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First Spring Flowers in My Garden

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Oxalis enneaphylla ‘Sheffield Swan’


Oxalis can be annuals or perennials, with fibrous, bulbous or rhizomatous rootstocks, palmately divided leaves and funnel-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that mostly close in dull weather and at night

‘Sheffield Swan’ is a compact rhizomatous perennial with rounded, pleated, blue-green leaves composed of several narrow leaflets, and widely funnel-shaped white flowers 2cm across, with a pale green eye, opening in late spring and early summer

Common Name: sorrel ‘Sheffield Swan’
Family: Oxalidaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Grey/Silver in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Damage by slugs and snails may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained in full sun. Can also be grown in a container in an alpine house
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Anemonella thalictroides


Anemonella are small, clump-forming tuberous perennials with fern-like, divided leaves and small clusters of cup-shaped flowers in spring and early summer

A. thalictroides is a perennial making a spreading clump to 10cm tall, with divided, blue-green leaves and anemone-like white flowers 2cm wide in spring and early summer

Common Name: rue anemone
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage from slugs
Pruning: No pruning required.
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in part shade. Tubers may rot in very wet soils.
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

There are a big variety of anemones. They can be different colors and shapes.


 

Viola ‘Velour Purple and White’ (Velour Series)


Viola can be annuals, biennials or deciduous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and 5-petalled flowers of characteristic shape

‘Velour Purple and White’ is a compact pansy to 15cm, with yellow-eyed, light purple flowers with white markings, flowering in spring and summer

Common Name: pansy ‘Velour Purple and White’
Family: Violaceae
Color flower: White and Pale Purple in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, snails, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Best grown in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How To keep your Pansies looking Full and Flowering all season long

Sedum spectabile – a great choice for your garden


Sedum may be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials with succulent stems and leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in summer or autumn

S. spectabile is an herbaceous perennial to 45cm, with thick erect stems bearing shallowly scalloped, broadly elliptic, grey-green leaves and starry pink flowers in flat terminal clusters to 15cm across in late summer

Common Name: ice plant
Family: Crassulaceae
Color flower: Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back after flowering to maintain shape or leave seedheads overwinter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. A drought-tolerant plant, attractive to wildlife
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildlife Gardens

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Pelargonium Rosais


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowersDouble-flowered Ivy-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen perennials of trailing habit, with fleshy, palmately lobed leaves and clusters of showy double red, purple, pink or white flowers from early summer to autumn

Rosais is a bushy plant to 30cm with bold foliage and trailing stems to 50cm; semi-double rosy-pink flowers with purple markings on lower petals

Common Name: pelargonium Rosais
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


Lathyrus latifolius ‘White Pearl’


Lathyrus can be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials, mostly climbing, with pinnate leaves ending in a tendril, and showy pea-like flowers, fragrant in some species

‘White Pearl’ is a vigorous climbing herbaceous perennial to 2m, with winged stems and paired grey-green leaflets bearing tendrils. Up to 11 pure white flowers 2-3cm in width are borne in racemes

Common Name: everlasting pea ‘White Pearl’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: White in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, slugs and snails
Pruning: Cut back to ground level in autumn
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Can be grown as a climber or allowed to scramble over banks and slopes. It copes with sun or partial shade in fertile well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Drought Resistant or Wall-side Borders


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