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.

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.

Sanguisorba 'Tanna' Small, plum-coloured, button-like flowers top wiry, upright stems, and seem to hover above the neat mounds of blue-green, pinnate foliage. This cultivar is more tolerant of drier conditions, so is particularly well-suited to mixed or herbaceous borders.

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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.

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.

Brunnera 'Jack Frost' In early spring, large, mid-green heart-shaped leaves that look as though they have been dusted with silver appear, followed by tall sprays of tiny, bright blue forget-me-not-like flowers. Gorgeous ground cover for the front of a border.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' large, silvery leaves and frothy blue flowers in Spring Needs shade to ensure variegation

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low' Deep violet to lilac-blue summer flowers and aromatic mid-green leaves. This violet-lilac catmint makes excellent, long-flowering, groundcover for a sunny border. Clipped back after the first flush in June, it flowers through to early autumn. Useful as an informal, scented edge for paths as, when trodden on, the foliage releases a pleasant aroma.

Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low' Long flowering period June- Sept deep violet to lilac blue

Stipa arundinacea One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses, this will thrive in sun or shade, and glows shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name, Pheasant’s Tail Grass.

Stipa arundinacea ) Anemanthele lessoniana: Delivery by Crocus

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.

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.

Artemisia 'Powis Castle': Artemisias are prized for their light, almost silver, aromatic foliage rather than for their flowers, which are dull and insignificant. This cultivar has fine, fern-like, aromatic leaves and tiny, yellow-tinged silver flowers in August.

Supress weeds and a tea can be made from its leaves to spray on plants to deter aphids

Libertia grandiflora Reliable and long-lived perennial which provides attractive vertical accents to a planting. Sword like leaves encircle slender wiry stems. Simple pure white flowers open progressively up each stem to culminate in a fine airy show.

Buy libertia (syn Libertia grandiflora ) Libertia chilensis: Delivery by Waitrose Garden in association with Crocus

Holboellia latifolia: glossy evergreen leaves and very fragrant spring flowers. Will thrive in shade.

Holboellia latifolia: glossy evergreen leaves and very fragrant spring flowers. Will thrive in shade.

Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume': Masses of small, ice-blue, fragrant flowers appear in June and July above the hairy, bright green leaves of this spreading, semi-evergreen phlox. Phlox flowers range from white, through mauve to vivid pink.

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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' (cordifolius hybrid) aster : Pretty violet-blue daisies in late summer

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