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Archive for the ‘Perennials’ Category

Some Geraniums for Dry Shade

Posted by admin on December - 5 - 2013 Comments Off
Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'

Some Geraniums for dry shade Many Geranium are tolerant of some or full shade indeed some such as Geranium nodosum, phaeum and  sylvaticum are naturally woodland plants. These are amongst the earliest of the geraniums to flower, in common with many woodlanders  from Europe and North America these have a life cycle in tune to grow and flower before the leaves come on deciduous trees. Trees naturally suck up huge  [ Read More ]

Growing Hellebores in the Garden

Posted by admin on December - 20 - 2012 0 Comment

One can use hellebores as part of mixed herbaceous planting in the garden or indeed associated with shrubs.  But maybe the ideal situation is to use them in areas of the garden planted for spring, possibly under deciduous trees with a  herbaceous border in front.  They associate beautifully with snowdrops (Galanthus) and many other spring bulbs, rhizomes, corms and tubers such as Eranthis, Leucojum vernum, Scilla, Chinodoxa, Arum italicum var pictum, Anemone nemorosa forms  [ Read More ]

Guide to Trillium

Posted by admin on December - 18 - 2012 0 Comment
Trillium erectum

Trilliums are by nature woodlanders most species come from North America, with a few species in Asia. They can easily be split into two distinct groups. The solely American group with upright petals directly attached to the leaf base called the sessile group with some 23 species. The pedunculate group contains 24 species and can be found in North America and Asia. These have flower stems and often reflexed petals.Trillium  [ Read More ]

Guide to woodland plants or plants for shade

Posted by admin on December - 18 - 2012 0 Comment
Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Woodland plants, the herbaceous layer in a woodland, with the tree and shrub layers above it, require a number of environmental qualities to succeed in gardens. Most of the European and North American plants are spring ephemerals; ie. they come up, flower and to some extent have their period of growth before the leaves are on the trees. Asiatic woodland flora is usually later flowering and often comes from a  [ Read More ]

Guide to Growing Erythronium

Posted by admin on December - 18 - 2012 0 Comment
Erythronium hendersonii

Erythronium or dogtooth violets are from the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. There are between 24 and 30 species of Erythronium. They are predominantly woodland species but many get up into the sub alpine and even alpine areas of Eurasia and Western North America. The common name comes from the shape of the bulb which is reminiscent of a canine fang. Most species are to be found in North  [ Read More ]

Meconopsis x sheldonii Lingholm

Posted by admin on December - 14 - 2012 0 Comment

Good solidly perennial strain with stunning piercing blue flowers. This plant is basically a tetraploid sheldonii (chromosome numbers have doubled) and for that reason is vigorous, perennial and produces viable seed.

Hosta Purple Heart

Posted by admin on December - 14 - 2012 0 Comment
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A new variety of Hosta called ‘Purple Heart‘ with a purple flush to the base of the leaf blade and a purple red leaf stem. Medium sized with glossy mid green leaves and a zone to the base of the leaf. While the cultivar name probably means much more to Americans than it does to UK growers, all the same it is a very good new introduction.

Hardy Orchids For The Garden

Posted by admin on December - 14 - 2012 0 Comment
Dactylorhiza maculata

Due to the work undertaken at several of the major European botanic gardens to understand the seed physiology and germination of native orchids, particularly the very rare lady slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) hardy orchids are becoming available to the gardener.  The germination techniques that have been developed are being used in commercial labs and now many hardy orchids are  germinated in large number and grown on in specialist nurseries. The  [ Read More ]

Bee Logo

Posted by admin on December - 14 - 2012 0 Comment
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If you have visited our ecommerce website recently you’ll have seen the RHS’s ’ Perfect for Pollinators’ logo.  It’s  a brilliant way of identifying plants which will encourage all sorts of pollinating insects into your garden  throughout the entire year, from  Asters and Actea right now, to Hellebores and Sarcocca in Winter, Pulmonarias and Primulas in Spring and Digitalis and Astrantia in Summer – there’s a huge range to chose  [ Read More ]