Strimmers really help you keep your garden organised

Strimmers really help you keep your garden organised

It’s extremely difficult to make a well organised garden without high quality garden equipment. Taking care of floral blooms, grass, and weeds is a serious task if you want an award winning garden you can really be proud of, that’s why a high quality tool like a strimmer is an absolute must and a complete essential in any gardening enthusiasts toolkit.

The foundation for a successful gardening is high quality tools such as trimmers, lawn mowers, and leaf blowers. Without these essential electrical items you really will be up against it because manual work is extremely time-consuming and these days we just don’t have the capacity to do so. We’re all far too busy with their lives and gardening takes a backseat. The whole promithes for having a high quality item such as a strimmer is that you can save a considerable time over using a hand tool equivalent. In previous history with of course had time to do all of these tasks ourselves but that’s not the case

Strimmer grass cutter
Strimmer grass cutter

What’s the best strimmer to help my garden bloom and blossom this summer?

Will the most important things to consider when you are looking at a strimmer is whether it’s called it, or it’s a cordless, or if it’s in fact of petrol base trimmer. Each of these different types of strimmers has its own merits and each individually be considered useful for certain different tasks in the garden.

Most notably, if you got a large garden you’re probably going to go for something like a petrol strimmer but if you’ve actually got a smaller garden then it’s more likely that you can get away with a cordless or electric corded version. The only one problem with this is it’s really difficult and bulky and you have to continually get the power lead in an out which can take a lot of time which is not necessary although effective.

Personally I am a complete advocate and fan of a cordless strimmer version because you can take your time and get it right without needing to prepare anything in the process. The other thing is having a petrol strimmer means that you going to result in having to store petrol which isn’t ideal for example if you if you have children or youngsters.

Cutting grass strimmer
Cutting grass strimmer

Best way to ensure that you’re actually got the best product to take advice from a high quality and reputable strimmer supplier that will be able to point you in the Direction and Taylor a product for your needs. It’s always refreshing when you can find an operation will offer you unbiased advice and not have a profit margin in mind. If you’re going to really make your garden stand out and be one of the most exceptional then you really need to look at a quality product to help you get there.

Cordless strimmers are extremely useful in the garden

As I briefly mentioned cordless trimmers extremely useful because it can actually solve a myriad problems that result from storage of petrol or the use of an extension cable. Personally, because cordless trimmers are extremely low in electrical value they’ve extremely safe which is ideal the only problem you’ll encounter is the fact that because of this lower electrical power they’re actually the weakest of all types of strimmers. I would suggest if you have a small to medium garden and you’re not particularly overgrown or there’s not much of an issue in terms of overall maintenance well you’ve got a carry on your guard and then definitely it’s most sensible to have a cordless trimmer. If you’re in a situation where you’re trying to keep your garden really organised and see you’re always on top of maintenance then that cordless trimmer is absolutely the way to go for to maintain a garden with all of those beautiful Blossoms and blooms.

Shrub & Tree planting made easy

Planting Mixture: – One part top soil, one part moist peat mixture or peat substitute, three handfuls of bone meal per wheelbarrow of planting mixture.

Root-Balled Or Container Grown Tree Or Shrub

  • DIG a hole approx 10cm (4”) bigger than the pot or root-ball, which should sit 3cm (1”) below the surface after planting.
  • WATER plant thoroughly before removing pot & do not break up soil ball. Gently cut away any circled or tangled roots, but never break up the soil ball.

Bare-Root Tree Or Shrub

  • DIG a hole deep enough to allow the old soil mark on the stem to be just below soil level & wide enough for the roots to spread.
  • MIX soil from the hole with good quality shrub planting compost & fertiliser (grow more, bone meal, chicken manure pellets), as detailed above.
  • PLANT shrub or tree in centre of hole.
  • PLACE the stake on prevailing windward side of the tree, keeping it 10cm (4”) away from the stem.
  • STAKE firmly using plastic/rubber ties. (Tighten ties after a few weeks when the tree has settled).
  • FILL in and gently tread down compost mixture. Make slight dip in the soil nearest the stem of the tree to stop water draining away from where it is most needed.
  • WATER daily during the first few months depending on the weather conditions.
  • N.B. roots may not move from peat substitute based compost into mineral soil.

