The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.

They include glowing Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty', fiery Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia), 2 varieties of cheerful Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' and 'Autumn Accent' (Daylily), the cool blues and purples of Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' (Globe Thistle), Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety' (Milky Bellflower) and Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' (Whorled Sage).

At the back of the border, the towering Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume' (Plume Poppy) creates a lovely background with its coral-pink hazy plumes.

Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. Enjoy!