As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

1 Salvia nemorosa from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour.

Alliums are fantastic garden plants - the flowers are dense balls of colour that look amazing

Allium hollandicum, Purple Sensation, allium: Position: full sun Soil: fertile, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June Hardiness: fully hardy Garden care: Avoid excessive mositure from late summer when dormant. - My Wonder Garden

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias  http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/verbena-bonariensis.html

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis annual that reseeds but worth it in the right spot.

Fantastic planting in the Healthy Cities garden - mix of purple, blue, pink and orange with silver-green foliage

The top 10 trends from the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Fantastic planting in the Healthy Cities garden - mix of purple, blue, pink and orange with silver-green foliage

Trachelium caeruleum 'Pallas' frothy, lilac profusion - wonderful!

Everlasting Rosehip Spray

Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 'Darts World. Look at the pretty colour!!!

Honeysuckle "Darts World"- easy to grow HARDY evergreen vine has dark green leaves & very fragrant, red flushed flowers which mature to peach & yellow shades. Blooms June-Sept + climbs up to tall. Sun to part shade.

The native English bluebell flowers in spring time only and covers woodlands with a haze of purpley blue. There is something ethereal and luminescent...

PATHWAYS - The native English bluebell flowers in spring time only and covers woodlands with a haze of purpley blue. There is something ethereal and luminescent.

Herbs planted with roses - I would love to live in a place like this

Alternative to a highly controlled garden treatment - informal Tuscan Garden (Bella Terra Garden Design)

Lovely planting with tall purples, blues and pink/white

A slope with dense planting of colourful purple blue perennials and grasses including salvia nemorosa. Corten steel step risers with gravel Silver-Gilt medal Design: Patrick Collins Sponsor: St George's Hospital and Medical School

Aster 'Little Carlow'.Masses of small, cheerful, violet-blue daisies with bright yellow centres appear from late summer to mid-autumn on soft stems. A pretty aster that has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. It loves some shade and will add a splash of colour to a late summer border.

Aster 'Little Carlow'.Masses of small, cheerful, violet-blue daisies with bright yellow centres appear from late summer to mid-autumn on soft stems. A pretty aster that has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Blauwkussen - Plant Aubrieta 'Cascade Blue' Prachtige kussenvormende bodembedekker die ook bijzonder goed in hanging baskets kan groeien. Een randje langs een pad, trapje of gazon is prachtig. Kan ook prima in de rotstuin. Is wintergroen.

Blauwkussen

Rock Cress - Excellent evergreen ground cover, producing cushions of pretty purple-blue flowers. It can be planted along the edge of a bed or lawn, or in the rockery, but is also very effective in a hanging basket displaying a profusion of colour.

Sangisorba und Allium, lila Blüten, Landschaftsgestaltung, gärtnern

Pettifers, Oxfordshire: Dawn Light on Border Planted With Allium Christophii and Persicaria Affinis Superbum

Liriope muscari - An extremely useful plant, which will tolerate a range of conditions including dry shade and drought. Dark green, blade-like leaves provide year-round interest and in autumn, just as other flowers are beginning to fade, vibrant, long-lasting wands of deep violet flowers rise above the foliage. Lily-turf is perfect for edging small, shady spaces - the broad grass-like foliage contrasts beautifully with large leaved plants, or for planting in groups beneath deciduous shrubs.

Liriope muscari - big blue lily-turf - partial to full shade - August to november flowering - hardy

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