The Following Plants Require Acid Soil:-

  • Azalea – dwarf evergreen, trusses of funnel-shaped flowers in red, pink, apricot, white or yellow from March onwards.
  • Camellia – evergreen, large flowers in red, pink or white appear from March – April.
  • Enkianthus – Unusual attractive shrub, dull green toothed leaves turning orange-yellow to red in autumn pendent bell-shaped creamy yellow flowers appear from March – May.
  • Gentiana – semi-evergreen, hardy alpine, trumpet-shaped electric blue flowers from August to October.
  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris) – evergreen, compact shrub flowering from July – October.
  • Hydrangea – deciduous, plant in ericaceous compost to enhance blue flowers
  • Lewisia – evergreen alpine in rosette form of fleshy dark green leaves, flowers of pink, red, yellow or apricot from May – August.
  • Lithodora – evergreen, low spreading, brilliant electric-blue flowers from April onwards.
  • Pernettya – evrgrn, cream-white flwrs April, red, pink or white berries late autumn through winter.
  • Pieris – evergreen, glossy green leaves, red when young, clusters of pendent white flowers from February – April.
  • Rhododendron – evergreen, different varieties produce heavy trusses of funnel-shaped flowers in a range of colour from February onwards, some as late as June.
  • Skimmia – evergreen, small red buds open to fragrant white flwrs in Spring followed by red fruits.
  • Vaccinium – blueberry, green leaves turning to beautiful deep red autumn colours. Large sweet blue/black berries in July.

No Fail Plants For Shade

Brighten up a shady garden with white flowers & berries & silvery leaves, which will really shine out against a background of dark foliage.

  1. Convalleria majalis (Lily of the Valley) – Fragrant waxy bells. Height 6”. Grown in pots near a favourite bench you can enjoy the fragrance without the risk of it taking over the border.
  2. Helleborus orientalis – Hardy perennial flowering from late winter to mid spring ideal for shade or semi shade in moist soils.
  3. Galanthus (Snowdrops) – These plants are better when bought ‘in the green’ in February.
  4. Vinca difformis – Periwinkles make great ground cover under shrubs, in mixed borders & in wild gardens. They tolerate most soils.
  5. Hedera helix ‘Green Ripple’ – Scrambling ivy. Good climber, or excellent ground cover. Buy a large plant for quickest coverage. Makes a wonderful backdrop to shade loving clematis.
  6. Lillium regale ‘Album’ – Do well in light shade in pots or borders, in dappled shade under trees.
  7. Primula denticulate alba (also available in red & blue) – Looks best when planted in clumps, best in humus rich moist soil.
  8. Lamium ‘Beacon Silver’ – Excellent ground cover in any soil, under planted with spring bulbs to grow up through the silver grey mass.
  9. Pieris japonica ‘Debutante’ – Compact evergreen shrub with masses of white flowers & bronzy new foliage. Needs acid soil, but is tolerant of shade & dry conditions. Grow in woodland with brightly coloured Azaleas.
  10. Pachysandra terminalis – Creeping evergreen. Weed suppressing ground cover for lime-free soils in deep shade. Look outstanding when grown under the pale stems of Silver Birch.
  11. Betula pendula – Ideal for a shady corner, create a strong vertical design element which stand out in shade
  12. Pulmonaria saccharata – Striking foliage suitable for shade.
  13. Hosta (wide range of varieties suitable) – Best grown in containers in shade. Cover top of pot with gravel, & spray the top of the pot with WD40 to prevent slug attack effectively.
  14. Digitalis – Tall spires of white foxgloves enhance effect.
  15. Meconopsis – Round blue blooms add contrast & colour.
Meconopsis Blue
Meconopsis Blue
Meconopsis Blue
Meconopsis Blue

The following plants are ideal for a north facing corner or border (Permanent shade).


