A – Zantedeschia

The Calla Lily, Zantedeschia The ghostly-white and deep purple-blacks of the Arum Lily retain their pre-eminence and they are glorious, but these cheery yellows and vibrant oranges take the plant out of the gothic (or goths) and into more upbeat company. Rich soils, moist, full sun with winter protection.

Quintessentially English

Lavender angustifolia Hidcote. A strong blue-purple to this compact lavender, one of the brightest saturated colours in the lavender range - especially when multiplied through lines and drifts - and a beautiful companion to roses (despite their differing cultural needs). A little benign neglect, nothing too rich in the compost or feeding regime, excellent drainage…

Smoke

Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple and Cordyline australis I know that the Cotinus coggygria is commonly known as the Smoke Bush and have always liked the cloud-like seed heads that fluff around the stems and later roll over the ground like ghostly tumbleweed, or aerial frogspawn. But looking out through the back bedroom window earlier this week,…

Hearts of Gold

Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold 'Hearts of Gold' is a spreading, often multi-stemmed, deciduous tree with heart-shaped leaves that open red, turn golden-yellow with maturity and green toward the centre of the tree. Reddish-purple flowers bloom in spring on bare stems, before the leaves. A refreshing alternative to the ruby-red variety, though there I love…

Bring me sunshine…

Sunflowers Bring me Sunshine, in your smile, Bring me Laughter, all the while, In this world where we live, there should be more happiness, So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow, Make me happy, through the years, Never bring me, any tears, Let your arms be as warm as the…