Phlox divaricata 'Blue Perfume'

perennial phlox

Cool shade and moisture at the toes will produce a quaking haze of fragrant lavender flowers, each with a dark magenta eye, opening from slender pointed buds in May

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Flower colour: lilac-blue
  • Other features: hairy, bright green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Fragrant, lilac-blue flowers in May and June and hairy, bright green leaves. An attractive spreading, semi-evergreen plant that is ideal for planting along the edge of the border or by a well-used path where the perfumed blooms can be appreciated. Add lots of leaf-mould or composted pine needles to the soil when planting, since it prefers a humus-rich soil.

  • Garden care: Add lots of leaf-mould or composted pine needles to the soil when planting. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring

Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora

foxglove

Elegant, white flowers on tall stems

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Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'

paeony / peony

Dainty anemone like pink-tinted flowers

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Iris 'White Swirl'

Siberian iris

White flowers with unusual, flared petals. Lovely beside water

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The Chelsea Chop

In the third week of this month you can 'Chelsea chop' your summer-flowering perennials to delay their flowering times. Sedums can be cut back by two thirds to provide lusher foliage, but at the expense of flower.

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