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Growing Hellebores in the Gard

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 ...

Guide to Trillium
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 ...

Guide to woodland plants or pl
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 ...

Guide to Growing Erythronium
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 ...

Guide to Growing Ferns in Mois
Dryopteris erythrosora

Many ferns including a number of native ferns do very well in a moist situation. Moisture availability can be from almost standing water to free draining but moisture retentive soils. Most European or North American moisture loving ferns will take a more saturated soil than Asian species. This is rather ...

Meconopsis x sheldonii Lingholm

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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

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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

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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

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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 ]