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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?

Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Achillea Moonshine - suburban-gardensuburban-garden’s plant of the month for June is Achillea ‘Moonshine’

For some the brash yellow may be a little too much in certain garden planting schemes but it really helps brighten a corner of the garden that is shrouded in shade during the afternoon. Our achillea has been in the ground for four years now and goes from strength to strength. I love the flat heads of brilliant yellow that rise above mint-green downy leaves from May to September.

I’ve found that this achillea is less susceptible to slugs and if I cut it back after its first flowering, I may encourage a second flowering. This year I may also need to replace it with new plants grown from cuttings if the stems have started to go woody. It is a little extra work but as I couldn’t have a garden without this plant I don’t mind.

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Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' - suburban-gardensuburban-garden’s plant of the month for May is the striking Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’. This ornamental thistle really does turn heads and is a magnet for pollinating insects.

We brought our first cirsium during a day-trip to the Isle of Skye about six years ago. We had visited Armadale Castle and marvelled at the beautiful plants in the grounds and found this gem of a plant in the gift shop. Suffice it to say we did get many bemused looks from the other tourists on the boat back to Mallaig as we transported this towering plant with us.

The cirsium then then spent several years growing happily in clay soil until we moved and it came with us. It was a tough job trying to dig it up but eventually the whole plant came up and it is doing well in its news home.

Read more about this beautiful plant at: tinyurl.com/k5d9w2t.

Geum ‘Bell Bank’

Geum Bell Bank - suburban-gardenApril for me is the month of geums. There is just something so adorable about their
drooping heads and bright green leaves. Geum ‘Bell Bank’ is one of the spring flowering geums that provides a wealth of colour just as daffodils and tulips are starting to fade. And I just adore the peachy- pink colour petals.

Geums are really easy to grow and extremely hardy plants. They grow well in pots and are suitable for all soil conditions except dry and heavy clay. If you have clay soil, you can still plant geums in the ground, I would just recommend that you add plenty of organic matter before planting as well as a mixture of grit and compost.

Geum ‘Bell Bank’ is more suited to being planted in more moisture retentive soil in dappled shade however other spring geums are more tolerant of full or part sun. Read more at: tinyurl.com/mecuyck.

I have started to ‘collect’ geums and grow at least ten different types in our garden. What plants have you started to collect?


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?