is a perennial native of South Africa and has been bred and cultivated in Britain since the late 18th century.
My favourites include: Convolvulus cneorum Erinus
alpinus Parahebe Cistus species and varieties Linaria alpina Saxifrages Silene acaulis Oenothera acaulis Dianthus erinaceus Dianthus alpinus Alyssum montanum, Narcissus cantabricus
15) Fox Talbot was keen on climbers, planting forty-three in the court in 1829, and of plants such as verbascum and erinus
which colonised Lacock's stone walls and grotto, giving it a 'shaggy', 'olde worlde' appearance.
alpinus, a delightful, tiny plant known as the fairy foxglove, with spikes of purple, pink or white lipped flowers on 5cm (2in) stems from early summer.
alpinus, the fairy foxglove, is a pretty little thing, reaching about 3in high with a spread of no more than 6in.
Try Convolvulus eneorum, Erinus
alpinus, parahebe, Cistus, Linaria alpina, Saxifrages, Silene acaulis, Oenothera acaulis, Dianthus alpinus, Narcissus cantabricus and Gypsophila aretioides.
Right: Carmine Cosmos bipinnatus Sonata series, with blue Lobelia erinus
and dwarf French marigold.