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Bulb of the Month: Foxtail Lilies

Bulb of the Month: Foxtail Lilies

Eremurus – the giants of spring These plants are extraordinary in every way. Commonly known as foxtail lilies, they're native to the high altitude plains in Asia, where each spring they produce...

Posted in: Dugald's Bulb of the Month, Flower Bulbs

Paul’s Plant Pick: <em>Tricyrtis formosana </em>‘Dark Beauty’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’

As the cool nights of autumn set in, we gardeners are reminded that the main growing season is drawing to a close. However,  passionate plantsmen know that the garden is not coming an end. A...

Posted in: Perennials

Garden Destinations: Highgrove – A Royal Garden

Garden Destinations: Highgrove – A Royal Garden

Getting to visit the garden of HRH Prince Charles requires lots of advance planning and even if you do get an appointment it might not happen. Word has it that if HRH decides (at his whim) that your...

Posted in: Garden Destinations with Veronica, Public Gardens

Wild about Design: Foliage

Wild about Design: Foliage

Anna Pavord said it best: “A garden that is all flowers is like a cake that is all icing.”  The antidote to the saccharine sweetness of short-lived blooms is foliage. Too many flower colours...

Posted in: Design, Wild about Design with Sara

Paul’s Plant Pick: <em>Heptacodium miconioides</em> (Seven Son Plant)

Paul’s Plant Pick: Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Plant)

This is very special garden specimen (aka Seven Son Flower) that although in cultivation after its discovery in 1907, is sadly very rare in its native environment of central China. Habit loss...

Posted in: Paul's Plant Picks, Shrubs, Trees & Vines

Paul’s Plant Picks: Calamint

Paul’s Plant Picks: Calamint

Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta)  This week I'd like to highlight a wonderful herbaceous perennial that is slowly becoming available through local garden centres. Calamintha nepeta ssp....

Posted in: Perennials

Bulb of the Month: Colchicum = Instant gratification

Bulb of the Month: Colchicum = Instant gratification

I've been involved with flower bulbs for much of my life and in all that time I've never understood why everyone doesn't grow Colchicum (a.k.a. autumn crocus, naked ladies or meadow saffron)....

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Tips for planting bulbs

Tips for planting bulbs

Choose a planting area with good drainage so the bulbs won’t rot. Plant larger bulbs (daffodils, tulips and hyacinths) 20 centimetres (eight inches) deep; smaller bulbs such as crocus should...

Posted in: Flower Bulbs

Collect and donate seeds for 2013 Seed Exchange

Collect and donate seeds for 2013 Seed Exchange

Collecting seeds from your garden is a great way to share your favourite plants with other members of the TBG. Follow these tips when harvesting seeds for the 2013 Seed Exchange. Flowers that...

Posted in: Gardening How-Tos

Paul’s Plant Picks: Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’

Paul’s Plant Picks: Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’

Many gardeners are familiar with golden coneflowers such as Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm,’ seen blooming en masse in the background of this image. But “reliable, long blooming, and unique”...

Posted in: Paul's Plant Picks, Perennials

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