Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket – another of our autumn heroes

Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket

Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket – another of our autumn heroes

A new variety of the Japanese Barberry, Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket provides garden drama from spring right through to autumn, when it practically glows in a halo of burning ruby red!

Each spring, the eye-catching pinkie-orange new foliage arrives. As it matures during the summer months, the Berberis Thunbergii leafage turns to a lush green, becoming a deep luminous red in the autumn months.

Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket is an easy to maintain ornamental shrub. It also does very well in containers and looks great in borders or as hedging.

Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket is deciduous, relatively slow-growing and matures to circa 1.5 metres. It is happy in full sun or partial shade.

Ornamental shrub Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket

Ornamental shrub Berberis Thunbergii Orange Rocket

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Jewel of Sintra – Monserrate Park & Gardens

In the lush, green, mountainous heart of Sintra, Portugal, lies the villa and park gardens of Monserrate, the essence of Portuguese romanticism but nonetheless, sculpted and landscaped by Englishmen.

Vathek's Arch, so named after a character in William Beckford's novel

Vathek’s Arch, so named after a character in William Beckford’s novel

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New Additions – Skimmia Japonica Pabella

A relatively new variety of Skimmia which originated in Holland, Skimmia Japonica Pabella is a very attractive compact shrub with stunning clusters of dark red berries in autumn that last throughout the winter months. This variety of Skimmia has the added advantage of being shade tolerant.

Skimmia Japonica Pabella  has dark green leaves, deep red berries and compact growing habit.

Skimmia Japonica Pabella has dark green leaves, deep red berries and a compact growing habit.

Skimmia Japonica Pabella is a bushy evergreen shrub that produces small white fragrant flowers in spring / early summer. This is followed by deep red berries about now. Continue reading

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Why Tree Peonies are Perfect for Autumn planting

Autumn is the key time for planting new trees and shrubs in your garden.  The soil is moist, making it easy to dig. It is also warm below the surface and will give your plants the best possible start. The weather in autumn tends to be more consistent than other times of year – wet and gradually turning cold, which is ideal for plants going into dormancy over winter. Continue reading

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Awesome in autumn – the Compact Winged Spindle Tree

Everybody loves the different hues of autumn colour in our gardens and our landscapes. It’s like nature’s gift to us before the winter sets in. A particularly striking autumn plant is the Compact Winged Spindle Tree (Latin name Euonymus Alatus Compactus and also known as Burning Bush). And you can see why – this image of one of our Compact Winged Spindle Trees was taken last autumn.

Compact Winged Spindle Tree

Awesome in autumn – the Compact Winged Spindle Tree

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