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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

Conophytum obcordellum


Conophytum are dwarf succulent perennials forming clumps of “bodies” comprising a pair of very fleshy leaves, united in the lower part, with solitary daisy-like flowers appearing from the central fissure; the leaves usually shrivel after floweringC. obcordellum is a mat-forming succulent with greyish, ellipsoid leaf-pairs and white flowers 1.5cm across in late summer
Common Name: obcordellate cone plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a mixture of two parts each sharp sand and loam and one part leaf mould, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water sparingly when in growth and keep completely dry at other times. No additional fertilizer is needed
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

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

Dahlia ‘Harvest Samantha’ (Sin/Lil)


Dahlia are tuberous rooted perennials with pinnately divided leaves and showy flower-heads, double in many cultivars, in summer and autumn

Single-flowered Lilliput dahlias are dwarf plants to 40cm tall, with single flowers to 3cm across, and are well suited to container cultivation

‘Harvest Samantha’ grows to 70cm in height, with single, deep rose-pink flowers 5.5cm across

Common Name: dahlia ‘Harvest Samantha’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn or Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Aphids, leaf miners, glasshouse red spider mite and slugs are common pests. Earwigs sometimes damage blooms. Capsid bug and caterpillars are occasional pests
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering. Cut back to near ground level in the autumn, before lifting and storing for the winter
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter and general purpose fertiliser, in full sun. Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushy plants and stake. Water freely in dry periods. Lift and store tubers in autumn to replant or use as a source of cuttings in spring
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers 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.


 

Calibrachoa Superbells Pink ‘Uscali11’ PBR (Superbells Series)


Calibrachoa are tender woody-based perennials usually grown as annuals, mostly trailing in habit, with simple leaves and petunia-like, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long periodSuperbells Pink is a compact, bushy or slightly trailing plant to 25cm tall, with deep pink flowers, yellow in the throat, from late spring to autumn
Common Name: calibrachoa [Superbells Pink]
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: Pink in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Trailing
Habit: Can get aphids, slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: A sunny, sheltered site is essential for the best flowers
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

 

The best Calibrachoa seeds


Production Tips for Growers: Million Bells Calibrachoa

 

Wonderful Calibrachoa

 

 

Fantastic rhododendrons in your garden

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Gardening advice: how to plant a huge rhododendron

 

Dianthus ‘Anders Kath Phillips’


Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrantPerpetual flowering carnations are half-hardy evergreen perennials grown under glass for cut flowers and for exhibition. Given temperatures above 10C, they can flower all year round, the blooms to 10cm across, sometimes scented’Anders Kath Phillips’ is an evergreen perennial with grey-green leaves and pale, creamy-yellow flowers with each petals finely edged with deep purple
Common Name: carnation ‘Anders Kath Phillips’
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Color flower: Dark Purple and Pale Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Slugs and aphids may be a problem
Pruning: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertiliser in spring
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants


How to care about dianthus