Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August, September
- Wildlife Friendly
An ornamental thistle with burgundy red thistles on elegant upright stems above spiny green foliage. Prefers a sunny spot in well drained soil. Good for borders, damp meadows and wildlife gardens.
Festuca glauca Elijah Blue (Fescue)
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August
Clumps of spikey, intense icey-blue foliage and brownish flowerheads. June to August. Ht.35cm.(1ft.). Grow in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Good for edging and gravel gardens.
Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
Rosettes of glaucous green, hairy, toothed leaves. Tall stems carry single, fragile, sky-blue flowers with golden stamens. May. Ht.75cm.(2.5ft.). Grow in sun or part shade and humus-rich, moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Good for woodland plantings.
Meconopsis Lingholm (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
- Usually Flowers : June, July
Broadly lance-shaped, dark green leaves. New ones and stems have rusty-brown hairs. Beautiful, rich blue flowers from June to July. Ht.100cm.(3ft.). Fertile form producing long, narrow seed pods. Grow in part shade and moist, fertile soil. More perennial and tolerant of slightly drier conditions than others. Good for damp, shady, corners.