November’s plant of the month

November’s plant of the month is Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’. This is a great garden investment for the coming months. The mid-green leaves start to take on rich autumnal hues before they fall. As they drop, they will reveal the skeleton of bright red, branching stems, which will provide months of interest throughout the winter. They […]

October’s plant of the month

October’s plant of the month is Nerine bowdenii. Nerine bowdenii is a bulbous perennial growing to 50cm tall, with strap-shaped rich green leaves with erect stems bearing umbels of lily-like pink flowers 6-8cm in width. It comes from South Africa and likes a sheltered spot in full sun. It likes any well drained soil and […]

What to do in your garden in October

Here are a few jobs to keep on top of as we approach winter:- Protect your plants – lift half hardy perennials and pot them up and put them in the greenhouse. Lift Dahlia tubers once the foliage is blackened by the first frost, dry them off and store them for next year. Lift and […]

September’s plant of the month

September’s plant of the month is Echinacea pallida. Echinacea pallida is a tallish coneflower growing to 1.2 metres with distinctive pale pink flowers.  The petals are long and linear and reflex to droop down from the brown cone.  It loves a sunny position with a southerly or westerly aspect and well drained soil. Cut back […]

What to do in your garden in September

We are nearing the end of the growing season but there are still lots of jobs to do in the garden – harvesting crops and preparing for next year. The 10 top jobs for September are:- – Lifting and dividing herbaceous perennials. They can be replanted somewhere else in your own garden or given away to […]

August’s plant of the month

August’s plant of the month is Crocosmia. Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer.  They are a perfect addition to the late summer border providing pops of hot colours in yellows, oranges and reds.  They like moist but well drained soil in full sun or […]

What to do in your garden in August

It’s late summer and there are still lots of jobs to do in your garden Flower beds Keep your hanging baskets looking good with regular dead heading, daily watering and weekly feeding. Give Camellias some TLC with regular watering as they’ll now be forming next year’s flower buds. Dead head sweet peas to maximise the […]

Cold climate plants for winter

A question which I am often asked at my consultations is ‘what can I grow in my garden in North East Scotland?’  Many people would like to emulate the show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show (wouldn’t we all?!) but many plants featured there will not survive a winter outdoors in North East Scotland.   Ulf […]

Garden Mosaics

January is the gloomiest month of the year. It’s cold and dark (especially in North East Scotland) and your garden is colourless and lifeless.  There is however a solution to this problem.  This comes in the form of garden mosaics. Yes I have been on a course! I visited Maggie at Pretty Rubbish Mosaics near […]

Gerbera Designs blog

Welcome to my new website and the Gerbera Designs blog. Please have a look and I hope you enjoy the read. I will be updating the Blog regularly with my news including design tips, planting advice and trips to gardens.