When snowdrops, crocus and daffodils start to appear in the garden they bring a smile to our faces and the certain knowledge that spring is on its way. Their bright and cheerful blooms make bulbs essential in a well-planned garden. They offer a wide variety of colour and form, from bright, primary shades of Tulips to the delicate, pastel hues of Iris reticulate ‘Katherine Hodgkin’; and from the tall spikes of the Gladiolus byzantinus to the dainty bells of the smallest fritillary. Continue reading
Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are small, deciduous trees grown for their graceful habit, coloured stems or beautiful foliage. Their amazing foliage which may be deeply dissected, gives exceptional autumn colour. Many Japanese acers grow extremely slowly and are perfect in a smaller garden, or can be grown successfully in a large container.
Sensuous roses confirm the presence of early summer. The variation in fragrance and the brilliance of their blooms create a magical atmosphere in the garden. Roses contribute scent, form and colour and can easily be incorporated into any garden scheme. Continue reading
Rhododendrons produce spectacular, sometimes, strongly scented flowers, which are borne from singly or in lateral or terminal racemes (trusses) from late autumn to late summer. The individual flowers vary greatly in size and shape and are often marked with flares or spots inside. Continue reading
There are so many herbaceous perennials it’s hard to know where to start. Although the main season is from late spring to late autumn, even through the winter months Bergenia and Heuchera have a good show of leaves. If you leave the dead stems on your herbaceous perennials until the spring they can look amazing covered in frost aswell as providing seed heads for the birds to feed on during the winter. There are herbaceous perennials for all aspects and soil types, even in semi-shade. Where there is a space between, shrubs or under trees make sure you plant some herbaceous perennials, they need little attention and will repay you by flowering year after year.
The Lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus) is a hardy and very long-lived perennial that flowers in the winter and early spring. Over the years, Lenten roses form free-flowering clumps that catch the eye in any garden. They prefer a position in partial shade and rich, limy soil that is not prone to waterlogging. Lenten roses can be planted out in open soil, even in winter.
Evergreen shrubs in the winter garden provide structure, colour and fragrance. Skimmias and hollies add colour with their bright berries; the fragrances from mahonias, viburnums and Christmas box waft across the garden. Continue reading
Ready cut trees come in several different heights without roots and often already with a slice of wood on the bottom to stand them upright. At the Love Plants centre you can can choose from a large range of sizes, staff are on hand to help you make that choice. They can remove the wooden block so that you can insert it in a stand that holds water or net your tree ready for you to take home; and they will be happy to carry your tree to your vehicle or arrange delivery for you.
If you would rather purchase a tree that is either root balled or container grown so that you can pot it on each year or plant it in your garden, staff will be able to help you choose one that suit your requirements and advise you how to pot it on or plant it.
Healthy soil is essential to successful plant growth; it physically supports plants and supplies them with water, air, and a range of mineral nutrients. If the soil in your garden is not ideal it can be improved with a little time and effort. It is possible to improve it’s structure with the addition of bulky compost or well-rotted manure. Extra nutrients are easily added to the soil with fertilizers, and lime may be added to make acidic soils more alkaline. Mulches and top-dressings improve plant growth by preventing weed seeds from germinating and reducing water loss from the soil during the summer months. For container-grown plants there is a wide range of potting composts to suit every purpose.
Try the paniculata range of hydrangeas, they have frothy conical flower heads and upright growth; flowering from late summer to eary Autumn. Grow Hydrangeas in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Provide shelter form cold, drying winds. Give them a go they are spectacular!!