July’s plant of the month

July’s plant of the month is Geranium ‘Rozanne’. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a vigorous spreading perennial which grows to height of 60cm tall.  It has neat, dense, lobed foliage and bowl-shaped violet-blue flowers with a white centre.  It blooms throughout summer to the first frosts in the autumn.  It likes a full sun or partially shaded […]

What to do in your garden in July

To ensure your garden is in tip top condition during July here are my top tips:- Treat weeds in lawns and feed your lawn with a quick-acting summer feed before rain is due; Keep sowing lettuce, radish and other salad crops for fresh supplies; Spray roses to control black spot, mildew and aphids; Continue to […]

What to do in your garden in June

It’s June! Here are some gardening jobs you can be getting on with this month:- – Plant out annual summer bedding plants in the garden, in containers and hanging baskets now the risk of frost has passed. If you have them growing on in a greenhouse move them outside to their final position. – Continue […]

June’s plant of the month

June’s plant of the month is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem. ‘Purple Sensation’ is a perennial to 90cm, with short basal leaves dying down by flowering time. Flowers are small, vivid rosy-purple, in […]

Chelsea chop!

It’s Chelsea Chop time! By pruning back some later flowering herbaceous plants such as Phlox, Monarda and Campanula now it will prolong their flowering until later in the season. This means the flowers will be 6 weeks later but the plants will be bushier. It is known as the ‘Chelsea Chop’ as it happens around […]

What to do in your garden in May

Top 10 gardening jobs for May are:- -Prune spring flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, after flowering to keep them compact; -Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed; -Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants, including clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to their supports; -Continue sowing annuals, such as California […]

Planting Plans Online

NEW! NEW! NEW! Gerbera Designs (Garden Design) is offering a new online planting plan service.  In spite of all the restrictions currently in place you can still plan your garden to enjoy later this spring and summer.  We will work with you by phone, email or video conferencing to deliver this new service to transform […]

Gerbera Designs (Garden Design) consultation gift voucher

Give the one your loved the gift of gardening! Gerbera Designs (Garden Design) consultation gift vouchers are now available on our online shop – Gerbera Designs Gift Voucher Gerbera Designs gift vouchers are £100 each and can be posted, delivered or emailed to the recipient. They give the recipient a 2 hour garden consultation in […]

January’s plant of the month

January’s plant of the month is Mahonia japonica – an evergreen shrub which flowers in winter (one of the few that does!). It has leathery, spiny leaves so is good to use as a barrier plant. Fragrant yellow flowers, sometimes followed by black or purple berries.  It will grow to a height of 1.5m in […]

What to do in your garden in January

It’s January and the start of a new gardening year. Despite the wintery weather here are some jobs you can be doing in your own garden this month:- Complete winter pruning of fruit trees; Prune wisteria shortening summer pruned shoots back to two or three buds from old wood; Remember to water planted containers in […]