The right plant in the right spot leads to successful gardening. Selecting plants for conditions that meet their individual requirements will enable them to flourish and you will be rewarded with a garden much easier to maintain.
(Birds Nest Fern)
Broad glossy leaf fern with erect bright green fronds which as the name suggests, resembles a bird’s nest. Requires a shady position in well drained soil, enriched with organic compost. Ideal for a sheltered position in the garden or tubs and barrels. Fertilize with a good liquid fertilizer through the growing season.
A showy spring flowering shrub that adds vibrance to the spring garden. While most varieties require dappled shade there are some varieties that will tolerate sun. Thrive in a moist well drained acid soil enriched with organic compost, mulch well around plants. Ideal for container growing and as a garden specimen. Trim after flowering and fertilize in early spring, summer, and autumn. Frost tolerant.
Camellias (The Queen of Winter Flowers)
Lush showy evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves, flowering profusely at a time when the garden offers little else. Hardy and resistant to disease some are sun loving, some require shade. Thrive in a well drained moist position, fertilize in autumn, spring and mid-summer. Often used as screens and hedges and are frost tolerant.
Brilliant clusters of trumpet like flowers in early spring. Very hardy evergreen clump forming perennial with broad, strap-shaped leaves. Thrive in a moist well drained, shady position and ideal for growing in pots, borders or under a tree. One of the few plants that flowers freely in the shade.
Delightful evergreen shrub bearing colourful tubular flowers during autumn and spring. Thriving in a part shaded, moist, well drained position and ideal for rockeries and containers. Responds well to moderate pruning and a regular application of liquid fertilizer. Hardy, frost tolerant and bird attracting.
Showy evergreen shrub with glossy dark green foliage, bearing beautiful fragrant flowers during spring and summer. Makes an ideal garden shrub or pot specimen and does well in a sunny or part shaded spot. Ideally they are suited to morning sun followed by dappled afternoon shade. Gardenias are acid loving, preferring a rich well drained position. They respond well to a light prune after flowering, this will encourage new growth.
Delightful deciduous shrub bearing large colourful flower heads. Ideal for a shady border or sunless aspect. Grow equally well in acid or alkaline soil, in acid soils they flower in shades of blue or mauve and in alkaline red or pink. It is possible to switch colour range by applying Hydrangea Pinking or Blueing Fertilizer. Thrive in a moist well composted position with heavy watering during the hot period. Frost tolerant.
Clump forming hardy plant with dark green or variegated, strappy leaves, producing numerous flower spikes in early summer through to autumn. Thrives in full sun and full shade, plant in a moist well drained position. Liriopes grow well under trees, rockeries, borders and shaded areas of the garden. Can be grown as a lawn alternative or around stepping stones. Very hardy, frost tolerant.
Evergreen, clump forming plant with dark green grass-like foliage producing spikes of mauve flowers in summer. Will tolerate sun or shade though performs best in semi-shade. Thrives in a moist well drained soil enriched with organic compost. Low maintenance and frost hardy.
Delightful evergreen shrub bearing dense sprays of pendant white flowers (resembling Lily of the valley) in late winter to spring. Thrives in moist acid soil, preferring a partially shaded position. Ideal as a specimen plant and container growing. Frost resistant.