Shady Characters

Geranium Macrorrhizum

Lots of shade loving plants come into their own early in the year whilst there are no leaves on the trees to block out valuable sunlight. Once they have flowered, many then concentrate on making huge leaves through what is left of the growing season or go into dormancy, dying back underground until they re-emerge the following spring to grow at an alarming rate. One…Read More

Winter Flowering Shrubs

Sarcococca and Willow

Some of the treasures of our garden are the shrubs that flower through the winter months when most ‘sensible’ plants are dormant! The great thing about many of these is the fact that the blooms are scented – presumably to attract what few pollinators are on the wing at this time of the year. Amongst my favourites has to be Christmas Box (Sarcococca) with its…Read More

Evergreens in Containers

As autumn makes her presence felt in our garden, the show of vibrant colours from leaves and stems as many plants prepare to go dormant through the winter is well underway. Once the bare bones of these plants are exposed, evergreens will come to the fore and continue to provide colour and shape for the next few months. Many of these gracious plants are well…Read More

Plants in Containers

Tulip Queen of Night

We seem to be accumulating lots of containers in our garden which are home to various plants from Tulips which are, at the moment, underground to more tender specimens including a Ginger Lily (Hedychium), Dahlias and a hardy Banana (Musa basjoo). Apart from the odd feed of Miracle Gro through the summer and a handful of slow release fertiliser when they are planted up, these…Read More

Late Perennials in the Garden

Summer marches on and soon autumn will begin to show her hand with shorter days and chilly mornings of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Cooler temperatures are a sign for most plants to cease growing and begin to close down for winter. This act culminates in the stunning display of autumn leaf colours before these fall to reveal bare skeletons of trees and shrubs, allowing evergreens…Read More