Garden Inspiration

CATCH MY DRIFT

In the era of the Snowflake, prejudice is seen as something evil. But gardening prejudices are often useful. They can help you develop your own style. Some plants, I simply can’t get along with. The idea of growing African marigolds and chrysanthemums just seems wrong to me. However, that said, sometimes it is good to have our prejudices challenged. I used to think of spring bulbs as being a tad boring. This grew from seeing neglected front gardens overrun with [...]

START YOUR SEASON WITH HELLEBORES

Commonly known as the Lenten rose or Christmas rose these stunning plants are the first signs that spring is on the way. They produce masses of flower in a range of colours from whites, pinks, purples, to deep dark reds. They flower from early February to the end of April. They can be used in a mixed semi-shaded or woodland border but are also happy in a pot on the terrace. Hellebores are a good nectar source for our friendly pollinators as [...]

CORNUCOPIA OF CORNUS

Commonly known as the Dogwood the Cornus is a group of botanically diverse plants with a lot of year round interest to add to any planting design. Planted on mass they can be used to give winter and spring interest with their vivid stem colour. There are two species which are alba and sibirica. Dogwood are vigorous growing shrubs reaching 4 to 6 foot in high depending on variety. Dogwoods prefer a sunny position in moisture retentive soils. The second year after planting [...]