Tag Archives: plant of the month

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis - suburban-gardenCheck out my plant of the month for August; the simply stunning Verbena bonariensis http://tinyurl.com/okuu49l

These purple heads that attract pollinators stand out well when planted either singly or en masse in between a range of grasses. What are your plants of the month for August?

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Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

Pulmonaria 'Opal' - suburban-gardenMarch’s plant of the month is Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ bringing a welcome entry into spring.

There is just something really appealing about the green leaves with silver blotched all over them and then the flowers themselves are so dainty. This is a versatile, neat, low-maintenance plant that is happy to grow in shady places and will not spread like wildfire.

Pulmonarias are also useful early sources of nectar for insects such as bees who have just emerged from hibernation and are looking to feed growing nests.
 
Find out more about Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ at: suburban-garden.

Primula ‘Tie Dye’

Primula 'Tie Dye' - suburban-gardenFebruary’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?

Anenome x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' - suburban-garden 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?

Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best Yellow’

Crocosmia 'Pauls' Yellow Best' - suburban-gardenJuly’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.

Read more at: suburban-garden.

Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Achillea Moonshine - suburban-garden

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?

Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' - suburban-gardenMay’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.

What’s your favourite plant for attracting pollinators, butterflies and other wildlife?