I remember Dahlias of all colours being so popular as I was growing up. Then they seemed to become less popular for a while; however they are enjoying well-deserved renaissance at the moment. Arabian Night has prolific flowers over a sustained period taking the garden through from early summer to late autumn with stunning deep red-burgundy flowers. Easy to grow, ok in all soil types as long as its moist and free-draining. Planting the tubers onto a generous helping of muck or compost will ensure a good performance all summer long, in full sun – partial shade.
Canna Lilies are often grown for the large striking leaves that reliably add height and fill in at the back of a bed. This variety with colourful leaves are less invasive than the common one but are more tender. Black Knight is named after its attention seeking large deep green/red/burgundy/black foliage. Paired with its vibrant, crimson luxuriant blooms. This Canna will lend a tropical atmosphere and drama to hot themed planting schemes with its luscious large leaves. Flowering in July and August, Black Knight is suitable for container planting or out in herbaceous borders.
A show stopping and vibrant red Rudbeckia, with tones of crimson, cherry red and rich, velvety darker towards the centre. . Will give you lots of flowers from the first year that are long lasting all summer long and into the autumn followed by attractive seed heads. Dead heading the first spent blooms will encourage furthers flushes of flowers. Plant in full sun or light shade protect from frost through the winter with a thick layer of mulch. A short lived but very welcome perennial, that will seed itself. Excellent as a cut flower. Height 60cm and spread 45cm.
Lysimachia Beaujolais also known as Loosestrife has a profusion of slender spikes of deep burgundy flowers which come in successions all through the summer months held above the foliage. The dark green leaves are edged with grey, form attractive clumps setting the flowers off. Will attract bees, butterflies and other insects. Happiest in full sun or partial shade will form clumps that should be lefted and divided every few years to avoid congestion and keep them blooming well.