Monthly Archives: March 2017

First Spring Flowers in My Garden

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Puschkinia scilloides


Puschkinia is a dwarf bulbous perennial with erect basal leaves and racemes of star-shaped pale blue flowers, each tepal with a darker blue central stripe

P. scilloides has narrowly strap-shaped leaves and very pale blue flowers, each tepal with a darker blue central stripe, 12mm across, in spring

Common Name: striped squill
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Blue and Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grows well in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Spring in your Garden -Nice Pictures and Great Ideas for your Garden from Groweris

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Keukenhof Gardens. Holland

Keukenhof Gardens. Holland

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Dieffenbachia ‘Tropic Snow’


Dieffenbachia are evergreen perennials with large, ovate leaves which are usually attractively mottled with white or yellow; flowering spathes are seldom produced in cultivation

‘Tropic Snow’ is a compact, almost stemless plant with ovate creamy-green leaves with darker green margins and midrib

Common Name: dumb cane ‘Tropic Snow’
Family: Araceae
Hardiness: H1a (heated greenhouse – tropical)
Color foliage: Cream and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: New growth is susceptible to damage by aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in bright filtered light with high humidity. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth and keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

Narcissus ‘Merlin’


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Small-cupped daffodils have solitary flowers with the cup one-third the length of the perianth segments, or less, usually flowering in early and mid-spring

‘Merlin’ is a perennial bulb to 45cm tall, the 7.5cm wide flowers with broad, pure white perianth segments and small, wide-open, red-rimmed yellow cups

Common Name: daffodil ‘Merlin’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Red, White and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Bellis perennis


Bellis are perennials forming a rosette of spoon-shaped leaves, with daisy-like flower-heads, often double in cultivars, from early spring to late summer

B. perennis is an evergreen perennial forming rosettes of dark green, spoon-shaped leaves, with small, solitary, yellow-centred, pink-tinged, white daisies in late spring and summer

Common Name: daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Pink, White and Yellow in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained soil. Deadhead to avoid self-seeding
Garden characteristics: Wildflower meadow

Primula ‘Tantallon’ (Pe)


Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem

Petiolares primulas are rosette-forming herbaceous perennials dying back to a tight rosette or resting bud in winter, with umbels of flowers

‘Tantallon’ is a rosette-forming deciduous perennial to 10cm tall, with toothed, grey-green leaves and clusters of light violet-blue flowers with white eyes, opening in late winter and spring

Common Name: primrose ‘Tantallon’
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Blue in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to damage by slugs and snails, vine weevil, aphids, woodlice, earwigs and cutworms
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in deep or partial shade in moist but sharply drained acid soil; protect from excessive winter wet
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Primula veris (Pr)


Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem

Primula section primulas can be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, forming a rosette of oblong or obovate leaves and with clusters or umbels of salver-shaped flowers in winter or spring




P. veris is a semi-evergreen perennial to 25cm, with a rosette of distinctly stalked, oblong-ovate leaves and upright stems bearing umbels of nodding, bell-shaped, fragrant rich yellow flowers 1.5cm in width

Common Name: common cowslip
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Dark Yellow in Spring
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 aphids, vine weevil, slugs, leaf and bud eelworms and glasshouse red spider mite
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow as biennials for bedding and in a container or rock garden. Favours a sheltered position in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Wildflower meadow or Wildlife Gardens