The secret of a successful garden - in this case the Husqvarna Garden from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 - is marrying structure with flower power.
Here, the designer Charlie Albone brilliantly contrasts regimented blocks of clipped hornbeam and streamlined low box hedge with a thrillingly flowery underplanting. All the plants we’ve highlighted are fully hardy and, given the right conditions, will grow away happily in ordinary gardens.
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1. Allium ‘Purple sensation’
One of the finest alliums with strong, tidy globe heads. Weave through borders.
Likes well drained soil and sun.
Height 24-32 ins/60-80cm
2. Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’
Blackbird has dark purplish foliage (not so visible here) under the lime green flowers.
Likes well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Flowers May to June
3. Anchusa azurea
The large blue alkanet is loved by bees and a great garden filler. No need to stake.
Does not like wet soil
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4. Lupinus Masterpiece
A glorious new lupin with orange flecked purple flowers. Likes full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.
5. Salvia nemorosa Caradonna
If you were to pick one salvia choose Caradonna for its distinctive dark stems and dramatic purple flowers.
Likes full sun and moist but well-drained light soil.
Flowers June to Oct
6. Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’
This lovely biennial loosestrife has silvery leaves and attracts butterflies.
Likes moist well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
Flowers May to Sept
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