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Carol’s 10 long-season stars

Thalictrum delavayi

Clouds of tiny summer flowers on wiry stems make meadow rue an irresistible perennial. The seedheads that follow are heavier, so they bend the stems even more elegantly. In spring, fresh foliage forms dainty mounds. Thalictrums need rich soil to give their best. Height x Spread 1m x 50cm

Astelia chathamica

This evergreen is1.2m x 1.7m

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