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.

Spring flowers - snowdrops and crocuses. Photo: Howard Rice

15 Excellent DIY Backyard Decoration & Outside Redecorating Plans 1 Window for flower boxes

Spring flowers - snowdrops and crocuses. Photo: Howard Rice Spring Please :)

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.

Ideas for the rockery

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Alliums in the flower border -- they look like little pom-poms or like the flower in the lorax.

- Giant Alliums in the flower border. They look like little pom-poms or like the flower in the Lorax.

Hellebores mixed with snowdrops and cyclamen. Use in your shade garden. Jan/March.

Hellebores mixed with snowdrops and cyclamen. Hellebores tips: Common Name: Lenten Rose Hardy Zones: 5 - 9 Planting Tips: Partial shade, and rich, well-drained soil Color options: range of whites, pinks to purples.

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

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SPRING FLOWERS - muscari and purple tulip combindation and forget me nots - wow!

Verbascum with Lupines © Jacky Parker Photography

Spikes and ruffles intermingle, amiably, in the late spring garden. Pink Verbascum, Purple Lupines and Blue Iris.

Loving those trailing bits and bobs

pinner said: When my husband took me to Niagara Falls, I couldn't get over these HUGE hanging flower baskets.

Got: Scabiosa caucasia perfecta is a well-known, reliable, large-flowered blue-mauve form. Scabious are classic British garden plants and are invaluable for their hugely long flowering season, good vase life and the bonus that the bees and butterflies love them.

Scabiosa caucasica 'Perfecta Blue'

Got: Scabiosa caucasia perfecta is a well-known, reliable, large-flowered blue-mauve form. Scabious are classic British garden plants and are invaluable for their hugely long flowering season, good vase life and the bonus that the bees and butterflies lov

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