Yellow is a flower colour often overlooked in the garden, we are frequently asked for “anything but yellow” in our planting plans. This rose is an example of how rewarding a splash of yellow can be. Rosa ‘Graham Thomas’ is a beautiful old fashioned repeat bloomer that gives and gives from late spring through to […]
For those who love striking colours in the garden, this month’s pick is Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’. A smaller version of ‘Lucifer’ this deciduous perennial has an upright architectural form and offers eye catching, blazing red flowers in late summer and autumn. A must have for any hot planting plan.
Looking at their best this month are the lofty Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. A wonderfully structural, upright grass with so many uses in the garden, including providing winter interest. The flower stems look particularly stunning when they fade to yellow.
We can’t ignore the impressive flowers out this month of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. One of our very favourite hydrangeas, this late summer bloomer produces HUGE globes of small white flowers which fade through shades of green throughout autumn. An upright shrub, it looks magnificent in any partly shady border but also striking in groups.
As summer kicks in our June plant of the month is Convolvulus Cneorum, or Shrubby Bindweed. Flowering from May to July (and longer) this Mediterranean plant is sure to brighten a sunny garden. The flowers start as twisted pink buds and then open into proud trumpets of white petals with yellow centres. The evergreen foliage is […]
Our pick this month is the Choisya x dewitteana ‘White Dazzler’. This evergreen shrub produces masses of dazzling, scented star-shaped flowers in late spring and, often, again in late summer/autumn. As a compact Choisya it is perfect to use as a low hedge and as the foliage is aromatic we often use it to edge […]
This month it’s got to be the striking Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii. This upright evergreen euphorbia, a favourite of Gertrude Jekyll, has strong stems of glaucous leaves contrasted by huge heads of radiant chartreuse-green flowers from March to May. Provides architectural structure to any sunny border and is drought tolerant once established. (Always wear gloves while maintaining!)
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is an easy-to-grow and robust evergreen, perfect for shrub borders or planters. Its deep pink buds open up into tiny white flowers from December to April, brightening up your garden whilst you wait for Spring to kick in. The pretty flowers are then followed by purple berries.
Helleborus niger or Christmas Rose is one of the earliest flowering plants; this useful little evergreen can brighten up shady areas in the garden. This particular variety has dark foliage, contrasted by simple upturned white flowers which stand loud and proud on those dreary Feb days.
Our Really Nice Plant of the month is the Cornus sanguinea ‘Magic Flame’. Cornus are fantastic for Winter interest in the garden. This deciduous shrub reveals bright orange and red stems after shedding it’s leaves, which also redden in Autumn. Colours best in full sun but will cope with partial shade.