Perennials - Spring & Summer Planting

Perennials for Spring & Summer Planting

Here are my all time favourite perennials for spring planting. They are all strong performers which will look good in the garden for months at a stretch.
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    Polemonium 'Northern Lights'

    An invaluable May-colour-gap-filler, which like aquilegias, flowers at just the right time to give oomph to your borders and to fill your vases just when the tulips are over but summer perennials and roses are yet to get going. Like aquilegias, it is happy in sun or dappled shade and gently…

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    Actaea simplex 'Pink Spire'

    Actaea are a new discovery for me, with scented flowers right through the autumn and the handsomest dark foliage that overseed in spring. Happy in shade, and seedpods are good too.

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    Agapanthus 'Navy Blue' (syn. 'Midnight Star')

    Agapanthus 'Navy Blue' is the most popular variety of agapanthus (African Blue Lily), with the deepest-blue bells on blue-black stems – glamorous and dramatic. With their strong stems and beautiful large heads, agapanthus make a structural and graceful addition to any border. I also love…

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    Agastache 'Blue Fortune'

    A statuesque, first year flowering, aromatic perennial which blooms long and hard all summer and autumn and is forever a-buzz with bumble and honey bees. Good for picking too.

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    Alcea rosea 'Nigra'

    Alcea rosea 'Nigra' is a classic single-flowered hollyhock, in deep blackcurrant-purple. When you think of a British cottage garden, you think of hollyhocks, tall, towering stems lining a path or standing either side of a gate. They are wonderful plants that flower all summer long, no countrystyle…

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    Alchemilla mollis

    This acid-green, fluffy-flowered plant is one of the best ever foliage plants for the garden and vase. Cut it back after its first flowering and feed with Comfrey (dilute our pellets to make a solution). It will flower again in late summer.

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    Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

    I love the pale blue of amsonia flowers and their willow-like leaves which turn ochre and yellow in autumn. I've just planted drifts of this in the shady bed of our new Dutch yard where it creates the perfect succession with Helleborus 'Merlin'.

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    Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'

    Anchusas make brilliant late-spring, summer border plants, the flowers are good for cutting and they're edible, ideal for decorating ice cubes or salads. 'Loddon Royalist' is the famously deep rich blue variety which one sees all over the Chelsea Flower Show. I love it.

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    Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

    I love this variety of Japanese anemone with flowers and glamour one size up from the standard single white, with lovely contrasting stamens. This clump forming, healthy, dark-leaved form will grow to 75cm.

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    Angelica archangelica

    Beautiful, architectural flowers and equally good seed pods through spring and summer. Green with contrasting crimson-pink stems.A magnificent garden plant and natural sweetener. Add this to rhubarb to reduce the need for so much sugar. This perennial grows to statuesque proportions and has rounded…

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    Angelica gigas

    Angelica gigas is an impressive and statuesque umbellifer with huge, yet elegant domed, crimson flowers. It is one of my very favourite plants – Angelica gigas looks fantastic and the scented beetroot-coloured flower heads are adored by bees, butterflies and – in the autumn –…

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    Aquilegia 'Munstead White'

    Aquilegia 'Munstead White' has sculptural, tiered flowers of pure greeny-white. Lovely shining out from the light shade where it thrives. The good old Granny's bonnet is a classic cottage garden favourite which flowers through the spring to early summer, with its nodding flowers like an elaborate…

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    Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier'

    This hard to find, compact species columbine or 'Granny's Bonnet', has unusual and delicate chocolate brown flowers in summer. Left alone it will happily self-seed, and it does well in many positions, even shade.

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    Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port'

    A favourite of many garden designers and often seen at Chelsea, this aquilegia produces double, spurless flowers in a rich and luscious claret. It's a very reliable variety which will self-seed, and performs well in dappled shade.

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    Aster x frikartii 'Mönch'

    Aster x frikartii 'Mönch' is a lovely bright lavender-blue flowers around golden hearts – brilliant for the autumn garden and the insects love these, laden with pollen and nectar.No autumn garden is complete without its Michaelmas daisies, simple cottage garden perennials which flower long…

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    Astrantia 'Ruby Giant'

    The perfect addition to a cottage garden, where it will do well in a border, even in shade. It has large, deep red flowers which look like pin cushions and interesting dark green foliage. It will self-seed, so deadhead regularly in the flowering season if you’d rather it didn’t spread.

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    Astrantia major 'Shaggy'

    Like a highly lacy ruff. These will thrive in partial shade.

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    Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum'

    There are few things more elegant than this frosted fern which looks like every frond of every leaf has been painted a soft grey. I particularly love this evergreen in containers for a table centre, all year, in sun or shade.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great'

    A classic plant to mix up with your hellebores, pulmonarias and Solomon Seal in a shady spring bed. This plant has large, heart-shaped leaves with dappled silvery variegation and forget-me-not blue flowers, which if seared in boiling water for 20 seconds make good cut flowers. Also excellent for…

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    Chasmanthium latifolium

    One of the very best perennial grasses, with flowers and seedpods like flattened ears of wheat. I adore this plant repeated through a border, as a perennial container plant and perhaps most of all, as a truly graceful vase - which will dry.

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    Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

    Cirsium rivulare is one of my long-term favourite plants which featured in every Chelsea garden about ten years ago and has since slightly disappeared from centre stage. It shouldn't – handsome, long-flowering, easy, healthy and loved by our pollinating insects – if you don't already…

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    Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

    Lily of the valley growing wild and filling the air with their extraordinary perfume is an extraordinary sight. If you find the right spot for these convallaria, they'll live there happily forever.

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    Corydalis flexuosa 'Blue Dragon'

    This low-growing plant produces flowers so electric blue they seem to glow. It has good scent and performs well in moist or shady conditions. New foliage appears a feathery purple, slowly turning to green. Excellent in a woodland border or to brighten a gloomy area.