Category Archives: Front Garden

Styrax Japonica – Japanese Snowbell

This pretty little tree is another one of my (many) favourite plants.  If you are looking for a small to mid-sized, relatively problem-free flowering tree then you should consider planting a Japanese Snowbell.  There are more than a hundred species … Continue reading

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Fritillaria Meleagris

Fritillaria meleagris, commonly called snakes head lily or (as I prefer) checkerboard lily is an exquisite spring blooming member of the family Liliaceae.  A bulbous perennial native to Europe, it can be found in the wild anywhere between southern England … Continue reading

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Coral Sunset Peony

I bought my Coral Sunset Peony in 2009, and this is the first year it’s bloomed for me.  Until this year (2012) I enjoyed the lush, glossy green foliage it produces, but now I can swoon over the delectable, uniquely … Continue reading

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Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Pink Frost’

Oh my!  I’ve developed a serious case of plant lust…I’m totally smitten with this new hellebore, she’s a beauty!  Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Pink Frost’ is one of the latest from Germany and the breeding program of Josef Heuger’s Helleborus Gold … Continue reading

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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ – Contorted Hazel

One of the stars of my garden in winter is a Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’.  This is another plant with multiple monikers, including Contorted Hazelnut, Contorted Filbert, Corkscrew Hazel, Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and Old Man’s Walking Stick. The Contorted Hazel … Continue reading

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Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’

Rather than pining and whining for a spring that’s not yet come, let’s try and appreciate those plants that provide beauty and form during winter, shall we?  The ferny, soft foliage of the conifer; Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ is gorgeous and … Continue reading

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Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Streib’s Findling’

One of the stars of my front garden in winter is this amazing groundcover; Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Streib’s Findling’.  Hardy to -20F and native to central China, this evergreen shrub hugs the ground like melted cheese on a pizza. I wanted … Continue reading

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Planting Bulbs for Spring Colour

Today we enjoyed a reasonably nice day and I was able to get outside and do a few chores.  Planting bulbs was on the top of my list, and I’ve managed to get most of them into the ground.  For … Continue reading

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

This striking variety of Black Eyed Susan is one of my favourite plants.  Discovered in 1937 by Heinrich Hagemann at Gebrueder Schuetz’s nursery in the Czech Republic and propagated by Karl Foerster of Potsdam, Germany, the début of Rudbeckia fulgida … Continue reading

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Dahlias in Bloom

The Dahlias in my garden are really hitting their stride, now that summer has begun its inexorable slide into autumn.  Here on the west coast, we often have a  dry and sunny fall, so I’m likely to enjoy their spectacular … Continue reading

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