Bedding plants were first introduced in the 1820s where their intricate, vibrant and exotic style broke up the large landscaped gardens of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. The plant hunters of the time were discovering all manner of colourful new blooms from far flung places, the likes of which no one had ever seen before. The great stately house owners fell in love with these “novelty” plants and soon became the fashion of country estates. However, as these exotic plants needed warmth to grow, bedding was not grown by the public because it was far too expensive to produce. In 1845, when the glass tax was abolished and the majority of the population could afford greenhouses in their back garden, bedding plants were made accessible to the general public; the bedding craze of the Victorian era had begun. Continue reading
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When it comes to planting a new garden it’s important to consider the time of year. Just because the weather is cold, doesn’t mean that you can’t plant. During the warm months container planting is the best option, however now is the time to plant bare root shrubs and trees.
About Bare Root Shrubs and Trees
Bare root shrubs and trees have been grown in a field and then lifted when they are at the required age for sale. They are sold without a pot, literally having bare roots and have many advantages over potted or container grown trees. For example bare root trees can have a much larger root system, sometimes up to 200% more. The cost is less with bare root trees because of less labour and materials involved in their production and planting them is much easier because the tree is often younger, weighs less and is easier to move.
Bare root shrubs and trees are sold throughout the cooler times of the year, namely from late Autumn to early Spring, because of the nature of how the trees are delivered their roots would not be able to cope with the heat of Summer months. Therefore their roots must not be exposed to the air because they will quickly start to dry out, so keep them covered until you’re ready to plant them. Continue reading
Gerberas are one of the most vivid and vibrant flowers that we grow in our gardens and they look beautiful as potted house plants too. Their big smiling, daisy faces bring life to wherever they’re planted and their range of colours is almost infinite. Planting Gerberas in your garden not only brightens you borders but they also brighten your mood; whenever I see Gerberas I can’t help but feel warm and smile. Continue reading
Digitalis ‘Illumination’ is a foxglove with a difference! For those of you who love traditional style cottage gardens but are looking for a change from the plain, and lets face it, over used varieties, Digitalis ‘Illumination’ brings a much welcome relief from the mundane.
Digitalis ‘Illumination’ is reliably perennial, flowers for months on end and has colourings comparable to any exotic flower. Previously thought impossible, Digitalis ‘Illumination’ is an unbelievable hybrid between the common foxglove and its sub-section, Isoplexis, giving this hybrid a very unusual tropical colouring; the most spectacular foxglove you will have ever seen! Continue reading
It seems that nowadays horticulture is constantly breaking conventions. Back in October 2013 we took a look at some novelty fruit including pineberries, framberries and pink blueberries. However these fruits with an identity crisis are nothing compared to the latest horticultural breakthrough created by Thompson and Morgan. We are proud to introduce a vegetable with a split personality, the TomTato!
The plantsmen at Thompson and Morgan have really outdone themselves this time; tomatoes and potatoes on one plant and imaginatively named the TomTato, this vegetable innovation has been especially developed for the gardening market within the UK. Continue reading
What to do in the garden in February? February is the month where signs of spring appear; bulbs begin to poke through the dormant ground and wildlife, such as birds, slowly start to wake up. For us gardeners days begin to lengthen, nights become lighter and the temperature warms up. Now is the time to get on to of planning the season ahead. Think to yourself ‘what needs to be done?’ Most of the work is indoors but by the end of the month there’ll be plenty to do outdoors too. Continue reading
As this is our first blog of 2014 what better way to start than with the UKs favourite vegetable…the potato! There is nothing more satisfying than harvesting your own potatoes. Freshness and flavour alone is far superior that those bought from the supermarket. They are easy enough to grow to and if you have the space then you should definitely give it a go. Continue reading
Roses are a gardeners favourite, there’s no denying it. I fell in love with them when I first went to RHS Rosemore and saw their wonderful collection and after years of travelling around several more gardens with delightful displays, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are some of the best varieties for type, colour and overall beauty.
My All Time Favourite Five Roses
Pink Roses symbolise happiness, elegance, romance, admiration, sweetness and are the perfect Rose to say thank you. They range from subtle hints to deep, bright and vibrant shades and each has its own place in a garden. The more subtle shades should be used in calming colour planting schemes where they bring a tranquil relaxation whereas the vibrant candy pink shades add a sense of fun and liven up any area of the garden.
My Top Five Pink Roses
This repeat-flowering pink Rose, ‘Equity’, produces clusters of sumptuous, soft pink blooms throughout the season, to a backdrop of medium green glossy foliage. It has a fairly strong, sweet scent and the compact, bushy growth make it an ideal choice for borders, hedging and mixed planting. This Floribunda Rose will grow to a height of about 100cm, with a spread of 80cm. Continue reading
White Roses symbolise purity, innocence and secrecy and are associated with honour and reverence making them perfect for planting in memory of a loved one. White Roses in a garden add a serene feel yet can be as impactful as fiery and vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.