Echinops ritro Veitch's Blue (Globe Thistle)
- Usually Flowers : July, August
- Suitable for cut flowers
Spiny, cobwebby leaves. Large globes of metallic, bright blue flowers. July to August. Ht.80cm.(2.5ft.). Grow in sun or part shade and well-drained, poor soil. Good for mid- to back of border, cutting, drying and bees and butterflies.
Synthyris missurica stellata
- Usually Flowers : March, April, May
Evergreen, rhizomatous perennial forming mounds of rounded, kidney-shaped, deep green leaves. Abundant spikes of bell-shaped, dark violet-blue flowers. March to May. Ht.25cm.(10in.). Grow in part to full shade and moist, well-drained soil. Good for woodland plantings, front of shady borders, rock gardens and peat beds.