Actaea racemosa var. cordifolia£1.75Actaea cordifolia comes into its own late in the season, when multiple stiff and stout stems emerge from the base of the plant. It displays impressive long racemes of chalky-white blooms that are composed of numerous, tiny individual star-like, fragrant flowers.
Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group£1.95Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea' is an exceptionally beautiful selection, valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves of purple black. Its dark hue makes a wonderful backdrop for colourful foliage and flowering shade plants. In late summer, long, fluffy spires in pale pinkish-white, rise above the dark foliage.
Geum rivale, the Water avens is a native perennial of slow-draining or wet soils. Flowering prolifically it is particularly useful in damp soils and makes a good show besides ponds. It produces both nectar and pollen and is an excellent plant for attracting pollinators and amphibians to the garden.
Geum rivale Album is the white form of the species. Tall stems bearing nodding bell shaped pale green-white flowers from late spring to midsummer. A modest plant, charming for a cool spot. Its tremendous flowering ability marks this lovely variety out as something special.
Blue Jacob’s Ladder, Greek Valerian
Wildflower of Britain and Ireland£1.30
Jacobs Ladder is an easy perennial to grow and is a very attractive plant for a border with moist but well-drained soil. The plants form a lush mound of deep green, ferny foliage, bearing upright stems with an endless succession of star-shaped blue flowers with contrasting yellow stamens.
White Jacob’s Ladder, Greek Valerian
Wildflower of Britain and Ireland£1.35
The white form of the lovely Jacobs Ladder, named after the slender, fresh green leaflets arranged like the rungs of a ladder. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the bright foliage and white flowers will brighten shady locations. Both the flowers and the attractive ferny foliage are excellent for cutting.
Biting Stonecrop, Wallpepper
Delicate in appearance and yet very cold hardy, Sedum acre is beautiful from the first stirrings of early spring to the twilight of autumn. Hardy and very easy to grow. Started early it will form a nice dense ground cover the very first season. If the weather is favourable it will flower within six months.
Sedum forsterianum 'Oracle' is one of the more unusual textured species, with whorls of silver-green foliage. In late summer bright yellow star shaped flowers appear. This low-growing succulent plant grows to a height of 15 to 20cm, extremely hardy it can cope with temperatures down to minus 34°C.
Syn. Sedum nevii£1.85
‘Silver Frost’ is a charming species, a mat-forming evergreen that will spread up to 45cm wide. In late spring the plants come alive with tiny spikes of white star shaped flowers each with contrasting purple anthers. Suitable for green roofs or alpine gardens, they are a worthy addition to any succulent collection.
Reflexed Stonecrop, Love Links
If you’re looking for a beautiful plant that thrives with virtual neglect, Sedum reflexum just might fit the bill. The small bushes spread over the ground and the foliage resembles mini spruce branches. They are at their loveliest spilling over edges of walls and rocks to create the illusion of a living waterfall.
Sedum selskianum is a hardy, handsome and well-behaved perennial from the Amur River region of Northeast Asia. It produces dense mounds of glossy bright green foliage that form a low lush mound. In late spring and summer, tiny stems bear small starry shaped golden-yellow flowers.
Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' is a stunning little perennial groundcover for hot, sunny locations. The intense dark mahogany foliage that provides a stunning contrast to the almost neon, luminous rosy-red flowers which appear June through August.
Sedum Ruben's Lizard is a low-growing sedum that has tight, rosy-green cushion of needles with reddish tips. Throughout the summer the plant is covered with many tiny, star-shaped white flowers. Drought and heat tolerant or low maintenance, whatever you want to call it, 'Lizard' takes a lot of abuse.
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Stokesia laevis is an easy to grow hardy perennial that produces generous quantities of long lasting flowers. Shaggy cornflower-like electric blue or purplish-blue flowerheads are borne generously in late summer. It is considered by many as one of the most attractive late-flowering perennials.
Devil’s Bit Scabious
Wildflower of Britain and Ireland£1.50
Blue is such a vivid colour in the crystal-clear light peculiar to early autumn. But it's rather a rarity so the airy wands of small blue buttons found on Succisa pratensis are a particular blessing from August to October. This little wildflower is a very versatile plant and worthy of greater appreciation.