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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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December’s plant of the month

December’s plant of the month is Helleborus orientalis. Hellebores (sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose) are perennial garden plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. Some species are grown … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in December

It’s December! Where has the year gone? There are still some jobs you can be doing in the garden in the depths of winter (snow allowing!):- Check your winter protection structures are secure; Check that greenhouse heaters are working ok; … Continue reading

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November’s plant of the month

November’s plant of the month is Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’. This is a great garden investment for the coming months. The mid-green leaves start to take on rich autumnal hues before they fall. As they drop, they will reveal the skeleton … Continue reading

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What to do in your garden in November

It’s November! Here are some gardening jobs for the month:- – Plant bare root roses, trees and hedging (much cheaper than their potted equivalent); – Plant strawberry runners in containers and baskets to overwinter for next year; – Sow micro … Continue reading

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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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