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Plant of the Day

Sunday 30 April 2017

Tulip Week - Tulipa ‘Rem’s Favourite’ has been bred to look like a classic Remrandt tulip with purple and green veining over white. It is a modern cultivar with strong-growing, long-lasting flowers. Here it forms the punctuation point in a container at the end of the Long Border at Great Dixter, Sussex, UK.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Wednesday 12 April 2017

A compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial Lathyrus vernus (bitter vetch) is ideal for the front of a border. The flowers are reddish-purple, and become shaded greenish-blue as they age. It thrives in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day
Thursday 4 August 2016

Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’ (yarrow) is a compact herbaceous perennial with divided, grey-green foliage, and short stems bearing flat sprays of deep orange flowers which fade to cream. This plant thrives in an open sunny position in a moist but well-drained soil and will not tolerate heavy, wet clay in winter.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Saturday 18 June 2016

Though a gateway at Sissinghurst Garden, Kent, can be seen the deep-rose and bronze flowers of Iris ‘Three Oaks’. This cultivar was registered in 1943 and, as with other bearded irises, was derived from Iris germanica. Vita Sackville-West the creator of the garden with her husband, Harold Nicolson, planted irises in association with shrub roses for a romantic early summer display.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Crocosmia ‘Spitfire’ (montbretia) is an erect, clump-forming cormous herbaceous perennial. It was introduced in 1970 by Alan Bloom as a selection from the Bressingham Gardens and Nursery. The flowers in late summer flare open to a fiery red-orange and are held closely together. As with most Crocosmia I like the foliage and flower buds as much, if not more than the flowers.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Friday 15 July 2016

The amazing cone-like, purplish flower-heads of Eryngium alpinum (alpine eryngo) are surrounded by vivid blue, spiny bracts, borne on blue stems. This erect herbaceous perennial grows up to 90cm, with heart-shaped, glossy dark green basal leaves. It needs a fairly dry, well-drained soil that is moderately fertile with a position in the full sun and protection from winter wet soil.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day
Sunday 9 October 2016

Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ (Japanese anemone) is a white flowered cultivar that has been around for about 150 year and that originated in France. The plants can be a challenge to establish but once installed can become vigorous colonisers of a border. They will thrive in a sunny location but the flowers will also light up a shady place. They look wonderful by moonlight!

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Tuesday 27 September 2016

In this mixed border Aster amellus ‘King George’ (Italian aster) is providing a striking display of late season flowers. This is upright herbaceous perennial which grows in a sunny location with moderately fertile well-drained soil. A plant that will thrive in an alkaline soil.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Silvery mounds of the herbaceous perennial Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ (western mugwort) seem to sparkle in the sunshine. The distinctively toothed leaves are vividly silver-white when young. There are small, yellowish flowerheads later in the season but the foliage is the major display value. They are useful edging shrub roses.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Friday 22 July 2016

Astrantia major (masterwort) is an erect, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with flower stems up to 60cm, bearing flower heads in stalked, compound umbels. These have clusters of tiny, usually whitish-green flowers surrounded by petal-like bracteoles with conspicuous veining. There are a wide range of cultivars which are great for the woodland garden or the front of the herbaceous or mixed border.

Jill Raggett

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Plant of the Day

Monday 26 September 2016

The bright flowers of Dahlia ‘Princess Royal’ add interest to this border in autumn. Dahlias are easy to grow but do need winter protection in most parts of the UK. They tolerate a wide range of soil types but thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun and are planted out when the danger of frost is over. These tuberous herbaceous perennials need to be staked to help with the heavy flower heads and soft shoots.

Jill Raggett