Fritillaria Crown Imperial

Crown Imperial, surely the most eye catching flowering plant of April, very majestic in appearance, and fully hardy in Aberdeen.

They come in shades of orange and yellow, flowering April/May. The orange flowering ones seem to become established more quickly than the yellows. Read more “Fritillaria Crown Imperial”

Epimedium Grandiflorum

Choosing woodland plants can be great fun, although sometimes frustrating when the plant you are seeking is not to be found in your local garden centres. For example Epimediums, a fascinating genus of plants from the Berberidaceae family, but not always that easy to come by.

Epimedium Grandiflorum this species is deciduous and the new growth rises in early spring shortly after which, the yellow flowers emerge. Leaves are flushed reddish-bronze when young but colour up to a fresh green when mature.  Flowers are borne in short racemes and can vary a little in colour.

In early Spring cut back the old leaves to get the best out of the emerging fresh foliage.  (Grandiflorum also to be found with flowers in shades of purple)

Position – Dappled shade

Hardiness – Fully hardy

Height – 40cm

Flowering – April/May

Soil – Humus rich moist yet free draining

Gardening in Aberdeen

Yesterday October 7th, the evening was spent at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom for the presentation of best gardens. Our entry this year was for Gardens not seen from the road (back garden).

Myra and I were very happy to pick up the winning entry for this category. Other firsts in our area of Leggart went to Mr Benton, and also Mr Innes who picked up the award for Aberdeen’s best garden.

The decision this year to enter our back garden, came about with the transformation last year which virtually changed our garden from an explosion of Summer colour into what now is, a garden for all seasons.

If you would like to view more pictures of our front and back garden in bloom this year, visit our website. On the homepage open the link Our Garden.

Autumn is now upon us, all the Begonias are in the greenhouse drying off in preparation for storing over Winter.


Digitalis Excelsior

Possibly the best of all Bi’annual flowers is the European woodland plant Digitalis, commonly known as Foxgloves. Grows  in dappled shade and is well suited for the woodland garden, will also grow well in full sunshine.

There are many varieties to choose from, but I am not so fond of some of the giant specimens that have been coming into the garden centres over the past few years.




Look out for Excelsior the most dramatic of all foxgloves. Flowers completely circle the stems and are held horizontally to show-off beautiful interior spotting.(Digitalis are toxic) Sow seeds in early Spring, and when plants are large enough either in the autumn or spring, plant them up in their flowering position. In future years they will seed themselves, and you will never be without these beautiful flowers.

Hardiness – Fully hardy

Position – Full sun/Part shade/Shade

Height – 150cm