Enchinacea Garden Emotions is a new range of Echinacea which encompasses many of the colours that have recently become available for Echinacea. Garden Emotions Bright Orange is a single flowering Echinacea with brightly coloured petals and a protruding cone from its centre making it extremely attractive to and useful to bees, butterflies and the other pollinators. Echinacea will flower from their first year, but given time will establish good clumps. Flowering from June to October and achieving a height of around 60-70cm. Plant them in fertile, well drained soil in full to partial shade.
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.
Thalictrum aquilegifolium is often called Meadow Rue. Delicate clouds of airy, fuzzy, mauve flowers are held over aquilegia like leaves in late spring/early summer. The cloudy, wispy flowers provide a good contrast to more formal specimens. The flowers are followed by seed heads. A marvellous plant for a shady herbaceous bed or woodland settings. It likes rich, fertile, well-drained soil so dig in some muck when planting them. This plant has been awarded the AGM by the RHS.
Height 90cm and spread 45cm.
An unusual and desirable perennial. A Himalayan native, the beautiful glossy, thistle-like leaves give off a citrus scent when you brush against them. Tall whorled clusters of waxy white-pink flowers rise above the foliage in late spring and early summer. Fertilised flowers turn deeper shades to indicate to the bees and other pollinators they have been fertilised. Evergreen in mild winters, dislikes soggy feet in winter months. Plant on fertile, well drained soil that won’t dry out to much in summer. An excellent companion for ornamental grasses and Dierama.
This Agapanthus inapertus has dark blue-black pendulous flowers in high summer. When planted en masse they are highly dramatic, but also work well as a specimen in pots or containers. Dark blue, almost black buds open to reveal violet-purple flowers that mark this deciduous agapanthus. Thick stout stems rise above the green strappy leaves. A. inapertus is slightly hardier than evergreen cultivars. Position in full sun, on well-drained soil. Will tolerate some winter wetness, but position in full sun, on well-drained soil with some grit incorporated into it.