Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:13
I don't usually try anything borderline hardy here, but loved the persecaria Red Dragon that we had in a southern sheltered SW facing garden. I brought some potted cuttings but put them in the garage in the autumn, not daring to plant out. A few days ago the large one, in about a 12" pot had new growth but it seemed to have died back, I looked at the small one & that looked the same, but that pot had dried out. I re-potted it & the fingers are now crossed. There is some light in there & the temps don't appear to have gone below freezing. Lobelia fan Queen Victoria is another plant that I really like, but about 3 have not survived the winters so have given up with them.
I really like the early bulbs - hope that spring is coming , also flowering currant & chaenomeles.
Azalias & rhodies like our acid soil, but the garden isn't big enough for many & they don't flower for very long.
Wallflowers. I thought they were supposed to be really tough?? I bought some plugs the year before last; they didn't flower so expected a stonking display this year. No. Not in the back or front. Over the autumn/winter a lot just seemed to dry out & about 3 plants are left, 2 look very hopeful & 1 looks poorly. Oh well, at least the others fed the compost bin!!