Plant of the Week ~ Alnus glutinosa (Alder)

This week we take a look at another invaluable native tree species ~ Alnus glutinosa (Alder). Flowering in spring, with seed ripening in autumn, alder is a common sight in marsh and fen areas, alongside lakes and in wet areas of woods. 

Plant of the Week ~ Plantago (Plantain)

This week we take a look at what many people may consider a weed, Plantago sp. (Plantain). Most 'weeds' have a use for humans and wildlife and play a key role in natures cycle. The word weed really just means an unwanted plant.

Plant of the Week ~ Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

This week we take a look at a plant that should be familiar to many, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary). Rosemary is an evergreen shrub which can grow to 1.5 metres in height and spread and flowers from spring to early autumn with seeds ripening from late summer to autumn. Let's take a closer look at this wonderful plant.

Plant of the Week ~ Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)

It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at the wonderful Symphytum officinale (Comfrey). This herbaceous perennial can grow up to 1.2 metres in height and flowers from late spring to early summer. Great for wildlife and human use, comfrey is definitely a plant you should consider growing. Let's find out why.

Plant of the Week ~ Cichorium intybus (Chicory)

Producing it's pretty blue blooms from late spring to early autumn, chicory is a lovely addition to the garden, whether it be for the visual appeal, its benefits on the soil or the nourishment it provides both humans and insects. Let's take a closer look at this delightful plant.

Plant of the Week ~ Sambucus nigra (Elder)

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.

Plant of the Week ~ Salvia officinalis (Sage)

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.

Plant of the week ~ Lupinus (Lupine)

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.