  1. Aucuba japonica – Evergreen shrub, attractive foliage, with red berries. Will tolerate fairly deep shade, even dry shade once established. Height 1m – 5 years.
  2. Buxus sempervirens – Suitable for dry shade. Height 1m – 5 years.
  3. Camellia – Evergreen spring flowering shrub. Prefers acid soil.
  4. Cotoneaster – all varieties – some evergreen. Heights vary according to variety. White flowers in spring, berries in winter.
  5. Euonymus fortunei – Evergreen, attractive foliage, dry shade.
  6. Fatsia japonica – Evergreen, attractive foliage, tolerates fairly deep shade.
  7. Forsythia – Yellow Flowers in spring. Height 2m – 5 years.
  8. Hydrangea macrophylla – needs adequate moisture at all times. Flowers from July onwards.
  9. Hypericum – Yellow flowers. Provides excellent ground cover.
  10. Ilex (holly) – Evergreen, best for green leaved varieties. Although variegated leaved varieties will stand dappled shade.
  11. Lonicera pileata – best grown as a hedge or specimen for Topiary.
  12. Mahonia – all varieties – Evergreen shrub, tolerates dry, deep shade. Most attractive in winter.
  13. Paeonia – Tree peony, flowers in a range of colours.
  14. Prunus – Laurel – Evergreen shrub, dry shade, also capable of providing excellent shade. Height up to 4.8m.
  15. Pyracantha – all varieties, evergreen, creamy white flowers in April, followed by berries in winter red, orange or yellow. These spiky plants are a good deterrent against burglars.
  16. Rubus tricolor – This ornamental bramble provides excellent ground cover & acts as a defensive plant against invaders of the human kind.
  17. Sarcoccoca – absolutely brilliant evergreen shrub with the most intense perfume from white winter flowers. Dark green shiny leaves. Needs adequate moisture.
  18. Skimmia japonica – Another beautiful evergreen winter flowering shrub followed by red berries. Needs adequate moisture to start then will tolerate dry shade.
  19. Symphoricarpos – Tolerates fairly deep shade. Best grown as a hedge.
  20. Taxus baccata – Evergreen conifer tolerates deep shade.
  21. Viburnum davidii – Evergreen, needs moisture attractive foliage.
  22. Viburnum tinus – Attractive all winter long flowering evergreen shrub. A must for every garden.
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea macrophylla


  1. Bergenia – Evergreen attractive foliage, suitable for dry shade. Pretty pink/red flowers.
  2. Euphorbia Robbiae – Evergreen attractive foliage, suitable for dry shade, will tolerate fairly deep shade. Bracts, not flowers in spring.
  3. Ferns – Evergreen (some) & perennial with attractive foliage, they all tolerate fairly deep shade & need adequate moisture at all times.
  4. Geranium sylvaticum – All varieties of herbaceous geraniums are suitable for deep dry shade, have particularly attractive foliage & flower for many months in summer.
  5. Helleborus (in variety) – Evergreen, attractive foliage on all varieties. Suitable for dry shade. Flowers in a wide range of colours.
  6. Hosta (in variety) – need adequate moisture at all times. Attractive foliage. Lilac flowers in summer.
  7. Pachysandra – Evergreen attractive foliage. Suitable for dry shade. Small white flowers on this low growing perennial.
  8. Saxifraga – Evergreen spring flowering spreading perennial.
  9. Vinca major – Evergreen, suitable for dry shade. Attractive blue flowers when you least expect them.
  10. Vinca minor

The following plants are ideal for an east facing border or under small deciduous trees (dappled or partial shade).


  1. Acer (Japanese) – Attractive foliage, needs adequate water supply.
  2. Arbutus unedo – Evergreen, attractive leaves with flowers & berries.
  3. Cotoneaster – Evergreen (some) with flowers in spring followed by flowers.
  4. Ilex (green leaved) Evergreen with attractive foliage & (some) berries.
  5. Salix hakuru nishiki – Attractive leaves. Needs copious amounts of water.
  6. Trachycarpus fortunei – Attractive palm leaves.
  7. Some half standard grafted shrubs may also be suitable e.g. Forsythia, Pyracantha, Viburnum or Euonymus.


  1. Bamboos (various) – Evergreen, attractive leaves. Needs adequate water supply.
  2. Amelanchier canadensis
  3. Cornus
  4. Daphne
  5. Escallonia (species)
  6. Forsythia
  7. Fuchsia
  8. Osmanthus heterophyllus
  9. Pernettya in variety
  10. Rubus species (ornamental bramble)
  11. Weigela species
  12. Yucca species

These plants need morning shade or light shade to protect from the sun in winter.


  1. Camellia
  2. Chaenomeles
  3. Choisya ternate
  4. Hamamelis
  5. Hebe in variety
  6. Magnolia species
  7. Philadelphus
  8. Pieris in variety


Pruning climbing plants

Pruning Climbers

If you buy a climber with lots of tangled growth, cut it back to about 30cm (12”) above the soil level, 15cm(6”) for clematis. Train the remaining shoots along individual lines until they reach the wall or support, and then spread them out so they will cover the space available. Even self-clinging climbers should be trained in this way and with ivies in particular you may need to temporarily secure the stems to the wall. Most established climbers do not need regular pruning other than to keep them in bounds. The exceptions are clematis & wisteria.


