Anyone for a New Honeysuckle?
This month's new stock includes an exciting plant that is new to the market - the Chic Choc Honeysuckle! It's a stunning new addition to the Lonicera family. Cast your eyes over our new stock below.
Lonicera Periclymenum CHIC & CHOC© 'Innov205'
Invented in Beaucouzé, France, it is the product of a planned breeding programme to develop new compact and free flowering Lonicera plants with large attractive flowers. The resultant plant has a compact habit, it is free flowering and flowers over a long period. Its flowers are relatively large and the buds, as you can see in the photograph above, are a beautiful shade of purple. When the buds open, the flowers are light pink and yellow. It performs well in the garden and has good Winter hardiness - an important factor for those of us up in the North East of Scotland! It is classed as a semi-evergreen and the flowers have a strong fragrance. The plant label indicates that it likes a sunny to half-shady position in the garden. It flowers between June and August and is likely to reach a metre in height once fully grown, which is expected to be by the age of 7 years. It can be pruned in early Spring, though it may be better to prune it later in this area - please ask for more advice from the garden centre staff.
Hanging Baskets Aplenty
Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Lady in Red'
If you're fond of Hydrangeas or looking for a plant that will bring a real splash of colour to a particular spot in the garden, Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Lady in Red' could be the plant for you. Providing three seasons of interest, this Hydrangea just keeps on giving. With bright stems and strongly veined leaves, the lacecap blooms open in late Spring as a whitewashed pink and mature to a lush red. In the Autumn, the leaves change to a rich purple.
The showy flowers on lacecaps attract pollinators to the inner circle of less conspicuous true blooms. 'Lady in Red's' flowers are about 4-5 inches across and as they mature, the sepals will flip downward, displaying their burgundy back-sides.
If you're looking for an accent in a border, 'Lady in Red' could be what you're looking for, but it's also good for container planting as it is a compact shrub. Happiest in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil, it tolerates either sun or shade, and it will bloom from July to September.
Hydrangea Macrophylla Hortensia
Another beautiful Hydrangea. Does best in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil that is rich in humus. Tolerates sun or shade and blooms from June to September. As can be seen in the next picture, we have red, white and pink in stock.