25th May - Fiona - Shop Manager

Have you been inspired by the recent Chelsea Flower Show coverage on the BBC? Cottage Garden plants are used extensively throughout the show displays and one that appears frequently is the Lupin.  This statuesque Perennial is ideal in the middle of a border, giving height with its pyramidal spires that come in a variety of vibrant colours.  They like to be positioned in sun or partial shade in a well drained soil that isnt too rich.  They are actually a member of the Pea family therefore they lock Nitrogen in the soil through nodules in the roots and enrich the soil naturally.  Cut the flower spikes  as they fade to keep the plant vigorous.  Protect them from slugs and snails who like a nibble! Below is the Lupin Masterpiece in Store now, as featured on Chelsea this week!

                                                                                                                                        

 

Other favourites at the show have been Euphorbias and there is one for every place in the garden, shady woodland, sunny borders and low maintenance spaces. The zingy lime of the foliage sings out from any space and there are varieties with coloourful bracts in acid yellow, deep purple and electric vermilion.  An easy plant to grow with very few problems but do watch out for the milky sap which is a toxic skin irritant!

Euphorbia characias (Photo Credit - www.anniesannuals.com)

In the Great Pavillion at Chelsea the Diamond Jubilee Award was won by a Cacti Nursery which can only further the popularity of this on trend houseplant.  Cactiand succulents are the ultimate low maintainance plant that love a sunny, warm spot with minimal watering in order to flourish and sometimes produce brightly coloured flowers. The winner is the UK's largest Cactus Nursery located in Lincolnshire, they have over 750 varieties of cactus to choose from!

 

Posted by Richard
25th May 2018

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