It's time for our plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at Crambe maritima (sea kale). Though in the wild it grows in coastal habitats, it does not require these conditions in order to thrive.
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.
It's time for another plant of the week and this time we are taking a look at the charming perennial, Trifolium pratense (Red Clover). Growing to 0.6 by 0.6 metres in height and spread, red clover typically flowers from late spring to early autumn. Commonly found growing in grassy areas, pastures, meadows and lawns, many may view this plant as a weed. However, they couldn't be further from the truth.
This week we are taking a look at one of my favourite trees ~ Salix (Willow). Blossoming in spring, willow is a great plant both aesthetically, for human use and as part of a wildlife garden.
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.
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.
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 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.