Clematis texensi

Week 20 - our plant of the week is Clematis Ville de Lyon - our first climber and not before time. I could have chosen any of a number of Clematis which are in flower now, but as a large flowered red Ville de Lyon, dating from 1890, is hard to beat. This French varety is one of the worlds most popular and was bred by Francisque Morel from 'Viviand Morel' x C. texensi.   To keep the roots cool I like to grow Clematis through shrubs, in  this case Vitex agnus-castus.

Week 20 - our plant of the week is Clematis Ville de Lyon - our first climber and not before time. I could have chosen any of a number of Clematis which are in flower now, but as a large flowered red Ville de Lyon, dating from 1890, is hard to beat. This French varety is one of the worlds most popular and was bred by Francisque Morel from 'Viviand Morel' x C. texensi. To keep the roots cool I like to grow Clematis through shrubs, in this case Vitex agnus-castus.

Beautiful Clematis blooming in my garden!

Beautiful Clematis blooming in my garden!

Clematis 'Henryi'. I have coveted this clematis so long. Flowers up to 18cm borne May-June and then August-September.  Up to 3.5m and I am off to the nursery now.

Clematis 'Henryi'. I have coveted this clematis so long. Flowers up to 18cm borne May-June and then August-September. Up to 3.5m and I am off to the nursery now.

Week 30 plant of the week - Hibiscus syriacus. Not to be confused with H. rosa-sinensis, which in northern climes is grown as a houseplant, this is a hardy shrub. Hibiscus thrive best in full sun and can withstand high temperatures and periods of drought. Long lived and trouble-free they can be bought as unnamed seedlings or as named varieties like our English-bred Chiffon, pictured here. Pruning in spring will encourage more impressive flowering.

Week 30 plant of the week - Hibiscus syriacus. Not to be confused with H. rosa-sinensis, which in northern climes is grown as a houseplant, this is a hardy shrub. Hibiscus thrive best in full sun and can withstand high temperatures and periods of drought. Long lived and trouble-free they can be bought as unnamed seedlings or as named varieties like our English-bred Chiffon, pictured here. Pruning in spring will encourage more impressive flowering.

All you need is a penny. A flower seller at London's famous Columbia Road Market told us to pop the coin into the bottom of the vase and then fill it with water. More From Gardens & Outdoor Living   Gardening Has A New Health Benefit We Didn't Know The copper on the coin — an important micronutrient for plant growth — helps to keep the flowers strong and healthy and stop them drooping.

The Nifty Trick That Will Keep Your Tulips Upright

All you need is a penny. A flower seller at London's famous Columbia Road Market told us to pop the coin into the bottom of the vase and then fill it with water. More From Gardens & Outdoor Living Gardening Has A New Health Benefit We Didn't Know The copper on the coin — an important micronutrient for plant growth — helps to keep the flowers strong and healthy and stop them drooping.

Plant of the week 27 Hemerocallis ‘Strutter’s Ball’. Ideal in moist soils, Daylilies are often in shades of yellow and orange. We chose this variety to plant close to purple leaved Cotinus. This selection features large (6 inch) glowing, deep cranberry-purple flowers with a lemon throat. The plant itself is hardy and vigorous; best planted in groups of three or more.

Plant of the week 27 Hemerocallis ‘Strutter’s Ball’. Ideal in moist soils, Daylilies are often in shades of yellow and orange. We chose this variety to plant close to purple leaved Cotinus. This selection features large (6 inch) glowing, deep cranberry-purple flowers with a lemon throat. The plant itself is hardy and vigorous; best planted in groups of three or more.

Technique for Taking Hummingbird Pictures  Amateur bird photographer shares his process for taking hummingbird pictures.

Technique for Taking Hummingbird Pictures Amateur bird photographer shares his process for taking hummingbird pictures.

Chelsea flower show 2012: new plants - in pictures. From roses to irises, Chelsea is full of new introductions to the gardening world.

Chelsea flower show 2012: new plants - in pictures

Chelsea flower show 2012: new plants - in pictures. From roses to irises, Chelsea is full of new introductions to the gardening world.

Week 13 Magnolia stellata  This plant was a gift and came to us without a label, but I think it's the American selection called Royal Star because of the faintly pink buds. This is a slow growing bush but, if you live long enough, you will eventually be able to walk under it!   It appreciates a humus rich soil so we spread leaf mould around it every year. It looks good at the end of our White Border close to woodland plants.

Week 13 Magnolia stellata This plant was a gift and came to us without a label, but I think it's the American selection called Royal Star because of the faintly pink buds. This is a slow growing bush but, if you live long enough, you will eventually be able to walk under it! It appreciates a humus rich soil so we spread leaf mould around it every year. It looks good at the end of our White Border close to woodland plants.

Plant of the week 12.  Magnolia Black Tulip is stunning today in our garden. This small tree grows well in most climates, tolerating all but the coldest temperatures. It performs best in the sun and enjoys protection from strong winds. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 6 inch black-purple, goblet-shaped flowers. Suitable for smaller gardens. Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury.

Plant of the week 12. Magnolia Black Tulip is stunning today in our garden. This small tree grows well in most climates, tolerating all but the coldest temperatures. It performs best in the sun and enjoys protection from strong winds. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 6 inch black-purple, goblet-shaped flowers. Suitable for smaller gardens. Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury.

Bloom for May 24, 2012: Clematis 'Crystal Fountain'. Photo by wiggiej.

Bloom for May 24, 2012: Clematis 'Crystal Fountain'. Photo by wiggiej.

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