http://www.maggiejeans.com/?educ=maps13 This beautiful plant is also known as Silverbush. It is a compact evergreen plant which has white funnel-shaped flowers and oblong, silvery leaves. It flowers profusely from early summer until the autumn.
Every year I am bewildered when I see garden centres and supermarkets selling ‘painted’ heathers in a variety of garish colours.
This lovely cheerful flower is Helenium ‘The Bishop’, commonly called Sneezeweed.
Between Christmas and New Year I always like to wander round the garden to see what is in flower in the middle of winter. This year, as well as the usual winter flowering plants that I would expect to see, there were some unexpected surprises like lavender and roses, that shouldn’t be flowering in December!
The beautiful white Echinacea is a hardy perennial which thrives in clay soil (always a must in our garden). The bees and butterflies find the flowers attractive and the birds love the seedheads.
An evergreen perennial which produces highly scented pink flowers from late spring into summer.
The flowers of Nerine bowdenii brighten up the dullest days of autumn with their wavy pink petals. The leaves appear after the flowers. These flowers have been in my garden for over 16 years and reliably flower every autumn without any fuss. The gardening manuals say they hate disturbance, but I divided them up last year without any ill-effects.
This lovely little geum has been in flower since Spring (see here flowering in April) and is still going strong – even the seed heads are pretty. I was particularly pleased with the planting combo against the thalictrum.