Iris, so many types and varieties, but all follow the same line, they are beautiful for that brief time they flower, another fairly easy plant to look after. Unlike most plants they have Rhizomes which store all the goodness Iris needs to survive, just like daffodil's and the bulb. The Rhizome needs to be exposed above the soil, the Rhizome is the part the leaves sprout up from. At the end of the season, the new growth for next year will sprout from the bottom of the existing leaves, so when cutting back, be careful not to cut the new growth away.
So go out out and get some Iris, what are you waiting for? Need advice them just ask.
Nigella, a simply beautiful annual summer flower. Easy to grow and needs very little attention, apart from dead heading during the flowering season. I have them in a raised flower bed and they self seed every year. 3 years ago, I sprinkled 2 packets of seeds that I had free from a magazine. At the end of the season I allowed the last flowers to go to seed. Of course they seeded in to the bed and now I do the same. At the end of the season, I will clear away the dead foliage and then next year new plants will germinate.
Valerian, a common plant around the gardens here in the UK, native to Europe & Asia. Easy to grow and prolific in seeding itself, it provides plenty of colour during the summer.At the end of the season, Valerian just needs cutting back to the new growth at the bottom and it is ready for next year. Be mindful of the seeds that float off during the flowering season, you will find many little Valerians popping up around the garden. Not a bad thing really, just a little more work if they grow where you do not want them too.
Knautia is a great addition the the summer garden, easy to grow and takes little attention through the year. The plant itself is a hardy perennial and will come back each year. At the start of the growing season it Knautia may need some kind of support to keep it upright during the flowering time. Dead heading will not prolong the flowering as it flowers with the amount of flowers it will have on long stems that grow from the base of the plant. After the flowers have finished the stems can be cut right back to the base once the base of the plant has started to sprout some leaves. Once that is done the plant is ready to over winter.
Digitalis or more commonly known as Foxglove, have now finished for the year but lets not waste the bounty they have left behind, it is good to leave the flower spike to get the seeds from it to use. As foxgloves are bi-annuals it will take 2 years to get another flower, so it is always good to have some that have just flowered, some that germinated last year so they flower next year, then also the seeds can now be used to germinate the next generation of plants. Gardening always involves planning and thought. If in doubt make a list...
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.