The low-riding Hydrangea ‘Groundbreaker’
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by Mr Plant Geek
4d ago
Each year, the world of hydrangeas is always abuzz with new plant varieties – just take a look at RHS Chelsea’s Plant of the Year 2014 and 2018, and the runner up in 2023 (ALL hydrangeas!) – but every now and then, a truly groundbreaking (pun intended) plant comes along that redefines how we garden. Enter Hydrangea paniculata ‘Groundbreaker®’, the first-ever ground cover hydrangea. This exceptional plant, with its unique low growth habit and rich branching, is the next big thing for Hydrangea lovers. The first ground cover Hydrangea Hydrangea ‘Groundbreaker®’ is setting new standards with its ..read more
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A South American star for a changeable British summer
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by Mr Plant Geek
2w ago
If you’re looking for a new plant to spice up the garden – perhaps something a little funky, a little colourful, and maybe something that has a bit of Latin flair – you should get to know Verbena ‘Fuerte’ from Beekenkamp! With a name inspired by the Spanish-speaking countries of South America, this plant brings the essence of its vibrant Latin roots straight to your garden. Aptly named, Fuerte means ‘strong’ in Spanish, and this verbena variety lives up to its name in every sense. She’s a survivor Verbena ‘Fuerte’ is known as the ultimate survivor in the garden, thriving through both the scor ..read more
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The flouncy, flaming flowers of Geum ‘Orange Pumpkin’
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by Mr Plant Geek
2w ago
Here’s a Geum you don’t see every day! Geum ‘Orange Pumpkin’ is certainly an eye catcher, with tangerine-toned double-flowered pom poms that form, unlike other Geums, on relatively short stems for a nice, neat habit. How to grow Geum ‘Orange Pumpkin’ Flowering time: May to September Location: Pots, front of the border, pond margins Soil: Moist, fertile, well drained soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soils. Light: Full sun Water: Keep soil moist, but not waterlogged Care: Deadhead regularly. Lift and divide clumps in spring. Size: 30cm height and spread What’s different about Geum ‘Orange ..read more
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The rumble in the… garden: Papaver Red Rumble
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by Mr Plant Geek
2M ago
I hope you’re not thinking this is just another red poppy – because it’s far from it! Poppies are an iconic bloom that we all recognise, whether for their links with Remembrance, or having spotted them growing across the UK at the roadside, in country fields and dotted about waste disposal sites. But there’s something special about Papaver Red Rumble that sets it apart from the rest…   How to care for Papaver Red Rumble Flowering time: May to June Location: Borders, pots, balconies, wildlife gardens, cottage gardens, cut flower gardens Soil: Well-draining, fertile soil Light: Full sun ..read more
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The ever-flowering Agapanthus Everpanthus Series
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by Mr Plant Geek
3M ago
Agapanthus is a plant with a lot of pizazz, but my, they don’t last long! Most agapanthus flower for around six weeks, while some cultivars have been selected to bloom for 10 to 12 weeks. Everpanthus, on the other hand, has an extra long blooming time – 17 weeks from spring right through to late summer!   How to grow Everpanthus Series Flowering time: Spring to late summer (17 weeks) Location: Middle of the border, beds, patio pots, mixed containers, cut flower garden Soil: Any well-draining soil Light: Full sun Water: Water moderately when growing Care: Re-pot overcrowded plants in sp ..read more
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WTF is hardening off?
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by Mr Plant Geek
4M ago
Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Find the entire WTF Gardening series here. Thinking about growing cuttings or starting some seeds? You’ve probably seen or heard the term ‘hardening off’ somewhere, whether that’s in a video tutorial or on the back of a seed packet. Unfortunately, this kind of instructional content can be a little vague, leaving novice gardeners scratching their heads. However, it’s important to understand what hardening off means, as it’s a pretty important step in the growing ..read more
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Chick Charms Giants: Collectible hens and chicks for the garden
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by Mr Plant Geek
4M ago
I’ve written about the original Chick Charms here – but do you know about Chick Charms Giants? They’re practically indestructible, just like their namesake, but they can grow to the size of a gallon pot or bigger! And, like the originals, they’re collectible, too!   How to grow Chick Charms Giants Flowering time: Summer Location: Pots, rock gardens, ground cover Soil: Any well-draining soil Light: Full sun Water: Water moderately when growing Care: Propagate root offsets in spring Size: 8 to 10” in diameter   ‘Copper Canyon’ What’s different about this plant? Chick Charms Gia ..read more
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9 heartfelt alternatives to roses for Valentine’s Day
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by Mr Plant Geek
4M ago
Is your beau not the rose type? Roses may be the most popular flowers for Valentine’s Day (according to the British Florist Association, it’s estimated that 250 million stems of flowers are sold on Valentine’s globally, with one third being roses) but they’re not for everyone. But if your significant other isn’t a fan of roses, there are so many other alternatives – so don’t believe that roses are the only option! I’ve put together a list of nine perfect alternatives to roses, including some really surprising and unconventional plants! Browse your options below and surprise your other half wit ..read more
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WTF is deadheading?
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by Mr Plant Geek
4M ago
Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Find the entire WTF Gardening series here. If you’re interested in keeping your garden looking fresh, healthy and uniform, you’ll want to get acquainted with deadheading! This is the act of removing faded or dead flowers from plants; it increases the visual appeal of the plant while also encouraging more flowers. Deadheading is a regular part of garden maintenance for those who enjoy a neat, tidy and abundant garden. It encourages new blooms by redirecting ener ..read more
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