Sedum, Salvias, Origanum, Erigeron, and Stipa gigantea

Soft prarie planting: Sedum, Salvias, Origanum, Erigeron and Stipa gigantea and provides year round structure, texture and colour. Photos courtesy of Sarah Price and Rachel Warne.

Sarah Price Landscapes - Garsington, Oxfordshire: Allium spaerocephalon, Stipa tenuissima, Salvia, Sedum, (Phlox?)

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Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden. This is a very English garden, despite the generally desert-like conditions. Yes, there are grasses and euphorbia but also: the dark sedum 'Ruby Glow', Nepeta, common chive, and Lamb's Ears. - (Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' is £6.99 from Larch Cottage Nurseries).  Ordinary plants put together by an artist.

Required Reading: Beth Chatto's 5 Favorite Flowers for a Gravel Garden

Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’, dark sedum ‘Ruby Glow’, nepeta, common chive, and Lamb’s Ears. Ordinary plants put together by an artist.

Eryngium × zabelii 'Jos Eijking' (PBR) - This delightful sea holly has long lasting, flowers that arrive in mid- to late summer, turning bright metallic-blue as they age and usually lasting well into the autumn. They have a strong architectural shape, so are best in uncrowded borders where they can really stand out on their own. Honey bees love their flowers so they are a perfect for adding to a sunny, wildlife-friendly garden.

Sea holly Eryngium × zabelii 'Jos Eijking (PBR)' Position: full sun Soil: moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: August to October Flower colour: steely blue Other features: superb foliage Hardiness: fully hardy

Part of the Beth Chatto Gravel Garden - this woman is absolutely inspirational when it comes to designing around using the right plants for the right place - & vice versa.

Part of the Beth Chatto Gravel Garden - this woman is absolutely inspirational when it comes to designing around using the right plants for the right place - & vice versa. My gardening idol for over 20 years.

Eryngium bourgatii 0.45m. Full sun. Fully hardy. Flowers June to August. £9 fom Crocus within 2 - 3 days.

Eryngium bourgatii Position: full sun Soil: dry, well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil Rate of growth: average Height: 45 cm Flowering period: July and August Hardiness: fully hardy

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