Salvias are now extremely popular in many styles of garden. We grow them in our own and often include them in garden designs for their long flowering season, usually until the first frosts. They are generally easy to look after, just requiring some dead heading throughout the summer and pruning once a year in late
As we near the end of the perennial season it doesn’t have to be the end of planting in your garden. Shrubs can be a great addition for beautiful flower displays, some are highly scented in Winter when little else is growing, and others have variegated or colourful foliage - a perfect foil for summer
The aspect of a garden relates to how the sun moves the shade around your garden and it affects how every plant or tree grows in your space. Here in the UK, it is preferred to have a south facing garden as this is where the sun spends most of its time warming the soil
Perennials are the plants that grace our gardens year after year with their variety of brilliant colours and unique foliage. After a few years in the garden some of these perennials may start to produce smaller blooms, develop bald spots in their crown or may even need a lot of staking to prevent falling over.
It may be September but it’s been so dry that your plants will definitely need some water. Water in the mornings, if you can, as this is when the sun comes up and plants will start to use water. The foliage and soil surface is also likely to stay drier for longer than evening watering,
Now the evenings are drawing in, it’s time to starting planning for colour in the Spring, whether it’s for pots outside the front door or adding early colour to borders. Bulbs are an easy choice, just plant them and forget about them over the winter and they will bring promise of warmer days to come
Perennials can be expensive to buy, so why not try growing your own from seed? You can collect seeds in late summer from your favourite perennials and store them until it’s time to sow in spring. Here are some tips on how to do this: Collecting Seeds Collect ripe seed on a dry day,