It's Purple Palace that put Heuchera firmly on map as a useful foliage perennial, soon followed by many other varieties. Purple palace has enduring popular appeal to gardeners as it is so useful as a decorative foliage edge of bed plant, it forms neat mounds. The leaves vary in the depth of colour and how metalic or bronze the leaves look, depends on available light. They will hold the reddness in their leaves in full sun but are more at home in dappled shade. They're more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes.
Often called Giant Scabiosa, as it is so similar to the Pincushion flower adored by butterflies and gardeners alike. Cephalaria will form good clumps of pinnately lobbed basal leaves with tall branched stems that carry the flowers that can be as large as 6cm across. The flowers are a gorgeous soft yellow from early summer through to autumn. Give them full sun or partial shade and any aspect. Not fussy about soil type if it is moist and free draining. Cephalaria will get quite tall, 1m - 1.5m in first year ultimately reaching up to 2.5m so an ideal canditate for the rear of the border.
This tall elegant apricot hued Verbascum makes worthy addition to any border. Verbascums have been transformed by breeders in recent years and Southern Charm captures all the qualities of its best qualities, giving great colour throughout the summer months. The spires grow up tall over a base of dark green crinkly leaves and form basal rosettes. They will form good clumps in a couple of seasons. It also makes a good cut flower for flower arrangers.
Silver Kings is vigorous but can be extremely useful in places where all else fails, spots in full sun all day, on sunny free-draining slopes. The plant will quickly form a clump of fragrant silvery leaves that white on the underside and covered with small hairs that protect them from excessive moisture loss due to evaporation. Small white insignificant flowers follow in the summer. If it becomes to leggy or starts collapsing under its own weight, simply cut down by 50-70% it will quickly rejuvenate. Perhaps to vigorous except for the largest herbaceous beds, good in pots, raised beds.
Near perfect black, this Iris is very dark and quite beautiful. Stout, reliable, elegant plants that flower in late spring or early summer. Grey-green sword shaped leaves grow in fans from rhizomes that are only part submerged in the ground. Likes a free draining spot with plenty of grit, dislikes wet feet. Happy in containers, they also make a good cut flower. Hardy Perennial.
Height 75cm and 45cm.