Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'

culver's root

2 litre pot £7.99 Buy
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A sea of lavender-blue tapers with tiny flowers, each with a warm-red eye, to pick up the late-summer pinks and blues in herbaceous borders

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: bluey-mauve
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Self-supporting spires of bluey-mauve flowers from July to August above whorls of deep green leaves. The delicate, tubular flowers add vertical interest to the back of a border and associate well with prairie style planting. Best grown in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

  • 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.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

fountain grass

A pretty, compact grass for small gardens

£7.99 Buy

Lathyrus latifolius 'Rosa Perle'

everlasting sweet pea (syn. Pink Pearl)

Vigorous climber with magenta flowers

£9.99 Buy

Aconitum 'Spark's Variety'

monkshood

Deep violet hooded flowers on tall stems

£8.99 Buy

Anemone × hybrida 'Königin Charlotte'

Japanese anemone ( syn. Queen Charlotte )

Brings autumn colour to the garden

£8.99 Buy

Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta'

New England Aster

Beautiful deep purple flowers

£7.99 Buy
 

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