Plant of the month: Thuja ‘Totem Smaragd’

Do you dare to grow a conifer in your garden! Your first impression might be that they are invasive/boring/unruly* delete as appropriate here! However, times have changed, and conifers can be handsome, graceful and dare we say, sexy… Conifers could even be part of the next big trend… they’ve got colour, form, longevity, plus they’re…

Plant of the month: Lavender ‘Phenomenal’

Lloyd Traven, President of Peace Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, writes for the Mr Plant Geek blog about how my ‘Plant of the Month’, Lavender ‘Phenomenal’, was developed and what makes it different. “We had a large number of cuttings from a field that were literally melting overnight (30,000), but there was a tiny little patch…

Plant of the month: Agastache ‘Crazy Fortune’

Being a good gardener is often about being observant. Spotting the first signs of pest attack to following initiative when it comes to potting on young seedlings, your eyes often your best gardening tool! That’s also often the case when it comes to breeding brand new plants.. sometimes a new creation is not intended, but…

Plant of the month: More than meets the eye with Veronica

Sometimes, it’s not only the appearance of a look that people want to improve. It’s also about how the plant might grow, and how efficient the production is. Space and speed are important elements when it comes to great factories of plants that feed our gardens. Like any other industry, it’s got to be efficient!…

Plant your own Persian Carpet with Ajuga ‘Princess Nadia’

Have we reached peak Heuchera? This is a question I often ask myself, the same as with Hosta. With a mind-boggling amount of those plants available world-wide, I’ve been wondering which multi-coloured plant could be your grabbing our attention next? The answer lies with the baby sister of an english native. And, heck, she’s already…

Plant of the month: The new Box doppelgänger!

Box has been our ‘garden luvvie’ for many years, a familiar green-leaved shrub often wheeled out to impress the neighbours. To give that air of horticultural opulence. To containerise borders. To assure all year round display of colour. But, many years ago, Box as we know it, ran into a few problems…   Box blight…

Nepeta ‘Neptune’: The backyard social butterfly

Nepeta ‘Neptune’ is like that guy at the party who moves from group to group, you know the type, a bit of a social butterfly..? Because, what you see before you may look like herbaceous perennial, but that certainly shouldn’t limit where it spends its time in your garden. This brand new selection of Catmint…

Plant of the Month: The pollinator-friendly Diervilla ‘Honeybee’

Thanks I bet you had never heard of Diervilla until now. I certainly hadn’t! It’s one of those ‘invisible plants’, oft used in landscaping schemes. Verges, kerbs, the type of borders you don’t look twice at. However, it turns out that it’s one of the most bee friendly plants you’ll find. But, it took a…

The surprising Chelsea Flower Show winner: Sedum ‘Atlantis’

The world is changing. The way we garden is changing. But, are plants are changing with it? That’s the big question! At the recent RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there was an audible gasp when a SEDUM won the coveted Plant of the Year award. In times gone by, Sedum would be seen as the ugly…

Plant of the month: The wind-proof ‘Pink Elle’

Does your garden have a bit of a wind problem? Yeah, I’m the same, but that’s enough about that..! Windy, exposed gardens can be very awkward spots to plant up. Let alone getting the plant to establish, most plants can’t cope with the constant battering of chilly winds. What you need is a wind-proof plant,…

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…