Best of the bunch
This pretty perennial may look delicate, with its wiry stems and dainty pincushion flowers, but it’s a tough, reliable plant that you can divide every couple of years to increase your stock.
Growing to around 60cm, they’re ideal for the middle of a border and will grow in any soil in either sun or partial shade. Most have soft, subtle colours which fit into many colour schemes.
The white variety, A. major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’, looks great planted with brilliant red crocosmias, while Astrantia major ‘Rubra’ produces plumcoloured flowers above deeply lobed dark green leaves and is a good companion for herbaceous geraniums and roses.