PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 February 2019 The Red Robin shrub brings welcome bright colour to the garden Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto mtreasure Join Enjoy Gardening More for more fantastic offers like this. If you’re looking for a plant which is easy to grow and makes a splendid addition to any garden, the fabulous Photinia ticks all the boxes. ‘Red Robin’ will give your garden a bold and bright red glow as the new leaves emerge, and this continues throughout the summer – in fact, it produces the most vibrant colours in full sun. What’s more, in this stylish, lollipop-standard form, it’s even more of a year-round focal point and feature too – perfect for smaller gardens, patios, decking and balconies.Skilfully crafted into a standard specimen plant, it’ll add height to any garden, and yet is easy to maintain with a simple trim to shape each autumn. Grow in full sun for best red foliage colour and ‘Red Robin’ will glow on … [Read more...] about Fancy this beautiful Red Robin shrub in your garden?
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WANT a low-maintenance, easy-to-grow shrub that provides beauty and form, in winter and beyond? Thejoyofplants.co.uk, a consumer initiative of the Flower Council of Holland, suggests dogwood, viburnum and enkianthus:1. Viburnum: Viburnums come in all shapes and sizes, both deciduous and evergreen; most are easy to grow and thrive in sun or semi-shade.Among the smaller types is the Viburnum davidii, an evergreen which grows up to 1.5m in height and spread, producing dull white flowers in May followed by metallic-looking blue-black berries which can last the winter on the coral-red stalks of female plants, against a backdrop of glossy green ribbed oval foliage.Use it to provide ground cover and winter interest at the front of a border, in sun or partial shade.Viburnums are not fussy, growing in reasonably well-drained soil (they won't tolerate very dry or very wet soil) with plenty of added organic matter. Pruning is not necessary. Just cut back old or damaged branches in late spring.2. … [Read more...] about Gardening: Growing three winter-colour shrubs – dogwood, viburnum and enkianthus
PUBLISHED: 13:56 07 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 07 October 2018 Judy Rimmer The Lion's Mouth in Aylmerton, north Norfolk Picture: NITAYA SIRIKAN Nitaya Sirikan As the leaves turn from green to red and gold, East Anglia’s countryside is full of amazing places to see trees in all their glory. Here are 21 places where you can enjoy all the shades of autumn. The Lion's Mouth in Aylmerton, north Norfolk Picture: NITAYA SIRIKANAs well as the areas listed below, other autumn sights highlighted or photographed by readers and Twitter users include Higham near the Suffolk/Essex border, a group of horse chestnuts near Norwich Road in Ipswich, the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo site near Woodbridge, a tree bursting with berries at Leiston ... and the list goes on! 1. Felbrigg Hall and the Lion’s Mouth, Aylmerton, Norfolk: The National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall estate includes hundreds of acres of woodland, with maples, sycamores, beeches and … [Read more...] about 21 places to see autumn colour in East Anglia
Beginner gardeners – if you want colour all year round, you don’t have to rely on flowers – go for Heuchera and their relatives. These little plants will put up with a fair amount of shade, provide excellent ground cover, smother weeds and their evergreen leaves keep on going even in the harshest of winters.Plant them straight into the garden to knit together to provide interest under roses and shrubs and they make excellent container plants too.Tidy up old leaves in spring and give them a general fertiliser such as Growmore and they’re good to go.There are hundreds of varieties on offer, ranging from bright lime and gold through reds, purples and nearly black, all with delicate flowers.Heuchera have the most vivid colours, with a maple-shaped leaf, which can be ruffled or veined, while Tiarella have lobed or heart-shaped foliage, mainly green with maroon markings. Heucherella are a cross between the two.Here are my favourites – all Heuchera apart from … [Read more...] about How to keep colour in your garden all year round
Midsummer gardens can be a challenge. Roses are fading and late-summer flowers are still gearing up. But you can keep the colour going with hardy geraniums. From pale pink to shocking magenta, they will flower their hearts out right through to autumn. As legendary plantswoman Margery Fish said back in the Sixties: “When in doubt, plant a geranium.” Hardy geraniums are nothing to do with those familiar bright pink and red ubiquitous container plants — technically pelargoniums. Hardy geraniums are more delicate-stemmed plants, dying away every winter to re-emerge in spring. They won’t be bothered by diseases and slugs, can be grown in any spot from blazing sun to dry shade under a tree, and they don’t let weeds get a look-in. Read more How to keep your garden alive through the heatwave Every garden needs them, and it’s not too late to plant them to fill those gaps so they can work their magic this summer. Their lovely habit of … [Read more...] about 13 of the best geraniums to keep your garden full of vibrant colour right through until autumn