This is a great perennial. It has a flower like a cross between a daisy and a Rudbeckia. Its flowers are a kind of dirty orange/gold and it has a large central cone, or nose as I like to think of it. It reaches about 50cm high and looks great next to purples and blues and planted amongst ornamental grasses like Deschampsia. I like to plant it as a companion to Salvia 'Caradonna' and Phlox paniculata 'Velvet'. Yummy! It was flowering right into November in my garden this year - great value. It's no trouble to look after, just cut it down in the autumn and watch it come back the following year.
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
One of the many ornamental Sage's, this is my favourite. It has dark purple flower heads that will repeat from June right through to October. It's lovely upright flowers create a great contrast with daisy types like Helenium, and Echinacea. Its not keen on wet conditions, but otherwise its a cinch to look after and will easily tolerate dry conditions.
Agastache 'Black Adder'
This Hyssop is another must for my herbaceous border. It adds great height to the planting and its bottle brush arrangement of purple flowers last ages. It looks wonderful planted in drifts with Helenium, Echinacea, and I like to plant it near Anemone 'Queen Charlotte' for a really girly contrast. Its as tough as old boots and will come back regularly year after year.
Anemone japonica 'Queen Charlotte'
I absolutely love this plant. I know Japanese anemones are invasive, but I don't care! This one has gorgeous, shell pink, double flowers that add a bit of delicacy to the border. I plant it in clumps or drifts with other white and purple perennials. Its no trouble at all, doesn't mind almost any conditions and will grow in the shade. Perfect.
Phlox paniculata 'Mount Fuji'
I can't do a border without trying to sneak in some Phlox and this white one is a stunner. Not only does it smell great, but it adds a different outline to the border. In a clump it presents a cloud of white scented heads that fill the air with their perfume on a hot summer's day.
I like to use Achillea to introduce a flat plane to a planting scheme. This one is a slightly paler and more delicate yellow that others and suits me well as I'm not a huge fan of yellow. It goes really nicely with Verbena bonariensis, Agastache, Salvia and is a wonderful partner to some of the airy flowered grasses.