1 – Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’
A fantastic perennial with colourful and abundant Blue daisy like flowers. Perfect as part of a perennial border and flowers right through Summer & Autumn. It’s very hardy and grows in most soil types, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with it. Juts make sure it has plenty of sunlight.
2 – Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a bit of a superstar. Shortlisted for Chelsea plant of the centenary for 1993 – 2002 it’s certainly proven it’s worth. Producing seemingly never ending displays of Violet Blue flowers throughout Summer & Autumn. It’s incredibly easy to look after as well, growing in almost anything you can throw at it.
3 – Nandina domestica
Otherwise known as Heavenly Bamboo Nandina Domestica is a bamboo like, small shrub, with fantastic foliage colour through the seasons. In Autumn it produces a stunning display of Red berries and the foliage will turn from Green to Purple heading into Winter.
4 – Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
I could have chosen from dozens of different species of ornamental grass for this list, though Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ is one of my favourites. Still full of life it throws up its flowers in Autumn and makes a stunning addition at the back of a border. Plant in larger groups for maximum effect.
5 – Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
We all know Japanese Maples provide stunning displays of colour through their leaves. ‘Bloodgood’ is one of the best! Deep Purple leaves in Summer turn to red in Autumn creating a magnificent display. This variety grows to 3-4 metres so make sure you have enough space and it prefers a sheltered spot.
6 – Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Brilliant’ (Sedum)
Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’, or Hylotelephium spectabile as it’s now known, is a clump forming perennial with tonnes of value. Bright pink flowers emerge in Summer and last all the way through until the end of Autumn. These sit on top of wide Grey Green leaves, which in themselves give the plant a lot of character. Low growing, it’s perfect at the front of a border.
7 – Verbena bonariensis
A favourite of mine for the back of a deep border. Growing to two metres high its perfect for adding some height and structure to a planting scheme. It throws out masses of small, Purple flowers in Summer & Autumn. Plant in groups of five or more for maximum effect.