Plant of the Month…
Plant of the moment is an initiative from the HTA that highlights month by month great planting ideas and great plants, in order to help you create a garden that is full of colour and interest throughout the year,
Each month will feature reliable and trustworthy plants that are guaranteed to perform well in almost any garden, including many that have received the RHS ‘Award of Garden Merit’.
January – Winter Flowering Honeysuckle
Grow in any well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries.
February – Baby Bedding Plug Plants
Plug plants are an easy, fun & economical way to achieve great results in your garden with minimum fuss. Plug plants are young seedlings or cuttings grown in single units in modular trays. They are ready to plant due to the fact that they have already been nurtured through propagation and early growth stages.
March – Clematis Avalanche
Clematis Avalanche is a bushy trailing or scrambling evergreen perfect for adding colour to any garden. This plant will brighten any garden throughout Spring with its big white flowers, whilst its foliage lasts all year round. The flowers are great for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden.
April – Sweet Peas
Sweet peas are one of the most popular hardy annual flowers, prized for their colour and scent. Available in a range of different colours and scents, they can can be grown in the ground to fill your garden with an abundance of colour.
May – Ceanothus
With attractive blue, white or pink flowers, Ceanothus make a desirable shrub for a sunny, sheltered position in any garden. Arguably the best hardy shrub in the UK, it will produce their fantastic flowers from late spring right through to late summer.
June – Scented Leaf Geraniums
Scented leaf geraniums are shrubby evergreen perennials and shrubs which are often cultivated for their scented and often distinctive leaves. Ideal for borders and containers, these plants are sure to add colour, variety and a lovely scent to your garden.
July – Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs with delicate heads of flowers in shades of pink, white or blue and pretty autumn colour and leaf shape. The mop-head and lace-cap hydrangeas are most well-known for their ability to change colour in different soils.
August – Echinacea
Echinacea are tall perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and solitary, long-stalked daisies. Perfect for attracting birds and butterflies to gardens, these flowers will be present throughout the summer season and into Autumn.
September – Anemone
Few plants can produce a lot of flowers from August until late October and always look elegant, but the Anemone manages to do just that. Ideal for brightening up a dark corner of the garden, Anemone look fabulous grown against dark rocks or in the shade of trees.
October – Euonymus Alatus
Euonymus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees. Their green leaves turn into a red shade in Autumn which look lovely in the garden. These are then followed with small flowers and colourful fruits, making this a perfect plant to have in the garden all year round.
November – Hedging Plants
Hedge plants are cheap, easy to plant and form an attractive boundary more quickly than many gardeners imagine. As well as providing structure to the garden, they can be perfect for wildlife, and particularly nesting birds.
December – The Colour of Conifers
Conifers are trees with unique scale-like leaves or needles and their seed-bearing cones are easily recognised. They are mostly evergreen and can grow into large, often very fast-growing trees, although there are many dwarf varieties, including many effective ground cover and hedging plants.