24 of Den­nis and Bill’s key plants

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Wild At Heart -

1 Agas­tache ‘Apri­cot Sun­rise’ Drought-tol­er­ant, short-lived peren­nial that needs full sun and well-drained soils. 1m. USDA 6a-9b†. 2 Dig­i­talis x valinii ‘Berry Ca­nary’ Pro­vides a long dis­play of zesty blos­soms on tall stems. Treated here as an an­nual. 1.2m. USDA 9a-10b. 3 Jas­minum of­fic­i­nale Fiona Sun­rise (= ‘Fro­jas’) Of­fers fra­grant, white flow­ers, al­though it is pos­si­bly most use­ful in lend­ing its char­treuse fo­liage to the scene. 6m. AGM*. RHS H5, USDA 7a-11. 4 Vibur­num di­lata­tum ‘Michael Dodge’ Golden berries fol­low white sum­mer flow­ers, adding depth to the au­tumn gar­den and food for birds when fully ripened. 3m. USDA 5a-8b.

5 Per­si­caria am­plex­i­caulis ‘Fire­tail’ Non-stop per­for­mance from June to Oc­to­ber makes this Per­si­caria in­dis­pens­able. 1.2m. RHS H7, USDA 5a-9b. 6 Pen­nise­tum vil­lo­sum A de­cid­u­ous grass with soft plumes of white awns from late sum­mer to au­tumn. Likes full sun in well-drained soils. 60cm. AGM. RHS H3, USDA 5a-9b. 7 Phygelius x rec­tus ‘Moon­raker’ The stolonif­er­ous growth of this South African shrub adds an air of serendip­ity with erect stems clad with soft-yel­low, tubu­lar flow­ers through­out sum­mer and au­tumn. 1.2m. RHS H5, USDA 7a-11. 8 Ni­co­tiana langs­dorf­fii Self-seeds lib­er­ally but eas­ily edited, adding a late-sum­mer and au­tumn dash of green­ish yel­low flow­ers. Needs full sun. 1.5m. AGM. RHS H2, USDA 9a-10b. 9 Salvia splen­dens ‘Van-Hout­tei’ var­ie­gated A ten­der an­nual that adds vi­brancy with both its var­ie­gated fo­liage and scar­let flow­ers. Most in­tense in full sun. 1.2m. AGM. RHS H3, USDA 9a-11. 10 Agas­tache ‘Sum­mer Glow’ Months of colour and fra­grant fo­liage. Grown at Land­craft as an an­nual or short-lived peren­nial. 70cm. RHS H3, USDA 6a-9b. 11 Chrysan­the­mum ‘Sh­effield’ A clas­sic gar­den chrysan­the­mum that is long last­ing and looks sen­sa­tional in late sum­mer and early au­tumn. 90cm. USDA 6a-9b.

12 Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata ‘Gran­di­flora’ A clas­sic se­lec­tion even though there are many newer cul­ti­vars. Full sun or light shade. 4m. RHS H5, USDA 4a-8b. 13 Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ Lib­er­ally self-seeds, with an as­tound­ingly long dis­play of pur­ple flow­ers through­out sum­mer and au­tumn. 1m. USDA 9b-10b. 14 Eus­tachys dis­ti­chophylla Mid-sized grass grown for its pen­du­lous heads of seeds, Needs full sun and well-drained soil. 70cm. 15 Meli­nis nervig­lu­mis ‘Sa­van­nah Ruby’ A grass ad­mired for its pink flow­ers above curled, thin, blue-green fo­liage. 30cm. USDA 8a-11.

16 Euphor­bia chara­cias ‘Glacier Blue’ A su­perb, var­ie­gated se­lec­tion with pow­der-blue, ever­green fo­liage. Needs full sun and well-drained soils. 60cm. USDA 7a-9b. 17 Chlo­ris vir­gata A grace­ful grass grown for its late and flow­ers and seed­heads. 50cm. 18 Lil­ium for­mosanum From Tai­wan, will blos­som in a sin­gle year from seed and will lib­er­ally self-seed through­out the gar­den. 2m. USDA 5a-8b. 19 Salvia ‘Amis­tad’ A tough peren­nial with tall and sturdy stems clad with black-bracted, deep-blue flow­ers for months on end. 1.2m. AGM. RHS H3, USDA 8a-10b. 20 Im­per­ata cylin­drica ‘Rubra’ The Ja­panese blood grass, will snake by stolons through the gar­den but will not, for­tu­nately, self sow. Its translu­cent blades are best used if back­lit. 40cm. RHS H4, USDA 5a-9b. 21 Bouteloua gra­cilis ‘Blonde Am­bi­tion’ A blue grama, with flag-like float­ing seed­heads of bright yel­low/gold fol­low­ing char­treuse flow­ers. 90cm. USDA 4a-9b. 22 Salvia viridis var. co­mata An an­nual clary sage that self-seeds with long-last­ing, bracted flow­ers and fo­liage with a lovely smoky fra­grance. 45cm. 23 Echinacea ‘Me­teor Red’ One of an ar­ray of new, dou­ble echi­naceas. In­dis­pens­able Needs full sun and welldrained soils. 60cm. USDA 3a-8b. 24 Sporobo­lus het­erolepis Won­der­ful late-sum­mer flow­ers and sen­sa­tional seed­heads with a scent of but­tered pop­corn. 1m. USDA 3a-9b.

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