Category Archives: Spring

Cytisus × boskoopii ‘Hollandia’


Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer’Hollandia’ is a small deciduous shrub with slender green shoots and small leaves. Flowers cream with wings and back of standard petal crimson
Common Name: broom ‘Hollandia’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: Cream and Red in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Broom gall mites may be a problem
Pruning: Pruning group 1 or pruning group 3 but do not cut into old wood
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Best grown in well-drained, poor acid soils in full sun. Tolerant of lime but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils. Brooms resent transplanting
Garden characteristics: Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Drought Resistant


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


Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’


Achillea can be mat-forming or upright perennials, mostly herbaceous, with sometimes aromatic, pinnately divided or simple and toothed leaves and flattened clusters of small, daisy-like flower-heads

‘Cloth of Gold’ is a tall, robust perennial to 1.8m, with divided foliage, and large, flattened heads of bright yellow flowers. Good for drying

Common Name: yarrow ‘Cloth of Gold’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get aphids
Pruning: Cut back untidy foliage in spring
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: An open sunny position in a moist but well-drained soil is best, but it will tolerate most situations apart from heavy, wet clay in winter
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Prairie Planting


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Ferocactus glaucescens


Ferocactus are spherical to columnar cacti with prominent ribs bearing spiny areoles, the spines sometimes hooked, and funnel-shaped flowers in summer

F. glaucescens is a cactus with a globose to cylindric, grey-green stem to 60cm in height, sometimes clustered; with yellow spines to 2.5cm in length, and funnel-shaped yellow flowers 3-4cm across

Common Name: glaucous barrel cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by mealybugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light, with low humidity. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


Ferocactus variety

Achillea filipendulina ‘Gold Plate’


Achillea can be mat-forming or upright perennials, mostly herbaceous, with sometimes aromatic, pinnately divided or simple and toothed leaves and flattened clusters of small, daisy-like flower-heads’Gold Plate’ is an herbaceous perennial to 1.2m tall, with feathery green leaves and large flat heads of small, deep golden-yellow flowers on erect leafy stems
Common Name: yarrow ‘Gold Plate’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get aphids
Pruning: Cut back untidy foliage in spring
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: An open sunny position in a moist but well-drained soil is best, but it will tolerate most situations apart from heavy, wet clay in winter
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Prairie Planting

Petunia ‘Petitunia Happy Dream’ (Petitunia 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’Petitunia Happy Dream’ is a compact trailing plant to 30cm tall, with light purple flowers veined and flushed with deeper reddish-purple towards the throat, opening from late spring to late autumn
Common Name: petunia ‘Petitunia Happy Dream’
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: Pale Purple and Dark Purple 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 a problem
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Grow in light, well-drained soil in full sun, with shelter from drying winds. Plant out after frosts have passed
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

It is time to think about petunia seeds


 

Growing petunia from seeds is very enthralling. We have posted a video guide how to plant petunia from seeds.

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Muscari armeniacum


Muscari are bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves and small bell-shaped, tubular or urn-shaped flowers borne in a dense raceme on an erect leafless stem

M. armeniacum is a strong-growing bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with narrow, arching green leaves and erect stems bearing dense spikes of white-tipped, deep violet-blue, egg-shaped flowers 5mm in length in spring

Common Name: Armenian grape hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: White and Dark Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required, but remove spent foliage and cutting back in autumn may be needed
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in autumn in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Lift and divide (when dormant in summer) congested clumps to maintain vigour. May be invasive
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow