A real gem for late colour in the rockery.Thin grassy leaves with slightly nodding heads of lavender pink flowers in October and November. Prefers well-drained soil.
Peruvian Lily. Upright stems, with green and dark red tubular flowers, for weeks in midsummer. Prefers a fairly sheltered situation, in good soil. The sap can be a skin irritant.
Alyssum spinosum ‘Roseum’ (syn. Ptilotrichon spinosum 'Roseum')
A slightly prickly mound of small silver foliage, covered in masses of tiny pink flowers in summer. Prefers well-drained soil.
Amsonia orientalis (syn. Rhazya orientalis)
Similar looking to an herbaceous Phlox, with ice-blue flowers in midsummer. Forms an attractive clump, does seem to run a bit.
Anacyclus pyrethrum var. depressus ‘Silberkissen’
Feathery grey foliage, with crimson-backed white daisy flowers, for weeks from spring. Prefers well drained soil.
Hairy grey leaves on trailing stems. Pink flowers with a darker eye, for weeks from mid to late summer. Very pretty.
Androsace Studiosorum ‘Salmon’s Variety’ (syn. A. Sarmentosa 'Salmon'S Variety')
A mat of hairy rosettes of leaves with deep pink flowers in early summer. Prefers well drained soil.
Anemanthele Lessoniana (syn. Stipa Arundinacea)
Arching habit of grassy leaves which are a mixture of olive green, rusty brown and orange. Looks wonderful with the sunlight shining through the leaves. Will grow in dry shade but leaves will be more green.
These corms are ideal for growing under deciduous trees; they have sunlight during their flowering period and then the shade from the trees is ideal through the summer when they like to be kept more dry. It must be said though that they are very good-natured plants and will thrive almost anywhere.
Anemone Blanda Blue
Shades of blue flowers from February to April.
Anemone Blanda ‘White Splendour’
White flowers with a pink flush to the back of the petals, from March to May.
Anemone Hupehensis and Hybrida varieties
These are wonderful gently spreading plants for late summer and autumn flowering. They do like their roots in the cool, so are ideal for shady situations – but if their roots are shaded by shrubs or paving, they will grow happily in the sun.
Anemone Hupehensis ‘Praecox’
Single, reddish-pink flowers from late July onwards.
Anemone Hupehensis var. Japonica ‘Pamina’
Rich-pink, double flowers with prominent golden stamens from August onwards.
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘splendens’
Showy pink flowers with darker pink backs to petals, on tall stems.
Anemone X Hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
Single white flowers from August onwards. Brightens up a shady corner.
Anemone X Hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ (syn. A. X Hybridus Wirbelwind)
Semi-double white flowers from August onwards.
Anemone Multifida ‘Major’
Neat clumps of palmate leaves, with upturned cups of creamy-yellow flowers in spring. Often has second flush of flowers later in summer. Forms cotton wool seed heads in midsummer.
Small cheery yellow anemone flowers in spring, gently spreading plant.
Snowdrop Anemone. Like a dwarf version of the white Japanese Anemone, flowering off and on from spring. Quite a vigorous spreader. Harmful if eaten.
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
An attractive Anemone with white flowers, backed with blue banding on outer side of petals, for months from May. Seems to prefer slightly more moisture retentive soil. (PBR)
Antennaria ‘Red Wonder’ (syn. A. Dioica 'Rotes Wunder')
Ground-hugging mat of silver foliage, with pinky-red flowers in late spring.
Anthemis Punctata ssp. Cupaniana
Low hummocks of silver-grey divided foliage covered in white daisy flowers from early April to autumn. It is worth trimming once or twice during the season to stop it getting straggly.
Anthemis Tinctoria ‘E. C. Buxton’
Cut-leaf green foliage, with primrose-yellow daisy flowers throughout summer. Will flower for longer if deadheaded.
Anthemis Tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’
Cream daisy flowers, for weeks in summer. Will flower for longer if dead-headed.
Columbine. Dark blue flowers from late spring to early summer.
Dwarf Columbine. Nodding deep violet flowers in early summer. Gently self-seeds.
Aquilegia vulgaris var. alba
Columbine. White flowers in early summer. Lightens a shady corner. Flowers attractive to bees. Self-seeds true if kept separate from other aquilegias. Sun or shade. Harmful if eaten. 60cm
Arabis Ferdinandi-Coburgi ‘Aureovariegata’
Flat mats of golden variegated foliage sending up stems of delicate white flowers in early spring.
A good hummock of narrow dark green leaves, covered in a mass of white flowers all summer.