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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

October’s plant of the month is Nerine bowdenii. Nerine bowdenii is a bulbous perennial growing to 50cm tall, with strap-shaped rich green leaves with erect stems bearing umbels of lily-like pink flowers 6-8cm in width. It comes from South Africa and … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in October

Here are a few jobs to keep on top of as we approach winter:- Protect your plants – lift half hardy perennials and pot them up and put them in the greenhouse. Lift Dahlia tubers once the foliage is blackened … Continue reading

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May’s Plant of the Month

May’s plant of the month is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with a strong onion or garlic scent. ‘Purple Sensation’ grows to 90cm, with short basal leaves dying down by flowering time. Flowers are small and spherical … 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 Primula denticulata (also known as the drumstick primula). Primula denticulata is an herbaceous perennial growing to 30cm. It has oval leaves with white, pale or deep purple flowers with a yellow eye.  The flowers … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in April

Top gardening jobs for April are to:- Deadhead daffodils as the flowers fade; Divide clumps of snowdrops and replant them as their flowers die back; Freshen up patios and decks by washing them down with a pressure washer; Place plant … Continue reading

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March’s plant of the month

Welcome to March! Our plant of the month is Iris ‘George’. This is one of the earliest flowering Iris. It has rich violet-blue flowers and sharply pointed pale grey-green leaves. It is hardy, growing to 12cm in height. It is … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in March

Hopefully spring is now in the air! The top gardening jobs for March in the ornamental garden include:- – Scrape away a layer of old compost of permanently potted plants and top dress with fresh compost; – Cut back perennials … Continue reading

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February’s plant of the month

February’s plant of the month is the humble Snowdrop. Snowdrop or Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in February

It’s February! Here are the jobs you can be doing in the ornamental garden over the weekend:- – Trim winter flowering heathers as flowers fade; – Cut back late summer and autumn flowering clematis to the lowest pair of strong buds; – … Continue reading

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