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.
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.
This stunning sweet pea has clusters of delicate pink flowers from June to September. It was introduced before 1635 and became popular in gardens in the early 1900s, often grown over a floral cage - very fashionable in Victorian England!
Furled clusters of pristine crimson-rose flowers bloom at the top of arching winged stems. This perennial relative of the annual sweet pea is justifiably popular; it will bloom throughout the summer months.
This perennial Sweet Pea has masses of gorgeous pure white flowers. Easy to grow, it requires little care and will quickly cover arbors, trellis or fences with perfect foliage and tresses of flowers all summer. A stunning flower that comes back year after year.
True clear blues are rare in sweet pea flowers. This grandiflora variety is one of the loveliest of the grandiflora sweet peas and the clearest blue available, with clear light blue flowers and a superb fragrance. Flora Norton was originally bred by Morse-Vaughan in 1904.
"Matucana" was first introduced into this country from Sicily in 1699, this delightful heirloom dates back at least three centuries, highly valued for its wonderfully strong, sweet scent as well as its brilliant bicoloured blooms of richest purple and violet .
A highly scented heirloom sweet pea introduced by Henry Eckford in 1903. Deep Crimson with 3 flowers per stem.
Taller and stronger growing that most grandifloras and impressive to behold with its bright scarlet blooms. Strongly scented too.
The deepest purple of all and one of the most popular lavenders is 'Hidcote Blue'. A compact variety, suitable for growing in borders or as dwarf hedging, with dense silver-grey foliage covered in fragrant, dark purple-blue flower spikes in mid-summer.
Lavender stoechas is an old variety, cultivated for more than 400 years, it is a favourite both for its intense fragrance and for the short dense flower spikes. French Lavender blooms from spring to frost and has a good clean scent.