Plant of the month

October – Crab Apples

October – Crab Apples
Crab Apples (Malus) can have a multitude of uses in the garden. Many people enjoy a crab apple tree for their pretty white or pink blossom in spring and the colourful fruit in the Autumn and Winter. As a small growing tree, generally no more than 5m in height, it is perfect for any size garden. Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ is an excellent pollinator for fruiting apples as it’s long flowering per

September – Anemones

September – Anemones
Late flowering Anemones are a fantastic way to introduce colour into the garden late in the season. Their cheery blooms will last from late August until October. All Japanese anemones appreciate a spot in sun or partial shade, they will even flower in light shade but may need some support to stop them from collapsing. A nice rich soil will help them to thrive so add plenty of organic matter

August – Late flowering Clematis

August – Late flowering Clematis
Late flowering Clematis varieties offer an abundance of smaller flowers in summer and early autumn and very easy maintenance C. viticella Etoile Violette has rich purple flowers on the current seasons growth and is perfect to add a splash of jewel colour in the garden. As a pruning group 3 Clematis, all the maintenance required is a prune to 30cm in February and occasional tying into

July – Agapanthus Navy Blue

July – Agapanthus Navy Blue
In July there is nothing better for reminding us of past holidays than the ever-popular Agapanthus. Navy blue flowers are held on long straight stems to 70cm above strappy green leaves Navy Blue offers a great starting point for those nervous about the hardiness of Agapanthus as these deciduous plants are much easier to keep over winter than the large flowered evergreen Agapanthus africanus va

June – Astrantia major Ruby Star

June – Astrantia major Ruby Star
Astrantia are one of the harder working perennials in the garden and will often flower from June through to September; a perfect addition to herbaceous or mixed borders. Ruby Star has rich pink flowers opening from red-pink buds, which stand at 50cm, above their purple blushed foliage. Other varieties to look for are Astrantia major ‘Buckland’ that has soft pink flowers on stem

May – Hesperis matronalis

May – Hesperis matronalis
This popular “Chelsea plant” has pink flowers on un-branching stems up to 1m tall and the delicious scent of the flowers is released most prominently during the evening so is a perfect plant for a Moon Garden. As a biennial, it produces a rosette of foliage in its first year and flowers in its second year before setting seed and dying. It ca

April – Viburnum burkwoodii Anne Russell

April – Viburnum burkwoodii Anne Russell
A must have to bring scent into the garden. During March the buds of this stunning plant swell with a soft-pink blush, but it is in April when the warmer spring days encourage the petals to unfurl that this shrub really comes into its own. Masses of dome shaped flowers release their exquisite fragrance through the garden and you cannot help but be taken aback. What’s more, in a sheltered spo

March – Pulmonaria Blue Ensign

March – Pulmonaria Blue Ensign
One of the earliest flowering perennials, to brighten up the front of a partly shaded garden border, is Pulmonaria or as more commonly known, Lungwort. So called, because it was once used in the treatment of lung diseases. Blue Ensign has rich blue flowers that appear in March, above dark green leaves. When the foliage starts to look tired in late spring, it should be cut down to ground leve

February – Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’

February – Daphne odora  ‘Aureomarginata’
With glossy evergreen foliage, edged with gold, and beautiful, intensely fragrant flowers, Daphnes odora 'Aureomarginata' has something to offer all year round. However, it is in spring that it will bring the most joy to your garden. Deep purple buds open to clusters of pink-white flowers. Blooming usually begins in winter and continues throughout spring. The magnificent, sweet and heady scent wi

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