More Colour, Less Work – Fact or Fiction by Gillian Taylor

The talk started with showing a few of the colourful plants currently flowering in the garden with the blue of the Dutch Iris which flowers for 4 to 6 weeks and lasts well in water and the Siberian Iris. We had the pink of Gladiolus Byzanteum and the Phlomis Tuberosa and the white of Allium Nigrum and white Thalictrum.

Some of the hand tools which are invaluable in the garden include Burgon and Ball Shrub Rake and Razor Hoes with left and right handed options. Jakoti Hand Shears, Felco secateurs 2 and 6 and Darlac Asparagus knife.

We then had a very interesting slide show of plants of various species and with different growing conditions.

Shade perennials: Heuchera villosa Autumn Bride, Bergenia Ciliata

Epimediums, Brunnera. Japanese Anemones, Hostas

Ferns: Dryopteris affinis ‘Cristata the King,’ Osmunda Regalis

Bulbs: Camassias – damp part shade, Galtonia candicans – sun

Alternative to Allium bulbs: Perennial Alliums eg Millennium, Lavender Bubbles, or Echinops ritro

Tulips: Arabian Mystery, Spring Green, Flaming Spring Green, Merlot

Daffodils: Pheasants Eye, Thalia, Sir Winston Churchill

Perennials and shrubs for sunny aspect:

Everlasting Sweet Pea, Sambucus nigra (Black elder) Cotinus (Smokebush)

Phlomis russeliana and fruiticosa, Nepeta, Verbena Hastata

Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Crocosmia Emberglow, Erigeron

Potentilla fruiticosa, Hemerocallis

Hardy Chrysanthemums, Asters, Hardy Salvias

Clematis: Arabella, Etoile Violette, Mme Julia Correvon

Good supplier Thorncroft Clematis


Mermaid, Sally Holmes,              Erfurt, Complicata

Rugosa eg Scabrosa, Open Arms, Centre Stage


Hydrangea: Annabelle, Kyoshu, Mophead and Lacecap, Oak – leaved

Kalmia latifolia, Berberis darwinii, Viburnum davidii