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Cala­m­a­grostis ‘Karl Fo­er­ster’

This clump-form­ing de­cid­u­ous grass will romp away in spring. Flow­er­ing pan­i­cles ap­pear in sum­mer. Great back­drop for other plants. H: 1-1.5m (3 ¼-5ft), S: ½-1m (1¾-3 ¼ft).

Deschamp­sia ce­spi­tosa

An ar­chi­tec­tural grass – with fine, fluffy, airy, dark green leaves – which pro­duces masses of spiky flow­ers through sum­mer and au­tumn. H: 1-1.5m (3 ¼-5ft), S: ½-1m (1¾-3 ¼ft).

Salix alba vitel­lina ‘Britzen­sis’

This tree brings a sharp shot of win­ter colour. It can be con­tained to around 3m (10ft) tall, if it’s pol­larded ev­ery year. Sim­ple leaves and tiny catkins in spring.

Iris sibir­ica ‘Flight of But­ter­flies’

Pro­lific pur­ple and white flow­ers from early June die back to at­trac­tive seed heads. Likes moist soil in a sunny site. H/S: ½-1m (1¾-3 ¼ft).

Lythrum sali­caria

These herba­ceous peren­ni­als are mag­nets for but­ter­flies and bees. They’ll live hap­pily in wa­ter or in moist soil on land. Team with grasses. H: 1-1.5m (3 ¼-5ft), S: ½-1m (1¾-3 ¼ft).

Aster ‘Lit­tle Car­low’

Among the pret­ti­est of the au­tumn flow­er­ing asters with masses of in­tense lilac, daisy-like flow­ers. Cut back in late au­tumn. H: ½-1m (1¾-3 ¼ft), S: 1-1.5m (3 ¼-5ft).

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