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Rosa Munstead Wood ('Ausbernard') (PBR) - Richly coloured, many-petalled, cup-shaped flowers, that have a wonderfully fruity fragrance, form on this bushy shrub rose throughout the summer. The leaves emerge with a reddish-bronze flush before they turn mid-green, creating further interest in spring. An award-winning rose, which shows a good resistance to disease, this is a wonderful specimen for a rose garden or mixed border.

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Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood' This Masterwort prefers part shade and moist soil that does not dry out. Masterwort blooms continuously throughout the summer and fall, wafting a sweet scent. Like Queen Anne’s lace, each masterwort blossom is an umbel of tiny flowers, framed by a collar of papery bracts.

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for shade... Buy lily-of-the-valley Convallaria majalis: Delivery by Crocus.co.uk

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Echinops - globe thistle

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Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

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Viola Teardrops Mixed - Flowering for several months from late winter, the small faces of these pretty violas will bring lots of cheer to your pots, windowboxes and hanging baskets. They are incredibly prolific and will produce masses and masses of their dainty little flowers in a rich, velvety mix of colours. In time they will cascade over the edge of the pots, forming a trail up to 35cm long.

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Buy Astrantia & Dryopteris Plant Combination Astrantia & Dryopteris 'Plant Combination': Delivery by Crocus

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - This new fatsia is primarily grown for its handsome foliage, which looks as though it has been variously been dusted with icing sugar. It makes a wonderful specimen, particularly when planted near white-flowering plants that compliment the leaf variegations. It can also be used to help add light and colour to areas or lightly dappled shade.

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The Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia Reginae) is greatly admired for the exotic flowers, although they also make excellent houseplants.

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Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

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