Monday, 27 August 2007


There are plenty of plants that produce colourful effects in winter so your garden can be a welcome site at any time of the year. When you plan any planting, think about plant form, foliage and colour. Don’t forget colourful stems too. It's easy to get diverted by flower colour, but for good seasonal effects look at how, when, and where plants deliver colour and interest.

In winter, seed heads not only look great left on grasses and some other herbaceous plants but also provide food for birds and other wildlife. Topiary shapes really come into their own in the winter months. Think about plants in terms of their height - aim for interest at each level - tall, middle, low and ground level. Even in small gardens, make more impact with seasonal planting by grouping plants in borders or areas rather than having it dotted about your garden. You may want to plant up winter borders or corners where they can be appreciated from the warmth of inside


Although at first it seems an impossible task, creating colour and interest all year around in a garden is an achievable project-with some careful planning.

In the spring its easy to create colour with the use of bulbs and spring flowering plants such as forsythia and dicentra, however as the year progresses the two most difficult times to produce colour are at the end of August and the period between late December to late January. The key at these times of year is plant your flowering plants nearer to your house, this will help to give the impression that the whole of your garden is still flowering rather than just two or three choose shrubs or plants.


You can pick up bargains in the garden centres at this time of year, especially with herbaceous plants that have started to go past their best. Buy them now at a reduced price and plant them in your garden for a glorious show next year.

Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum'
A border perennial 60cms high orange yellow flowers late August to September. Planted in groups incorporating garden compost into the soil Rudbeckia will produce an excellent show in the first season. Because they grow quickly they will need to be staked or supported by other plants in a border for maximum effect.

Japanese Anemone –
This is a useful plant at this time of year. It is easy to grow in most soils and positions, but particularly useful to grow under trees or larger spring flowering shrubs. The great advantage with Japanese Anemone is the flowers are produced on long stems making it possible to produce the flowers above existing plants with in a border.

Cosmos –
These are annual plants that can be sown under glass in early spring Cosmos will produce an excellent late summer display. An ideal plant for the new garden as it produces quick results and colour in the first year when colour is difficult to come by.


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