Ernst Pagels, the great German nurseryman who did much breeding work on ornamental grasses, took on Achilleas at the age of 90 with great success. The last time I was in England Pagels’ plants were the stars at the RHS Achillea trials at Wisley.
One of the lowest growing of all the Agapanthus this variety makes evergreen clumps of short upright dark green leaves. During summer quite large heads of white flowers are produced. It will make a fine edging plant as it doesn’t spread much. Foliage clumps 20cm by 40cm.
This fine Dutch raised plant is a hybrid between the Korean Agastache rugosa and the American Agastache foeniculum. Widely used by contemporary garden designers this hybrid has been a revelation in Australian gardens.
It’s a long time since we sold this Anthemis which came to Lambley from Cruden Farm more than 20 years ago. The evergreen mounds of mossy green fernlike leaves, much cut and divided, are smothered in warm soft lemon daisies from mid spring until mid summer.
This plant, a hybrid between Anthemis tinctoria and the grey leaved spring flowered A. cupaniana, combines the good points of each. Flattish mounds of greyish fern like leaves are covered in the loveliest creamy lemon daisies for months on end from mid-spring to autumn.
This, one of the best silver foliage plants, has been a mainstay of our double borders for years. It's planted next to the deep violet flowered Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’. Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ makes a dramatic suckering thicket of large jagged silver leaves.
This vigorous silver foliage plant is an important element in our double borders where we have it planted near Aster x frikartii and Salvia ‘Raspberry Royal’. A tough, sun loving shrub it soon makes a 90cm wide by 60cm tall mound.
‘Ruby Buttons’ is one of a new breed of Easter Daisy bred for the commercial cut flower trade as much as for the garden. 100cm tall stems clothed in glossy green, pointed leaves carry heads of full double ruby purple flowers in autumn.