Category Archives: My garden

Fantastic rhododendrons in your garden






Gardening advice: how to plant a huge rhododendron


Fantastic Red Peoni

red peoni


Amazing spring flower

Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’

Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seed-heads in autumnLate Large-flowered clematis are deciduous climbers with large, star-shaped flowers to 15cm wide, opening on the current year’s growth in summer and autumn

‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ is a medium sized deciduous climber with an abundance of mauvish rosy-pink flowers to 15cm in width with creamy-yellow stamens. Flowering from early to late summer

Common Name: clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Cream and Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs
Pruning: Pruning (clematis) group 3
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, with the roots and base of the plant kept cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles at the base. Plant with the crown 5–8cm (2–3in) deep to encourage new shoots to grow from below ground level. Can be grown in containers at least 45cm (18in) deep and wide in a soil based potting compost
Garden characteristics: Wall-side Borders

Petunia Cascadias Yellow Eye ‘Dancasye’ (Cascadias Series)

Petunia can be annuals or perennials, with simple leaves and large, solitary, trumpet-shaped flowers in the upper leaf axils from late spring to autumn

Cascadias Yellow Eye is a free-flowering, shortly trailing annual to 40cm tall, with fragrant white flowers 6cm wide, with greenish-yellow mid-vein to each lobe

Common Name: petunia ‘Dancasye’
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H3 (may need winter protection)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Trailing
Habit: Aphids and slugs may be troublesome
Pruning: Deadhead as needed
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Grow in loam-based potting compost under glass in full light. Water freely when in growth and apply a high potassium fertiliser every two weeks. Outdoors grow in light, well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from wind. Deadheading will prolong flowering
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Crocus chrysanthus ‘Sunspot’

A wonderful sun in your spring garden – little crocuses are so nice!

Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring

‘Sunspot’ is a small, cormous perennial with linear leaves and bright orange-yellow flowers with contrasting black style branches in the centre

Common Name: crocus ‘Sunspot’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Black and Yellow in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in a gritty, poor to moderately fertile soil
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildflower meadow

Tree-Peony in Your garden

Previously I wrote about patio peony.
And today I want to show you how nice are tree-peony! Just look at them!

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Hedera helix ‘Midas Touch’ – wonderful climber for decoration walls

Hedera are evergreen climbing shrubs clinging by aerial roots. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers are followed by usually black berries. Foliage of flowering shoots is often less deeply lobed than that of the sterile, climbing shoots

‘Midas Touch’ is a small evergreen climber with reddish stems, with triangular to heart-shaped leaves boldly splashed with golden-yellow on a bright green background; makes a good houseplant

Common Name: ivy ‘Midas Touch’
Family: Araliaceae
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green, Yellow and Variegated in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: Can get aphids, scale insects and vine weevil
Pruning: Pruning group 11, at any time
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grows best in fertile, humus-rich, alkaline soil but will tolerate acidic soils. Provide shelter from cold drying winds
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants