Category Archives for Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

Planting Annuals with Perennials

Combining plants for colourful effect Annuals live for just one season, but make up for it with their spectacular display. Try mixing them with perennials in a border. This combination ensures endless variety, sizzling colour and impact throughout the summer. … Continue reading

22. August 2011 by admin
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Perennial Plants and the Perennial Border

Perennial Plants Your perennial border is like a long-term investment in the garden. It is not a transient thing so some thought must be given to the project. Don’t just rush in and sprinkle a handful of plants wherever the … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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June Flowering Perennial Plants

June SHORT Geum A brightly-coloured border plant, part of the rose family: hence the rose-like blooms. Mostly they are orange, scarlet or yellow. One variety, ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ (scarlet), won an award seventy years ago and is still very popular.. They … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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July and August Flowering Perennial Plants

July By July the era of the newly sprung dwarf and front-edgers is over. From now on the medium and tall plants will attract most attention.   MEDIUM Acanthus – Bear’s breeches This is a handsome plant with both its … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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May Flowering Perennial Plants

May May is really the month when the perennials begin to take charge of the flower garden. You can, believe it or not, even have an orchid blooming in the border then!   SHORT Cypripedium – Lady’s slipper orchid This … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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January to April Flowering Perennials

You will get few, if any, tall plants in flower much before Midsummer’s Day, and indeed very few are listed in my TALL selections. Blame this on me for an arbitrary decision: I don’t regard a plant as tall unless … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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Perennials – Years of Colour from Seed or Cuttings

Perennials Years of colour from seed or cuttings Perennials are the backbone of every small garden. There are probably more of them than of any other kind of garden plant. They are the marathon runners of the herbaceous race. Compared … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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Bedding Plants for the Back of the Border

Bedding Plants for the Back of the Border   Over 60cm (2ft) ha = hardy annual hha = half hardy annual hb = hardy biennial hhp = half hardy perennial     Althaea (hb) Hollyhock The hollyhock probably vies with … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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Edging Plants and Rock Garden Plants

Edging or Rock Garden Plants Plants that grow up to 25cm (10in) in height.   ha = hardy annual hha = half hardy annual hb = hardy biennial hhp = half hardy perennial   Ageratum (hha) A low-growing edging or … Continue reading

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Bedding Plants for the Middle of the Garden Border

Bedding Plants 25-60cm (10in – 2ft) tall This category is the border plants, from 25 to 60cm (10in to 2ft), which will usually be situated in the middle of the border.   ha = hardy annual hha = half hardy … Continue reading

28. April 2011 by admin
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