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Category Archives: Garden plants

Montbretia – corms of beauty and trouble

Montbretia (Crocosmia) The Montbretia (Crocosmia) are non-native shards of leaves, perfect as a background in a herbaceous border. Flowering is from either mid or late summer. Originally from southern and eastern Africa, they survive well in the UK. Crocosmia x crocosmiliflora is considered an invasive species covering road verges and hedge banks in western areas of the […]


The genus Anemones are a large group of flowers (around 120 species), many native, and many that have been hybridised into a variety of flowering colours. They are all hardy and tend to prefer full sun or semi-shade in well drained soils. The native Woodland Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) is one of the joys of spring […]

Amsonia – small blue flowers or feathery warm autumnal colours

The genus of Amsonia is a slow-growing summer flowering perennial, which forms clumps of flowers. Although not native to the UK (they mostly come from North America), it is hardy, though it does prefer sunshine and well drained soils. The most common form you’ll come across is Amsonia orientalis (pictured), which actually is of Turkish origin, and […]