Pruning Wisteria

  1. Young wisteria tends to produce one or two main shoots, which twine upwards without branching. This is fine for a pergola but on a wall you want branching low down. Choose the strongest shoot, cut it back by half & tie it vertically. This is the leader.
  2. Cut any other shoots off at ground level. As side branches grow, train these sideways. These will go up at an angle, but you should be able to pull these horizontal in autumn. In the winter cut back the leader & main side branches by about a third. Repeat each winter until the wisteria has filled the available space.
  3. With established wisterias, they should be pruned twice yearly. Cut back unwanted growth in late July – early August to keep the plant in check. Then working your way along each stem side branch, shorten all the new side shoots to about six leaves. Ideally you should restrict the number of shoots to one every 18” or so along the main stem. In midwinter shorten the shoots you cut in the summer to only two or three buds to encourage bud formation.

Soil that is too rich can also hinder flower production & any form of feeding is generally unnecessary.

Pruning Clematis

For pruning purposes, clematis falls into three groups:

  1. Spring & early summer flowering. This includes small flowering species, which flower by June. They do not need regular pruning but can be shaped over after flowering to keep them tidy. Every few years cut an old stem hard back to encourage new growth at the base.
  2. Early summer flowering (large flowered). — Florida, Lanuginosa, Patens. These flower in June & July on growth produced the previous year & again on new growth in the autumn. Prune about a third of the main shoots to about 30cm (12”) from ground level immediately after the first flush of flowers. New shoots can be trained in as replacements. If the clematis becomes overgrown cut them back hard after flowering or in February, which means the first crop of flowers will be lost.
  3. Late summer flowering (large flowered & species). Jackmanii,Texensis, Viticella.This group flowers from July onwards on new growth & include autumn flowering species.

Prune the stems back hard down to the lowest pair of buds above the previous year’s growth in February or March. Old or neglected plants, cut a third of the stems down to ground level.

