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April perennials…what to plant now

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 by Jon No Comments

With the com­bi­na­tion of fine sun­shine fol­lowed by gen­er­ous amounts of rain­fall over the last week or two, the gar­den is now begin­ning to come alive, what I do notice on my trav­els is the lack of herba­cious peren­ni­als flow­er­ing in many back gar­dens. Bulbs such as the Daf­foldils, Mus­cari, Prim­roses and Blue­belles seem to be promi­nent in most gar­dens right now but I would like you to con­sider adding a few oth­ers to your bor­ders to fill the gap between now and the bed­ding sea­son, which coin­cides with the begin­ning of the dra­matic herba­ceous sea­son June-sept.

Here is a list of my top 10

in no par­tic­u­lar order;

Doron­icum ori­en­tale, Camas­sia Leichtinii, Dicen­tra Spectablilis, Prim­ula Den­dric­u­lata, Mat­teuc­cia struthiopteris (Ostrich Heather fern), Pul­mo­ni­aria Blue Ensign, Prim­ula Veris (Cowslip) and Pul­si­t­illa Vul­garis (Rubra ), Iberis Sem­per­vivens (Peren­nial Can­dytuft) and Aubre­tia (Pur­ple cascade).

They are good to buy and plant now.


So go to it!

No time to rest on your laurels!!

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by Jon 1 Comment

As quickly as it arrived, the sum­mer and all the colour it pro­vides has vir­tu­ally dis­ap­peared leav­ing our bor­ders bereft of vir­tu­ally any colour except for fallen leaves, fungi and blue tits for­ag­ing for seeds and other autumn treats. Faced with the dreaded ques­tion, what can you rec­om­mend for my gar­den that will cheer me up with win­ter fast approach­ing? And des­pearatly try­ing to avoid the stock answer of ever­green shrubs, grasses and Pa…no I can’t say it. Ok Pan­sies. (more…)