With elegant long stems and tubular flowers, these South African plants endure harsh conditions. Perfect for pots or sunny borders, they come in various cultivars, from the petite ‘Brilliant Blue’ to the RHS AGM-winning ‘Midnight Star.’
Yarrows are pollinator magnets, flaunting flat-topped umbels in various colors. ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Walter Funcke’ offer a spectrum from pale whites to warm reds, making them a delightful addition to sunny, dry borders.
Resembling lupins, Baptisia australis features blue summer flowers and glaucous green leaves. Recent cultivars like ‘Cherry Jubilee’ and ‘Vanilla Cream’ offer a modern twist to this North American native.
Formerly known as Oenothera, Gaura’s delicate blooms belie its resilience. Thriving through drought, it offers continuous summer flowers in shades from white to pink, a perfect mid-height addition among grasses.
Sporting silvery-grey foliage, Lychnis coronaria thrives in dry, poor soils. Its bright magenta flowers provide summer-long beauty, and ‘Alba’ offers a white alternative to this easy-care, self-seeding perennial.