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Commonly flowering from mid-summer to late autumn, our Plant of the Month, the Phlox is one of life’s treasures. From such a traditional, well loved species, many Phlox plants are perfect for use in your rockery.
A less structured plant than some, the Phlox suits the wilder form of a cottage garden and compliments herbaceous or mixed border planting arrangements.
Sweetly scented flowers of white ranging to pink, purple and blue hues, the Phlox is just as good for indoor flower arrangements and is a great attractant of bees and those all important beneficial insects.
Prepare your soil well before planting with a rotted compost or manure and choose a sunny spot preferably although it can thrive in a partly shaded location. The Phlox has the added benefit of being fully hardy too – and therefore covered by our five year hardy plant guarantee!
As an upright, tall plant, the Phlox paniculata (a perennial border Phlox) in particular will need to be supported by a stake especially when planted alongside other herbaceous perennials.
As always, keep your Phlox looking its best by deadheading any faded blooms regularly. This will encourage new growth and extend the length of time the plant will flower.
Once flowering has finished for the year which could be towards the end of autumn, cut each stem right back to the base of the plant. Make a note in your diary to add well rotted manure at the first signs of spring for good growth next year too.
There are plenty of species and cultivars to choose from in the Phlox family so take your pick from plants best suited to pots and containers, to those perfect for the rock garden alongside alpines or as edging plants.
Our Plant of the Month this June is the Rose. Truly a versatile species, the rose will suit any location and colour scheme in your garden and even better, they are very easy to care for so perfect for beginner gardeners too.
Not only is the rose a beautiful addition to any garden with its rainbow of shades and delicious scents, it will enhance any area with many varieties to choose from including climbers, floribundas and miniatures. Wherever you need interest adding in your garden, there will be a rose to suit.
The rose is not fussy about soil type either! It will be happy in a well drained location with plenty of sun and shelter. If you are replacing an old rose with a new one, it would be preferable to replace any old soil with new to give your rose the best chance to thrive and avoid a ‘soil sickness’ problem that can occur with roses. Once your rose is planted, all you need to do is remember to feed and water your rose often and it should thrive.
You can plant any roses grown in containers throughout the year. Just make sure the ground is not too frozen or waterlogged first. And all roses will benefit from a good layer of mulch after planting.
Pruning takes place once a year and is easy. Bush roses, for example, should be pruned to around one third of its size between the middle of February and the middle of March, avoiding frost periods. If you prune at the right time and remove dead heads and dying growth, you will encourage increased flowering for longer and improve the shape of the rose for the winter months.
Roses are also the perfect gift idea. So many are named after celebrations that you are sure to find one to suit every occasion.
So if you are a rose enthusiast or simply want to try something new, choose this month to make a difference in your garden and visit Grosvenor today for a wide choice of award-winning roses.
Our Plant of the Month this May is Petunia. Due to its easy to grow nature, versatility and wide choice of colours and style of blooms, Petunia really is one of our most popular choices.
Available in all colours of the rainbow, the Petunia can be used to brighten up any area of your garden – from compact trailing varieties perfect for hanging baskets to those best suited to beds and borders for dense ground cover.
Simple to grow and care for, keep your Petunia looking its best by discarding dead flower heads and, if growing in a basket or container, water daily during periods of dry weather. Feed regularly to boost growth too. This is all you need to do to keep your Petunia flourishing throughout the summer months until the first frosts of autumn. This plant really is perfect for both the beginner gardener and the enthusiast alike.
Mix with other bedding plants for a large range of colour and flower shapes. They benefit most from full sun and a wide range of soils are suitable. Choose multipurpose compost for the best display from your container planted displays and always take care on those frosty evenings and keep them inside until the risk of frost has passed.
Lavender is one of our most popular plants. Not only does this remarkable plant create a beautiful sight of small flowers with white, blue and purple hues, but it also offers a heady fragrance and has the amazing power to attract bees and butterflies!
You will be mightily rewarded with a bushy, spreading plant if you choose a warm and sunny spot with well drained soil as it will grow voraciously over a period of months.
Once established, your lavender should be able to resist disease and drought conditions but really does not like ‘wet’ conditions which will encourage roots to rot. An alkaline or chalky soil bed will enhance the fragrance from your lavender – the stronger the scent, the better!
Use your lavender in a variety of ways around the garden: from spreading around bushes and shrubs to softening a border and is equally as effective planted with a group of plants such as roses or herbaceous perennials including Rubeckia, Echinacea and Phlox, or by itself.
Brighten up a planted container by including lavender but again, ensure that the growing media is well drained.
The benefits of lavender are well documented as it has a variety of uses from toiletry fragrances to essential oils and sleep aids. It is even known for its health properties and can help relieve stress and pain, improve circulation and help to alleviate breathing problems – truly a wonder plant!
The Vinca minor variety of beautiful small flowered plant is perfect for ground cover with its compact blooms, much smaller than its related Vinca major varieties including the Periwinkle. Use the Vinca minor in small beds or borders to brighten a dull patch of soil between established plants. You can also use it to rejuvenate winter baskets and containers too. Bright foliage coupled with delightful blue flowers in the springtime will create colour and interest right through to winter. And the Vinca will be equally as happy under trees, shrubs and roses as in dry, shady locations where it will spread to fill dreary areas with its vibrant foliage. Easy to grow and care for, the Vinca loves most types of soil but of course, requires decent drainage to flourish. Try planting spring bulbs such as crocus and snowdrops to complement the vibrant green of the Vinca foliage and the soft blues of the blooms.
Not only is the Camellia ideal for winter colour, it is easy to grow so the perfect starting point for gardeners just starting out.
The Camellia will complement any flower border with a fantastic range of colours to choose from including striking whites, pale pinks and deep reds. Pick your varieties carefully and you could enjoy colour from November to April.
Lovers of an acidic soil, Camellias prefer a sheltered position, ideally in shade and away from direct sunlight. If you try to grow your Camellia in an exposed location, you must water frequently.
Make sure you prepare the spot with plenty of compost to strengthen the root system and add mulch in winter with a deep layer of bark. If you don’t have acid soil in your garden, try growing your Camellia in a container – use ericaceous compost and use water collected from the water butt rather than direct from the tap. Use an acidic fertiliser to make sure your Camellia receives the correct balance of nutrients.
Plant alongside these acid-loving Rhododendrons, Pieris, Enkianthus and both deciduous and evergreen Azaleas for beautiful displays.