Thank you for joining me for ‘Michael’s Garden’ on QVC throughout the year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the plants we tempted you with! In case you’ve mislaid your growing guides, I thought I’d refresh you with the aftercare for some of our hottest offers from 2019! Quite a few of them were perennial, so represent a fab investment, as you’ll also get joy from them in the 2nd year!
Let’s look at a few things you might have growing in your garden!
Don’t forget, you can always use the #MyQVCFind hashtag and share your plants with me 🙂
Hardy Gerbera Garvinea (our May Plant of the Month)
The revolution that is hardy Gerbera! They create a rainbow in the border, and amazingly they’re hardy and will come back each year. Your Gerbera plants will be generally hardy and live through the winter in the same way as lupins and delphiniums and such. However, if you’re in a chilly area or somewhere with wet soil, you can cover the crown of the plants with dry bracken or some straw. Be patient next spring though, as your Gerbera may not show any shoots until May, it’s one of the later plants to wake up each year…
Tree Peonies (our February Plant of the Month)
Many of you have been enjoying a few surprise blooms on your Tree Peonies in the first year, but even if you haven’t, your plants will have been establishing themselves in the soil and generally “making themselves at home”. Peonies can be fussy things, and may take a few years to settle. Don’t panic, and absolutely don’t move them!
Tree Peonies are bone hardy, down to -20C in fact, so winter care is minimal. Your plants barely need any pruning either, just trim off any dead, diseased or dying growth that has occured throughout the season.
Freesia Scented Lilies (our March TSV)
So many of you have enjoyed these Lilies; they’re big, boisterous, and smell absolutely amazing! How can you enjoy them in year 2 though? Well, your lily bulbs will be totally hardy, and happily stay in the soil, as long as it isn’t prone to waterlogging. Simply cut back the yellowing lily growth during November (don’t do it too much earlier, that foliage first needs to re-feed the bulb ready for year 2) – cut back to about 2 inches above the ground.
Next spring, you’ll see new shoots on your lily bulbs, that’ll happen around early May. Your bulb will also get a little bigger with each year that passes, and increasing it’s flower power little by little!
Rainbow Tulips (our August Plant of the Month)
You guys adored the rainbow tulips we offered back in August. We asked you to hold off on planting them out though, generally tulips are planted out during November. This is because it’s better to wait until it’s colder, and a time when soil-borne diseases will have disappeared. Plant them into well-dug soil or good compost in patio pots, as a rule plant them 3 times their own depth (so a 5cm deep bulb is planted 15cm deep!).
Don’t water your bulbs at all; they’ll be okay! They have all the goodness already within the bulb, and will shoot once the weather warms, around March. All you need is a tiny bit of patience!
Renaissance Roses (our June Plant of the Month)
The perfect rose for smaller gardens or patios, the Renaissance Roses were a big hit back in June. Bred in Denmark, these are modern, yet have the appeal of old fashioned shrub roses. They are repeat flowering, and easy to grow. In the first year, we wouldn’t recommend pruning too harshly, just let the plants relax and settle in a bit.
Each year thereafter, your Renaissance Roses are just as easy to take care of, just shear them back gently, by about 50%.
Are you the proud owner of one of our Plants of the Month from 2019? Let me know how it’s going, in the comments below!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.