|Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush)|
|Aquilegia vulgaris (Columbine)|
I am very lucky to work at a garden centre filled with knowledgeable staff, and inquisitive customers. One thing that most people need to realize is that plants, (as a rule) want to survive... if you provide the necessities for them, they will flourish and surprise both old and new gardeners alike.
At this time of year garden centres are full of annuals and perennials ready to be planted.
Annuals are a great way to add beauty to your patio / balcony / terrace, or to fill an empty spot in your garden where a splash of colour is needed. When creating planters for your outdoor living space, annuals are the best choice, as they offer beauty and blooms from the time you plant them right through till frost. I also like to use a couple of perennials for unique accent foliage or to add texture to my planters.. Try some Heuchera, ornamental grasses, or ferns in your planters to bring them to the next level.
|Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate Cosmo)|
If you haven't already got your annuals and vegetables planted... get out this weekend and pick up some unusual plants and give them a try... after all... what have you got to lose?
|Imperata cylindrica (Japanese Blood Grass)|
All photographs on this blog by Paul Gellatly