Going’s on at Greenshutters Garden Centre | Summer 2018
May was the hottest on record and after a cold April, we certainly had a dry May – that’s unless you caught one of those heavy thunderstorms. Everything is growing like mad and Greenshutters is looking at its best. Despite the cold start to spring, we have been busier than ever both in the garden centre and sending out hedging plants from our ecommerce website. We thank you all for your support.
We had a successful Peony Weekend at the beginning of June with talks from Sue Applegate and still have many varieties available to buy.
We were pleased to support Taunton WI by providing plants for their stand at the Royal Bath & West Show, for which they received a gold medal.
For summer flowers in the garden, plant a range of herbaceous perennials, often called Cottage Garden Plants. There are many that flower for a long period over the summer and lots of varieties to choose from. Most herbaceous perennials will disappear in the winter but then they appear with fresh new leaves every spring, and flower freely to give that long-lasting summer colour.
Penstemon produce bell-shaped flowers from June until the first frosts. Once established, they tolerate dry soils, are slug-proof and come in a range of different colours. Do not prune Penstemon back in summer but wait until spring or you can lose them over winter.
Salvia is another genus of summer-flowering perennials that come in many shapes and forms from the traditional blue or white spikes of Salvia nemorosa, to the bright red and white of Salvia Hot Lips and the fantastic purple of Salvia Amistad, to name but a few. Salvia have good drought tolerance once established and are good in borders or in pots. We will have a range of varieties available throughout the summer.
Other summer flowering perennials include Helenium, Astrantia, Lobelia Queen Victoria and Achillea.