Digitalis purpurea var gloxinioides is an outstanding and unusual strain of Foxglove. Resembling the Gloxinia plant, the open flowers are tubular, each with frilled edges. With tall dense spikes of blooms, they are held horizontally and display the heavily spotted throat markings to better advantage.
Dodecatheon is a member of the primula family and a relative of the Cyclamen. It enjoys sun or partial shade and lend themselves to woodland environments, softening the under story with its delicately perfect blooms. Propagation by seed is surprisingly easy. A reliable bloomer and an easy keeper.
The Chilean glory flower is an exotic-looking climber with dark fern-like foliage and twining tendrils that cling to fences and trellises.This useful climbing plant will quickly cover walls, archways or pergolas. The clusters of small tubular flowers range from bright orange-scarlet and carmine rose to clear golden yellow.
One of my favourites for the back row. The rounded, violet-blue flower heads on silvery, branched, leafy stems are actually much softer than they look. An unusual colour and structure, so a great conversation piece and an excellent dried flower.
Echium pininana is undeniably an eye stopper, a magnificent inflorescence with dense panicles of deep blue flowers borne above branches of dusty linear leaves. The rosettes of large leaves are attractive even as a non-flowering plant and the flower spire can reach over 4m when grown in mild areas.
Originating from Guernsey, Echium pininana alba, also known as Echium 'Snow Tower' is a rare white form of the Tree Echium. A hardy biennial that grows a large rosette of silver-grey leaves in the first year, and a tall white flower spike up to 15ft high in the second year.
In summer Echium plantagineum bears the most beautiful dense spikes of exquisite, violet-blue flowers. Compact and bushy and growing to only 30cm tall, they are rich in nectar and pollen and are ideal for attracting butterflies and bees. RHS AGM.
Eranthis hyemalis are often the first flowers to appear, they beam a golden glow into the garden at a time when the sun rarely breaks through the clouds. Happy in the light grass that is typical under trees, a carpet of them in is a fantastic and spirit-lifting sight.
Producing a profusion of daisy like blooms from May right through till November, the flowers open white but change to deep pink as they mature. Erigeron is easy to grow and an amazingly versatile plant, being low-growing, happy in sun or partial shade and thriving in any well-drained soil.
I love the drama of big spiky plants. The most elaborately formed flowers belong to Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott’s Ghost'. As the summer moves to its later stages, the whole plant reaches its peak in a blaze of silver. The plant will reward you with a glamorous late-summer display.
This is a classic Wallflower mixture, with the super rich colours you'd expect to see in a Persian Carpet (at a fraction of the cost!) purple, gold, orange, rose, cream and apricot. It is not without reason that this bushy variety so impressed the RHS judges.
Erythronium dens-canis is attractive from the moment it pokes up from the soil in early spring. The oval pointed leaves with bronze patterns appear in early spring and are followed shortly by nodding rose pink to purple, elfin-cap flowers that bloom for several weeks.
Erythronium grandiflorum is a rarely offered species. Native to west North America, it is one of the largest of the genus. Blooming in early spring, each flower stem has up to ten golden yellow, nodding, star-shaped flowers with reflexed petals.
With silvery-blue, rounded young leaves that give way to glaucous, sickle-shaped adult foliage and smooth whitish-green bark that is shed annually in late summer. This magnificent Eucalyptus is one of the most popular hardy varieties of eucalyptus.
Introduced in 2010, Eupatorium ‘Ivory Towers’ is relatively new to our gardens yet has already been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit . This architectural plant bears generously clusters of ivory-white blooms which are long-lasting and beloved by butterflies. Given an early sowing, will flower the first year.
Euphorbia mellifera is grown as much for its foliage as its deliciously scented flowers. A magnificent euphorbia with stiff stems strung with whorls of bright green leaves, topped in spring with small, honey-scented, bronze-tinted flowers.
Euphorbia myrsinites is a charming plant, a prostrate-growing evergreen with trailing stems that are clad in spiraling grey-blue leaves. An easy, tough, tidy groundcover and one of the most useful and highly ornamentally plants to grow in the garden.
Euphorbias give us some of the best early spring herbaceous colour, but Euphorbia polychroma has the most impact. This compact variety grows to only 50cm with a great mound of yellow-green flowers in spring and echoes the daffodils.
Collected from Eastern Nepal by Tony Schilling, Euphorbia schillingii, is prized for its unique chartreuse flower heads, textural foliage, and garden structure. The golden-yellow bracts look like stars from a distance and bring a little zing to the garden.
Snake's head fritillaries always excite attention wherever they are seen. None of the other lovely members of the fritillaria genus can match this native wildflower for the bizarre and unmistakable colouring of its bell-shaped flowers.
In the last decade, Gaura ‘The Bride’ has skyrocketed to popularity among gardeners.A graceful, hazy plant with airy spikes of white, star-shaped flowers with long anthers like daddy long-legs, held on slender stems from May to September. RHS AGM
Alpine plants are the jewels of the garden, they are performing treasures with a repertoire of colourful tricks to lure us right into their inches-high world. The gentians, produce flowers of such pure, concentrated colour of deep, true Gentian blue.
Get out the dark glasses – Geranium psilostemon has the most uncompromising colour of screaming magenta! Nothing like as gaudy as you might think and it never overwhelms, the wonderful dark eye in each flower tones down the effect.
This cheerful perennial brightens up a sunny garden border, especially one based on hot colours. The semi-double vivid golden yellow flowers, appear on arching stems above rosettes of scalloped, fresh green leaves.