Fritillaria Crown Imperial

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

Fritillaria Crown Imperial

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

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.Epimedium Grandiflorum 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


Digitalis Excelsior

Digitalis Excelsior

Possibly the best of all Biennual flowers is the European woodland plant Digitalis, commonly known as Foxgloves. Grows in dappled shadeDigitalis Excelsior 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. Digitalis ExcelsiorIn 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