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Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:04

Hello FBTurtle

You've been informed wrongly, I'm afraid. It's a Gazania. This daisy comes from South Africa originally and plant breeders have selected and bred a range of different colours from cream, through yellow to orange, orange-red and brown. They are tender perennial plants and although they won't survive frosts in the UK, you can pot them up and bring indoors on a well-lit windowsill to overwinter and then plant out again in late April-May.

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:54

Hello soulboy

Looks like Cosmos sulphureus, the sulphur cosmos, native to central America. There are lots of varieties of this lovely species and seed is available from the big seed companies….

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:18

Hello Lyn

This looks like a Russian gaillardia to me. They aren't widely grown or available in the UK. Where did you get your plant?

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine 

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:10

Hello Daintiness

As Daniel Haynes mentioned, colour-wise, I think your Clematis is similar to 'H F Young' which was often promoted along with 'Hagley Hybrid' many years ago. Clematis breeding has moved on in the last 20 years or so and flower sizes have increased, so it may be that the varieties that you bought were of 'older' varieties.

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 09:51

Hello DimWit

As you suggest, I think the roots should be a help in trying to identify your plant and could indicate that it is in the same family as Clematis  - i.e. ranunculaceae.

Clematis all have compound leaves, to my knowledge - but other members of ranunculaceae have simple leaves.

It's certainly worth growing it on and seeing how the plant develops as this will give more clues as to its id. Seedlings can have immature foliage.

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 09:34

Hello David K

 

Yes, you're right, it's a lace cap form of Hydrangea.

 

David Hurrion

Deputy Editor, Gardeners' World Magazine

Scented flowers

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 16:05

I've been doing lots of research on scented flowers recently, as I'd like to plant more in my garden. I already have lots of fragrant, winter-flowering plants – viburnum, winter honeysuckle, sarcococca etc – but want more scented spring and summer blooms. Anyone got any favourites to suggest?

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 03/01/2012 at 15:53

Daffs out in Dorset, as well as hellebores and spring-flowered Cyclamen coum - and the usual mix of winter shrubs. We've also got the odd rose in bloom, together with Abutilon 'Suntense' and Salvia guaranitica, thanks to only one slightly dip below freezing a couple of weeks before Christmas. Oddly there is no sign of snowdrops yet!

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 13:32

A few roses still in bloom at home in Dorset.... oh and fuchsias.... and we've had a couple of frosts....

Hedychiums

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 13:29

Before last winter, I was paranoid about getting my ginger lilies – especially 'Tara' – through the winter. Then the cold and snow arrived before I had chance to cover the plants. After –14C in January, I thought they'd all be dead.... but they all came back and 'Tara' was better than ever.... Should I cover them this winter? What do you think?

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Scented flowers

Garden plants which are your favourites for scent 
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Hedychiums

Growing ginger lilies in UK 
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