This group of middle border hardy perennials are a great sight in early autumn when the clouds of pink to red buds burst in to a riot of colour and are immediately covered in swarms of bees and butterflies eagerly devouring the copious amounts of nectar that these great plants provide. Varieties to look out for

Matrona has succulent leaves flushed bronze with purple stems and clusters of soft pink flowers in late summer.

Purple Emperor is a compact, clump-forming deciduous perennial to 50cm tall, with broad, deep purple leaves on dark red stems, and rounded clusters of small, pale purplish-pink flowers in late summer

Munstead Dark Red excellent for late summer and autumn interest, produces branching heads of crimson-rose flowers, over a mound of succulent green leaves that are tinged red during summer.

Herbstfreude Common name of ‘Autumn Joy’ a great name for a plant that lives up to its name.   a clump forming perennial to 60cm in height, with fleshy, oblong, glaucous green leaves and large flat terminal clusters of starry flowers in early autumn. The flowers open from greenish-pink buds, rapidly progressing through pale pink to become deep pink.