Fuchsia Catalogue

Trailing Varieties For Hanging Baskets, Window Boxes & Urns
ADRIENNE Double. Tube & Sepals – Rose red. Corolla – Violet with basal markings. Highly recommended.
ANNA OF LONGLEAT Semi-double. Tube & Sepals – Bright pink. Corolla – Pale lavender. Beautiful flowers.
AUNTIE JINKS Single. Tube & Sepals – White edged cerise. Corolla – Carmine purple.
AUTUMNALE Yellow / red foliage. Flowers – Red / purple.
BICENTENNIAL Double. Tube & Sepals – Indian orange. Corolla – Indian orange. Beautiful bloom
BLUE EYES NEW INTRO. Large double.Sepals – Pink.Corolla-Blue.
BLUE VEIL Double. Tube & Sepals – Pure white, broad sepals. Corolla – Lobelia blue.TRAILER
CAROLINE’S JOY Double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Cerise splashed white. Silver variegated foliage
CASCADE Single. Tube & Sepals – White flushed with carmine. Corolla – Deep carmine.
COACHMAN Single. Tube & Sepals – Salmon pink. Corolla – Vermillion.
DAISY BELL Single. Tube & Sepals- Pale orange. Corolla- Vermillion.
DANCING FLAME Double. Tube & Sepals – Orange. Corolla – Orange-carmine with deep orange.
DARK EYES Double. Tube & Sepals – Deep red. Corolla – Violet-blue. Full flowers. EXCELLENT
EVA BOERG (Hardy) Semi-double. Tube – Greenish white. Sepals – White flushed pink. Corolla – Purple. Height 2′.
FROSTED FLAME Single. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Bright flame. Recommended.
GOLDEN MARINKA Identical flower and habitat to “Marinka” but, variegated foliage. Single. Tube, Sepals & corolla – Red
GOLDEN SWINGTIME Double. Identical to “Swingtime”, but with golden foliage.
HARRY GRAY Small double. Tube & Sepals – White shading to rose pink. Corolla – White.
HAZEL Double.Tube& Sepals-Neyron rose. Corolla-Neyron rose / violet.
HOLLY’S BEAUTY Large double. Tube & sepals – White. Corolla – Pale lavender.
JACK SHAHAN Single. Tube & Sepals – Rose bengal. Corolla – Rose pink.
JANICE PERRY Semi-double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Rose pink. Green leaves with a golden edge.
JEAN TAYLOR NEW INTRO.Semi trailing. Distinctive foliage bronze/green. T & S – rose madder. Corolla Lilac veined pink.
KIT OXTOBY Double.Tube & Sepals – Pink.Corolla – pink picotee.
LAUREN NEW INTRO. Tube & sepals palest pink. Corolla – White.
MARCUS GRAHAM Large Double. Tube & sepals – salmon pink. Corolla – salmon. Recommended.
NATASHA SINTON Double. Tube & Sepals – Orchid pink. Self branching trailer. Neat foliage. Recommended.
PINK GALORE Double. Tube & Sepals – Pink. Sepals tipped green. Corolla – Soft pink.
PINK MARSHMALLOW Very large double. Tube & Sepals – Pinky white. Corolla – White. EXCEPTIONAL
QUASAR Double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Dauphins-violet, white at base. California dreamer.
RED SPIDER Single. Tube & Sepals – Crimson. Corolla – Rose-madder. Lax growth.
ROSEMARY HIGHAM Single. Tube & Sepals – Rose. Corolla – Pink. Golden variegated foliage.
SARAH ELIZA Double. Tube & Sepals -White flushed pink. Corolla-White.
SEVENTH HEAVEN Large double. \\\\\\tube pale pinkCorolla – Burgundy / pale pink.
SIR MATT BUSBY Double.Tube & Sepals – Red. Corolla – White.
SNOW BURNER Large double. Tube & Sepals – Bright red. Corolla – Pure white. Cal.Dreamer.
SOUTHGATE Double. Tube & Sepals – Pale pink. Corolla – Soft pink with deep pink veins. RE-INTRO
SPION KOP Large double.Tube & Sepals – Rose-red reflexed. Corolla – White veined rose-red. Free flowering.
SWINGTIME Double. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – White with crimson veining. Vigorous.
TIME AFTER TIME NEW INTRO. Single.Tube & Sepals – Pink. Corolla – palest Lavender.
WENDY’S BEAUTY Double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Palest rosy lilac.
Bush Varieties For Tubs, Planters or Borders
ALAN TITCHMARSH Medium single flowers .Tube & Sepals-Rose.Corolla-Pale pink.
AMAZING MAISIE NEW INTRO. Double. Tube & Sepals – Cream. Corolla – Reddish orange splashed cream.
AMBASSADOR Large single. Tube & Sepals – Pink under white. Corolla – Violet purple.
ANITA Single. Tube & Sepals – Pure white. Corolla – Bright orange. Distinctive bronze foliage. Recommended
ANNABEL Double. Tube & Sepals – White flushed newon rose. Corolla – Rich creamy white.
AURORA SUPERBA Single.Tube & Sepals-Light apricot.Corolla-Deep orange peach. Recommended.
BARBARA (Hardy) Large single blooms.Tube &Sepals- Pink. Corolla-Pink. Height 3′.
BLACKY Double.Tube & sepals – dark pink. Corolla – deep burgundy.OUTSTANDING.
BLUE MIRAGE Extra large double. Sepals – White. Corolla – Voilet.
