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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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Salvia, Achillea and Perovskia. 'An Uprising of Kindness', Silver medal winner, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010

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Buy stars of the show plant combination Stars of the Show 'Plant Combination': Delivery by

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full sun purple sage Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: lilac-blue Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings, herb teas and herb butter Hardiness: fully hardy next to rosemary and oregano

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Salvia Amistad - 1m tall / good for back border but not sure how they will go with alliums - maybe need something white

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Salvia × jamensis 'Nachtvlinder' - Velvet-like plum-purple petals form hooded flowers over a long period in summer and autumn. Fully hardy in freely draining soils, this bushy shrub will become drought tolerant once established.

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Sedum Blue Pearl ('Sunsparkler') (PBR) - The colour of the fleshy foliage is reason enough to grow this drought-tolerant sun-lover, as it is a dusky shade of purple that intensifies as the summer progresses, providing a beautiful contrast to silvers and pinks. This plant is also valuable though for its long flowering season, producing small clusters of bright pink blooms, which are irrisistable to butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

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Salvia Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo': to 50cm, bees, sun to partial shade, flowers June to September, well drained soil

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Rosa 'Reine des Violettes', Astrantia major 'Claret', and Salvia × sylvestris 'Mainacht' Available from:

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Balkan clary Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'. I like the colour and daintiness. Flowers July to Sept

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Helenium and Salvia Collection

Grow Helenium and Salvia together for stunning purple and deep-orange floral borders.

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One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses, this will thrive in sun or shade, and glows shades of copper, gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name, Pheasant’s Tail Grass. It has a soft, arching habit, so plant it among shrubs for textural contrast, or in a mixed or herbaceous border.

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More Piet Oudolf- purple flowers are Salvia nemerosa, yellow spikes are Phlomis.

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