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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.


 

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Otto Luyken’


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark’Otto Luyken’ is a spreading medium-sized evergreen shrub of dense, low growth, with narrow, glossy dark green leaves. Flowers small, white in erect racemes; fruits cherry-like, red turning glossy black
Common Name: cherry laurel ‘Otto Luyken’
Family: Rosaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Leaves may be damaged by vine weevil and leaf-mining moths
Pruning: Pruning group 1. In areas where silver leaf is prevalent pruning may be done in mid-summer
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in any moist but well-drained moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Its spreading habit makes it useful groundcover but may become chlorotic on poorer, shallow chalky soils
Garden characteristics: Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes or Ground Cover

Matthiola Cinderella Series , mixed


Matthiola can be annuals, perennials or subshrubs, with simple or lobed leaves and dense terminal racemes or panicles of fragrant, 4-petalled flowers

Cinderella Series are grown as annuals or biennials to 25cm in height, with oblong, greyish leaves and dense panicles of sweetly scented double flowers in shades of purple, mauve, pink or white, in late spring and summer

Common Name: stock Cinderella Series
Family: Brassicaceae
Color flower: Pink, Purple and White in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to aphids, flea beetles and cabbage root fly
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in a sunny, sheltered bed where the soil is well-drained and neutral to slightly alkaline. This Series is also compact enough for growing in a container. The photo shows the cultivar ‘Cinderella White’ in this Series
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


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

The best Sedum spectabile seeds


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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


Lantana camara


Lantana can be evergreen shrubs or perennials, with simple, often wrinkled leaves, and domed terminal clusters of small, salver-shaped flowers

L. camara is an evergreen shrub with sometimes prickly stems bearing wrinkled, ovate leaves and terminal clusters of salver-shaped flowers 1cm across, opening yellow and ageing to red, from late spring to autumn

Common Name: yellow sage
Family: Verbenaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite under glass
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun in frost-free conditions. Grow under glass in a loam-based compost in full light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser fortnightly. Keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


Lantana camara growing tips

Lantana camara beautiful variety