Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:51
Thank folks. Sad to say very few of the suggestions float my boat.
Alliums I have in plenty as I collect them (and if you see one called Allium wallichii then go for it 2 feet tall purple ball with nice leaves in August/September).
Anything the slightest bit less than totally hardy dies here in winter, so Agastache ,and Agapanthus are no use. We have lost all our Hebes over the last few years, even the ones I grew from wild collected seed. Parahebe seems to survive though so I may propagate that and out it in.
Oh and Anemone japonica....shudder. Been pouring Round up on it for 20 years and still it comes back and invades every plant round it.
Awkward cuss ain't I? But at least it shows I have thought about what we want.