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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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October’s plant of the month

It’s October and here is our plant of the month for this year. It’s Schizostylis or Hesperantha. Schizostylis or Hesperantha are semi-evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with narrowly sword-shaped, erect leaves and spikes of starry or bowl-shaped flowers from late summer to … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in October

.    Here are the top 10 things to do in the garden in October:- Cut back perennials that have died down and are looking untidy. Attractive seedheads can be left for winter interest and wildlife; There is still time … Continue reading

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September’s plant of the month

September’s plant of the month is Echinacea pallida. Echinacea pallida is a tallish coneflower growing to 1.2 metres with distinctive pale pink flowers.  The petals are long and linear and reflex to droop down from the brown cone.  It loves … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in September

We are nearing the end of the growing season but there are still lots of jobs to do in the garden – harvesting crops and preparing for next year. The 10 top jobs for September are:- – Lifting and dividing herbaceous … Continue reading

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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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