Plant of the month: The many faces of Sedum Sunsparkler

There’s such a buzz about succulents right now, but did you know they’ve been around much longer than you think, and they can be grown outdoors too. And, what’s even better, those outdoor kids are as easy to care for as their indoor siblings! You know, we all lead busy lives, and seek out shortcuts…

The bijou garden beauty: Magnolia ‘Genie’

If you were granted three wishes for a plant, what qualities would you wish for? Whatever you choose, I’m guessing the result would be a plant like Magnolia ‘Genie’! It’s a bloody handsome plant, in or out of leaf, with voluptuous, dark blooms. The size of ‘Genie’ also makes Magnolias within reach of small garden…

Aloe ‘Safari Sunrise’: The gateway to xeric landscaping

As an innovator, I am always thinking about ‘what’s next?’ Indoor cacti and succulents have been experiencing a boom over the last few years, but when that interest fades, what type of plant will be the next to trend? With low maintenance gardens in mind, there’s a new buzz word and it’s ‘xeric landscaping’, which…

The ultra luxury of Hibiscus ‘Chiffon’: Plant of the Month

This month’s feature plant has a long story dating back to the 1970s and has a fascinating history. From boyhood dreams of plant creations to a very special plant that vanished, to the painstaking creation of 20,000 contending plants and the narrow 4 week crossing window to create just one star plant. Welcome to the…

The plant that was made for touching: Senecio ‘Angel Wings’

I’ve never been fishing. I don’t see the attraction. Sitting around for hours with very little action. Just not my scene. But, this month’s plant wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for one particular fishing trip back in 2002! It’s a plant you may have seen already, as it’s certainly created a stir in the horticultural…

Start a graffiti garden with Leucothoe ‘Burning Love’

There’s a new trend in gardening and it’s very close to art. Graffitiing your garden is all the rage, and it isn’t about spray paint in the slightest! There are a fantastic range of really quite well-behaved plants that are up to the job! For easy going, low maintenance planting schemes in the garden, we…

Is this the sexiest foliage plant ever?

Plants can evoke so many senses for us; from sound of rustling foliage to air-borne fragrances to textured touch.. However, ‘Little Angel’ Physocarpus goes one better, it will seduce you! The foliage colours of this incredible plant can only be described as ‘SEXY’, evoking thoughts of dark satin sheets, red PVC and other ‘unprintables’! The…

The chic Gaultheria ‘Gaulthier Pearl’: Plant of the month

How about growing something really different in your garden? Step forward Gaultheria ‘Gaulthier Pearl’ with it’s glossy, high fashion look and pearly white berries. I really think this is a ‘designer plant’, which is not just practical, but also ready to transform the look and feel of your garden and patio. However, ‘Gaulthier Pearl’ almost…

Foliage plant of the moment Nandina ‘Blush Pink’

Every so often, a plant comes along that makes you question whether it’s actually real or not! Nandina ‘Blush Pink’ seems like some mythical being with it’s unusual pink leaves, which later transform to pillar box red. It’s an incredible show off. Well, as the saying goes ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’… Nandina is…

The Toughest Grass Carex ‘EverColor’: Plant of the Month

Some plants can be so fragile and need a lot of specialist care, and can put off beginner gardeners. That’s certainly not the case with the Carex EverColor® Series. Plants are evergreen, ‘tough as old boots’ and require very little maintenance; just a comb through once a year! Could this be the ultimate football-proof plant?…

Plant of the Month: the new Urban Clematis ‘Taiga’

We can always rely on Japanese plant breeders to bring us amazing plants, and ‘Taiga’ is a perfect example of their skills with the small and beautiful. ‘Taiga’ is a compact Clematis with intricate cool blue and green flowers. Here’s the story of how this beauty went from  small Japanese backyard to the garden centre benches…