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Gerbera Designs blog

Welcome to my new website and the Gerbera Designs blog. Please have a look and I hope you enjoy the read. I will be updating the Blog regularly with my news including design tips, planting advice and trips to gardens.

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August’s plant of the month

August’s plant of the month is Crocosmia. Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer.  They are a perfect addition to the late summer border providing pops of hot colours in … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in August

Flowers Keep your hanging baskets looking good with regular dead heading, daily watering and weekly feeding. Give Camellias some TLC with regular watering as they’ll now be forming next year’s flower buds. Dead head sweet peas to maximise the flowering … Continue reading

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July’s plant of the month

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a vigorous spreading perennial.  It grows to 60cm tall, with lobed foliage. It has bowl-shaped violet-blue flowers with a white centre, opening from early summer to the first autumn frosts. It is a repeat flowerer so no need to deadhead.  It is … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in July

Top jobs for July:- Treat weeds in lawns and feed your lawn with a quick-acting summer feed; Keep sowing lettuce, radish and other salad crops for fresh supplies; Spray roses to control black spot, mildew and aphids; Continue to deadhead … Continue reading

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June’s plant of the month

June’s plant of the month is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’.  Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with  linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem. ‘Purple Sensation’ is a perennial to 90cm, with … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in June

Some jobs to be getting on with in June:- Plant out annual summer bedding plants in the garden, in containers and hanging baskets now the risk of frost has passed. If you have them growing on in a greenhouse move … Continue reading

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May’s plant of the month

May’s Plant of the Month is Fritillaria imperialis or Crown Imperial.  Fritillaria imperialis is a fast growing bulb native to mountainous regions in Turkey, western Iran and eastwards to Kashmir. It is grown for its large and spectacular clusters of bell-shaped … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in May

Top 10 gardening jobs for May are:- ·         Prune spring flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, after flowering to keep them compact; ·         Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed; ·         Tie in the new … Continue reading

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April’s plant of the month

April’s ‘Plant of the Month’ is Pulsatilla vulgaris (also known as the Pasque Flower as it blooms in time for Easter). Pulsatilla are herbaceous perennials forming clumps of fine leaves, with hairy bell-shaped or cup-shaped flowers. These are followed by … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in April

Top gardening jobs for April include:- • Keeping weeds under control by hand weeding, hoeing and mulching; • Protecting fruit blossom from late frosts; • Tying in climbing and rambling roses; • Sowing hardy annuals, herb seeds and wildflower seeds; … Continue reading

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