Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' This lovely Cow Parsley is one of the joys of early summer. Over a base of feathery leaves stand branching stems, each holding a flat-topped head of lilac-mauve tiny flowers. Likes sun or part shade in good soil.
Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw': A long flowering season with semi-double, vivid scarlet flowers that appear from June to August among rosettes of puckered, scalloped fresh green leaves. There are a range of yellow geums too.
Corsican hellebore Bowl-shaped, pendant, pale green flowers hang above leathery, prickly-edged, sea-green leaves from January to March. This popular evergreen makes an architectural statement in the middle of a mixed border.