Last year we ran a competition on social media offering entrants the opportunity to win the prize of two tickets to Keukenhof on a two-day trip, including a tour of the famous gardens and bulb fields. Selected at random, our lucky winner was Margaret Noble who the team at Farmer Gracy had the pleasure of welcoming to The Netherlands in April 2019 for this special trip, along with her daughter Joanne!
With the right choice of plants, shady areas can be just as colourful and beautiful as the sunnier parts of the garden. It’s all down to selecting plants which will thrive in the lower light levels and bloom at different times of the year to provide a non-stop colour flow which just keeps on giving. For reliable spring colour, no shady border should be without Erythronium, also known as Dog’s Tooth Violet!
There is absolutely no doubt that dramatic jungle foliage is all the rage at the moment. But not only are exotic, architectural plants top of the trends, these leafy delights are fabulously splendid in their own right and can be every bit as beautiful and striking as flowers. Colocasias (or ‘Elephant Ears’) are stepping into the spotlight this season!
Looking for something big and impressive to blast high-impact punchiness to your summer planting schemes? Then you must give Hedychiums a try! Also known as Ginger Lilies or Kahili Ginger, these super-charged treasures throw out tall, upright stems of bold banana palm-like leaves which pad out your planting space with lush, jungle-like greenery. Secondly, from late-summer through to autumn these sturdy stems are topped off with a truly fabulous, chunky and dense flowerhead formed of highly fragrant intricate blooms!
Whether your garden is a bijou urban hideaway or you have extensive borders to fill in a coastal or cottage garden (or any style in between) here’s a truly versatile and refreshing plant which is easy to grow and suits all themes. Trendy Acidanthera murielae, sometimes known as Gladiolus murielae or Abyssinian gladiolus, likes to soak up the sun and is just great for growing in pots as well as borders where it will light up your garden with its long-lasting and fragrant white starry flowers from August to autumn.