Growing Delphiniums

Growing delphiniums    The modern delphinium is one of the most spectacular and popular of garden flowers. There are wide ranges of colors, several flower forms, and varieties of different heights. Hobby growers strive to produce the largest individual flowering spikes possible. PLANT RIGHT: Select a sunny location and a soil as deep which is rich as possible. In early Spring, [...]

How to grow Lilacs

How to grow Lilacs When it’s lilac-blooming time again this year from early May until end of June-will your garden be replete with their white, violet, pink, blue; and purple flowers? Certainly they are among the most popular of all flowering shrubs, and nurserymen have over 250 named varieties to offer for your planting. Perhaps you’re holding back just because of [...]

Potting soil for Delphinums

Potting Soil for Delphiniums   John Innes Potting Compost Seed compost: 2 parts sterilised loam 1 part moss peat 1 part sharp sand The loam and peat is put through in 3/8 in (9mm) sieve. To each bushel (8gal/36l) is added: 1.5 oz (42gm) superphosphate 3/5 oz (21gm) ground limestone Potting Compost: 7 parts sterilised loam 3 parts moss peat 2 [...]

Growing tips for Paeonia

Growing Peonies – Paeonia May and June gardens would lack something without this outstandingly beautiful garden flower. The peony shoots off its display of bloom in a relatively short number of weeks but retains the perfection of its green and arching foliage through the season. Peony growing information The herbaceous type of peony that dies down in the autumn is [...]

Growing Sweet Peas

  Sweet Peas A most popular annual, the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is not difficult to grow, though the richer the soil the better the results. Given good cultivation it will produce stems 2 ft. long bearing four, five or more florets. Elegant, graceful and fragrant, with the exception of yellow, it will provide every color of the spectrum and [...]

Growing Tulip Bulbs

Tulips are the gardener’s pot of gold Remember your old “magic set” and the wonderfully colored brews you mixed? And the surprises, and the fun? Today you’ll find there’s greater magic in tulips and even more gorgeous and beautiful colors packed away in their sleek brown bulbs. To work this new magic, think of the happiest flower colors and the prettiest combinations you ever [...]

Growing Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas A most popular annual, the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is not difficult to grow, though the richer the soil the better the results. Given good cultivation it will produce stems 2 ft. long bearing four, five or more florets. Elegant, graceful and fragrant, with the exception of yellow, it will provide every color of the spectrum and dozens [...]

Growing and Caring for Delphiniums

Growing and Caring for Delphiniums These beautiful perennial plants require cool growing conditions if first class specimens are to be produced, and are well suited to the North West, although it is possible to obtain reasonable plants in other areas by raising them from seed at frequent intervals. They are used most frequently in herbaceous borders, mixed borders, and in [...]

Growing Pink Carnation and Dianthus

Carnations and Pinks Dianthus The genus Dianthus is large, but the popular garden flowers are border carnations, growing about 2 1/2 ft. tall, with exquisitely formed blooms and smooth-edged petals, and pinks in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and heights. They need a sunny, well-drained position, but are not suited to areas which have severe winters. Any soil suits [...]

How to plant and care a Iris

Garden Guides on Iris Iris are easy to grow This vast family of beautiful perennials is one of the most important of all garden plants. There are hundreds of varieties ranging through almost every color, differing in size, blooming seasons, and even habits of growth and method of propagation. The two most important groups for the average gardener are (1) [...]