This is also prosaically called Granny's bonnets, due to the shape of its purple nodding flowers. This is the beautiful wild species that sometimes thrives in our hedgerows, and not an 'improved' modern cultivar. It prefers semi shade but will grow in sun.

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This make an excellent ground cover plant with shiny leaves, and dainty white flowers, and produces delicious tiny fruit best eaten with lashings of cream, or set in delicately flavoured jelly. Ideal for the hedge bank, it grows and can spread in semi shade or full sun.

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Known as snake's flower in Welsh for no clear reason, this has a long flowering season from spring through to summer, and makes a stunning sight when growing with Bluebells and Greater Stitchwort. It flowers freely, with male and female flowers on different plants, in all shades of pink, in wood, hedge bank and meadow, and spreads in most soils.

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These are the big midsummer flowering Moon Daisies. To walk through a field of these tall flowers growing with poppies is an unforgettable experience. In some parts of Europe houses were decorated with moon daisies to protect them against lightning.

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With its clear pink flowers borne in profusion from July onwards and its finely divided fresh green leaves, this is one of our prettiest wild flowers and a firm cottage garden favourite for many years. Thriving in full sun and well drained soil it is a magnet for bees.

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The equally attractive white flowered form of Musk mallow.

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A member of the mint family this has rich red-purple heads of flowers from June through to early autumn, and brightens hedgerows and woodland edges all over England and Wales. Betony was much praised by ancient and medieval herbalists. The Emperor Augustus physician used it as a certain cure for 47 illnesses. Our age is somewhat more sceptical, but Geoffrey Grigson does claim it makes a good imitation Chinese green tea.

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With a running rootstock which makes it more suitable as a meadow ingredient than in a border, this charmingly named plant, naturalised in Britain for many centuries, produces wonderful burnt-orange daisy flowers in June. Although they prefer damp meadow conditions, they cheerfully grow on the banks next to the chapel in our village, making bright patches of colour.

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The common name of this beautiful native refers to its flowering time at Easter. The rich purple flowers are offset by the silvery ferny foliage which glistens with water droplets after rain as the leaves are also furry. The flowers are followed by the feathery globes of the seed heads. In the wild it is a plant of chalk and limestone grassland, so in the garden it needs a place in the sun, with good drainage.

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An essential meadow plant with its lilac pincushion flowers which are an invaluable nectar source for butterflies in June. The name scabious refers to its early use as a herbal remedy for various skin disorders including the French pox.

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