This clump forming grass has recently became a feature in many of our projects. Formerly known as Stipa arundinacea this grass provides interest the whole year and it shouldnever be cut to ground level, just remove old foliage in spring by gently running your fingers through it. The plant will turn to a bronze colour in winter, providing interest during the cold months. Interestingly ,the drier the spot the more orange the stems will get, while in a shady area the leaves will turn to an olive-green colour.
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Geum 'Totally Tangerine' This herbaceous perennial belongs to the Rose family and it was awarded the Plant of the Year in 2010. It is a cross between 2 species of Geum (Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw’ and Geum rivale) which makes this plant sterile. Its main features are: a loong flowering season, it's also evergreen so it won't leave an empty patch in the bed and it is taller than other geums so it can be planted with grasses or other perennials in the middle part of the border. The flowers have a rich orange colour which can be too bright for some people, so my advice is to mix them with other perennials with light purple flowers and grasses with light coloured leaves.
We wanted to mentioned this shrub because it is a really tough one! It is evergreen and reliable, and can be clipped, so it's ideal if you want to bring some formality and structure to your border. This shrub is related to the olive family, so it likes the sun and prefers soil with good drainage. It is also a really good plant for maritime conditions. It is drought tolerant but as with any tree or shrub we always recommend to keep it well watered until well stablished.
David Loy MSGD B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture RHS Cert Horticulture SGD (Society of Garden Designers) - Registered Member