Plant of the month

January – Salix alba Britzensis

January – Salix alba Britzensis
The Scarlet Willow is a fantastic shrub or tree to use in a medium sized garden as it will provide months of winter colour from its red-orange bark which is most prominent on young growth. Although this tree if left to grow naturally will grow to a medium to large tree they are often pruned hard either by coppicing or pollarding keeping the size in check. This willow will enjoy an evenly moist

December – Rubus thibetanus Silver Fern

December – Rubus thibetanus Silver Fern
This is a great shrub to use for winter and summer interest. In summer the foliage has a lacy look with a silvery under leaf. In the winter the stems are covered in a bright white bloom. This upright shrub will need some space as it grows to 2m high and 2m wide. Avoid planting near paths as the stems are covered in prickles. To make the most of this shrub plant with other winter shrubs and peren

November – Cyrtomium falcatum

November – Cyrtomium falcatum
Cyrtomium falcatum is a gorgeous, glossy evergreen fern with elegant, arching fronds up to a height of 40cm. Ideal for a shady location, even tolerant of dry shade once established. This fern can look fantastic in a container combined with other plants that have contrasting textures and colours. An ideal plant for a low maintenance garden as this plant will tolerate some neglect.

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

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