Cho­sen by plant hunter

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - GARDENING -

Au­tumn is the per­fect time to de­sign a whole new area of your gar­den. With the ma­jor­ity of plants dead or dor­mant, you can eas­ily see the amount of space you have to play with.

With care­ful plan­ning, you don’t have to look at bare patches of soil all au­tumn and win­ter. There are many perennials that hold their form and will pop­u­late your gar­den with year-round in­ter­est.

Seed heads and skele­tal forms are a great way of adding de­tail to a win­ter gar­den, es­pe­cially as the cold weather sprin­kles frost over their sculp­tural sil­hou­ettes.

A con­trast to the com­mon blue-flow­ered va­ri­ety, dra­matic white globe this­tle of­fers bril­liant orbs of starry flow­ers. Its dis­tinc­tive form adds slen­der vol­ume to any sunny, well-drained bor­der; this is the ideal plant to lift the eye and pro­vide ver­ti­cal in­ter­est in a sweep­ing prairie plant­ing scheme. Stems are rigid and rise up­wards from a clump of glau­cous-green leaves. Height and spread4ft x 3ft (1.2m x 90cm).

The stout, up­right stems of Turk­ish sage hold tiers of rounded, pas­tel-yel­low hooded flow­ers over re­flexed, vel­vety, heart-shaped leaves. Once the flow­ers have gone over, the rounded nod­ules re­main on the stem for many months. is also ad­mired for its long May to Sep­tem­ber flow­er­ing pe­riod and its drought tol­er­ance. Award of Gar­den Merit win­ner. Height and spread 3ft 3in x 1ft 8in (1m x 50cm).

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