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Eryngium planum

Commonly known as Sea Holly, this thistle-like perennial produces upright, branching stems of thimble-sized, steel-blue flowers surrounded by spiny bracts. From July to early autumn, these long-lasting blooms provide a valuable source of nectar for butterflies and pollinating insects. Eryngium…  More Info

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Cirsium 'Pink Blush'

Bees and butterflies will adore this cultivated thistle and so will you when the striking fluffy thistle blooms, unusual in white with their intriguing purple tips, appear throughout summer on tall stems above low growing rosettes of spiky-looking foliage. A relaxed, airy habit makes this cirsium a…  More Info

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Echinops ritro

…deeply cut foliage. This favoured perennial has a strong architectural impact and forms a striking contrast with other perennial varieties. Globe Thistle is perfect for wildlife areas as it attracts bees and other pollinating insects. Producing late summer blooms, this variety holds an RHS AGM for…  More Info

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Echinops spaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow'

Strong, dark stems clothed in olive-green spiny, deeply divided leaves hold aloft globular white flowerheads, which are a magnet for pollinators. Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’ continues to have an architectural presence long after the blooms have finished and dried heads make an…  More Info

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Globe Artichoke 'Green Globe Improved' F1 Hybrid

…majestic perennial vegetable makes an attractive addition to any vegetable plot. It is ideal for the flower garden too, attracting bees to its thistle like flowers when left unharvested. Height: 180cm (71). Spread: 75cm (30). Useful Links: How to grow vegetables from seed Reasons to buy your seeds…  More Info

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Eryngium variifolium Miss Marbel

Sea hollies are wonderful for adding architecture amongst the soft peaks and troughs of other border perennials. Basal rosettes of dark green leaves boldly marked with silvery veining give rise to stiff stalks bearing deep blue thistle-like flowers surrounded by long, spiky bracts. Flowering in July…  More Info

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Echinops ritro subsp. ruthenicus

Tight clusters of deep blue flowers form mini-globes on long, strong straight stems of pure silver. The foliage is amazing and quite unique, giving off a silver sheen whatever the weather. Incredibly ornamental in or out of flower. An all round superb species with ideal height. Useful Links: How to…  More Info

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Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

It’s not hard to see why Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ has become such a fashionable perennial. From a clump of slightly spiny basal leaves, rise tall, stiff, leafless stems, crowned with clusters of long-lasting, thistle-like flowers. The abundant flowers are a sophisticated,…  More Info

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