New plants make impact
What’s new for the month of April? Head to your local garden centre, or jump online, to find these brand new plants for the garden.
Freesia ‘Gabrielle’ is new for mail order company GardenPost. This variety is grown commercially for the cut flower market, its long stems (40cm high) and fragrant white flowers ideal for picking.
Another striking freesia from GardenPost is ‘Figaro’, with its bold red, goblet-shaped, double flowers with bright yellow throats. It produces a lovely fragrance, and its large flowers and tall stems makes it ideal for picking. Or look out for ‘Striped Pearl’, which produces arching sprays of pearlywhite flowers that are intricately etched with purple veins. A centre glow appears as the flowers open.
Freesia corms can be planted now for late winter/spring blooms. Plant corms 5cm deep and 8-10cm apart in a well-drained spot in sun or light shade.
Bidens ‘Tweety’ is a superb plant for beds and baskets, producing its cheerful yellow blooms from spring through autumn. It has a self-cleaning habit, meaning it drops its faded flowers, which keeps the plant tidy. It certainly beats deadheading. ‘Tweety’ grows to a height of 30cm and spread of 50cm. Plant in full sun for best results. Look for ‘Tweety’ at your local garden centre.
Gaillardia ‘Yellow Shield’ is a grandiflora hybrid that produces its true yellow flowers with red centres right throughout summer and autumn. Reasonably drought tolerant when established, it grows 30cm high x 30cm wide.
Thalictrum ‘Evening Star’ is a woodland perennial with olive, tan and copper to red-purple leaves, each with a central silver star.
Feathery lilac blooms in summer are an added bonus, though the foliage on its own is very attractive for shady spots. ‘Evening Star’ is a dwarf variety. It’s available from Parva Plants.
Tulip ‘Foxtrot’ is a gorgeous tulip variety with fully double blooms in many different shades of pink, from pale hues through to deep rose. The lightly scented cupped flowers resemble peonies. Leave them for a glorious display in the garden or pick them for the vase. This variety flowers early to mid season and it’s available from GardenPost.
When planting tulip bulbs, plant at least twice the depth of the bulb, in a sunny position in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Add slow-release fertiliser to the soil when planting.
Shades of pink: Tulip ‘Foxtrot’ is a gorgeous tulip variety with fully double blooms.