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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PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 February 2019 St John's Wort brings a touch of brightness to the garden Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto AlexRaths Enjoy Gardening More is offering £10 off this impressive collection. Keep your garden flowering right through the winter and add year-round curiosity with a ready-made Winter Hardy Shrub pack of exquisite, colourful flowers, vibrantly-coloured berries and stems, and exceptionally fragrant flowers - simply amazing value for money.Today, our Enjoy Gardening More deal of the day includes this pack of 12 shrub varieties discounted by £10.Proven winners, you can easily fill any gaps you might have in your existing beds and borders or start from scratch. Each individual shrub can fill 1m2 / circa 10ftsq. Create a stunning visual display combined with a degree of privacy, as well as a natural safe haven for a wide variety of wildlife. Varieties include: Symphoricarpos albus: Known as the ‘Common Snowberry’ for obvious reason! The … [Read more...] about Save a tenner on colourful winter shrubs
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: 09:00 24 December 2018 Hannah Stephenson The poinsettia has become a Christmas classic in many UK homes. Picture: Thinkstock/PA Archant Hannah Stephenson discovers some myths and truths about our most popular Christmas plant. How much do you really know about the poinsettia? Picture: Thinkstock/PAIt’s the top-selling plant every Christmas - a staggering eight million will be sold in the UK this year alone.But how much do you know about the poinsettia, apart from the fact that it’s generally red and if you put it in the wrong place, it loses its leaves?Here are some facts you might not know about our favourite festive plant, with help from Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk), who sell 15,000 poinsettias a year.Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia leaves are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs. Picture: Thinkstock/PA1. It can grow to over 3.6m tallOf course, it won’t reach that sort of size in a small pot, but in its native … [Read more...] about 5 things you probably never knew about poinsettias
It’s the top-selling plant every Christmas.But how much do you know about the poinsettia, apart from the fact that it’s generally red and if you put it in the wrong place, it loses its leaves?Here are some facts you might not know about our favourite festive plant, with help from Squire’s Garden Centres (squiresgardencentres.co.uk), which sells 15,000 poinsettias a year.1. It can grow to over 3.6m tallOf course, it won’t reach that sort of size in a small pot, but in its native habitat in tropical climates, it can grow to nearly four metres, with leaves measuring up to 20cm across. In fact, it’s classed as a small tropical tree – Euphorbia pulcherrima – belonging to the euphorbia plant genus.2. Leaves can dye fabricIn the 14th and 15th centuries, poinsettia leaves were used by the Aztecs to dye fabric for clothing, while the sap was used for medicinal purposes and was said to help control fevers. Red was also considered a symbol of purity, so … [Read more...] about 5 fun facts about the poinsettia