Now that the Easter weekend has been and gone, the gardening season begins in earnest, says Rachel de Thame in her BBC Gardeners World piece over the Easter weekend on what plants are trending this season.
Shrubs is the operative word it seems! Expect a huge emphasis on shrubs that give structure and form to the garden. In addition, more mature plants for instant impact are much in demand, with gardeners buying the largest sized plant their budget permits in order to achieve an instant colour and form impact in the garden.
Trending Shrubs for 2016
Viburnum has been making a steady comeback over the last few years and it’s not hard to see why. It adds great structure and form to the garden all year round while being low maintenance and relatively easy to grow. One variety was highlighted in particular – Viburnum Plicatum ‘Mariesii’. This cultivar has masses and masses of large, lace cap, white blooms in late spring, early summer, followed by berries. In autumn, the lovely green-veined foliage turns a gorgeous deep purple. A superb addition to any garden, Viburnum Mariesii is a recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Also known as the Japanese Snowball Bush, this variety of Viburnum is very popular in Japanese themed gardens.
More on our Viburnums here…
Magnolia Liliflora Susan has fabulous colour and form. It produces large, showy, purple flowers that are goblet-shaped in late spring. The flowers are wonderfully fragrant. Magnolia Susan is slow growing so this is an example of where it is advisable to buy the largest size your budget will allow for instant impact.
More on our Magnolia Collection here…
Plants for Instant Impact
Also trending for 2016 are plants for instant impact and in particular, Rachel de Thame liked instant impact conifers. Cryptomeria Japonica or the Japanese Cedar received a special mention (photo above). These are available at Paramount Plants as a low-growing bush shape and as a topiary shrub. Cryptomeria Japonica is another popular choice for Japanese themed gardens.