BORDER QUEEN (Hardy) Single. Tube & Sepals – Rhodamine pink. Corolla – Amethyst violet. Vigorous. GOOD BEDDER. Height 2′.
CARMEL BLUE Single. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Blue. Medium sized flowers.
CELIA SMEDLEY Single. Tube & Sepals – Neyron rose. Corolla – Vivid currant red. Vigorous. GOOD STANDARD.
CHECKERBOARD Single. Tube & Sepals – Deep red. Corolla – Red, white at base. GOOD STANDARD.
DARK EYES Double. Tube & Sepals – Deep red. Corolla – Violet-blue. Recommended.
DAWN STAR Large double. Tube & Sepals – Pale rose/ tipped green,Corolla violet.
DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES Single. Sepals – Flamingo pink. Corolla – unique lilac blue. Princess of Wales Memorial fund approval
DIVA MIDNIGHT Purple sepals. Deep purple corolla. Early flowering, upright & compact & uniform. Height 10″ -12″. (25 – 30cm)
DIVA RED/WHITE Red sepals. White corolla. Early flowering, upright & compact & uniform. Height 10″ -12″. (25 – 30cm)
DIVA WHITNEY Pale pink sepals. Violet corolla. Early flowering, upright & compact & uniform. Height 10″ -12″. (25 – 30cm)
DOROTHY SHIELDS Single. Tube & Sepals – Pinky white. Corolla – Mauve. Excellent bush.
EDEN ROCK Large single. Tube & sepals – red. Corolla – dark purple.
FIONA Large single. Tube & Sepals – White tipped green. Corolla – Blue. Recommended.
GAY PARASOL Double. Tube & sepals Ivory Corolla – Red purple.upright
HAPPY WEDDING DAY Double. Tube & Sepals – White with rose margins. Corolla – Pure white. Huge blooms.
HEIDI ANN (Hardy) Double. Tube – Crimson. Sepals – Cerise. Corolla – Lilac, veined cerise. GOOD BEDDER. Height 15″ -18″.
ICED CHAMPAGNE Single. Tube& sepals – pink . Corolla – Rhodamine pink.
JOANNA LUMLEY Double. Tube & sepals – White tinged pink. Corolla – Lilac & pink feathering.
JOY PATMORE Medium,single flowers.Tube & Sepals-White. Corolla-Pink.
KOLDING PERLE Single. Tube – Waxy white. Sepals – White tipped green. Corolla – Bright pink. Recommended.
LEONORA Single. Tube & Sepals – Soft pink, bell shaped. Upright, vigorous and bushy. Recommended.
LILIAN ANNETTS Double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Blue. OUTSTANDING.
LYES UNIQUE Large,double blooms.Tube & Sepals-Pink.Corolla-Pinky Orange. OUTSTANDING.
NANCY LOU Double. Tube & Sepals – Pale pink. Corolla – Pure white. Full blooms. BRILLIANT
ORANGE CRUSH Single. Tube & Sepals – Orange salmon. Corolla – Orange salmon. Free flowering.
PINK FANTASIA Single.Tube/Sepals – Rosy-white.Corolla – Deep orchid blue. Upward facing blooms suit containers.
RAF Double. Tube & Sepals – Red. Corolla – Rose pink veined cerise.
ROSE FANTASIA Single.Tube/Sepals – Rosy pink.Corolla – Pink-lilac. Upward facing blooms suit containers.
ROYAL VELVET Double. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – White. Upright, free flowering bush.
SARAH BRIGHTMAN Semi upright growth. Blue – violet flowers feathering to white.
SHELFORD Medium single flowers.Tube& Sepals-Pink.Corolla-Pale pink. Very good in beds or containers.
STARDUST Single. Tube & Sepals – Salmon pink. Corolla – Orange base, crimson edges. GOOD STANDARD
TANGERINE Single. Tube & Sepals – Flesh pink tipped green. Corolla – Orange.
TORVILL AND DEAN Large double. Tube & Sepals – Pale pink tipped green. Corolla -Almost white. Stunning blooms.
VOODOO Large double. Tube & sepals – fiery red. Corolla – rich violet blue. Semi-trailing. Cal. Dreamer.
WAVENEY SUNRISE Medium single. Sepals – Pink. Corolla – Red. Unusual golden-yellow foliage.
WINSTON CHURCHILL Double. Tube & Sepals – Pink tipped green. Corolla – Lavender /with pink veins.
Triphylla Varieties Very Different From The Usual Fuchsia
BILLY GREEN Light pink flowers. Vigorous distinctive foliage.
KORALLE Long single flowers. Sepals – Red. Corolla – Red.
MARY Brilliant scarlet flowers. Dark green leaves with reddish purple veins.
THALIA Deep flame red flowers. Foliage dark olive green, magenta veins. RECOMMENDED
TRAUDCHEN BONSTEDT Creamy pale salmon flowers. Light green foliage flushed bronze.
Hardy Varieties
ABBE FARGES Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Light cerise. Corolla – Rosy lilac. RECOMMENDED Height 18″.
ALICE HOFFMAN Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Rose pink. Corolla – White with rose veins. Height 18″.
ARMY NURSE Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Carmine. Corolla – Bluish violet, flushed pink at base. Height 3′.
BABY BLUE EYES NEW INTRO. Small single. Tube & Sepals – red. Corolla – violet blue. Most attractive plant
