Ajuga – Bugle

  The Ajuga is a low growing perennial. It flowers from late April to August. The flowers are short spires that grow to a height of 4-6 inches and can vary in colour. The leaves also vary in colour. It is a plant that grows well in moist, shady areas. Ajuga will spread through the border, … Read more

Primula Auricula

I dedicate this article to my mum who loves the auricula and who planted mine in my garden for me over Easter after it had been nursed back to good plant health in my greenhouse. The primula auricula is a Spring flowering perennial. It flowers from April-May. The auricula has clusters of flowers that grow … Read more

Brunnera

  Brunnera macrophylla is a flowering perennial. It is a Forget-Me-Not that has large branching sprays of small, pale blue flowers that tower above the leaves. The flowering period is generally April to June. The leaves are large and heart shaped. They are rough to the touch and have a green colouring. Some varieties – brunnera macrophylla variegata (like mine) … Read more

Grape Hyacinth

The grape hyacinth (muscari) is a bulb. This plant has tiny balloon like, bell shaped blooms that are blue in colour and are clustered at the top of the stem. The stems are surrounded by many long, thin green leaves. The long, thin leaves grow first and then the grape hyacinth flowers from late February to May. … Read more

Helleborus

  Helleborus is an evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial. They can start flowering from mid Winter to late Spring. The helleborus has large saucer shaped blooms which may be white, green, pink or purple depending on the variety. The leaves on the helleborus are a lobed shape and provide ground cover. Helleborus generally grow to a height of … Read more

Hyacinths

Hyacinths (Hyacinthus) are a Spring flowering bulb and an indoor pot plant. They can start flowering from March to April for Roman Hyacinths and April to May for Dutch Hyacinths. Hyacinths have a couple of long green leaves and a stem with 30 or more bell shaped flowers. They have a very intense fragrance. Hyacinth … Read more

Crocus

The crocus is essentially known as a Spring flowering bulb, although some varieties can flower in Autumn and Winter. The Spring crocus flowers February to April and the Autumn crocus flowers August to October. All crocus have wine glass shaped flowers and very narrow leaves. Crocus flowers in many different colours. They generally grow in clumps … Read more

Daffodils – Narcissus

Daffodils (Narcissus) are a perennial Spring flowering bulb. They can start flowering from late February – April. There are many varieties of daffodils and narcissus. The common daffodil has one yellow flower (with six petals and a cup in the centre of the flower head) on a long green stem with long, thin leaves. Some varieties have … Read more

Snowdrops

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are late Winter flowering bulbs. They grow throughout January until March. Snow and frost does not hinder their growth. Snowdrops have small white flowers on a green stem. They grow in clumps to a height of about 6 inches. The bulbs can be planted in early Autumn (September/October). They prefer moist fertile soil and can be positioned … Read more