The blue-purple flowers of strobilanthes have been exceptionally good this year, probably due, as with many other plants, to the mixture of sunshine and showers that has been more or less unbroken since early June.

It contrasts well with autumn colour foliage and late yellow flowers, such as rudbeckia, heleniums and helianthus. It is a perennial flower of medium size, capable of reaching about 1.2m tall or a bit more with older plants.