Perfect Tulip Companions

Tulips and companion plants

Tulips are the herald of spring, pinpointing the exact moment the seasons change and spring flowers grace us with their bright colours and tantalizing scents. Yes, tulips are lovely for spring gardens. But what to plant with them?

Tulip companions are a popular topic, due to the broad range of plants and flowers that accentuate their beauty. This makes for an exciting display throughout the spring season. In this blog, we are going to show you our favourite tulip companions, just in time for bulb planting season.

tulips companion with muscari

Muscari

Muscari is a classic tulip companion plant, perfect for adding variants of height and interest to your beds and borders. You can even plant them in drifts through grass for a woodland effect.

bluebells

Bluebells

Bluebells are lovely companions for tulips as they are low maintenance and easy to grow. Their short stature adds to the overall look, giving you variation among your beds and borders.

white snowdrops

Snowdrops

The king of spring-flowering bulbs; the popular Snowdrop is a wonderful tulip companion. Perfect for creating a woodland theme within your garden, looking natural underneath trees and shrubs or at the forefront of your beds and borders.

the popular tulip companion anemone

Anemones

Anemones are celebrated for their bright colours and wide, open petals. Brilliant for planting with tulips as their colours complement any tulip and their unique palettes.

tulip companioned with cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy cyclamen are often used for naturalising under trees and shrubs. Paired with any tulip, the cyclamen flower will provide a natural effect that spring-flowering bulbs are often known for.

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Shade Loving Climbers for Your Garden

climbing plant on a pergola

When planning your garden theme and layout, using the best climbing plants for shade is a good idea if your garden gets rather dark throughout the day. This is common in North facing gardens, as the sun often disappears toward the end of the afternoon.

However, it can be confusing when trying to understand which climbing plants are best for your shady garden. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best shade loving climbing plants to help your garden feel bright and colourful even when the sun disappears.

clematis

Clematis

Many Clematis plants do well in the shade, whether it be full or partial. However, some do still require a bit of sunlight, even if it’s from the top of the plant that hangs over a fence.

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clematis barbara jackman
Clematis Barbara Jackman
clematis hagley hybrid
Clematis Hagley Hybrid
climbing lonicera

Lonicera

Lonicera, or honeysuckle, is the perfect climbing plant for shade as it blooms in mid to late winter. Produces a floral scent, perfect for those looking for a focus plant to tie their garden themes together.

Lonicera Winter Beauty
Lonicera Winter Beauty
Lonicera tatarica Rosea
Lonicera tatarica Rosea
pink roses

Roses

Some climbing rose variations are perfectly happy to do their thing in partial shade. We’ve picked some from our website that will thrive in shady conditions.

Danse De Feu
Danse De Feu
Rose climbing Iceberg
Climbing Iceberg
orange chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles are a duluxe shrub with a spreading habit. This plant does well in partial shade and will brighten your garden throughout the spring season.

Chaenomeles speciosa Pink Lady
Chaenomeles speciosa Pink Lady
Chaenomeles speciosa Nivalis
Chaenomeles speciosa Nivalis

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When to Plant Bluebells

bluebell

One of the UK’s most well-loved wildflowers. Native to English woodlands, bluebells are one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden, and will delight you for many years to come. To fill your garden with these dainty, little blooms, keep reading and discover how and when to plant bluebells.

English bluebells

When do you plant bluebell bulbs?

The perfect time to plant bluebell bulbs is in the early autumn (September/October time). Plant bulbs at least 10cm deep and 10cm apart, and make sure that the pointed end is facing upwards.

Easy Garden Ideas

Garden with tulips

Looking for some simple ways to spruce up your garden? You can create a gorgeous and functional outdoor space without putting in a ton of hard work. Check out our easy garden ideas to provide you with a wealth of inspiration and enjoy your garden to the fullest.

1. Bring life to those dark, shaded spots

Snowdrops

Filling those dark, damp areas in the garden can be a huge struggle. An easy fix is to plant woodland bulbs like Snowdrops and Anemones. These amazing plants are used to surviving in dark, damp locations.

