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Achillea "Rose Madder"
Lovely soft red flowers keep their colour as they die. Compact.
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 Achillea Rose Madder
Achillea "Red Velvet"
Large flat heads of rose-red flowers over finely divided leaves.
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Achillea "Fanal"
Heads of strong red flowers, fading as they mature.
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Achillea "Moonshine"
Attractive feathery grey-green foliage. Flat heads of small, light yellow flowers.
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Achillea filipendulina "Gold Plate"
Large, flat heads of golden-yellow flowers.
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Acis autumnalis
Dainty, nodding, bell-shaped white flowers amongst narrow grassy foliage.
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Aconitum napellus subsp. vulgare "Albidum"
Dense spires of creamy white flowers.
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Aconitum x cammarum "Bicolor"
Violet-blue and white flowers.
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Acorus gramineus "Ogon"
Compact, tufted semi-evergreen perennial. Narrow leaves with creamy-yellow margins.
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Actaea simplex "Black Negligee"
Dramatic, black foliage. Creamy-white bottlebrush flowers.
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Actaea simplex "Pink Spike"
Dramatic perennial. Scented bottlebrush-like flowers emerge pale pink and darken with age.
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Agapanthus "Navy Blue"
Large, dark navy blue flowerheads.
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Agastache "Summer Sunset"
Warm orange flowers over a long season.
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Agastache "Blackadder"
Blue-black spikes over aromatic leaves. One of the hardiest agastaches.
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Agastache mexicana "Red Fortune"
Aromatic leaves. Deep purple-pink flowers. Hardy, unlike most agastaches.
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Ajuga reptans "Black Scallop"
Evergreen perennial with glossy dark purple, almost-black leaves. Spikes of blue flowers.
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Albuca shawii
South African bulb. Scented, bell-shaped yellow flowers.
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Alcalthaea "Parkallee"
Similar to hollyhocks but no rust! Lovely semi-double pale flowers with maroon stamens.
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Alchemilla erythropoda
Pretty mini form of alchemilla mollis. Small, yellow-green flowers on reddish stems. Clump-forming.
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Allium albopilosum (syn cristophii)
Large heads of starry, silvery-lilac flowers on stocky stems. Long-lasting and excellent dried. Foliage dies down before flowering.
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Allium hollandicum "Purple Sensation"
Large round heads of deep purple flowers.
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Allium schubertii
Large, spiky, pink-lilac flower heads. Dramatic.
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Allium sphaerocephalon
Oval flowerheads open green, then turn to purple.
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Allium unifolium
Umbels of fairly large, star-shaped rose-pink flowers.
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Alstroemeria "Sweet Laura"
Compact, tuberous perennial with scented golden-yellow flowers, flushed with red.
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Alstroemeria psittacina "Royal Star"
Branched clusters of dark red flowers over leaves with irregular cream edges.
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Amarine tubergenii "Zwanenburg"
Spectacular, trumpet-shaped, dusky pink flowers. Needs short dry dormancy in summer to flower.
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Amaryllis belladonna
Funnel-shaped, fragrant pink flowers on each stem open before leaves appear.
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Anemone blanda (mixed)
Hardy, herbaceous perennial. Delicate blue, pink or white flowers.
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Anemone multifida "Rubra"
Rich rose-coloured, buttercup-like flowers with yellow stamens over ferny foliage.
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Anemone multifida
Creamy flowers followed by attractive, woolly seed heads.
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Anemone x hybrida "Andrea Atkinson"
Single, pure white flowers above dark leaves.
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Anemone x hybrida "Queen Charlotte"
Large rose-pink, semi-double flowers.
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Anisodontea "El Royo"
Sub-shrub from South Africa. Large, pink, hibiscus-shaped flowers with darker centres.
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Anthemis "Tinpenny Sparkle"
Large creamy-white daises over grey-ish foliage. Ideal for cottage gardens or front of border.
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Anthericum liliago
Known as St Bernard's Lily. Clumps of narrow grey-green leaves. Long-lasting, starry white flowers.
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Anthriscus sylvestris "Ravenswing"
Dark foliage and stems. Small, white, lacy flowers Can be short lived but self seeds. Select dark seedlings to grow on.
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Aquilegia vulgaris "Ruby Port"
Fully double, deep maroon, nodding flowers on upright stems.
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Aquilegia vulgaris "William Guiness"
Black and white single flowers.
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Artemesia lactiflora "Jim Russell"
White flowers and attractive foliage on dark, arching stems.
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Artemesia ludoviciana "Valerie Finnis"
Silver, aromatic foliage. Insignificant yellow flowers. Drought-resistant. Easy.
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Arthropodium candidum "Maculatum"
Bulbous perennial from New Zealand. Speckled brown foliage. Tiny white flowers. Good in pots.
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Arthropodium cirratum
New Zealand perennial. Starry, white flowers. Drought-resistant.
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Aruncus "Horatio"
Cream plumes on bronze stems over attractive, divided green-gold foliage.
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Asclepias tuberosa
Unusual flower heads of brilliant orange. Attractive to butterflies and bees.
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Asphodeline lutea
Fragrant, yellow, star-shaped flowers on upright spikes. Evergreen leaves.
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Aster "Little Carlow"
Masses of bright blue daisies in large sprays.
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Aster "Rose Queen"
Rich pink flowers.
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Aster "Vasterival"
Masses of delicate heads of pale lilac-pink daisies on dark stems.
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Aster ageratoides "Asran"
Masses of lavender-blue daisies with yellow eyes Bushy, upright form. Easy and reliable.
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Aster amellus "King George"
Large, violet, daisy flowers.
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Aster divaricatus
Clusters of small white daisies on dark wiry stems. Easy.
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Aster frikartii "Monch"
Sprays of large, long-lasting, lavender-blue flowers with yellow centres. No staking or mildew.
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Aster lateriflorus "Prince"
Masses of tiny white flowers with pink centres on black stems and over dark foliage.
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Aster novae-angliae "Andenken an Alma Potschke"
Cerise pink flowers.
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Aster novae-angliae "Barr's Pink"
Attractive semi-double, bright rose-pink flowers with gold centres. Good for back of border.
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Aster novae-angliae "Purple Dome"
Compact variety. Violet-purple flowers with yellow centres.
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Aster novae-angliae "Roter Stern"
Purple-pink flowers. Low maintenance perennial for back of border.
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Aster novae-angliae "Evensong"
Violet-purple flowers with yellow centres.
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Aster novae-angliae "Rose Williams"
Pink-purple flowers.
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Aster novae-angliae "'Lye End Beauty'"
Strong stems bearing large heads of clear, bright lilac pink flowers over a long period.
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Aster novi-belgii "Beechwood Challenger"
Upright purple-red sprays. Good for cutting.
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Aster novi-belgii "Neron"
Upright aster with pink-red double flowers.
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Aster novi-belgii "Marie Ballard"
Sprays of large, clear lavender-blue, double flowerheads.
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Aster novi-belgii "Winston S Churchill"
Large heads of rich ruby red blooms.
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Aster novi-belgii "Blue Baby"
Dwarf aster with compact habit. Sprays of bright blue flowers.
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Aster pyrenaeus "Lutetia"
Loose mounds on graceful wiry stems smothered in large, pale lilac-blue daisies. Flowers last for weeks in the garden.
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Aster schreberi (see Eurybia schreberi)

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Astilbe "Sprite"
Dwarf variety. Graceful branching sprays of delicate shell-pink flowers.
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Athyrium "Ghost"
Deciduous fern with silvery foliage and distinctive dark maroon mid-ribs. Colour best in spring.
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