Plant of the Month…
Plant of the month is an initiative from Planters that highlights month by month great planting ideas and great plants, in order to help you create a garden that is full of colour and interest throughout the year. Each month will feature reliable and trustworthy plants that are guaranteed to perform well in almost any garden.
January – Witch Hazel
In the dark days of winter, the scented flowers of witch hazel are utterly beguiling These superb winter flowering shrubs are known for their long flowering of between four and six weeks. The beautiful spidery flowers exude a sublime spicy fragrance Their colours range form pale yellow through orange and strong reds.
February – Hellebores
Hellebores (Sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose) are perennial garden plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. Some species are grown for their striking evergreen architectural foliage.
March – Red Wine Hebes
The red wine Hebe collection consists of four varieties bred and grown locally by nursery Propagation Manager Karl O’Neill. Each variety has been selected for its distinctive colouring and habit. Hebe Claret Crush has perfectly tiny leaves of striking deep purple forming a tight rounded habit. Hebe Burgundy Blush has deep red foliage darkening in the colder weather with a much more spreading habit. Hebe Merlot Memories has a sensational reddish brown colouring to the leaf tips, undersides and stems. Hebe Ruby Port has the most gorgeous purple foliage and young red stems.
April – Perennial Wallflowers
Perennial Wallflowers provide a massive flush of colour from early spring and by deadheading regularly can be kept flowering well into the summer. Available in an eye-catching range of colours including pinks, purples, yellows and oranges. Ideal for garden borders but also great in a decorative container. They are very easy to grow making them ideal for a beginner.
May – Petunia ‘Night Sky’
Petunia Night Sky is the worlds 1st speckled flowering Petunia. No other Petunia can boast the starry speckled pattern of this unique bloom. White speckles against a deep purple-blue backing recreate a clear night sky. You’ll get lost gazing at the myriad of patterns – each flower is totally unique.
June – Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’
You’ll love the beautifully coloured flowers of Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ set against unique rich, bronze foliage. This hardy Peruvian Lily are compact with an upright habit, ensuring that stems are still a good length for cutting. The perfect perennial for borders and patio containers where it will flower continuously from June- November.
July – Dahlias
Few flowers can equal the sheer flamboyance of the dahlia. Dahlias offer such a huge range of brilliant colours, in singles, doubles, spiky and pom-pom forms. Despite having the reputation for being drama queens, dahlias are very easy to grow. However like many things in life the more you put in the more you get out. Dahlias are prolific over many months so appreciate a good feed to keep performing at their best. A well fed Dahlia will produce more flowers with brighter colours and stronger stems.
August – Salvias
Salvias are invaluable for summer and autumn colour and are loved by bees and butterflies. Their colour range is outstanding; intense blues, vibrant scarlets, soft yellows, apricots and pinks. They are extremely versatile being happy in a traditional herbaceous border, planted in a rose garden or even in a summer bedding scheme. They also perform brilliantly in summer patio pots planted with geraniums and fuchsias too.
September – Rudbeckia
Rudbeckias are some of the most robust and attractive plants around. They are no-fuss plants that require little more than an average soil and full sun. The cheerful yellow and orange daisy flowers of rudbeckia brighten up the late summer garden. Rudbeckias pair well with Echinacea and various kinds of ornamental grasses to give a priory garden effect.
October – Skimmia
Skimmias are the ideal winter plant with fabulous flowers and berries. They make a great beginner plant as they are hardy, easy to grow and require very little maintenance. They also grow well in containers and look superb surrounded by tulips and winter bedding. The female varieties produce brilliant berries in the autumn, however they will need a male plant to pollinate.
November – Cornus
Cornus come into their own during the winter months when the bright stems are on full show. They come in a range of stem colours from bright red, through orange to yellow Cornus are very easy to grow, tolerating conditions from very wet to very dry and from full sun to partial shade.
December – Sarcococca
Christmas Box are one of those understated shrubs that can go almost unnoticed all year until the day they burst into subtle bloom and start belting out their sweet fragrance Flowering from December until March this wonderful shrub is perfect planted by the edge of a path or close to the front door, anywhere that its incredible vanilla scent won’t be missed.