Category Archives: Patio

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

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

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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.

Today we have some new guides for you:


 

Growing petunias

Pulsatilla vernalis – is it real?


Pulsatilla are herbaceous perennials forming clumps of finely dissected leaves, with solitary, hairy bell-shaped or cup-shaped flowers followed by silky-plumed seed-headsP. vernalis is a semi-evergreen perennial forming a clump to 10cm in height, with finely divided leaves and bell-shaped white flowers 6cm in width, nodding in bud, later upward-facing, followed by silky seed-heads
Common Name: lady of the snows
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Leave faded flowers as seedheads are an attractive feature
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in very gritty, moist but sharply drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. It resents root disturbance and may be difficult to establish, so plant when small and leave undisturbed. Can also be grown in pots in an alpine house
Garden characteristics: Rock Garden, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

There is a great number of perennial flowers you can plant in your garden:


Justicia brandegeeana


Justicia can be evergreen perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and spikes or clusters of tubular, 2-lipped flowers often with conspicuous bractsJ. brandegeeana is a lax evergreen shrub to 1m in height, with ovate leaves and compact arching spikes composed of conspicuous overlapping pink bracts and small tubular white flowers borne over a long period
Common Name: shrimp plant
Family: Acanthaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H1b (heated greenhouse – subtropical)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow under glass or in a sheltered frost-free environment. Pinch out tips to promote compact plants. Best replaced when they become leggy
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Also we would like to offer some wonderful ideas for your patio:


Ipheion ‘Alberto Castillo’


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring’Alberto Castillo’ is a deciduous perennial to 20cm tall, with narrow light green leaves and white flowers 4cm wide, each petal with a faint green central stripe, flowering in late winter and spring
Common Name: starflower ‘Alberto Castillo’
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: White in Winter
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Pale Green in Spring and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas. In containers best grown in loam based compost such as John Innes No. 2 with added leafmould and grit. Under glass grow in bright filtered light
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants

This wonderful flower are perfect for Patio.
Te following plan boxes for patio can be very useful for your garden:


Mammillaria zeilmanniana


Mammillaria are spiny cacti with spherical or columnar stems, often in clusters, with many prominent tubercles, and funnel-shaped flowers usually in a ring near the apex of the stem

M. zeilmanniana is a cactus with clustered, almost globose stems to 6cm in height, bear reddish central spines and white radials; flowers 2cm in length, rosy-purple

Common Name: rose pincushion
Family: Cactaceae
Color flower: Purple and Dark Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by mealybugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 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: Patio/Container Plants