Dodecatheon: Shooting Star guaranteed to brighten up shaded areas in your garden

There’s something quite reassuring about typical spring weather; sunshine, showers, and cold winds. The season this year seems to have started a little early, but this cooler weather is holding many plants back which means spring will last a little longer than last year and that we should be in for a decent summer instead of a monsoon. Visiting gardens at this time of the year is especially wonderful as there’s a noticeable difference in the growth of different plants. What’s good about this cooler weather and the odd splash of rain is that plants are holding their flowers longer…

Tulips: Special Spring Bedding and Tulip Colour Combinations

It was just the other day we were appreciating the fine spring weather, only to be greeted with the knowledge that a late frost is on its way. Despite the sharp shock to the system, there’s still plenty to be pleased with in the garden. It’s been an excellent year for spring bulbs in both the formal and informal gardens here at Aberglasney. Spring bedding is one of our best displays. Most people would automatically think of summer bedding when bedding is mentioned, however, some of the very best displays happen in the spring season, not summer, in my opinion….

Magnolia: Easy but Choice

As March comes to an end and the sun begins to start regularly showing its face again, its safe to say we’re going to be in for a period of enjoyable weather in the coming weeks and months. Although spring seemingly started earlier with help from a mild winter, the early warm weather has certainly helped plants get a head start – the tulips have already begun bursting into flower! The same can be said of Magnolia which are just coming into their best and are a sure sign that spring is well underway. We’re in for a lovely flowering period from these beautiful trees at the Aberglasney this year….

Arisaema: Unusual buy Easy Plant for Spring

The weather’s started to become kinder and dry spring days are more of a regular occurrence in the garden. The bulbs and shrubs are out in force at Aberglasney and everything else is slowly but surely bursting into growth. With so much going on it’s becoming almost impossible to keep up with everything that’s coming into flower. Narcissi and even some Tulips have started emerging and the Magnolias have started to flower clearly having appreciated the milder winter. Between all the elegance and spectacular flowers there’s also some very interesting bulbs to be appreciated – although they should technically be…

Designing Long Lasting Spring Displays

Spring comes and goes every year but rarely has the politeness to RSVP and let us know exactly when it’ll arrive. This poses a challenge for us gardeners as we try to make sure there’s a good early display that’ll continue flowering right through the season. Having a succession of flower throughout spring is crucial to creating and maintaining consistent interest in your garden and borders, and also works wonders to disguise the old flowers that are dying back with some beautiful new blooms. Later in the year once we get into late April the shrubs and perennials come out…

Narcissus, our national flower, has a lot more to offer than we realised

Spring is upon us nice and early signified by those few days of warm sunshine that broke up the dreary rainy days of late winter that we’ve become oh so used to. Despite the cold nights and wet ground, we’ve been having some great gardening weather, and one of the greatest things about gardening in springtime has to be the presence of the early flowering plants that serve as a welcome reminder of why we do what we do. At Aberglasney, the snowdrops, Hellebores and Crocus have been wonderful this year. Looking around the garden today, it’s encouraging to see…

Crocus: February’s Favourite Bulb

The mild weather continues, the bees are out, and we’re even beginning to be blessed with the odd glimpse of sunshine – it’s safe to say we’re finally on the cusp of a bright new season. To my mind, one early-flowering plant in particular act as the heralds of spring: Crocus. Seeing their stunning bold colours littering turf across the gardens signifies the beginning of the end of those harsh, dreary, winter months. They fill the gap between Snowdrops and Daffodils and come in a fantastic colour range that contrasts really well with the white and golden hues of the…

Pleione Orchid: Easy and Reliable

The wind may still be bitingly cold, but the arrival of spring is now within touching distance. Snowdrops, Witch-Hazel, and Cyclamen are popping up everywhere in the Gardens, and what a welcome sight they are too! Indoors, the Ninfarium is looking great with its wonderful display of orchids and other almost-hardy treasures. Although it’s generally only kept frost-free to about 5 degrees, we’re still able to grow a wealth of plants such as Rex Begonia, Streptocarpus and many temperate orchids. One of the most important things to remember with orchids is their two different types: Epiphytic grow on trees and…

Wild Lilies: An Interesting Choice for the Garden

The mild weather we’ve been having is a welcome break from the recent hard frost and much appreciated by gardens and gardener’s alike. There’s something exciting about February as seeds are being sown, new shoots are swelling, the snowdrops are on song, and new plants are arriving. Looking through catalogues and in Garden Centres, one encouraging surprise is the number of unusual bulbs available. Most are species (wild plants) not cultivars and can usually be found under the ‘miscellaneous’ section. Lilies are a renowned favourite. They’ve been available for a very long time in a wide choice of cultivars, but…

Deciding on Dahlia for a Kitchen Garden when faced with a wealth of choice

The Kitchen Garden at Aberglasney has fast become the hub of the Gardens, producing flowers, food, and interest throughout the year. Every year without fail, the most loved and talked about Kitchen Garden plant are; Dahlia. They performed particularly well for us last year, flowering for a good three months and yielding plenty of blooms for cutting (which you will find decorating the tables in our tearooms in summer months). When we lift them in autumn, we often find we have twice as much plant material as we started with which is no bad thing… Dahlia ‘Franz Kafka’ in the…