1 Pink summer flowers are like fluffy plumes of smoke.
2 It’s a deciduous shrub whose foliage is dramatic red all year but becomes more purple in autumn.
3 Grows to 5m (16ft) – ideal at the back of a border.
4 This particular cultivar sounds a bit regal.
5 Fossils have been found of this plant that date back to the Pliocene era – roughly between two and five million years ago!
1. It's an upright bushy annual growing to H50cm (19in) - approx knee high
2. Common names include blue spiderflower and kiss-me-twice-before-I-rise
3. Blue summer flowers (May-Sept) are followed by decorative swollen seed capsules
4. Cultivars include ‘Miss Jekyll’ and ‘Tudor White’ – a double form with a ruff of white petals
5. Prefers full sun and a light, well-drained soil
1. Commonly known as star of Persia
2. Flowers can measure a whopping 15-20cm (6-8in) in diameter.
3. Perfect for a sunny site in fertile, well-drained soil.
4. Grows from a bulb and flowers in early summer.
5. The faded flower heads take on a parchment colour in late summer.
1. Flowers May, with star-like flowers on elegant stems
2. Member of the Asparagaceae family
3. Good for naturalising in grass or woodlands – it’s a native of damp meadows in north America
4. Thrives in sun or shade in any soil – even clay
5. Grows to H1.3m (4ft) S10cm (4in)
1. Part of the saxifrage family
2. Clump-forming evergreen ground-cover plant with large, upright leathery leaves
3. Sprays of cup-like pink or white flowers are held aloft on reddish stalks in spring.
4. The glossy green leaves can turn red and bronze in autumn in colder areas.
5. Plants prefer a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil.
6. Popular AGM cultivars include ‘Bressingham White’ and ‘Irish Crimson’.
1. Nodding or outward facing flowers
2. Flowers February to April
3. Prefers part shade and humus-rich, neutral-to-alkaline soil
4. Once thought to dispel evil spirits
5. H30cm (12in) S45cm (18in)
1. It flowers in January and February
2. It prefers full sun and a neutral to slightly alkaline soil
3. It's happy growing under deciduous trees and shrubs
4. And... it's named after the wife of plant enthusiast, Eliot Hodgkin
1. It’s a small perennial that flowers in January and February
2. Its tubers grow underground, in damp soil in woodland
3. Its botanical name translates as ‘Spring flower, winter flowering’
4. Its leaves were once thought to resemble poisonous monk’s-hood.