Hummingbird friendly..

Hosta 'Liberty' Now I am taking text from another source, but superlatives aside, find little to fault in the description, except for the reference to Hummingbirds, which in London at least, is a stretch. The extraordinarily thick, dark green leaves of Hosta 'Liberty' are edged with an astonishingly wide, golden yellow border, changing to cream in…

Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy – and Bluebell

The Isabella Plantation is an ornamental woodland garden within Richmond Park and it is ablaze with colour at the moment with rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells at their very best.Pink and orange, red and white, yellow and blue, yellow and orange, orange and blue, purple and red - hot clashes and cool combinations. Probably the best…

Trilliums at RHS Harlow Carr

A woodland spot and an impressive stand of trilliums with purple flame-flowers above distinctive leaves. Trillium chloropetalum is one of the more robust trilliums and makes impressive spring clumps as here, at RHS Harlow Carr. Nearby were Trillium flexipes White and Trillium erectum, below

Highgrove here I come… more tree ferns please

  Dicksonia antarctica (tree fern) - a dramatic addition to any shady garden, creating an umbrella of very large, feathery, bright green fronds, measuring up to 3m long, turning dark green as they age. A fibrous, rough, hairy-mossy trunk though, as the plant is slow-growing, you will have to pay significantly for if you want…

Auricula Theatre

Calling into Kew this afternoon (I am making the most of my Hillier Gardens membership card), the plant centre had the most beautiful collection of auriculas, yours for £10 each, including Victorian clay pot! Difficult not to fall in love, sell the family silver and start a collection...

Plants for a shady garden?

Very probably the No. 1 Frequently Asked Question I hear deals with shade and what to plant in the supposedly inhospitable, gloomy parts of the garden.  Of course there are different kind of shade, from buildings, fences, other plants, overhanging trees, deep shade, dappled shade, dry shade, damp shade, partial shade, at different times of…