Perfect Perennials!

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.

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Helleborus

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.

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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree…”

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.

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Back to Basics – Soil

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.

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Heavenly Hydrangeas

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!!

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The Romance of Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons are grown mainly for their 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. There are thousands of hybrids, encompassing nearly every flower colour. Some have attractive young growth, a few have decorative, exfoliating bark and a number are valued for their autumn colour.

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Perfect Perennials!

April is the perfect time to tidy up your beds and borders, remove any weeds particularly perennial ones and clear the old growth from your perennial plants. You will notice new growth appearing on your Herbaceous perennials so now is the time to put plant supports in place for the taller species i.e. Peonies, Heleniums, Campanulas etc. If plants are overcrowded or growing old and woody in the middle it’s a good time to dig them up, split them and replant young healthy sections.

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