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Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime ('Jane') (PBR) -  It may be half the size of its sibling 'Limelight', but this fab new hydrangea still packs pretty good punch. It has strong stems that support the weight of the conical, lime green flowers, which fade to cream and then pink as the season progresses. Grate where space is limited, but you want a hard-working and colourful plant, it can also be grown in large pots if kept well watered.

Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime ('Jane') (PBR) - It may be half the size of its sibling 'Limelight', but this fab new hydrangea still packs pretty good punch. It has strong stems that support the weight of the conical, lime green flowers, which fade to

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' - This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' - This deciduous shrub has oval, mid-green leaves and produces small, creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant, flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves, which turn orang

Tiarella & Brunnera Plant Combination These two will form quick and easy groundcover in partially shaded spots. Equally good for front of border positions, lining a woodland path, or underplanting trees and shrubs.

Tiarella Brunnera Plant Combination These two will form quick and easy groundcover in partially shaded spots. Equally good for front of border positions, lining a woodland path, or underplanting trees and shrubs.

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hebe Carl Teschner ) Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June-August Hardiness: fully hardy

Buy masterwort Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood': Delivery by Crocus

Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' This Masterwort prefers part shade and moist soil that does not dry out. Masterwort blooms continuously throughout the summer and fall, wafting a sweet scent.

Hebe caledonia - purple evergreen foliage and blue summer flowers, small neat mound

FRONT BEDS There are many hebes.Hebe caledonia - purple evergreen foliage and blue summer flowers, small neat mound

Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as c

Mahonia × media 'Winter Sun' prefers shade and delivers bold spikes of bright yellow flowers from Nov to March.  It is a big plant, up to 5m x 4m, if not pruned back.  Best planted with other shrubs in front to hide its 'legs'.

Mahonia × media Winter Sun prefers shade and delivers bold spikes of bright yellow flowers from Nov to March. It is a big plant, up to x if not pruned back. Best planted with other shrubs in front to hide its legs.

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - This small, easy to grow, clump-forming evergreen perennial has strappy, inky purple, grass-like leaves. In summer, small spikes of bell-shaped, pale mauve flowers appear, followed by spherical, dark blue fruit. This unusual plant looks fantastic with other grasses, especially if grouped in tubs or planted into gravel, and it provides a brilliant contrast with silvery plants in sun, or bright green ferns in shade.

A fantastic combination - Black mondo grass with silver foliage Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Erigeron karvinskianus 'Mexican fleabane' Masses of small daisies, emerging white, then turning pink, with yellow centres, give this plant an unusual, two-tone effect. It has a long flowering period, from May to October, and is amazingly versatile, being low-growing, happy in su sun or partial shade and thriving in any well-drained soil. It's also tolerant of coastal conditions. Try it as an edging plant in a mixed border, alongside paths, in a gravel garden or spilling over walls.

Mexican fleabane Erigeron karvinskianus:Position: full sun Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of Growth: average Flowering period: June to October Hardiness: fully hardy

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' arum lily - Unusual, pure white hood-shaped flowers that are up to 10-15cm (4-6in) long are produced from late spring to mid-summer. It makes a striking architectural clump with lovely arrow-shaped, glossy dark green leaves. It looks great grown beside water as a marginal plant and can be left outside in most frost-prone areas if it is given a deep winter mulch.

Buy arum lily Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough': Delivery by Waitrose Garden in association with Crocus

beard tongue Penstemon 'Raven': full sun partial shade - 1m - june to oct - frost hardy £8

We have some of these for the garden as well, what a beautiful colour! Also bought it from Crocus, great service from them. beard tongue Penstemon 'Raven': full sun partial shade - - june to oct - frost hardy