Looking Good: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Looking Good: Zantedeschia aethiopica

The rain we’ve had this week has been especially welcome for this week’s featured plant, Zantedeschia aethiopica, or as it’s more commonly known, the arum lily. It’s a very popular plant, which works well as a water plant in an aquatic basket, or in the moist soil near a pond or stream. The leaves are bright green, glossy, arrow-shaped and large, growing up to 40cm (16in) long. The trademark white flower heads make superb, cut flowers and are a wedding bouquet favourite. We have a selection of Zantedeschias in 1-, 2- or 3-litre pots, ranging from...
3 good reasons to visit this Easter

3 good reasons to visit this Easter

As I write the sky is blue and it’s a lovely, bright spring morning. As you may know, we’re not usually open on a Friday, but today is Good Friday and we’re open 3 days this weekend, so we thought we’d give you 3 good reasons to visit us this Easter. Reason 1 – Doronicum orientale ‘Little Leo’ We have a limited stock of this little beauty, which will brighten up any garden. A slow spreading perennial, it produces single, daisy-like flowers in a vibrant yellow. It will flower from now until late spring and, once watered in and settled, requires little after care, eventually growing to 50cm high with a 60cm spread. The perfect low-maintenance garden plant. Reason 2 – Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Winky Mixed’ Despite a horrid cutesy name, this flowering shrub has lots of impact. Like the Doconicum before, this Aquilegia flowers from now until late spring, and once settled will form clumps, producing single and double slowers in shades of red, blue and white. We have new stocks of these in now, but we don’t expect them to last for long. Reason 3 – Pelargonium x Horortum (Zonal Geraniums) We’re not huge fans of annual bedding plants here, but these Zonal Geraniums are actually topical perennials which are grown as annuals. Zonal geraniums are bushy plants, mainly used for containers and bedding, and these would look wonderful in a large tub or planter. They are quite large, so would probably not suit hanging baskets. We have white, coral pink, white and coral mix and cerise pink in stock now. If you’d like to read my tongue-in-cheek opinion...
Looking Good: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Looking Good: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Morning all! As spring slowly gets underway our Looking Good plant of the weekend is Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, commonly known as the Dog Tooth Violet. It’s not violet, as you can see, but a beautiful yellow-flowered perennial bulb, with slightly mottled, rich green leaves. A popular garden plant, it has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It thrives in fully or partially-shaded areas, such as under deciduous trees or in rock gardens, and it prefers humus-rich, free-draining soil. Fully hardy, Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ blooms from March-April and each stem produces up to ten nodding, star-shaped flowers. Once planted, over time they build steadily into impressive clumps that are best left...
Looking Good: Tulip ‘Rockery Show Winner’

Looking Good: Tulip ‘Rockery Show Winner’

Top of our Looking Good List this weekend is Tulip ‘Rockery Show Winner’. An early spring-flowering Kaufmanniana Tulip, Rockery Show Winner is happiest in a rock garden or container. They are low growing, typically up to 10-12 cm high, and if left undisturbed will form clumps over time. These tulips are fully hardy perennials that thrive in full sun, in well-drained soil. They certainly bring a splash of much needed colour to the winter weary...