Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Viburnum Tinus 

Viburnum Tinus

In recent years this moderately vigorous, evergreen shrub has become unfashionable but that’s probably only because it’s such a useful plant. Viburnum Tinus is a good choice if you want a loose informal hedge that flowers over a long period of time. The dark, evergreen leaves look attractive all year round, although it is susceptible to the Viburnum Beetle, which … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant for April: Amelanchier lamarckii

White flowers

A versatile, small-sized tree with a softly arching, sometimes spreading habit, Amelanchier is valued for its subtle blossom in spring, its light dappled shade in summer, and its attractive autumn tints. Leaves emerge bronze, with the flowers, phasing to green in summer. Ideal as a specimen in a small garden, after ten years it will grow to 4-5m. An amelanchier’s … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant of the Month: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ is a vigorous, deciduous shrub that does well in a shady spot. The large white conical heads flush pink with age and make a magnificent display. The flower heads can be used for drying and I think they look good all winter so don’t be in a hurry to prune.

Sheena’s Star Plant of the Month: Clematis Montana grandiflora

cat sitting in clematis bush

Early-flowering clematis will bloom with the first mild spell and give the gloomiest garden a lift and the Clematis Montana grandiflora are great for covering an ugly eyesore quickly – very quickly indeed. They can be a little vigorous but are easily controlled by serious pruning straight after flowering. As with all clematis, they require their roots to be in shade … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Schizostylis coccinea – the Kaffir lily

Such an exotic looking plant but very hardy, reliable and so easy to lift and divide, I think every garden should have a clump of Kaffir lilies. They make good cut flowers and the narrow, sword-shaped leaves are attractive all year round, making it ideal for a mixed border. It works well with other late flowering perennials, such as asters, … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant of the Month: Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra Spectabilis

Dicentra Spectabilis is an ideal plant for a shady border, especially if you like the country cottage look. As well as the pink species there is an attractive white one – great for a woodland look. Its common names are ‘Bleeding Heart’ and ‘Dutchman’s Breeches’, obviously derived from the unusual shape of the flowers. It’s a good one to grow … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

This shrub has deep pink flowers which are on show during mild periods throughout the winter. It also has a wonderful fragrance and so is a great shrub to plant close to the house or near garden paths. Bring the garden indoors and add some colour to a dark windowsill. Viburnum x bodnantense, when cut, will last for a long … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Viburnum Tinus 

In recent years this moderately vigorous, evergreen shrub has become unfashionable but that’s probably only because it’s such a useful plant. A good choice if you want a loose informal hedge which flowers over a long period of time. The dark, evergreen leaves look attractive all year round, although it is susceptible to the Viburnum Beetle, making unsightly holes in … Read More

Sheena’s star plant of the month: Fritillaria meleagris

The snakeshead fritillary is an upright, slender, bulbous perennial, probably best seen naturalised in grass. For me, the beauty of this plant is its elegant simplicity and I often use it when creating a wildflower border in gardens. At the beginning of the 20th century, meadows of fritillaries were commonplace around Britain but many of these areas were seriously affected … Read More