Native to alpine woods and meadows of Europe, these are useful plants for woodland or cottage gardens. Summer flowers arise from leafy clumps, appearing in dense, tight clusters surrounded by papery bracts that resemble pincushions or, superficially, daisies. Blossoms make attractive, long-lasting cut flowers and can also be dried for winter arrangements. Spread by underground runners. Die back in winter, even in mild climates. Need good drainage.
Reaches to 3 ft. high and 1/2 ft. wide, with inch-wide clusters of blossoms that are white-green or white-pink. ‘Abbey Road’, ‘Claret’, ‘Hadspen Blood’, and ‘Ruby Wedding’ have deep pink to purplish red blooms. ‘Sunningdale Variegated’ has leaves heavily marked in shades of cream. A. m. involucrata ‘Shaggy’, 2 1/2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, has long, soft-looking, silvery bracts with green tips.
Grows to 6–8 in. high and 8 in. wide, with smooth, wavy-edged leaves. Purple, pansylike, slender...
Spikes to 2–3 ft. high, bearing attractive coppery rose blooms above a foot-wide clump of furry ...
Deciduous, from China and Japan. A truly beautiful viburnum. Resembles the species but has lacecap flo...