Hilary’s 6 of the best

Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
Looks good all year round. It is easy to grow in fertile, well drained soil. Suitable for a container on its own or in a mixed display. Also a useful foil for other plants in a rockery or a small border.

These conjure up images of long, warm summer days with blue skies. They need good weather to look their best and also support for their long stems but they make a tall, elegant backdrop to an herbaceous border.

Hypericum ‘Hidcote’
A lovely evergreen (or in severe winter, semi-evergreen) with large cup-shaped yellow flowers in profusion. It’s easy to grow and flowers in late summer when many other plants look tired and overgrown.

Berberis x ottawensis ‘Superba’
A prickly subject but striking in appearance. In spring, the purple leaves open followed by bright yellow flowers. An added bonus is the the brilliant red autumn colour. This is a reliable, hardy and easy to grow plant and a must for a mixed border.

Amelanchier canadensis
Available in the form of a small tree or as a shrub, this easy to grow, has masses of white flowers in the Spring, will act as a good screen in the Summer and has beautiful red and orange leaf tints.

Ceanothus ‘Concha’
There aren’t many true climbing plants with both colourful flowers and evergreen leaves. This variety of Ceanothus can be classed as a “wall plant” and has long shoots which lend themselves to training on trelliswork. It is an evergreen that produces masses of deep blue flowers in early summer. It may be trained over an archway or against a fence or wall.