Herbaceous perennials for cut flowers

Old cottage garden colour

The return in popularity of some of the old cottage garden favourite flowering plants is a welcome sight in any garden. Gardeners are returning to long stemmed old time favourites including foxgloves, free flowering Lupins, scented sweet peas, large flowering Peonies and hostas to name but a few. Gardeners are interested in flowering plants that flower this and every summer and are good to fill up gaps in their borders and shrub beds, they also love herbaceous perennials that are suitable for cutting as cut flowers for the home. Early May is a great time to plant a selection of summer flowering herbaceous perennials which not only offer long periods of colour they are also ideal to help fill in gaps left by dead and damaged shrubs after the harsh winter.

Plant in groups of threes or fives to help create a strong show of long lasting colour in shrub beds and flower borders. I would recommend the following perennials to plant now in your garden for colour this summer. Phygelius commonly called the cape fuchsia, Penstomens with their beautiful tubular flowers, Hostas for foliage and flower colour, coreopsis bright yellow blooms all summer and the wonderful long stemmed Lupins

Gardening Jobs to tackle this week

  1. Plant a selection of hot chillies and purple and red peppers into a 10” pot using Levington Multi compost. Place the pot on a bright sunny window sill in full light for a great crop of fresh chillies and peppers all summer long. Both peppers and chillies are easy to grow and will require only regular watering and feed with ONE liquid feed weekly. Go on give then a try this summer
  2. Tumbling tom Tomatoes are the perfect choice for a hanging basket or window box this summer. This trailing variety produces a mass of great tasting medium sized tomatoes all summer and can be planted on their own or with fresh basil and indeed with a selection of flowering hanging baskets including White bacopa, lobelias and busie lizzies. Remember to feed weekly from mid May with ONE liquid feed.
  3. Onion, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, scallions and

    Brussels sprout plants are now available for planting. Take my advice and plant a small amount of plants every two weeks to provide you with lots of fresh great tasting home grown veggies this summer. Remember you can also sow vegetables from seed throughout May and June.

  4. Early Potato blight warnings will soon be given by met Eireann – so prevent potato blight affecting your home grown potatoes by treating them now and again in two weeks with a dressing of Promiximal spray. This treatment provides excellent protection if used early and often and can also be used on tomatoes to prevent blight.
  5. Plant a selection of Kitchen Herbs now, choose from a wide variety of easy to grow garden herbs including Basil, parsley both French and curled, oregano, thyme, rosemary and chives. Garden herbs can be planted directly into the border soil or grown in window boxes and patio planters for ease of cutting and aftercare. Remember to cut the young growth on a regular basis to help keep your herbs young and producing lots of new growth.

Pan Books Ltd. Perennial Flowers For Small Gardens (Pan Piper Small Garden Series)
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Cuttings are clones

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The term clone is used in horticulture to mean all descendants of a single plant, produced by vegetative reproduction or apomixis. Many horticultural plant cultivars are clones, having been derived from a single individual, multiplied by some process other than sexual reproduction. As an example, some European cultivars of grapes represent clones that have been propagated for over two millennia. Other examples are potato and banana


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