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Buy Polemonium caeruleum (Jacobs Ladder) online from Jacksons Nurseries.

Buy Polemonium caeruleum (Jacobs Ladder) online from Jacksons Nurseries.

Lupinus arboreus 'Blue' from T S-S's garden into outer circle

Lupinus arboreus 'Blue' from T S-S's garden into outer circle

Aster x frikartii Mönch (Michaelmas Daisy) Masses of lavender-blue flowers with striking, golden-orange centres clothe the whole plant in a striking display of colour between August and September. This is an easy-to-grow, spreading perennial with a basal rosette of hairy, grey-green leaves. The flowers have extremely narrow, needle-like petals which radiate from the central crown attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.

Buy Aster x frikartii Mönch (Michaelmas Daisy) online from Jacksons Nurseries

Penstemon Alice Hindley

Penstemon Alice Hindley

Rhododendron ‘Drake’s Mountain’ is an alpine rhododendron that sports beautiful vibrant purple flowers in the spring, and is suitable for small places due to its compact size.

Rhododendron ‘Drake’s Mountain’ is an alpine rhododendron that sports beautiful vibrant purple flowers in the spring, and is suitable for small places due to its compact size.

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Top 10 plants for a modern cottage garden

10 best plants for the modern cottage garden - Penstemon - Bell-shaped flowers brighten up any border and bloom in late summer, when other plants start to fade.

Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs' Beard Tongue - litres Full sun / part shade

How to grow eryngiums, or sea holly - Saga

Eryngium variifolium or sea holly suits a seaside spot. Sea holly is a stunning architectural plant with silvery bracts and egg-shaped heads with delicate blue flowers. It is hardy and will grow happily in full sun and poor soil.

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