The fruits of our bulb planting labour are beginning to show themselves with the beautifully bright, early tulip ‘Orange Emperor’. Just the burst of colour needed in these warm spring days and a great contrast to all the fresh green foliage shooting up. It gets us excited about what’s on the back burner. Lots more to come but […]
Now is the perfect time to be planting your bulbs. Tulipa ‘Orange Emperor’ and Allium ‘Forelock’ are amongst our favourites this year. We can’t wait to see them come up in spring and early summer after all the back breaking bulb planting.
Looking at their best this month are the lofty Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. A wonderfully structural, upright grass with so many uses in the garden, including providing winter interest. The flower stems look particularly stunning when they fade to yellow.
Helleborus niger or Christmas Rose is one of the earliest flowering plants; this useful little evergreen can brighten up shady areas in the garden. This particular variety has dark foliage, contrasted by simple upturned white flowers which stand loud and proud on those dreary Feb days.
Our Really Nice Plant of the month is the Cornus sanguinea ‘Magic Flame’. Cornus are fantastic for Winter interest in the garden. This deciduous shrub reveals bright orange and red stems after shedding it’s leaves, which also redden in Autumn. Colours best in full sun but will cope with partial shade.