spike rises 2.5m high or more...
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Gladiolus papilioGladiolus papilio has narrow, tall, iris-like foliage and tall wiry stems hold soft slate-lilac flowers with a soft yellow-green throat and dark pink to red markings. Gladiolus papilio is an unusual old fashioned and curious plant from southern Africa that has been grown in the UK since 1866, though rarely now offered. It spreads by underground rhizomes and is well placed in the mid to back of the border.
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Helleborus hybridus orientale Burgundy Red StrainHelleborus hybridus orientale 'Burgundy Red' has very pretty, pendulous or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, burgundy red flowers with feint purple speckles within. It flowers from February to April and features leathery, deep green leaves. This attractive variety, which is perfect as a ground cover for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs, is best planted near to where you pass frequently in winter and where they will not be overwhelmed by nearby plantings. Like all hellebores, they prefer a good, neutral to alkaline soil.