Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)
If you are lucky enough to have a border with a good bit of space we might quietly suggest this one! Majestic silvery foliage develops quickly in spring and early summer, by June and after weeks of anticipation, the plant will be topped with the beautiful thistle like flowers which continue until September. Great as a focal point for a sunny well drained border in a potager or large herb garden where it will go just beautifully with all manner of pinks, purples, lilacs and whites!. Best planted away from strong winds which may rock or damage this goliath perennial. Height 1.5-2 metres, maybe even a touch more in rich moist soil – big, bold and beautiful.