BEACON Single. Tube & Sepals – Deep pink. Corolla – Mauve pink. Height 2′.
BEN JAMMIN Small semi double. Sepals – Pink. Corolla – Aubergine. OUTSTANDING. Height 18″.
BLUE GOWN Double. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – Blue purple. Height 30″.
BRILLIANT Single flowers. Tube & sepals – scarlet. Corolla – violet. Excellent hardy type. Height 30″.
CARDINAL FARGES Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Pale cerise. Corolla – White, veined cerise. Height 15″.
CHILLERTON BEAUTY NEW INTRO.Single. Tube & Sepals – flaring pink. Corolla – velvety purple. Upright. Handsome foliage.
CORALLINA Single. Tube & Sepals – Carmine. Corolla – Purple. Arching branches, bronze foliage. Height 3′.
DARK TREASURE Double. Tube & Sepals – Red. Corolla – Purple. Height 30″.
DAVID Single. Tube & Sepals – Cerise. Corolla – Purple. Height 15″.
DOC Small single blooms.Tube & Sepals- Red. Corolla-Purple. Height 9″ – 15″.
DOLLAR PRINCESS Double. Tube & sepals – cerise. Corolla – deep purple. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Height 18″.
DOROTHY HANLEY Semi-double. Tube & Sepals – Dark red. Corolla – Dark aubergine. RECOMMENDED. Height 2′.
FLASH Single. Tube & Sepals – Light magenta red. Corolla – Red. Small flowers. Height 30″.
FLASHLIGHT Single. Tube & Sepals – Pale pink. Corolla – Pale rose purple. Height 18″.
FRAU H. RADEMACHER Double. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – Lilac blue. Height 18″.
FUCHSIA RICCARTONII S ingle. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – Dark purple. SPECIES VAR. Height 4′.
GARDEN NEWS Double. Tube & Sepals – Pink. Corolla – Magenta rose. Height 2′.
GENII Single. Tube & Sepals – Cerise. Corolla – Rich violet. RECOMMENDED. Height 2′.
HAPPY Small single flowers.Tube & Sepals-Red. Corolla-Blue. Height 9″ – 15″.
HAWKSHEAD Single. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Off white. Very small flowers RECOMMENDED. Height 4′.
HEMSLEYANA Single. Small rose flowers.SPECIES – ENCLIANDRA TYPE. Height 2′ – 3′.
LADY THUMB Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Light carmine. Corolla – White. Height 15″.
LECHLADE MAGICIAN Small single. Tube & sepals – red. Corolla – aubergine. Vigorous growth. Height 30″.
LOTTIE HOBBY Tube reddish cerise. Sepals & Corolla – Rose. Small flowers. SPECIES–ENCLIANDRA TYPE. Height 3′.
MADAM CORNELISSEN Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – White. Height 3′.
MAGELLANICA ALBA Single. Tube & Sepals – White. Corolla – Pale mauve. SPECIES VAR. Height 4′.
MAGELLANICA AUREA Small single flowers. Tube & Sepals – Red. Corolla – Purple. Golden foliage. SPECIES VAR. Height 3′.
MARGARET Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Carmine scarlet. Corolla – Violet veined cerise. Height 4′.
MARGARET BROWN Single. Tube & Sepals – Rose pink. Corolla – Light rose. Height 30″.
MICROPHYLLA Small,single pink flowers. SPECIES – ENCLIANDRA TYPE. Height 2′.
MISSION BELLS Single. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – Rich purple. Bell shaped flowers. Good Standard. Height 18″.
MRS POPPLE Single. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – Purplish violet. Vigorous bush. Height 3′.
NEAPOLITAN Very small,single white,pink & red flowers. SPECIES – ENCLIANDRA TYPE.
NUNTHORPE GEM Medium Double blooms.Tube & Sepals – Red. Corolla – Purple-rose. Height 15″ – 18″.
PHYLISS Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Rose. Corolla – Deep rose. Unusual flowers small and free. Height 2′.
PIXIE Double.Tube &Sepals-Crimson. Corolla-Dark crimson. RECOMMENDED. Height 2′.
REFLEXA Tiny dark pink flowers with a white centre. Small leaves,well branched habit. VERY UNUSUAL
SANTA CRUZ Double.Tube & Sepals-Crimson.Corolla-Dark Crimson. Striking colour. Height 2′.
SNEEZY Small single flowers.Tube & Sepals-Red. Corolla-Purple. Height 9″ – 15″.
SNOWCAP Semi double. Tube & Sepals – Scarlet. Corolla – White with red veining GOOD STANDARD. Height 2′.
SON OF THUMB Small single flowers. Tube & Sepals-Cerise.Corolla-Lilac. Height 15″.
TOM THUMB Single. Tube & Sepals – Carmine. Corolla – Mauve. Height 15″.
TRASE Medium semi-double flowers. Tube, sepals,corolla – carmine.
WHITE CLOVE Single.WhiteTube,Purple Sepals. Mauvish pinkCorolla. Very tiny flowers. Green fern like leaves. 3′ high.
WHITE PIXIE Single. Tube & Sepals – Reddish carmine. Corolla – White veined pink. Height 3′.
Species Varieties
PROCUMBENS Very small flowers.Yellow tube,blue pollen.Hardy trailer

