Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'

culver's root

The ultimate late-summer and autumn vertical accent among daisies,phloxes and grasses with stiff stems of whorled foliage topped by branching white tapers

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Flower colour: white
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Slender spires of white flowers from July to August above whorls of deep green leaves. This elegant perennial has self-supporting flowers making it ideal for adding height to sunny or partially shady border. It looks fabulous when planted with prairie plants or for adding vertical interest to white borders. Best grown in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: Divide plants in spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'

gaura

Long-lasting pink flowers. Copes wth drought

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Echinacea purpurea

coneflower

Long lasting, rosy purple flowers.

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Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

feather reed grass

Upright and architectural

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Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Japanese anemone

Lights up the garden in late summer

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Verbena hastata 'Rosea'

verbena

Lovely dark purple spikes

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Selinum wallichianum

milk parsley

Flower clusters have a tiered appearance

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Cordyline

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