Category: plants

13 03 2013 Comments Off

Early Spring Colour

March is a time of optimism for gardeners. We never know what the rest of the year is going to bring, but at least spring flowers give us hope that it might, just, be glorious. Besides daffodils and crocuses, which pepper our lawns and borders, early blooming perennials are beginning to bring colour in to the garden.
Most early flowering perennials thrive in areas that later in the year will be …

21 02 2013 Comments Off

The Perennial Garden In February

Believe it or not, some time during this month almost all perennials will be stirring, if not above ground then definitely below. Roots are moving and with the more adventurous perennials new leaves are easing upwards. In my garden the succulent red shoots of peonies are just poking through the soil. If you gently peel back the tops you might even see June’s flower buds forming. Others are making good …

Perennials For A Green January

I think everyone will agree that this Christmas has been a total washout – at least for all those gardeners who live in the west and north of Britain. Incessant rain has left the ground totally sodden making it impossible to get near any borders, let alone on to them and it is now time to cut back leaves and stems that are brown and soggy.
But not all is lost, …