Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream' is a large evergreen climber with divided, lobed and toothed glossy dark green leaves which are bronze in winter, and nodding pale cream flowers to 8cm across, in late autumn, winter or early spring. Good silky seedheads. This winter-flowering clematis is perfect for training over a pergola, doorway or arch, in a sunny, sheltered site. blooms from November to March, zone 7-9
Astrantia Superstar (syn 'White Giant') - The large, greenish-white flowerheads look like pincushions surrounded by a spidery ruff of green-tinted, white bracts. These are produced en masse above the lobed, dark green leaves from early summer to autumn adding bobbles of colour to the border. Astrantias have become the 'darlings of the designers' in recent years as they lend themselves to most styles of planting, and mix happily with most plants.