Why we chose it: Our favourites
- Delightful combination of flower colours
- Long flowering periods
- Great choice of easy-to-grow, popular plants
- Compact varieties are also perfect for containers
- You’ll get 18 plug plants, three of each of six different plants
Aquilegias, columbines or granny’s bonnets, are must-have hardy perennials for cottage gardens. The Swan series are quick growing and fast flowering, producing large flowers from late spring into summer.
Swan Blue and White has blue outer petals and white inner ones with blue markings at the base.
Swan Red and White is the same, but with deep red colours.
Swan Pink and Yellow bears soft coral-pink outer petals with creamy-white tips that blend beautifully with the pastel yellow inner petals.
Height 55cm (22in), Spread 40cm (16in).
The Marvellous series of salvias, commonly called perennial sage or Balkan clary, are produce upright spikes of colourful flowers from early summer through to early autumn. The flowers are loved by butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.
Salvia Blue Marvel has the largest flowers of any perennial sage and a very long flowering period, re-flowering from early summer to well into autumn. The deep blue flowers have a little white on the lower lip.
Salvia Rose Marvel produces upright spikes of deep rose-pink flowers from early summer through to early autumn, set off by mounds of grey-green foliage.
Height 30cm (12in), Spread 30cm (12in).
Trollius, or globeflowers, are reliable hardy herbaceous perennials that prefer reasonably moist soils.
Trollius Golden Queen bears cheery, buttercup-like, bowl-shaped flowers that are a striking brilliant golden yellow with flame-like narrow central petals. The flowers of this repeat blooming variety are produced from mid spring into summer. The strong stems are great for cutting if you fancy using the flowers in floral arrangements. The flowers are set off by attractive, deeply-toothed mid-green foliage. It is excellent for attracting bees and other pollinators, as it has nectar- and pollen-rich flowers.
Height 90cm (36in), Spread 50cm (20in).