Tag Archives: ground cover

Ivy has great potential in the garden – time to think again?

By | December 31, 2017

Today we’re looking at ivy (Hedera), one of the trio of plants that mark the festive season. (We’ve already discussed the other two, mistletoe and holly.) It can be a misunderstood and unloved plant. Let’s try to change that. [N.B. We’re talking about the ivy whose botanical name is Hedera. We’re not talking about other… Read More »

Four reasons to love sprawling plants in your garden

By | September 10, 2017

Sprawling holds just a hint of taking up more space than the rulebook says. And this ‘not quite following the rules’ is perhaps the attraction of sprawling plants. They laze about all over the path, push into other plants’ personal space and generally seem to do what they like. However well regulated your garden, these… Read More »

Geums are colourful easy plants to grow and look great

By | June 18, 2017

Geums or avens have got so much going for them. They are beautiful. They are slug-resistant. They are almost evergreen hardy perennials that form clumps, providing excellent ground cover and suppressing weeds. They have lovely, open flowers that attract bees. And their seed heads look good too. What colour would you like? Red, yellow, orange, white,… Read More »

Order spring bulbs now! (I know it feels a bit early)

By | July 31, 2016

Spring bulbs on my mind It seems a long way in the future but this is the time to order spring bulbs for planting in the autumn. I’d like my new bulbs to do two things: provide early nectar for insects after their long hibernation answer the question of what on earth I’m going to… Read More »