2. Attract wildlife with these simple hacks

Bird bath

Helping your local wildlife out in little ways is so easy and rewarding. To attract birds, place a birdbath in the garden or hang a seed feeder on a garden wall or in a tree/shrub. Also, by putting out fresh feed and water out at least once a week, you will certainly have many local feathered visitors.

3. Grow flowers all season with lasagne planting

Tulips and Muscari flowers

The perfect low maintenance solution to planning a garden display. For a spring garden filled with flowers, layer flower bulbs in pots to grow strikingly colourful displays with very little effort!

What to Plant with Roses

Roses are enchanting flowers, enticing the appraisal from everyone around them. However, roses do not have an extensive flowering season, which can make your garden look a bit bare even in the height of spring and summer. With that in mind, it’s always a good idea to combine your roses with a collection of other flowers that compliment and enhance the appearance of your garden, but won’t take away the main stage if the roses are the focus.

We’ve taken the liberty of picking our favourite companions that will look beautiful alongside your roses through the height of their flowering season and will add that extra bit of colour once your roses start to dwindle at the end of their run.

Alliums

Alliums are perfect for adding height to your garden. You can partner these with any of your roses to create a cottage garden theme.

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Allium White Cloud
Allium Pink Jewel

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are beautiful and capture that British garden aesthetic that many gardeners strive for. With their tall flower heads and strong stems, they’re a brilliant addition to your rose garden.

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Digitalis Hardy Mixed
Digitalis Hardy Snow Thimble

Lavender

Lavender are great pollinators, which makes them an essential flower to any garden throughout spring and summer. Plant in your beds and borders for a classic companion look.

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Dwarf Lavender Munstead
Lavender Rosea

Verbascums

Similar to the Foxglove, Verbascums are a quintessentially British flower that is often found in many cottage-styled gardens. Pair with any rose plant for an exceptional display!

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Verbascum Rosetta
Verbascum phoeniceum Mixed

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Where to Plant Roses in the Garden

climbing roses

A truly classic English beauty. With beautiful scents and long-flowering blooms, Roses are a treasure in the summer garden. Since autumn is the ideal season to plant Roses (bare root or potted), keep reading to discover where to plant Roses in the garden with our handy gardening guide.

Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses are the perfect compact plants for adding fragrance and colour to patio pots and containers. Place the pots near doorways so you can enjoy their aromatic scent!

Cascading Roses

This cascading, dwarf variety is perfect for adding an elegant, trailing effect to the front of a border or in raised patio pots.

Climbing Roses

Fast growing and vigorous, climbing roses are perfect for training on arches, fences, pillars and walls. Great for adding colour to any bare space in the garden.

Floribunda Roses

Boasting clusters of gorgeous blooms, the compact, upright nature of these shrubs makes them perfect for beds, borders, or a flowering hedge.

Hedge/Shrub Roses

Transform the border of your home with colourful Rose hedging. Plant where you can enjoy their strong, beautiful fragrance such as along walkways, doorways or around a patio.

Hybrid Tea Roses

These hybrid Roses are unmatched for their flowering time and huge blooms. The perfect Rose for beds, borders or containers. They also make stunning cut flowers too!

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When to Plant Tulips

tulip garden

The pinnacle of Spring! These popular spring flowers have been loved for centuries due to their bright colours and attractive patterns, as well as their versatility and long-flowering abilities. Since bulb planting season kicks off at the end of September, learn when to plant tulips bulbs and grow a beautiful garden filled with delightful tulip flowers.

Keep reading our easy gardening guide to discover when, where and how to plant tulip bulbs.

tulip bulb

When do you plant tulip bulbs?

The perfect time to plant tulip bulbs is in the autumn. They can be planted from September to December. Remember that the later you plant them, the later they’ll flower!

tulips in garden

Where can you plant Tulips?

These easy to grow blooms grow in any kind of well draining soil. For small spaces, plant tulips in containers or patio pots. For larger spaces, plant them in groups of 10-15 bulbs in beds and borders.

Parrot tulip

How do you plant Tulip bulbs?

