Plants in my Basingstoke Garden

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Plants in the back garden

Forsythia
Forsythia
Golden Bell Bush
Big, round bush with profusion of cross-shaped yellow flowers in April

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Wall-hugging, variegated green bush

Lonicera japonica
Lonicera japonica “Hall’s Prolific”
Honeysuckle
Climbing plant with fragrant yellow & white flowers
Remove unwanted growth and a few old stems after flowering

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Tall, light green fir

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Dark green fir, splotched with white

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Mid green fir

Laurus nobilis
Kitchen Bay
Evergreen tall bush with oval, slightly waxy leaves (usable in cooking) & small yellow flowers in April

Hibiscus
Hibiscus syriacus "Blue Bird"
Tree Hollyhock
Tall bush with green, pointy, serrated leaves and purple, trumpet shaped flowers in late summer
Cut back over-long and old branches in spring

Deutzia
Deutzia ?
Mid-sized bush with mint shaped leaves, small white flowers in spring / early summer?

Salix integra
Salix integra "Hakuro Nishiki"
Willow
Tall, grafted bush (x2)

Galanthus nivalis
Snowdrops
Short green-stemmed plant growing up from bulbs, with drooping pure-white flowers in early spring

Daffodils
Tall green-stemmed plant growing from bulbs, with large bright-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in early spring

Leycesteria formosa
Leycesteria formosa
Flowering Nutmeg / Himalayan Honeysuckle
Red hanging flowers in late summer

Choisya ternata
Choisya ternata
Mexican Orange Blossom
Big evergreen bush with basil scented leaves, which change from light to dark green and lots of small fragrant white flowers

Ceanothus
Ceanothus ?
Californian Lilac ?
Low, wide bush with mint shaped leaves and bundles of small purple flowers

Spiraea
Spiraea japonica
Compact shrub with burnt-orange leaves and bunches of flowers from mid summer
Cut back previous year's growth to a few inches above ground each spring to stimulate new shoots

Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums
Ground covering, large lily-shaped leaves with brightly coloured flowers in summer

Betula Betula pendula
Betula pendula
Birch
Tall, droopy tree with silver coloured, flaking bark and serrated diamond shaped leaves

Fuchsia magellanica
Fuchsia magellanica
Fuchsia
Red, pendulous flowers with purple centres throughout summer (x2)
Cut back stems to 1" above ground in April

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb'
Fuchsia "Tom Thumb"
Dwarf Fuchsia
Dwarf plant producing red, pendulous flowers throughout summer
Cut back stems to 1" above ground in April

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Spreading, green blades with multi-head orange flowers early summer

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Low, woody stems supporting artichoke, symmetrical clusters of green leaves (non-flowering?)

Potentilla
Potentilla "Tangerine"
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Low shrub with small leaves and yellow buttercup flowers in summer
Remove unwanted or damaged branches in spring - cut back young strong growth by about one third

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
Clematis "Nelly Moser"
Virgin's Bower
Climber
Prune hard to within a few inches of previous years's growth in early spring

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Large thistle!

Buddleia davidii
Buddleia davidii "Nanho Blue" (aka Buddleja)
Butterfly Bush
Violet flower heads
Cut back last year's growth to within 3-4" of old wood in spring

Vinca major
Vinca major "Variegata"
Periwinkle
Variegated, white edged, spade-shaped leaves on long, arching woody stems with five-pointed, pale-lilac flowers in April

Lavatera
Lavatera
Tree Mallow
Tall, fluffy-leaved plant with club shaped (three pointed) leaves and purple, trumpet-shaped flowers in summer
Cut back previous season's growth in April

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Very tall, soft-edged plant with pointed leaves, small purple flowers in summer and thin seed-pods that split open to reveal fluffy seeds

Rubus odoratus
Rubus odoratus
Ornamental Bramble
Rampant, rambling plant with broad, serrated leaves and an abundance of insect-attracting, five petal, light pink flowers with yellow centres throughout summer
Remove some of the older stems in autumn - cut away dead and damaged branches

Jasminum
Jasminum x stephanense
Jasmine
Climbing plant producing pale pink flowers
Thin out crowded stems from time to time

