Plant Advice Blog

Hemerocallis
This easy-to-grow, extremely tolerant group of plants produces lots of colourful flowers and for those who are just venturing into gardening or have little time Hemerocallis (Daylilies) require alm...
15 September •  4 min read
Epimedium
It’s difficult to say why, but I always feel a touch of joy when I spot an epimedium. These delightful spring flowering plants with delicate flowers and handsome leaves are neither glamorous nor sh...
15 September •  4 min read
Geum
Geums are colourful, cheerful and easy-to-grow. The flowers remind me of the strawberry plant; pretty and simply shaped, some produce dangling cup-shaped bells while others raise their heads revea...
15 September •  2 min read
Perscaria
(Bistort or Knotweed) Persicaria are handsome, carefree plants that can be divided into two - ones that are big and ones that are small....
15 September •  5 min read
Echinacea
Put Echinacea (Coneflower) into Google; and the few first pages list the plant's medical properties. But there is more to an Echinacea than a pill or powder.
15 September •  6 min read
Delphinium
These stalwarts of the grand herbaceous border offer structure and well-defined height. Although there are many named varieties, most are expensive and difficult to obtain.
15 September •  2 min read
Hardy Geraniums
(Hardy Geranium) Indispensable, easy to grow and often long-flowering, what more does any gardener want from a plant? We are, of course, talking about hardy geraniums as opposed to the brightly col...
15 September •  5 min read
Helenium
Heleniums are also known as Sneezeweed, a name that refers to the unfounded ability to cause hay fever. They seem to have been largely unknown as a garden plant before the end of the 19th century, ...
15 September •  2 min read
Echinops
Echinops, or Globe Thistles, are one of those plants that you either know or you don’t. Popular with gardeners who have space and big, deep herbaceous borders, they tend to be ignored by those who ...
15 September •  2 min read
Perennials for cutting
Perennials have been grown as cut flowers for many years. Long before the Dutch flower markets became the main source for cut flowers, British nurseries, especially around London, grew perennials p...
06 June •  6 min read
Intermediate Bearded Irises
This group of delightful irises fills the flowering period and size gap between Dwarf Bearded and Tall Bearded irises...
01 April •  2 min read
A Guide To Choosing Perennials
I would say this wouldn't I, but perennials are essential to every garden, easy to grow and maintain, and provide months of colour, year-after-year. But with so many perennials to choose from selec...
06 March •  4 min read
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