Plant of the month

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

January – Galanthus elwesii

January – Galanthus elwesii
There is nothing better for showing that Spring is not far away than the sight of a carpet of snowdrops. The giant snowdrop has larger flowers and broader leaves however still grows to the same size as its common sibling Galanthus nivalis. Planting snowdrops ‘in the green’ is the best way to ensure quick establishment occurs, when buying plants ‘in the green’ the bulbs are at a more ma

December – Helleborus niger

December – Helleborus niger
Hellebores have always been a cottage garden favourite and modern hybrids offer a range of colours across the spectrum. Nevertheless, Helleborus niger or the Christmas Rose still ranks high in the popularity stakes if for no greater reason than its traditional association with the Yuletide season. The dark green, leathery leaves emphasise the white, sometimes flushed pink, flowers that bloom fr

November – Cornus sanguineum ‘Midwinter Fire’

November – Cornus sanguineum ‘Midwinter Fire’
Through the summer months this variety of our native dogwood probably wouldn’t attract much attention. But when the leaves fall, the coloured stems create a vivid tracery in shades of red and orange in the winter sun. The early evening light will offer the best effects and against a backdrop of snow the ‘fire’ burns even brighter. This shrub will easily reach 2 metres but hard pruning in s

October – Ceratostigma plumbagiodes

October – Ceratostigma plumbagiodes
Although this is an unassuming mound of green foliage through spring and early summer, it is through late summer and autumn that this low growing perennial shines. Sparkling gentian blue flowers appear on mass from late summer persisting through to autumn when the foliage takes on rich red tones. This is a fantastic option as an unusual spreading ground cover for sun or partial shade. Good for

September – Anemone Honorine Jobert

September – Anemone Honorine Jobert
This beautiful tall Japanese Anemone adds some much needed late summer and autumn flower. The yellow stamens stand out against the pure white petals and look magnificent both close up and from a distance. It is sure to brighten any semi-shaded border in the late summer. Don’t worry if your Anemone doesn’t perform too well in the first season or two as they can be a little fussy about movin

August – Echinacea Cleopatra

August – Echinacea Cleopatra
Echinacea are the jewel of the garden in late summer and gone are the days when purple and white were the only choice. Now they come in an array of colours to suit any perennial border. Cleopatra is named after a beautiful yellow butterfly from the Mediterranean and the sunshine colour of this variety conjures up images of summer days in that region. Give it a sunny spot and dead head regul

July – Agapanthus campanulatus Navy Blue

July – Agapanthus campanulatus Navy Blue
Agapanthus in July always evokes memories of foreign holidays to the Mediterranean and South Africa. As the name suggests this beautiful and tall Agapanthus has stunning large flower heads of rich navy blue which sit well above the strappy green leaves. As a campanulatus variety, this Agapanthus will lose its leaves over the winter however this makes it a hardier choice to keep outside in

June – Lupins

June – Lupins
Lupins are a favourite in any cottage garden with spires of bright flowers in late May and June. There are many different varieties to choose from including the very bright Lupin Manhattan Lights which have purple and yellow bi-coloured flowers. If you prefer something a little more subtle Lupin Masterpiece is the one for you as it is a lovely rich purple and red. Lupins prefer a well-drained s

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