Plant bulbs about 8-10cm deep and approx 15cm apart. To give your bulbs a boost, use a little bonemeal or super phosphate mixed in with the soil. For happy plants, position your tulips in full sun.

Cozy Apple Crumble Recipe

home-made apple crumble

The quintessentially British apple crumble is the way to many of our hearts and is an absolute MUST for the colder autumn months. Now that many of our apple trees have produced lovely, juicy apples, it’s time to put them to work!
With that in mind, we brainstormed our favourite apple-centred recipes, and we all agreed; you can’t go wrong with the classic crumble.

Perfect for rainy days and family dinners, this apple crumble recipe will have everyone begging for seconds!

Serves: 4
Prep time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

The Filling:

– 3 Medium Apples (either from your garden or bought). Peeled, cored, and sliced.
– 2 TBSP of Caster Sugar (use 1 TBSP if you’d like it less sweet)
– 1 TBSP of Cinnamon

The Crumble:

– 175g Plain Flower
– 110g Golden Caster Sugar
– 110g butter

The Finish:

– 1 TBSP of Rolled Oats
– 1 TBSP of Demerara Sugar
Cream, custard, or ice cream to serve

Method

Step 1
Heat your oven to 190C/ 170 fan/ gas 5

Step 2
Toss the sliced apples with 2 tbsp of Golden Caster Sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon. Transfer the coated apples into a dish that is approx 5cm deep. Press down on the apples so you can barely see the bottom of the dish (we’re avoiding big holes for the crumble to fall into).

Step 3
Put your plain flour and the rest of the caster sugar into a bowl and add a pinch of salt.

Step 4
Add your butter to the bowl and combine the ingredients by rubbing them together with your fingertips. Do this until the mixture starts to look like soft breadcrumbs. If you’d prefer, you can put the mixture into a processor until the mixture looks sandy. Make sure you don’t over pulse!

Step 5
Pour the mixture over your apples in the baking dish and spread it out so it covers the apples evenly. You can do this with a flat spoon.

Step 6
Get a fork and press the mixture down so the crumble becomes compact and crisp.

Step 7 (optional)
Sprinkle with your oats and Dermerara sugar.

Step 8
Place your dish into the oven once it has pre-heated and leave in for 34-40 minutes. It should be golden on top and the apples inside should be soft. You can check this with a fork.

Leave to cool and cover with your favourite topping to enjoy!

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NHS Green Garden Giveaway

To thank all of our amazing NHS staff, who have been working tirelessly this year in the fight against coronavirus, we want to give something back. All throughout September, we’re hosting our NHS Green Garden Giveaway!

We want you to nominate your local NHS hospital and we will donate £50 worth of plants/bulbs to 3 hospitals to help add a dose of natural beauty to staff and patient gardens.

We also want you to nominate a NHS worker friend/family member and we will give 3 NHS workers a £30 voucher to spend in our online shop!

Here’s how to join in:

  • Nominate your local hospital (please include name and address)
  • Nominate an NHS worker family member or friend
  • Share your nominations in a post on social media or email your entries

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What to do in the Garden in September

September has arrived and the evenings are starting to get darker and cooler, so what can you do in the garden this month? From planting bulbs to harvesting tasty produce, here are our top activities to look forward to in the garden this September.

Divide perennials

Divide perennials to maintain healthy growth and grow even more plants. Simply lift them out with a garden fork, pull the plant apart gently, and then replant the new clumps.

Plant shrubs and trees

Autumn is a great time to plant evergreen shrubs and trees, whilst the soil is still moist and warm and the plants can get used to their new position before winter hits.

Start harvesting apples

With crops reaching their peak in September, early harvest apples will become ready for picking. Simply pick an apple, give the stem a twist, and if the stem comes away easily, it’s ready for eating!

Snip flowers and foliage

Late summer blooms will still be looking luscious, and are perfect for adding colour into the home. Cut Dahlia, Aster, and Crocosmia flowers and pair alongside Pyracantha berries for a beautiful display!

Get ready for bulb planting

The end of September celebrates the start of bulb planting season, so order your early spring flowering favourites that you can begin planting in September.