rown for their rounded heads of blue or white flowers these are often extremely eye-catching. The flower heads are composed of many small trumpet-shaped blooms with starry looking petals. The darker markings on these individual blooms is part of their appeal.
Enjoys sun and well drained soil.
This is a low-growing form of the blue blossom bush which has a low spreading habit. It has small rounded leaves and is covered in blue flowers in late spring. The plant can be used to form a low hedge with its dark green leaves, small and glossily-veined creating a dark foliage mound. In flower, the short columnar blooms present a vivid spectacle.
Eventual height and spread 1x2m
Enjoys sun and well-drained soil.
This smaller specimen makes a great centre piece in pots and containers in the garden. Why not mix with some summer bedding plants, planted around the base?
Enjoys full sun to partial shade in moist but well-drained soil.
This is a superb plant in almost any situation. It forms a dome-shaped clump of fine grey-green leaves and then lilac-purple flowers on stalks for several months. The best display occurs in spring but it repeat flowers until you begin to feel sorry for it. It isn't long-lived and does best when conditions aren't too rich. It is happy at the base of walls and even on top of dry ones.
Enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.
Only recently introduced from Taiwan, this handsome evergreen is still a rare find here in the UK. Like its cousin (Fatsia japonica), it produces large palmate leaves, but this one has much finer 'fingers', which gives it a lighter, airier feel. Ideal for jungle-themed borders, or adding structure to shrub borders, it can also be grown in a large patio pot. Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a nursery pot).
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: September to October
Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)
Garden care: Prune lightly in mid to late spring, trimming shoots that spoil the symmetry. Protect plants from cold, drying winds and avoid excessive winter wet. Plants may need protection when temperatures start to dip in colder regions.
Stunning zesty coloured grass ideal for containers and adding contrast to borders.
Enjoys sunny positions and is best planted in moist to well drained soil of any type. The potential height of Festuca Amigold is 0.5m and the potential spread is 0.5m
Delightful fan-shaped clump of light, bright, steely blue. There are slender stems that carry pinky brown flowers in late spring and early summer. These are held somewhat vertically and can be removed if desired. This can be grown in a container or planted as a low growing feature in the garden, best in groups with space, enjoying poor to average soil in a sunny spot.
This is an excellent hedging lavender, forming a compact bush if regularly clipped. The foliage is grey-green and the fragrant flower spikes deep-violet. This was found growing at Major Johnson's garden at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire.
Height and spread 50x50cm
Enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.
A heady vanilla scent and large striking white flowers sets Nemesia Wisley Vanilla in a class of its own. Although this plant looks delicate with its soft rosy tinged edges and lemon yellow centres, Nemesias are surprisingly tough. The foliage stays compact whilst the plants have an upright branching habit and is very free flowering and will provide colour and scent throughout the summer.
Click and collect only.
Rhododendron yakushimanum ' Bluerettia ' blooms from mid-May to early June in a pink colour. The unusual flowers are curled at the edges. It is a flat, round growing, evergreen ornamental shrub that grows up to 1 m high and 1.30 m wide and it is suitable for individual or group plantings.
Flowers: blooms in dark pink tones with light pink to white centre, very weak, reddish marking
Final height: approx. 100 cm
Final width: 130 cm
Flowering period: May to June
Masses of lavender blue flowers from April to November above neat, compact foliage. Attractive to butterflies and makes an excellent cut flower. Hardy and perennial.
Height: 40cm (16") Spread: 30cm (12")
Position: Full or partial sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Thrives on chalky and limy soil.
'Pink Mist' is a herbaceous perennial getting to 40cm tall, forming a mound of ferny foliage and producing pink, pincushion flowers over a long period from early summer into autumn.
Enjoys a position in full sun and moist well-drained soil.