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Bushy medium sized shrub, usually evergreen with small pale pink flowers; leaves turn purplish in winter. Good for most soil conditions but best kept away from cold winds.
Good groundcover plant for a dry, sunny position. Red foliage is covered by many bright red burrs in summer. Delightful planted with dwarf spring bulbs.
More compact than the species with green hooded white flowers above glossy dark green leaves.
Large hooded purple and white flowers above deeply cut 'spiny' foliage. Lovely in a shady area with silver or purple leaved Heucheras such as Paris or Chocolate Ruffles.
Bright yellow flower heads and silver foliage. Good with Aconitum napellus.
Pale yellow flower heads that resist fading. Would pair with a mauve Monarda such as Mohawk.
A good contrasting combination of silver foliage and pale yellow flowers. Beautiful grown with blue Agapanthus.
Heads of pale orange on stout stems, lovely with white flowering umbels such as Seseli or Selinum.
Excellent plant with grey/blue foliage, flowers starting red but fading to orange. Create a fiery scheme with red Crocosmias.
Broadly upright in habit, with pale yellow flowers, ideal for a naturalistic planting in semi shade.
Excellent blue spires, ideal in shadier areas. Use behind a planting of Geranium phaeum Album.
Deep violet blue flowers that associate very well with dark yellows. The glossy dark green foliage is as much a reason to grow this plant as the flowers.
Steely blue/grey flowers on branching stems. Associates well with shade tolerant Campanulas like glomerata Superba.
Dark purple/red leaves with scented white flowers. A fine moist shade partner for Kirengeshoma palmata.
Large impressive spikes of white flowers above green foliage will brighten up shady areas.
White flowered deciduous variety noted for its hardiness. Try growing with Geraniums such as Russell Prichard.
Well known hardy Agapanthus in shades of blue. Try in large groups with grasses such as Stipa tenuifolia.
Large heads of very pale lilac grey flowers with grey anthers take on a later pink/purple flush. Particularly suits a pale scheme with Phlox such as Monica Lynden-Bell and Geraniums such as Dreamland.
Aniseed scented, with lilac purple flowers from dark purple buds on dark stems. A lovely partner for Achillea Summerwine
A great mixing plant with scented foliage for the late garden especially in dry soils. A good choice with Penstemons such as Raven or Papal Purple.
The extra large purple leaves of this plant make it perfect evergreen groundcover for large areas.
Chocolate vine. Vigorous semi-evergreen twining climber with dark purple-red vanilla scented flowers in spring.
A smaller more delicate plant than A. mollis. Its grey green leaves and green flowers make it a must for edging in sun or shade.
Lady's Mantle. One of the most popular of all perennials, invaluable as groundcover.
Massive flower heads on short sturdy stems. Would suit a Mediterranean scheme with bearded Irises.
Very tall Allium, with large heads often up to six inches in diameter.
Large intense purple flowers on tall stems. Wonderful with Iris Jane Phillips.
A fine tall form with creamy white heads. Excellent planted in small groups in a border and a good choice for cutting.
Brighter pink/purple flowers than the species. Works well in a dry garden with Helianthemums.
Long stems of small intensely purple drumsticks. Great mixed with Knautia macedonica.
Soft, buttery yellow blooms with a distinct brown marking in the throat make this selection the perfect complement to other flower colours in the garden. It forms a good, compact mound of waxy green foliage and short stemmed flowers.
Vivid mauve flowers with crimson streaks and cream throats. A very hardy variety, excellent cut flower and compact, so ideal for containers.
Palm-leaved marsh mallow. Tall stems of bright lavender pink cup-shaped flowers; late and long flowering. Useful but never unwelcome self seeder.
June Berry. A lovely multi-stemmed shrub ideal for smaller areas, or en masse as a hedge or screen. White flowers coincide with spring bulbs; fruits in autumn turn from red to black as its leaves fade to a golden colour.
Spikes of deep blue flowers on stems of coarse hairy green leaves. In a sunny spot, Aquilegia White Star or Cirsium Atropurpureum would be suitable partners. Usually should not need staking.
Late flowering with single pink blooms. Fine in shade with Kirengeshoma palmata.
Japanese Anemone with semi-double dark pink flowers. Stunning amongst Persicaria amplexicaulis Alba.
Beautiful white flowers with lilac undersides and blue stamens. Ideal for brightening up an area of moist light shade.
Easy to grow as a woodland ground cover. Large fragrant flowers followed by fluffy seed heads. Delightful with Brunnera Jack Frost.
Large white flowers with lilac undersides from spring to autumn. Excellent groundcover for partial shade.
Always exceedingly popular and in demand for its bright white flowers. Particularly good with late grasses like Panicum Heavy Metal.
Semi-double dark pink red flowers with prominent yellow stamens on a usefully shorter variety. Lovely with blue flowers like Perovskia or Agastache.
Lax plant with grey leaves. Tolerates dry sunny sites and coastal exposure.
Masses of pale yellow daisies on strong stems. An ideal choice for sunny, dry soils where Erysimum Bowles Mauve makes a good early pairing.
St. Bernhard's Lily. Terminal spikes of white flowers; tolerates alkaline conditions.
Hanging double pompoms open pale green fading to cream later. Beautiful in a spring garden with early Geraniums and Euphorbias.
Japanese Angelica Tree. Small suckering deciduous tree or large shrub with spiny stems and large green leaves composed of many leaflets that take on bright shades of orange and yellow in autumn. Large heads of frothy white flowers in late summer and autumn are followed by purple black berries.
Much favoured for its aromatic ferny silver foliage. Cut back in late spring to keep tidy. Create a foliage contrast with purple Heucheras.
Low growing groundcover with ferny silver foliage. Ideal for a rock garden, wall or bank. Does best in sandy peaty soil.