It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at the wonderful Sambucus nigra (Elder). Growing to a maximum of 15 metres tall, elder grows as a small deciduous tree or shrub and is one of our delightful natives.
This week we take a look at an unusual but very underrated herbaceous perennial ~ Oxalis tuberosa (Oca). Sprouting distinctive, clover-like leaves in spring, with crimson stems, oca makes for an attractive plant even when not in flower. Warm yellow flowers will bloom from mid to late summer, inspiring joy for anyone who notices them.
This week we are taking a look at an evergreen shrub that has been used by humans for centuries - Salvia officinalis (Sage). Flowering in summer, sage is a great addition to the garden not only for it's uses and it's value to wildlife but also for the beauty of its flowers and foliage. Let's take a closer look at this wonderful plant.
This week we take a look at a charming herbaceous plant ~ Lupinus (Lupine). With their distinct finger-like foliage, lupines provide wonderful texture and visual appeal even when they are not in flower. However, when they do bloom from late spring to midsummer, expect to see flower spikes in many different colours ranging from creams and yellows, oranges and reds, to pinks and purples. But it's not only visual beauty that lupines provide. Read on to learn more about this wonderful species.
Whether you want to attract more pollinators, take advantage of it's herbal properties or simply enjoy it's beauty, yarrow is a plant that can offer something for everyone in the garden.
This week we look at a plant that provides a feast for the eyes and the stomach ~ Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris flavescens)
This week we take a look at the enchanting 'Lady of the Wood' ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
This week we take a look at one of my all time favourite plants ~ Passiflora (Passionflower). This beautiful, evergreen vine climbs using tendrils to secure itself to other plants or supporting structures such as trellises, bamboo canes, and pergolas. With its' exquisite blooms opening from summer to early autumn, who wouldn't want to grow … Continue reading Plant of the week ~ Passiflora (Passionflower)
This week we are looking at the delightful Chamomile. Great for insects and has many uses for humans too.
This week we have a pretty but prickly plant in the spotlight - Berberis (barberry)!