Ten Great Ornamental Grasses

Blue fescue Blue fescueis attractive and  compact, container-friendly tufts in the bright hue. The sky’s the limit when it comes complementing this distinctive plant. Sunny shades of yellow and orange work especially well. Common Names: Blue fescue. Botanical Name: Festuca glauca. Hardiness: Zones 4 to 8. Size: 6 inches to 1 foot high. Foliage: Thin blue blades. Flowers: Slim, blue-green, eventually turning buff. Light Needs: Full sun to light shade. Growing Advice: Plant in dry soil with good drainage. Prize Picks: Evocatively named Sea Urchin is about 10 inches high and wide, and especially dense and compact. For a less … Continue reading Ten Great Ornamental Grasses

London Garden Maintenance 10 Plants for Spring

10 Great Plants for Spring  1 Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’Long, silvered leaves with an apple-green cast flatter deep violet flowers, making this pulmonaria perhaps the best of all. Part shade (30cm/2ft).    2  Epimedium x versicolor ‘Sulphureum’Graceful wiry stems with two-tone yellow flowers above heart-shaped, shiny green leaves. A toughie. Part shade (30cm/2ft). 3  Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ In flower from spring until late autumn, this bushy wallflower produces sprays of purple flowers above grey-green foliage. Sun and good drainage (75cm/2.5ft).   4  Dryopteris wallichiana Black bristly hairs contrast against bright green fronds when this handsome upright fern unfurls its croziers in … Continue reading London Garden Maintenance 10 Plants for Spring