Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:50
That's alchemilla mollis, lady's mantle in the foreground - it has frothy green/ yellow flowers, which do seed around the place - if you want to limit the spread, cut off the flowers before they run to seed.
The leaves can look a bit tatty after flowering, so I tend to cut the whole plant back very hard then, a new flush of fresh green leaves will soon emerge.
The pink flowered plant at the back is an aquilegia, which can also be cut back hard after flowering for a fresh flush ofleaves and a second flowering if you're lucky. They're both perennial cottage garden type plants.