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  Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ Black mondo grass /Black lilyturf Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: well-drained, slightly acid, humus-rich soil Flowering period: June to August Height: 20-25cm Foliage: evergreen Hardiness: fully hardy Varieties Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ is highly prized for its attractive, arching, black, grass-like leaves. In summer it bears delicate […]


Dividing Geranium macrorrhizum

  Increasing Geranium macrorrhizum by division Geranium macrorrhizum, often known as big-foot cranesbill, is an extremely, useful ground cover plant with magenta-pink or white flowers. It performs in almost every condition. This hardy geranium is very easy to increase by division. How do you propagate Geranium macrorrhizum   step 1            […]


Calamintha nepeta

Calamintha nepeta Lesser calamint Position: full sun Soil: well-drained soil Flowering period: June to October Height: 30-40cm Foliage: deciduous Hardiness: fully hardy Calamintha nepeta, also know as lesser calamint, is highly valued for its long flowering season. This perennial produces attractive spikes of tiny white or blue flowers from June until October. The aromatic leaves […]



Allium Ornamental onion/Allium bulb Position: full sun Soil: well-drained soil Flowering period: May-July Foliage: deciduous Hardiness: fully hardy Alliums, also known as ornamentals onions, come in shades of purple, white or yellow. The majority of ornamental onions flowers in early summer. They need full sun and well-drained soil. So avoid soils that are too wet. […]


Stachys byzantina

  Stachys byzantina Lamb’s ears Position: full sun Soil: well-drained soil Flowering period: June to September Height: 20-70cm Foliage: semi-evergreen Hardiness: fully hardy Stachys byzantina is ideal for a dry, sunny spot as it copes well with dry conditions. It’s also an excellent groundcover plant. Bees and bumblebees love blooms of Stachys byzantina. Varieties Stachys […]


Ilex crenata

Ilex crenata Box-leaved holly or Japanese holly Position:  full sun or partial shade Soil: well-drained soil Flowering period: May Foliage: evergreen Hardiness: fully hardy Ilex crenata, commonly known as box-leaved holly or Japanese holly, is a useful, tough, evergreen shrub that looks good all year round. This shrub has attractive, small, dark green leaves and […]



   Pachysandra terminalis  Japanese spurge Position: full shade, partial shade or full sun Soil: grow in any soil, except very dry soil Flowering period: April to May Height: 0,2-0,3m Foliage: evergreen Hardiness: fully hardy Pachysandra terminalis, commonly known as Japanese spurge, is a neat, evergreen perennial with rosettes of toothed, dark green leaves and tiny […]


Leaf damage on Viburnum tinus

  Viburnum beetle Viburnum tinus and Viburnum opulus are susceptible to damage from the Viburnum beetle. Symptoms What causes holes in the leaves of Viburnum tinus and Viburnum opulus. Most of the leaf damage is caused by the beige-coloured larvae of the viburnum beetle. They feed on the leaves of the plants from late spring […]


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Pennisetum Plant Combinations

  What plants go well with pennisetum Ornamental grasses like pennisetums will look good with a range of garden plants. Discover 4 lovely plant combinations for pennisetum (fountain grass) below. Alchemilla mollis Echinacea Helenium Buxus sempervirens Alchemilla mollis              Pennisetum alopecuriodes Helenium ‘Moerbei Beauty’  Pennisetum a. ‘Hameln’ Echinacea p. ‘White […]



Crocosmia Montbretia Position: full or partial shade Soil: humus-rich, well-drained soil Flowering period: July to September Height: 0,6-1,2m Foliage: deciduous Hardiness: needs winter protection in colder areas Crocosmia is a great plant for bringing colour to the garden in mid-summer. This cormous perennial produces attractive sword-like leaves and funnel-shaped flowers on arching stems. Crocosmia grows […]


How to get rid of herb robert

  What is herb robert Geranium robertianum, also known as herb robert, is a common annual or biennial weed with pink flowers on red-tinted stems. It flowers from spring to autumn. The deeply divided leaves have a pungent odour. Herb robert grows in partially shady conditions such as woods, hedgerows, along walls, and under garden […]