Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'

border phlox

9cm pot
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Flower colour: deep crimson-red flowers
  • Other features: fragrant flowers, slender dark green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Upright, dark purple stems are clothed with deep green foliage that emerges in spring with a red flush. This provides a marvellous contrast for the flat-faced, bright cherry-red fragrant flowers, which open from dark buds to form very showy terminal cymes.

  • Garden care: Support with bamboo canes, brushwood or ring stakes before the flowers appear. Cut back and compost the faded flower-stems in late autumn. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's Variety'

milky bellflower

Masses of bell-like lilac flowers

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'

black-eyed susan

Large golden-yellow flowerheads

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Echinacea 'Irresistible' (PBR)


A vibrant new coneflower

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