5 essential … small evergreen plants

Evergreen plants are invaluable to give a garden some interest in the depths of winter.  And small evergreens are particularly useful to grow near paths and deciduous shrubs or trees, filling gaps in the border until spring arrives. One of the most useful (and tough) little evergreen plants you can find is Liriope muscari (or […]

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Jobs for the garden in December

As the year draws to a close you can afford to take a bit of time off from labouring in the garden, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!  Here are a few of the more important tasks you should be carrying out this month: Finish clearing leaves and debris, particularly from borders and […]

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Fabulous plants for November

All is not lost!  Although there’s no denying there isn’t as much colour and interest to enjoy in the garden at this time of year, there’s still a number of valuable plants worth considering planting.  Here’s a small selection: Fagus sylvatica Beech (Fagus sylvatica) makes a great hedge for the garden, offering interest more or […]

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Fabulous plants for October

As the days grow shorter and things start to wind down in the garden world, there’s still a lot to enjoy before Autumn truly kicks in.  Here are some of my top planting recommendations for October. Verbena bonariensis If I had a pound for everyone who has told me they love Verbena bonariensis I’d be […]

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Fabulous plants for September

Here’s a small selection of wonderful plants I’d recommend for the garden in September.  When I drew up the shortlist I hadn’t realised that most of them hold the RHS Award for Garden Merit (AGM), but that just helps to indicate what great plants they are.  No need to just take my word for it!! Tricyrtis formosana […]

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Fabulous plants for April

As spring really kicks off now, woodland gardens and all their associated plants really come into their own.  Here are just some of my favourite plants for lovely April flowers. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’  AGM This fantastically useful ground cover plant is a real bonus in early spring.  It has pretty blue forget-me-not type flowers […]

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Jobs for the garden in April

It’s starting to get busy now as plants really begin to take off.  It’s such a lovely time of year to be outside enjoying the garden – even if it can feel a bit overwhelming at times! Keep on top of hoeing and weeding, and apply mulch to weed-free moist ground if you haven’t already. […]

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Fabulous plants for March

As winter draws to a close, it’s always fantastic to see things stirring and a bit more colour in the garden.  Below are my selection of just a few lovely plants for early spring interest. Anemone blanda Commonly known as the winter windflower, the many shades of blue, through purple, mauve and pink to white, […]

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Fabulous plants for February

Colour and flowers are at a premium at this time of year, but there are many plants offering just that in February.  Here are a few of my favourites: Acer griseum AGM Commonly known as the ‘Paperbark Maple’ (for obvious reasons!) Acer griseum is a slow-growing small, spreading tree with very attractive chestnut-brown peeling bark. […]

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