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Geranium maderense – nice and wonderful flower


Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

G. maderense is a robust but short-lived evergreen perennial or biennial to 1.5m, with attractively dissected leaves to 20cm in length and large panicles of purplish-pink flowers 4cm across, with darker centres

Common Name: giant herb robert
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Spring, Summer and Winter
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow outdoors in well-drained soil in either sun or shade in frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-based compost with added sharp sand in bright filtered light. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of new leaves and flowers
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Mediterranean Climate 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

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

Cyclamen cilicium


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

C. cilicium is a tuberous perennial with broad, heart-shaped leaves, mottled with silver above and purplish beneath, and pale or rosy-pink flowers 2-3cm in width, with reflexed, twisted petals marked with purple at the base, opening in autumn

Common Name: Cilician cyclamen
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Pink and Purple in Autumn
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Grey/Silver , Purple and Dark Green in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Mice and squirrels may be a problem; vine weevil can attack pot-grown plants
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 5cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


Cyclamen is fantastic indoor flower for winter season.

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Sicilian Pink’


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

‘Sicilian Pink’ is a climbing annual to 1.8m, with strongly fragrant flowers 2.5cm across, the standard petals vivid cerise, the wing petals white flushed with purple

Common Name: sweet pea ‘Sicilian Pink’
Family: Papilionaceae
Color flower: Purple and Red in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn and Summer
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, slugs, snails and thrips
Pruning: Deadhead regularly and cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light dappled shade. Incorporate well-rotted organic manure before planting and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks when in growth. Deadhead regularly
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Wall-side Borders

Chrysanthemum ‘Gold Mundial’


Chrysanthemum are erect woody-based perennials with aromatic, pinnately lobed leaves and flowerheads of diverse form, from late summer to late autumnMedium-flowered Indoor Anemone flowered chrysanthemums are tender perennials with single flowerheads, the inner florets enlarged forming a dome-shaped central boss

‘Gold Mundial’ is a free-flowering spray chrysanthemum with anemone-centred flowers, the florets dull gold, paler on the reverse

Common Name: chrysanthemum ‘Gold Mundial’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to leaf and bud eelworms, aphids, glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite and capsid bug
Pruning: Pinch out growing tips and disbud as required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in a cold frame in a loam-based potting compost and move into a warm glasshouse in early autumn. Provide bright filtered light with good ventilation and a minimum temperature of 10 °C. During the growing season water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser weekly
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’


Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

‘Golden Mop’ is an evergreen dwarf conifer making a small, rounded shrub. Foliage golden-yellow, cord-like in short sprays

Common Name: sawara cypress ‘Golden Mop’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil. Can scorch
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Autumn is amazing!

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