The garden centre has transitioned from summer to autumn, with more subtle tones and soothing shades replacing the vibrancy of hotter days past. There is still room however for some pretty florals before the foliage kicks in. Verbena Bampton is an interesting variety that has wiry branches bearing short bursts of purple-pink flowers. It prefers full sun, will flower until mid-autumn and requires a light prune to keep it looking in good shape for next year! The Dahlia Lemon Sherbet, like most Dahlia’s will flower until first frosts… as long as you continue to dead-head spent blooms. Plant in full sun and well drained soil, and choose to lift and store tubers over winter, or leave them in the slightly warmer London ground. Geum Pretticoats Peach is a hardy, evergreen perennial. It has a longer flowering period than most Geums, so you can enjoy several more weeks of these gorgeous, outward facing ruffled flowers before it re-blooms again in early spring.
Enjoy discovering some of these interesting new-in plants on sale at The Boma. The first you might recognise as the common Hydrangea, however this new lace cap variety has unusually dark burgundy-like leaves which are sure to create a nice contrast next to other green leaf plants. It grows to around 1m high by 1m wide so great for pots if you are able to water regularly, and plant in full sun or part-shade. For something more architectural we have the Eryngium or sea holly ‘Jos Eijking’. Think spiky but striking. This perennial, semi-deciduous plant grows to 0.7m high, develops fabulous blue stems and loves full sun. Next up is the stunning Australian tree fern. The image below shows their furry unfurling fronds which will soon turn into lush arching green fronds up to 3m in length. Tree ferns are ideal for a shaded or part-shade position in the garden with shelter and humidity, and can also grace a conservatory space with the right conditions. Lastly is the Pelargonium or geraniums as we know them but with a twist, it’s unusual pointed petals which offer a change from usual varieties. As with all zonal pelargoniums these are fantastic plants for a sunny spot and are fairly drought tolerant too. The evocative musky smell of the leaves are guaranteed to transport you somewhere dreamy, like a victorian greenhouse full to the brim with all your favourite plants!
This week we’re bringing to you some of the best flowers currently on display in the garden centre. The Tropical Hibiscus is suitable for inside the home, but is happiest in the conservatory where the alluring blooms will last much longer. Offer it bright, humid conditions and don’t hesitate to pop it outside during the summer. Next up is the Icelandic Poppy, who’s crinkly petals you can’t help but fall in love with. Grow in full sun, in deep and well drained soil and later in the season enjoy the beautiful rattle-like seed heads. Bring the closest thing to sunshine into your life with these gorgeous Sunflowers. And lastly don’t miss the stunning climber Clematis Rebecca, bearing extra-large red hot flowers with beautiful cream anthers from June to October. Grow in part or full sun and aim to keep the base of the plant cool and shaded. Have a fab flower filled bank holiday weekend!
Gracing the shop this week we have a fabulous Variegated Monstera with its’ leaves spanning over 40cm in length. Outdoor the little evergreen Dawin’s Barberry stands out with soft orange flowers against tiny holly-like leaves. The low and spreading Lithodora ‘Heavenly Blue’ truly is heavenly with its’ deep blue flowers lasting from early spring to summer. Lastly the Rosemary Grevillea originating from Australia, is a largeish shrub with thin rosemary-like leaves and the prettiest flowers which last all the way from late winter until late summer.
This week we’re venturing into the shop! We recently visited Holland to hand-pick some really special houseplants. Two plants we picked out are Phalaenopsis Liodoro, a beautifully scented orchid with long flowering periods, and Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ a low clump-forming plant who’s new leaves are a brilliant lime green. Also in the shop, a new range of Basket Room pots each hand woven from sisal grass in rural Kenya, and a stunning range of nature inspired ceramic pots! We hope to see you soon.
Here is a selection of fabulous spring colour that’s just arrived at the garden centre.
Diosma ‘Pink Fountain’ is a favourite evergreen shrub with tiny white to pink flowers popping out against needle-like bright green foliage. Genista ‘Porlock’ has slightly fragrant and pea-like bright yellow flowers. Cherry ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is a show stopper with its pearly white flowers appearing just before the leaves. Lastly the stars, Syringa vulgaris, or the common lilac. These shrubs stand tall with extremely fragrant and pretty panicle flower heads!
Welcome to our new blog which will feature NEW IN - where you can be the first to discover exciting new plants and products that just have arrived in the garden centre. We will also be sharing some horticultural news, as well as educational posts on gardening and how to care for your plants.