Gunnera is one of the biggest and most spectacular, architectural, herbaceous plants. With gigantic, deeply lobed, deep green leaves, they look best standing as specimen plants or beside a large pond where the reflections reveal the undersides of the leaves
This is another fine, award winning dwarf Sunflower, with deep chocolate-coloured flowers it is a dwarf variety, suitable to the middle rather than back of the border. It is a much-branching plant producing lovely, opulent blooms five inches or so across in a rich chocolate brown.
With bowl shaped, nodding flowers the colour of 'Granny Smith' apples, the Corsican Hellebore is an unmistakable plant. Its stout stems, deep green, leathery leaves and large heads of flowers mark it apart from all other hellebores. Easy to grow in sun or shade.
Christmas Rose, Christmas Hellebore, Black Hellebore
Helleborus niger is smaller and more compact than any of its relatives and is the first in bloom, producing a succession of delicate white flowers throughout winter. It is a welcome sight when the snow thaws to see something so pretty in bloom.
'Blackthorn Strain' is a carefully selected seed strain, with delicate pink flowers backed with pink and green, the stems, petioles and often the anthers are an enchanting ripe berry rose. The saw-toothed foliage is pewter-blue above, burgundy-grey beneath.
'Palace Purple' is a small but striking plant with plush, shiny, rich purple foliage. Although the colour is at its very best in early summer, it is retained all year. In midsummer the plants flower, with short, upright stems of small, creamy white, bell flowers.
Like most first loves, 'Frances Williams' holds a special place in the hearts of many hosta lovers. The large thick quilted leaves are heart-shaped and can easily reach dinner-plate proportions. The flowers which are pale lilac-white follow on tall spires in summer.
The queen of all the large blue hostas, Hosta sieboldiana elegans makes a bold statement in the garden. Introduced in 1905 it is still the standard for steely foliage. The huge, sculptural, blue-green leaves make a dramatic full stop in a pot or the garden.
Hosta ventricosa is a very special species. In Japan it is named 'Murasaki Giboshi' meaning ‘dark-purple flowered Hosta’. Sturdy and dependable, the plant forms a medium sized mound of rich, dark green foliage with deeply veined, heart-shaped leaves.
Iberis sempervirens is an early season favorite. This low bushy plant produces mounds of blinding white flowers in spring to early summer. An all round tough plant suitable for problem areas, use for containers, for pathways and crevices of ornamental walls.
'Heavenly Blue' is one of the loveliest of all climbers. The buds are long and tightly furled, but as the morning sunshine reaches them, they steadily unfold themselves into wide sky-blue trumpet-shaped flowers of deep azure-blue, the colour of a Mediterranean sky.
Iris chrysographes 'Black Gold' is quite simply stunning. A slender, refined and understated iris, with mesmerising velvety midnight -black petals, each veined with golden-yellow highlights at its throat.
Fleur-de-lys, Flag Iris Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
Yellow Flag Iris is a common and widespread native plant in Britain. This good-looking plant is a wetland plant that is especially showy in bloom and has been transplanted into well-watered gardens all over the world.
Lagurus ovatus is probably the most appealing of all the ornamental grasses. The name ‘Hare’s Tail’ perfectly accurately describes the creamy-white flower heads, which are hare's tail-shaped, fur-like and soft to the touch!
This everlasting or perennial sweet pea bears delicate masses of blooms in pinks, soft whites and mauves. Flowering right through the summer, from June to September, it has one of the finest cut flowers available.