So, making the most of the sunshine, is our selection this month, of Crocosmia, or Monbretia, as some gardeners know it.
This easy to grow, long lived perennial, is a good addition to any garden, large or small. It's upright sword like growth is topped off with elegant sprays of trumpet like flowers in orange, red, yellow, or shades thereof.
Clump forming, it can be lifted every three years or so, divided and replanted.
Some of the best varieties are as follows,
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Carmine Brilliant, which is carmine -pink with red buds, Okavango, an orange - peach colour growing to 90 cm, and Lucifer, a good tall red of around 1m. Give them a sunny spot or light shade in the afternoon for years of mid summer to autumn colour.
Crocosmia is now ready at Whitemoss.
Our selection of Hydrangeas this month comes as an easy candidate for our plant of the month award.
A plant of great charm and presence, in either the border, or on the patio in a large pot. It's resilience to pests and diseases makes it an ideal candidate for the modern garden. Flowering from now until the late summer they give sterling service.
The odd flowering stem on mature plants may be cut and hung upside down to dry for winter decoration in the winter, and dare we say, sprayed gold or silver for, yes, that Christmas word.
Hydrangeas at White moss are now ready.
Our nursery grown Eucalyptus Gunnii, or cider gum trees as they are often called, represent a pleasing addition to the garden. A sunny spot will reward you with an easy to grow shrub that suffers little in the way of pests and diseases, and is perfectly fine in our British climate.
A large shrub providing an unusual grey tone for the garden, eucalyptus is a valuable foil for other plants, and looks striking against purple or red leaves in the border. The leaves give a pleasant fragrance when crushed, and cut stems can be used to fill out a bunch of flowers for the home.
Our plants represent good value and are of a generous size ready for planting now.
Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple)
Need a stunning focal point? Look no further!
There’s an Acer for every shape and size of garden, from small weeping varieties with deeply dissected foliage adorning a delicate framework of branches through to more upright larger leaved varieties, ready to take centre stage.
Love Acers for their Fabulous Foliage in many different colours and hues. Delicate new spring leaves uncurling, heralding the coming of a new season. Amazing autumn colours. Ideal focal points. Many smaller growing varieties are great for pots. Gorgeous Graceful Habit.
Acers are small, deciduous trees. Their graceful shape and small size makes them almost unique in the tree world.
Mostly slow growing, they make beautiful additions to any garden or patio, however small or large.
Acers are pretty easy to grow. Their only demand is shelter from cold winds. They have a preference for slightly acidic soil, so if you’re growing in a pot it’s worth going for John Innes No. 2
If you’re planting in the ground, it’s worth spending a bit of effort doing a proper job. Dig the hole twice as big and deep as the pot, mix in some good quality compost or organic matter (we recommend Rose, tree & shrub compost or John Innes No. 2) Acers are not heavy feeders, so there’s no need to put any slow release fertilizer down at the time of planting.
Incorporate the compost into the soil at about 50/50 and partially backfill the hole, firm the soil (don’t compact it) and position your new Acer so that it sits at the same level in the soil as it did in the pot. Fill in the rest of the hole with your 50/50 mix, firm down and water in well.
Keep your Acer watered for the first year whilst it’s establishing.
Apply a general purpose fertilizer such as Fish Blood & Bone at the start of spring and again 6 weeks later. For Acers in pots go for Miracle Gro All Purpose soluble or slow release plant food.