Dahlia Karma Fuschiana really packs a punch with its beautiful colours that zing in the sunshine. You'll often find single and double blooms on the same plant, this adds to its charm. Is quite tall standing at around 100cm, so place at the rear or middle of herbaceous borders. They will need staking as the blooms are quite heavy for the hollow stems to hold up, use something stout for this and tie in regularly through summer. Loved by the pollinators, Karma Fuschiana will flower from July and on into October. They are quite happy in full sun on a moist, well-drained soil.
Neon is vivid, velvety open-mouthed Salvia. Will flower profusely from May to November, making an eye-catching display in beds or containers. Like other Salvias this has aromatic leaves, it wants a sunny position, is drought tolerant, likes well-drained soil and is attractive to bees and butterflies.
Height 90cm and spread 75cm.
Mystic Spires Blue sends up spires of dark blue-purple flowers all summer long and can make a real impact in borders or in pots on terraces. Dead head spent flowers to gain more as your reward. Plant in full sun for a dazzling display of upright spires on a well branched plant. As with all Salvia, Mystic Spires a banquet for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This is a tender perennial, so to ensure survival for following years take cuttings, they will root easily. In sheltered spots you can try over-wintering them in situ’ with an adequate application of cossetting mulch.
Alchemilla Mollis, often called Lady’s Mantle is from southern Europe and grown worldwide for its attractive foliage. Round leaves with scalloped edges, that take on a magical quality after rain as water sits in droplets and sparkle in the daylight. The water is repelled from the surface of leave due to its dewetting properties making it collect in droplets. This useful plant is great for ground cover, edging paths, tumbling over changes in levels. Once established it is will tolerate dry periods and even heavy clay. Acid-yellow to green flowers appear from late spring.
The tall magnificent spikes of double flowers of Delphiniums have long been prized by gardeners and flower arrangers alike. Pacific Giants come in a range of colours from pale blues, pinks, white and lilac through to the more dramatic deep blues, purples. They add height and structure to herbaceous borders often topping out at 150cm or more and staking is useful. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil. They benefit from a winter mulch. Remove spent spikes to encourage further flowering. Harmful if eaten and can be an irritant to the skin.
Height 150cm and spread 75cm.