Week 20 - our plant of the week is Clematis Ville de Lyon - our first climber and not before time. I could have chosen any of a number of Clematis which are in flower now, but as a large flowered red Ville de Lyon, dating from 1890, is hard to beat. This French varety is one of the worlds most popular and was bred by Francisque Morel from 'Viviand Morel' x C. texensi. To keep the roots cool I like to grow Clematis through shrubs, in this case Vitex agnus-castus.
Plant of the Week 17 - Cercis chinensis Avondale. Less well known than Cercis siliquastrum, this tree produces similar, pea-shaped blossoms directly from the wood of the branches. This species flowers a little earlier than C,siliquastrum and have flowers which are more brightly coloured. This photograph comes from a series in the Gardener in France blog, where you will also find a picture of the Judas Tree.
Also called false indigo for the rich blue shade of its flowers, this hardy perennial fills the spring garden with elegant spires of pealike blooms. It withstands drought -- and deer, rabbits, and other critters leave it alone. The bluish-green foliage looks great all summer long, and the charcoal-black seedpods create fun contrast in fall. Name: Baptisia australis Zones: 3-8
Week 19 - Plant of the Week - Peony Bowl of Beauty (Paeonia x 'Bowl of Beauty'). Peonies are late this year but the first have just started flowering. Great for cutting, this is a classic cottage garden plant and not at all difficult to grow in dappled shade or full sun. Avoid planting your peony too deeply and be patient with it as it can take a few years to settle in before it begins to flower - the blooms are well worth the wait!
Cleome..A perfect cottage-garden plant, cleome bears spikes of fragrant flowers in shades of white, pink, magenta, and purple. It's so easy, it practically starts itself -- in fact, in many gardens it self-seeds year after year.
Plant of the week 27 Hemerocallis ‘Strutter’s Ball’. Ideal in moist soils, Daylilies are often in shades of yellow and orange. We chose this variety to plant close to purple leaved Cotinus. This selection features large (6 inch) glowing, deep cranberry-purple flowers with a lemon throat. The plant itself is hardy and vigorous; best planted in groups of three or more.
Lagerstroemia indica is plant of the week 34. A Chinese native now grown throughout the world (where the climate is kind enough). The Crape Myrtle is a large shrub or small tree with spectacular flowers. We have bought several plants over the years and once they get past that challenging first winter they seem to go from strength to strength. In 2009 we bought the variety Dynamite which has survived a winter at minus 29 C and tempertures now in the high thirties.
Week 39 Colchicum 'Waterlily'. The Meadow Saffron or Naked Ladies is a native bulb of Europe and grows in damp spots in local woods. This double form is a delightful garden plant, awarded an Award of Merit by the RHS in England. Returning from a short holiday in the sun we found the weather greatly changed, with a distinct feel of autumnin the air. For the first time in months we had good amounts of rain and these conditions have suited Colchicum very well. Flowers emerge before the…
Week 23 -Philadelphus x. lemoinei Mock Orange is filling the gardens and streets with its delightful scent and the moment. It is a remarkably easy shrub to grow, for one so beautiful. In 1884 French nurseryman Victor Lemoine created this hybrid by crossing Philadelphus microphyllus with P. coronarius. It is still popular after all these years. Lemoine created a huge range of new plants and was the first foreigner to receive the Victorian Medal of Horticulture of the Royal Horticultural…