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
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.