Koi and illico give garden great colour
There are four new gorgeous plants in my garden this week – bought together in a little tray at the supermarket. Great value for money.
The new additions to my courtyard garden are a dark orange Geum coccineum 'koi', a yellow Coreopsis grandiflora 'illico', a new lavender – Lavandula angustifolia 'blue scent' – and a plant I have wanted for a long time, a Dianthus barbatus (common name: sweet William). I often see these lavishly colourful little flowers cut and placed in jam jars with ribbons tied around the glass – so pretty.
Considered a traditional cottage garden flower, my 'Barbarini F1 Formula Mix' will produce fragrant flowers, is frost resistant and enjoys lots of sun. Mine are in containers of course, but they are ideal for edging borders as well. It is a self seeding biennial and dwarf hybrid variety which will provide flowers from late spring to late summer.
As usual, deadhead to encourage more flowers. Pruning back after the flowering season ends will also encourage existing plants to bloom again for a second year.
Dianthus barbatus, pictured above, are easy to look after and a great flower to get children excited about gardening, either letting them plant some from seed where they are to grow or young plants from garden centres.
In local news, if you are near Market Rasen this weekend two properties are opening their private gardens for the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity.
Hope House at 15 Horsemarket and Ramada at 17 Horsemarket, both in Caistor, will open on Sunday, August 25 (1pm-5pm).
Hope House has a small walled country style garden with roses, perennials, shrubs, trees, fruit and a small raised vegetable area. A wildlife pond and formal water trough feature provide extra interest in a tranquil space created by its garden designer owner.
Ramada has a hillside garden with terraced herbaceous borders filled with perennials, a vegetable garden and fruit trees, a small pond fed by natural spring and boggy area.
Combined admission £3, children free. Homemade teas at Hope House and plants for sale. Dogs on short leads welcome. www.ngs.org.uk
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