Of all the shady characters I’d be happy to have in my garden, the lovely, leafy hostas (more commonly known as plantain lilies) surely are at the top of the list. Originally, hostas come from China, Korea and Japan (where they are known as giboshi). In their natural homes they flourish in dappled shade and rich, moist soil. They were first introduced to Europe about 260 years ago, and became an instant hit thanks to the luxuriant nature of their leaves, and the delicacy and fragrance of their lily-like flowers!
Reliable, resilient and repeating every year – these are just some of the reasons why growing bare root perennials is so satisfying, not to mention their quintessential cottage-garden charm. Returning every year, their ability to make more of an impact each time means that by planting perennials you’re making an investment which will just keep rewarding you for years to come! ↑ Beautiful planting combo of Stachys (Alpine Betony) and Geranium (Cranesbill) Also noteworthy is their typically low-maintenance nature which means you don’t have to make too much of a fuss to get them to do well. The determination of hardy perennials is undeniable, once they’re happy in their place they just keep on giving! Why choose bare root perennials? If...
Shake up your style with a contemporary twist of tropical colour, courtesy of leafy, lush and exotic Caladiums! These exotic, almost Jurassic-looking plants with intricate veining, bright colour bursts or funky speckled markings prove that foliage can be every bit as exciting as flowers, offering a trendy modern alternative to traditional bedding displays!
There’s a suitable plant for every spot in the garden – even the overlooked or tricky areas can be filled with stunning seasonal details. If you have an area of bare soil beneath a tree, below shrubs or in a ferny corner, you can give it satisfyingly rewarding and refreshing little lift by planting low maintenance, easy-to-grow Cyclamen hederifolium.
Bring the outdoors in with a host of spectacular autumn and winter flowering bulbs which can be enjoyed in your home in a vase or pot. When the weather turns chilly and jobs to do in the garden become fewer, a bit of indoor gardening with indoor flowering bulbs is a satisfying way to keep your fingers green and makes a lovely little winter project. There are various bulbs which you can grow successfully indoors, even without any pre-chilling, preparation or faff. Here are our top three: