A charming little plant that asks for very little and yet rewards hugely when flowering season arrives each and every year.
Bearded irises are rated amongst the most beautiful of all the flowering perennials and they have also, over many centuries, been used by herbalists and cultivators for their medicinal, culinary and cosmetic properties.
A gardener’s curiosity is piqued every time adverts appear for ‘new’ plants (most often new hybrids of older varieties and hybrids).
Scabiosa incisa is another indigenous species, is favoured by butterflies. The flowers are light purple, mauve or white and bloom from September to December.
The blue Lobelia that most gardeners know is a tiny edging plant that is unparalleled for its intensity of blue.
Falling in love three or more times a day (and not getting into trouble) is a distinct possibility when you have hellebores in your garden.
The exceptional beauty and diversity of their floral form make Ericas irresistible to gardeners; these three species are well suited to cultivation.
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ has bright to dark pink flowers and a more compact, bushy growth pattern. ‘Siskiyou Pink’ looks lovely simply planted up in a row of clay pots.
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ has light pink flowers and its new leaves are a rich maroon shade. Plant it in the foreground of border gardens, combined with other perennials that have silver-grey foliage.
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Jingle Bells’ has snow-white flowers that look like butterflies. It looks really beautiful planted in large quantities in a white garden. When tougher perennials come up in conversation, we seldom mention the delicate-looking Gaura lindheimeri, yet this attractive native of North America easily survives both extreme cold and short periods of drought. […]