Plants for flowerbeds

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. height

Flowering season

Full sun

Crocus

Lots to pick from, 0.15m, Mar-Apr

Mexican fleabane

Erigeron karvinskianus, 0.3m, Jun-Oct

Euphorbia

e.g. Euphorbia epithymoides, 0.4m, Apr-May

Sedum / ice plant
e.g. Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant', 0.45m, Aug-Nov

Russian sage

e.g. Perovskia ‘Little Spire’, 0.6m, Aug-Sept

Hebe

Lots to pick from, big and small e.g. Hebe 'Autumn Glory', 0.6m, Jul-Oct

Hardy geranium / cranesbill

Lots to pick from e.g Geranium ‘Rozanne’, 0.6m, Jun-Oct

Yarrow

e.g. Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet', 0.6m, May-Aug; ‘Moonshine’, 0.6m, Jun-Sept; Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold', 1.2m, Jun-Sept

Verbena

e.g. Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop', 0.6m, Jun-Sept

Allium

e.g. Allium cristophii ‘Star of Persia’, 0.6m, Jun-Jul

Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis, 0.6m, Jul-Sept

 

Lavender

e.g. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’, 0.6m, Jul-Sept

Wallflower

e.g. Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve', 0.75m, Feb-Jul

Dark mullien
Verbascum nigrum, 0.75m, Jun-Sept

Globe thistle

Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue', 0.9m, Aug

Bluebeard

e.g. Caryopteris x clandonensis hint of gold 'Lisaura', 0.9m, Aug-Sept

Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum, 1m, Jul-Aug

Hollyhocks

Alcea rosea (single flower varieties),1.5-2.5m, Jun-Aug

Part sun/part shade

Snowdrops

Galanthus nivalis, 0.1m, Jan-Feb 

Lamium

e.g. Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver', 0.15m, May-Jul

Bugle

Ajuga reptans, 0.15m, Apr-Jun

Primrose
Primula vulgaris, 0.2m, Mar-May

Hellebore

e.g. Helleborus purpurascens, 0.3m, Dec-Mar

Euphorbia

e.g. Euphorbia epithymoides, 0.4m, Apr-May

Sedum / ice plant

e.g. Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant', 0.45m, Aug-Nov

Hebe

Lots to pick from, big and small  e.g. Hebe 'Autumn Glory', 0.6m, Jul-Oct

Ferns

Lots to pick from e.g. Five-fingered maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum) 0.45m; Hart’s tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium) 0.6m

Hardy geranium / cranesbill

Lots to pick from e.g Geranium ‘Rozanne’, 0.6m, Jun-Oct

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea, 0.6-2m, Jun-Jul

Red Campion

Silene dioica, 0.8m, Apr-July

Fairy bellflower

Campanula persicifolia, 0.8m, Jun-Jul

Dusky cranesbill

Geranium phaeum, 0.8m, May-Jun

Japanese anemone

Lots to pick from e.g. Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’, 0.9m, Jul-Sept

Beard tongue

e.g. Penstemon 'Raven', 1m, Jun-Oct

Teasel

Dipsacus fullonum, 1m, Jul-Aug

Shade

Snowdrops
Galanthus nivalis, 0.1m, Jan-Feb 

 

Lamium

e.g. Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver', 0.15m, May-Jul

Bugle

Ajuga reptans, 0.15m, Apr-Jun

Primrose

Primula vulgaris, 0.2m, Mar-May

Sweet woodruff

Galium odoratum, 0.2m, Apr-Jul

 

Ferns

Lots to pick from e.g. Common polypody (Polypodium vulgare) 0.3m; Five-fingered maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum) 0.45m; Hart’s tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium) 0.6m; Soft shield fern (Polystichum setiferum) 1.2m

Elephant's ears

e.g. Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Japanese anemone

Lots to pick from e.g. Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’, 0.9m, Jul-Sept

Red Campion

Silene dioica, 0.8m, Apr-July

Dusky cranesbill

Geranium phaeum, 0.8m, May-Jun

 

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea, 0.6-2m, Jun-Jul