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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Top #Shrubs #Trees and #Perennials for Colour Now

These are just some of the flowers that have caught my eye this week. So much is bursting into flower. 

A lot of the cherry trees and Amalanchia 's blossom are just finishing and the Malus are now out.

Malus blossom (Crab Apple Tree)

All the Dicentra's including the classic bleading heart Spectabils are just fantastic. Such incredible show stoppers. I do love these little formosa s though they are more closely related to the wild plants. They are lovely with ferns and hostas, Polemonium (Jacobs Ladder) primula, bluebells, Aquligia and the usual woody shady mix.

Dicentra formosa 'Alba'
This Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles' Mauve' below has its well deserved Award of Garden  Merit from the RHS. It grows and flowers so well in the alkaline soils around Buckingham. Its highly recommended by us for producing such a lots of flower and not just in the summer months.  I don't think it has stopped in my garden. Its not surprising that lots more varieties of Erysimum are arriving.

Erysium 'Bowles Mauve'

Pieris 'Silver Flame'

Pieris is a hardy plant with not only excellent fiery juvenile foliage its also evergreen and has very pretty flowers. Four good reasons to choose it for your garden. Here I grow it in a pot because it doesn't like the Rhododendron it doesn't like lime and my soil is exceptionally alkaline. It is n excellent choice for containers.

Pulsatila (The pasque flower)

 Pulsatila is such a a sweet little alpine . It must have a well drained position but it is hardy. Its so photogenic, I love the fluffy seed heads after its flowered.

English Blue Bells

The blue bells are almost out in my garden, its like waiting for a theatre performance to start.

 Viburnum tinus

We have to celebrate the viburnum tinus and all the new varieties with slight variations. Those like 'Spirit','French White' and 'Gwendllian' All are lovely and bring us long lasting early flowers and a strong lush green shrub.
Quick note: If your are unlucky enough to get a touch of viburnum beetle. Get some air into the plant. I cut my bush into a lolly pop which is idea because the little pest require
 the dark undergrowth beneath the plant to thrive. Cut off the messy leaves and take as much as you can from underneath. Thin out the foliage a least to allow some air flow through the bush. Mine has recovered really well.
Viburnum Burkwoodii

The viburnum family is  quiet big and provides us with some lovely big shrubs with blousey fragrant blooms. I am a big fan of the evergreen Viburnum Burkwoodii for its lovely Autumn colour as well as its sweet scented blossom also out now.

This list could go on forever the Magnolias are in flower the ribes (flowering current) are gorgeous the cistus praecox and forysytha are all out but I shall finish with chaeomeles or flowering quince. Its out in its full glory now. Some varieties are japonica which mean comes from Japan it is not the actual name of the plant as we are  frequently asked for a japonica. Quiet often customers do mean Chaeomeles or Skimma.


This plant is often seen grown as a self sporting wall shrub where it does very well. It come in  different colours including pinks and whites. The red is striking ('Crimson and Gold') It also produces the ornimental pear in the Autumn which you can eat after a lot of cooking as it rather hard. They can be grown as a in a border or against a wall. Sun or partial shade. They flower on old wood so never prune them in early spring or you will cut the flowers off but you will want to prune them because they make long branches, so prune after they have flowered. If you train the branches out of you wall shrub you will get more flowers as you do with most shrubs and fruit. 

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