To get the best flowering from Lavatera or tree mallow as its sometimes known is to cut it back hard in mid spring as it flowers on the new vigorous growth.
Here is an evergreen plant that could feature twice, Pyracantha, a wildlife food store with bees loving the flowers and birds the berries later on in the year.The white flowers can have a scent that some find a bit overbearing and of course watch out for the thorns!
Plenty to choose from right now with all the various spring bulbs flowering across campus so lets go for something different. Check out the Forsythia around campus, bright yellow flowers in abundance when you prune it correctly-best time to prune? right after flowering as they flower on the previous years growth.
Here’s one most people will recognise Galanthus nivalis the common snowdrop traditionally seen as the ending of Winter and the coming of Spring, probably not with our current climate. Likes partial shade in well drained moist soil for best results plant ‘in the green ‘ look around campus as there are a number of areas […]
Here is a deciduous plant know for its highly scented clusters of pink/white flowers which can be flowering from as early as December through to February, it has an upright habit with dark green leaves. Its name is Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ check it out at the back of Gaskell.
This month’s ‘Plant of the month’ is Mahonia with its bright yellow flowers on spikes and the upright habit with evergreen leaves can make quite an imposing plant in the border. Scented flowers, depending on variety, can provide an important source of nectar to late foraging bees with birds enjoying the berries which form later on. Check them […]
As its Autumn thought we would go for a tree as the leaves are turning various shades and dropping pretty rapidly at the moment .This one is Ginko biloba, a primitive tree with an unusual ‘fan shaped’ leaf, this tree can tolerate pollution. See if you can spot this one on campus.
Interesting plant sometimes know as a sub shrub, likes a south or east facing spot that is sheltered ,bright blue flowers appear from late Summer and can go through the whole of Autumn when the leaves turn a great russet red and orange ,it can grow to a metre when well established, prune back in […]
Not the indoor potted plant you give to your mum, this is the Hardy Cyclamen often planted under trees in partial shade, prefers humus rich well-drained soil. The reflexed flowers grow on individual stems and depending on variety flower from late summer to early spring, so plant a mix for continued flowering, good examples to try […]