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Aston on Trent Spring Garden Tidy

Posted by Jonathan Gregory on March 11, 2019

 

Making the most of the great weather today by completing a regular tidy up and then applying compost and ericaeceous compost to shrubs around the garden.

 

 

Below is an established Camellia Japonica flowering and with plenty of buds ready to flower through the spring season. Camellias will benefit from Ericaceous compost like Rhododendrons, with the plant preferring acidic soil (low pH) rather than more alkaline, lime type soils (high pH).  Usually we will lightly hoe in Ericaceous compost at the beginning or end of the season that helps the plant to thrive.

 

We also planted a few new shrubs to fill the empty spaces such as Eunonymous Alatus, Cornus Midwinter, Hypericum Hidcote and Violets for the planters. The Eunonymous Alatus are the two plants you can see with thick blade like stems, one on the far left and the other at the back, and they are native to China and Japan. The common name is “Burning bush”, because in the Autumn months from September time, the oval leaves will change to a bright red colour before dropping in the winter. The Eunonymous Alatus therefore offers a fantastic final display that offers plenty of interest in the Autumn months. Eunonymous Alatus is quite slow growing taking between 15-20 years to reach its final size of around 2 metres in height and width.

 

The Cornus are the two longer stemmed plants to the right by the Viola, like the E. Alatus above they also offer a bright red display. The Cornus Sanguinea “Midwinter Fire” offers the bright red colours in the stems rather than the leaves. As the weather begins to become colder, the stems continue to turn a bright red which creates an area of interest in the winter months in the garden when most perennials and shrubs are dormant.

 

Hypericum Hidcote are the two lighter green plants in the middle. The common name is for this plant is “St John’s Wort”, and they offer evergreen leaves through the season, with a bright display of yellow flowers in the summer months from July to late August.

 

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