March’s plant of the month is Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ bringing a welcome entry into spring.
February’s plant of the month is the colourful Primula ‘Tie Dye’. Really easy to grow, low-maintenance perennial that will grow in borders, containers, alpine and rock beds. This plant also flowers on and off for most of the year. Read more at: suburban-garden.
Now that the grey months of December and January are behind me I’m looking forward once again to rediscovering the garden and charting the emergence of plants in the borders. So far the primulas, snowdrops and hellebores are starting to flower in our garden. What plants are flowering in your garden at the moment?
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is August’s plant of the month at suburban-garden.
This tough little plant radiates brightness during the late summer months and into autumn and can rejuvenate any lackluster flower border. Anemones do have a reputation for being invasive however they are perfect for filling large expanses and prefer partial shade, cool conditions preferably in fertile soil. Plus they also do well in containers allowing you to control their spread. Find out more at: suburban-garden.
August into September is a tough time for finding colour in flower borders; what are the plants that are flowering in your garden at the moment?
July’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’, a welcome antidote to the vibrant reds so often associated with this species.
When I planted it three years ago it was only a small nine centimetre pot plant and has spread into a 40cm clump that is now having a battle with a tough little variegated eryngium. I adore watching the almost fern-like buds start to unfurl and reveal their golden-yellow colour. These outward-facing flowers look like mini-sunbeams amid a mass of mid-green spear-shaped foliage.
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June’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Achillea ‘Moonshine’. Perfect for sunny places, this achillea is drought tolerant and will even cope with problem dry soil.
If you’ve tried achilleas before and they’ve just disappeared but you still want them in your garden then try this one as it is more hardy than other types and is less likely to topple over. Read more at suburban-garden
What’s your favourite achillea?
May’s plant of the month at suburban-garden is Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’. An attractive addition for any garden, with spiny green leaves and beautiful crimson heads, this extremely hardy thistle is a magnet for bees and other wildlife. Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/k5d9w2t
What’s your favourite plant for attracting pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife?
April’s plant of the month at is the glowing Geum ‘Moonlight Serenade’. I adore the creamy-yellow flowers that float above silver-haired stems and leaves. This plant really does brighten up a shady spot. Find out more at: suburban-garden
At the moment our garden is slowly becoming a world of colour. The kerica japonica is awash with yellow while the tulips are once again putting on a vibrant display. An unnamed pulmonaria plant that every year tries to sprawl across one of our terraces is proving to be a real bee magnet. Then right at the back of the garden underneath a slow growing conifer is a pale pink bergenia that has also captured my heart this year. What plants really make your garden come alive at this time of year?