April’s plant of the month

Primula denticulata or the drumstick primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, with a rosette of simple leaves, with dense rounded head of flowers in pink, deep purple or white with a yellow eye on an erect stem. They like any aspect or soil and will grow in full sun or partial shade.   They are […]

What to do in your garden in April

Here are some jobs to do just now in the ornamental garden:- – Scrape away a layer of old compost of permanently potted plants and top dress with fresh compost; – Cut back perennials left with top growth over the winter; – Divide overcrowded clumps of herbaceous perennials and replant them; – Prepare ground for […]

February’s plant of the month

February’s plant of the month is the humble Snowdrop. Snowdrop or Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green. They grow to approximately 20cm in height, with broad, grey-bloomed, dark green pleated leaves and solitary […]

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 […]

November’s plant of the month

November’s plant of the month is the autumn flowering crocus or Crocus speciosus.  This is a small deciduous perennial which grows from a corm.  It has linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers which appear in autumn. Crocus speciosus has silvery lilac-blue flowers in autumn, with darker veins and […]

What to do in your garden in November

It’s November! Here are some gardening jobs for the month:- – Plant bare root roses, trees and hedging (much cheaper than their potted equivalent); – Plant strawberry runners in containers and baskets to overwinter for next year; – Sow micro salad leaves for germinating on the window sill; – Harvest autumn fruit raspberries; – November […]

October’s plant of the month

It’s October and here’s our plant of the month! It’s Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy). ‘Herbstfreude’ is an herbaceous perennial forming a clump to 60cm in height, It has fleshy, oblong, glaucous green leaves and large flat terminal clusters of starry flowers in early autumn. The flowers open from greenish-pink buds, rapidly progressing through pale pink […]

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 […]