Garden Flowers All Year Round

CONTINUITY OF BLOOM As the season progresses early-flowering plants. Including many of the spring bulbs, will have finished blooming and have died down. To achieve continuity and a well furnished look, these gaps must be filled. In many cases the later-flowering perennials will reach maturity to obscure vacant spaces. Additionally, annuals, such Read more [...]

13. May 2017 by admin
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Rock Cress: Arabis procurrens

Arabis procurrens, a species of the Arabis genus that itself belongs to the family of the Cruciferae, occurs in the wild in the rocky regions of Europe, Asia and North-Africa. It is a mat-forming, evergreen herbaceous perennial with dense, flat rosettes of narrow, glossy green leaves with creamy-coloured edges and sometimes also variegated with pink. Read more [...]

13. May 2017 by admin
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Garden Scents and Fragrances

MIDSUMMER SCENTS MIDSUMMER AIR is perfumed with bewitching scents carried on gentle breezes. Bees murmur throughout long, dreamy days and borders are over-run with fragrant blooms. Dianthus ‘Gravetye Gem’ - All the pinks enjoy an open, free draining site. 20 x 30cm/8in x 1ft Dianthus ‘Pike’s Pink’ - A delightful subject for the rock Read more [...]

13. April 2017 by admin
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Shade Loving Plants for the Garden

SHADE LOVERS SHEETS OF WOOD ANEMONE in the wild are one of the delights of springtime. Primula ‘Hose-in-Hose’ - Unusual for flowering above a tiny ruff of leaves. 10 x 10cm/1 x 1in Vinca minor “Burgundy’ - A coloured form of the lesser periwinkle in bloom from mid-spring to autumn. 15 x 60cm+/6in x 2ft+ Anemone apennina - The blue Read more [...]

13. April 2017 by admin
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Wall rock cress: Arabis caucasica

Arabis caucasica is one of about 120 mostly evergreen herbaceous perennials belonging to the family of the Cruciferae. It is native to the rocky regions of Europe, Asia and north Africa. As a result they are all very undemanding and easy plants to grow. They are ideal for growing in rockeries, as edging of terraces or in gaps in walls where they spread Read more [...]

12. April 2017 by admin
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All About Perennials

Perennials are flowers that die down in the autumn and spend winter as underground roots but reappear each spring. They were traditionally used as the mainstay of herbaceous borders, but nowadays are frequently grown as single plants in containers as well as in stylish borders. Perennials are a varied group of plants and there are some to suit all situations Read more [...]

23. February 2015 by admin
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Columbine: Aquilegia

The Aquilegia genus that belongs to the Ranunculaceae family includes many species that grow in meadows, light woodland and mountainous regions in the northern hemisphere. A. caerulea is an upright, short-lived herbaceous perennial, native to the Rocky Mountains in North America, with deeply lobed leaves. Aquilegias produce large, spurred flowers in Read more [...]

23. February 2015 by admin
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Windflower: Anemone blanda

The genus, a member of the Ranunculaceae family, comes from the temperate regions in Asia. Anemones are delicate, tuberous herbaceous perennials that form dense clusters of deeply divided leaves and spread very fast. Anemone blanda is hardy but should be protected against severe frost. It flowers in spring with open, saucer-shaped, starry blooms that Read more [...]

20. February 2015 by admin
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Planning a Mixed Border for Interest All Year Round

Mixed borders contain a bit of everything – trees, shrubs, roses, evergreens, flowers and bulbs – so that they remain colourful all year round. You need quite a large area to fit in so many different plants, but in a small garden you can make a smaller mixed border without the trees and use only small shrubs. One way of planning the border is to Read more [...]

20. February 2015 by admin
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Alyssum

The Alyssum genus belongs to the Cruciferae family and is native to Europe, north Africa and Asia. The plant produces dense clusters of white, creamy, yellow or pink flowers that appear in spring and early summer. As a cushion-forming plant it is ideal for rockeries, flowerbeds and even cracks in walls, growing best in a sunny position. It will also Read more [...]

15. November 2014 by admin
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