Fences & Walls

Green Fences & Walls With Various Hedging Plants

Hedges provide a wonderful, Depending on species, you can have year-round foliage or seasonal interest. Flowering shrubs can make great hedges too. Rosa rugosa is a tried and tested choice and even

Rosa Rugosa
Rosa Rugosa

Forsythia can be grown for a natural-looking hedge! Wildlife can find refuge in hedges and they filter wind without creating turbulence. A thorny hedge, pyracantha, is an effective discouragement to unwanted visitors. All hedges are a barrier against the dust, dirt and litter that can otherwise come into the garden. Turn necessity into beauty in the garden this month. Every property needs boundaries to mark its limits. Hedges – ‘green fences and walls’ – are a wonderful way of bringing a host of benefits to the garden.

Forsythia hedge

Focus on foliage:– here are a few plants offering glorious foliage from lush glossy leaves to elegant needles or small detailed leaves. hornbeams, beeches, conifers, elaeagnus, yews, box Don’t forget other options: include plants bearing berries

  • Forsythia hedge will form a wall of bright yellow colour. Trim to shape after flowering. Height – 1.8m-2.4m (6-8ft).
  • Photinia ‘Red Robin’ is a quick growing evergreen hedge with new red growth, white flowers in Spring. Eventual height 1.8m-3m(6-10ft)
  • Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ (Ornamental currant), gives a profusion of deep red flowers in mid Spring. Height 1.2m(4ft)

Geranium Catalogue

Zonal Geraniums For tubs & planters or centre-piece of beds & borders.
APPLEBLOSSOM Tight double flowers like a miniature rosebud.White / deep pink. Green foliage. Zonal
ANNE Pink semi double flowers. Heavily zoned dark green foliage. Strong compact growth, free flowering.
FLOWER FAIRY BERRY Dazzling violet, semi-double blooms with dark eye. Green foliage.
FLOWER FAIRY WHITE Semi double flowers. Green foliage.
FRAUKE Bright purple semi double flowers with dark eye.
FRIESIA Very early flowering , semi-double bright red blooms. Green foliage. NEW
GLACIS Early flowering white, semi-double flowers. Green foliage. No obvious zoning.
HERO Purple flamed flowers. Heavily zoned dark green foliage. Strong compact growth.
KAREN Flowers white with candy pink flush. Free flowering. Dark green foliage.
LISA Deep salmon pink flowers. Free flowering. Dark green leaves. Great garden performance.
LISKE Intense scarlet semi double flowers. Green foliage. Well zoned leaves. S f Gf
MARENA Semi double, cherry flowers. Dark leaves. Zonal markings.
MAGNUS Semi double, velvet red flowers. Dark leaves. Zonal markings.
ROBE Velvet red medium sized flowers. Compact habit. Green leaves. Slightly zoned foliage.
SALMON PRINCESS Semi-double, soft appleblossom flowers. Zoned foliage.
SAMELIA Semi double, pillar box red flowers. Dark leaves. Zonal markings.
SASSA Clear brilliant pink flowers. Green leaves.
Geranium – Variegated
MADAME SALERONE Lilac pink flowers, green & cream foliage.
VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL Large numbers of single red flowers. Yellow / bronze foliage.
Regal Pelargoniums Makes excellent centre-piece for tubs & containers.
ANGEL EYES BI-COLOUR Dark pink & white flowers. Free flowering. Compact growth.
ANGEL EYES ORANGE Masses of bicoloured salmon orange flowers with deep red veins. Free flowering. Compact.
ARISTO BURGUNDY Majestic, free flowering, Burgundy red flowers with eye. Uniform habit. Abundant & regular budding.
ARISTO BEAUTY Majestic, free flowering, burgundy with delicate white edge, early flowers. Uniform habit. NEW
CLARINA Lilac flowers with a purple eye.
Ivy Leaf Geraniums For hanging baskets, wall planters & pots.
AMELIT Salmon red semi doudle flowers . Compact, free flowering.
BLANCHE ROCHE White with a pink flush. Compact & free flowering. RE-INTRO
DECORA RED Single, red flowers. White stems. Very free flowering. Vigorous. Wet weather tolerant.
ERKE Light pink semi double flowers
FALKO Semi double, scarlet red flowers. Zonal.
MINI CASCADE RED Single red, dwarf cascading, very prolific flowering.
PIA Double, blue-red with wine red eye. Early flowering.
RUBEN Semi double, passionate dark red flowers. Compact bushy habit.
SYBIL HOLMES Rose pink double flowers. Compact, free flowering.
TESKE Double, soft lavender flowers. Early flowering.
TOMKE Semi double dark aubergine flowers. Free flowering.