Salvia Endless Love
Salvia verticillata ‘Endless Love’. A particularly good sage, not as rigid as some of the lower earlier flowering varieties. This one has hooded purple flowers on well-spaced tiers up tall stems giving an airy appearance, and very popular with pollinators. Attractive heart-shaped rich green leaves.
Diascia personata. An atypical upright semi-evergreen Diascia from South Africa. In this country we lack the right bees to pollinate it, which is a shame for the bees, but results in the plant flowering endlessly rather than going to seed. A fine plant for sunny sites in mild gardens. This originally came to us via Helen Dillon.
Salvia transsylvanica. Large leaves and endless tall spires of big blue-purple hooded flowers with white ‘landing strips’ on the lowerlip. I always consider ‘coarse’ a compliment to a plant, and this is coarse in the best way. Hearty plant.
Another very different cat mint is Nepeta govaniana with a tall loose upright habit bearing pale yellow flowers all through Summer. The leaves are extremely fragrant. One of those very simple but distinctive plants and Butterflies love them too.
Rudbeckia Little Goldstar
Astrantia Moulin Rouge
Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’ is essentially a miniature Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, the classic slowly creeping yellow daisy which regales late summer borders with weeks of large blooms and great seed heads. ‘Little Goldstar’ does the same but smaller. Very good for pot arrangements.
Astrantias are one of the hardest working plants in the garden with flowers that can last most of the year. ‘Moulin Rouge’ is a particularly good deep red strain with large glossy palmate foliage and attractive open flower heads. We also have a very good selection of our own we simply refer to as Astranita ‘Mount Venus’. This one is taller than average and has large white-green flowers often flushed with pink.
Anemone Elfin Swan
The runaway success of Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ has giving way to asuccession of closely related cultivars with the same white flowersbacked in blue but fulfilling different niches. Anemone ‘Elfin Swan’ is a compact variety with the same early-flowering, well-behaved habit of its siblings and a mass of flowers through late summer.
Kalimeris are the lifeline to any impatient Aster fan, offering masses of small daisy flowers in summer rather than autumn. Kalimeris ‘Madiva’ forms a dome of hundreds of pale pink-violet-white daisies, loves sun, and is drought tolerant once established.
Agastache Blue Boa
Agastache Black Adder
Tall, long-flowering, easy plants for sunny gardens with fabulous aromatic foliage and masses of bee-friendly flowers, Agastaches are extremely rewarding border plants. ‘Blue Boa’ has large heads of rich purple-blue flowers on dusky dark pink heads which are attractive even after the flowers have finished. ‘Black Adder’ has has smaller individual flowers but in a moody dark purple which looks excellent against the glaucous foliage and is a great foil for lighter pinks or dramatic yellows.
Aster pyrenaeus Lutetia
Loose sprays of large metallic lilac flowers on dark stems float amongst more upright plants in the border. Try Aster ‘Lutetia’ with the grass Calamagrostis brachytricha for a spectacular show from late August.
Helenium are that great transitional plant, marking the end of the traditional mid-summer perennials and the beginning of the later-flowering prairie species. Hot colours in reds and oranges with dark centers that look good long after the flowers have finished and merge wonderfully with late season grasses like Miscanthus and Panicum and Asters, Solidago, and Boltonia. Helenium ‘Blutentisch’ is a very good yellow variety growing to around 1 meter.
Eupatorium Baby Joe
Erigeron karvinskianus, the Mexican daisy, is one of those indispensable plants, flowering virtually nonstop and brightening up wherever it finds itself. Place one at the top of a wall, steps, or rockery, and let seedlings find their way into the cracks to produces a wonderful informal mass of flowers, or use them in pots. In mild weather they’ll flower right into winter.
Eupatorium are one of the most dramatic plants for the late season where they can reach 2 meters tall and wide in damp, fertile soil in sun or a bit of shade. For those that don’t have quite that much room to spare, Eupatorium ‘Baby Joe’ is a fine choice with the same large heads of tiny purple-pink flowers but only 150cm tall. An excellent plant for pollinators in late August and September.
Molinia caerulea Edith Dudszus
Molinia caerulea Igel
Purple moor grass, Molinia caerulea, an ornamental grass forming dense clumps of erect habbit from which tall spikes of purple flowers emerge in summer. In autumn the foliage turns bright yellow/orange. There are many excellent cultivars to choose from. We have also a large selection of the taller moor grass Molinia arundinacea with varieties including the elegant ‘Windspiel’, the taller ‘Skyracer’, and ‘Karl Foerster’. Their transparent qualities make them ideal subjects for growing at the front or the middle of a border, filtering views to the plants behind and achieving a feeling of dept and space. For best results, grow Molinias in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Campanula lactiflora Border Blues
Campanulas, commonly known as bellflowers, are classic border perennials with an array of shapes and colours, from blues to purple to white. Tall ones, low creeping ones and delicately arching varieties. Generally very easy to grow. For colour there are many Varities. Campanula Border Blues is a new Variety of C. lactiflora with large, dome shaped clusters of blue flowers on branching stems and a long flowering period. A classic border plant.
Astilbe Purpurkerze. Astilbe are perennials for reliably moist soil in past-shade and produce masses of long-lasting fluffy flower heads from mid-summer. Astilbe ‘Purpurkerze’ (Purple Candles) have an almost artificial, cotton candy appearance quite unlike most shade garden plants. The heads mature to a rather good maroon as the season progresses.
Japanese maples are widely regarded for their spectacular autumn colour. We currently have a large selection and are happy to help you select the perfect variety for your garden.