Papaver orientale
Papaver orientale
Oriental Poppy
Delicate orange flowers on long, hairy stalks

Wisteria floribunda
Wisteria floribunda "Macrobotrys"
Japanese Wistaria
Grafted plant now winding its way up the pergola supports
Cut back current year's side growths to about 6" in July

Lavandula 'Grosso'
Lavandula "Grosso"
Lavender
Fragrant blue flowers throughout late summer / early autumn
Remove flower stalks when blooms fade, then trim back new wood in April

Clematis viticella 'Kermesina'
Clematis viticella "Kermesina"
Strong climber with profusion of small crimson flowers in summer
Feed in spring & early summer and prune hard in early spring

Dianthus
Dianthus "Richard Gibb"
Pink flowers in spring

Alyssum 'Mountain Gold'
Alyssum "Mountain Gold"
Yellow flowers in early summer

Spiraea
Spiraea japonica "Firelight"
Compact shrub with burnt-orange leaves and bunches of red flowers from mid summer
Cut back previous year's growth to a few inches above ground each spring to stimulate new shoots

Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Armeria maritima "Alba"
White Thrift
Low-lying green tussock with long stemmed, white flowers in summer

Ceratostigma willmottianum
Ceratostigma willmottianum "Forest Blue"
Hardy Plumbago
Not fully hardy, leafy shrub with small blue flowers and prickly leaves, turning red-tinted in autumn
Once established, cut back stems almost to ground level each April

Armeria maritima
Armeria maritima
Thrift / Sea Pink
Low-lying green tussock with long stemmed, pink flowers in summer (x2)

Coreopsis
Coreopsis "Baby Gold"
Compact perennial with thin leaves and long-stalked, daisy shaped, golden flowers in summer (x2)

Crocosmia
Crocosmia "Lucifer" (aka Montbretia)
Sword-like leaves with flame-red flower heads in mid-summer (x3)

Lavandula stoechas 'Helmsdale'
Lavandula stoechas "Helmsdale"
French Lavender
Aromatic burgundy-purple flowers in spring and intermittently throughout remainder of year
Prune lightly after flowering in spring and harder in autumn, well before winter

Sedum spectabile
Sedum spectabile "Autumn Joy"
Fat, fleshy leaves supported on thick stalks with cauliflower shaped, insect attracting flower clusters, turning pink in autumn

Carex buchananii
Carex buchananii
Leatherleaf Sedge
Hardy grass with long, narrow tufts of copper coloured leaves, wispy at their ends (x2)

Ribes sanguineum
Ribes sanguineum
Ornamental Currant
Five-pointed leaves on woody stem with pink flowers in spring and black fruit in late summer
After flowering, cut back shoots which have bloomed and remove old & unproductive wood

Plants in tubs and pots

Yucca
Yucca
Sword-shaped leaves, spreading out from rough stem
Cut off dead leaves

Rosa "Queen Mother" (aka "Korquemu")
Rose
Pink flowers
Feed organic material in spring & summer

Rosa "Mandarin"
Patio Rose
Orange flowers that change to pink

Calluna vulgaris "Alexandra"
Heather
Crimson buds in early autumn / winter

Aromatic ground-cover with clusters of small, bright green leaves

Plants in the front garden

Erica
Heather
Various colours (x4)

Pyracantha
Firethorn
Prickly bush to give would-be-burglers a hard time
Immediately after flowering, carefully cut back unwanted stems

Plants bordering the parking area

Crocus
Stubby green-leaved plant growing up through lawn from bulbs, with large brightly-coloured bulbous flowers in early spring

Daffadils
Tall green-stemmed plant growing from bulbs, with large bright-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in early spring

Clematis
Virgin's Bower
Climber with abundance of huge purple flowers in early summer
Feed in spring & early summer and prune hard in early spring

Erica
Heather

Hedera
Ivy
Keep in check by pruning in spring and summer

Hypericum
Hypericum
St. John's Wort
Sprawling bush producing large numbers of buttercup-shaped yellow flowers in late summer / early autumn

Useful Links

RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society




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