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Have seen Nepeta Six Hills Giant as a border to paths, very effective! Long flowering, good for bees!
Cirsium atropurpureum are kinda purple and thistley (in a good way!) but would have to do them as cut flowers and I don't seem to think they last long!
Echinacea are good purple and daisy like.
Liz- Some Skimmia's will never berry because they are male.
Toad Lillies-Tricyrtis are still looking good after frosts and Nerines in North East
I have seen this grown in pots in North East. Great Autumn colour about now and hangs on for ages. Never noticed the flowers but just looked online and saw spring. It is not like the past two years have even been simular weatherwise?
Don't know if that's any help?
Can you chop back eucalytus as you would do willow? Then you would get the fresh nice foliage? Seem to think you might be able to? Anyone?
Found this good link apparently hardy to -10 but haven't seen it get through a winter
I have been told it isn't hardy in North East at 800ft
Would second Callicarpa, lovely little pearl like lilac berries
Or Schizostylus would probably flower then.
Would be concerned a acer might have lost it's leaves by november.
In North East England unusual to get them through the winter. Don't find seedlings either (this is in a nursery with quite a few plants) sants. Made it through last year but not a cold winter in comparison to norml winter but took a long time to get away.