Cotinus 'Royal Purple' beautiful dark foliage

Cotinus Coggygria 'Royal Purple' bushy large deciduous shrub to with rounded, deep purple leaves becoming redder in autumn. Large feathery, pink inflorescences in summer

Shrubs That Grow Well in Shade

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful Gossip in the Garden Dwarf varieties of shrubs - Shade Gardening

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.

Purple Diamond Loropetalum is ideal as a hedge or an accent in garden beds. Its purple foliage adds color year round, and pink flowers bloom in Spring.

Front of the house: Purple Diamond Loropetalum is ideal as a hedge or an accent in garden beds. Its purple foliage adds color year round, and pink flowers bloom in Spring.

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

The 10 best alpine plants for the rockery. Choose these low-growing and drought-tolerant alpine plants for a rock garden full of flower colour

Rockery plants: Top 10 plants for an alpine rock garden

The 10 best alpine plants for the rockery. Choose these low-growing and drought-tolerant alpine plants for a rock garden full of flower colour - Gardening Ideas

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.

We all like to get free plants. And self-seeders produce new plants for us every year. They are ideal if you want a fuss-free garden, because they require little intervention. Left to bloom and set seed, these prolific varieties will soon fill every available patch in the garden.  Here are my top 10 self-seeding plants. 1 Papaver

Top 10 self-seeding plants for a fuss-free cottage garden

foxglove-flower-spires-self-seeding-cottage-plants Foxglove thrives in shade and flowers every year. - My Cottage Garden

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Clematis Nelly Moser and climbing rose – Christine’s garden in Artland / Lower Saxony

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