New Pinterest Pinboards

We have just opened a new Pinterest account with images of gardening things we love. Please take a browse through our pin boards such as Gardens Designed in the City, or Flower baskets.

We hope you will use Pinterest too! For example are you thinking about overhauling your garden? Why not create a gardening moodboard! First you need to request a login as Pinterest is currently still invitation only. Once you get a login, you can ‘pin’ photos of inspirational gardens, show gardens, designer gardens, and other members’ gardens you find on Shoot as well as plants you love and so onto a mood board of your own. If you do and you use images from Shoot please contact us and we will re-pin your board from our account.

We hope you have fun with Pinterest. Please let us know how you use it!

 

Hedging Plants for Wet Soils

There are very few hedging species that can cope with standing water and unfortunately, no evergreens can cope with a really waterlogged situation. Normally we give our top five recommendations but in this case, we’re limiting ourselves to the best two which are:

  • Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – a very attractive leaf and male and female fruits which look completely different from each other and often stay on the tree most of winter – deciduous.   It’s also really good for improving the soil by fixing nitrogen – although it’s not one of the most familiar species for hedging, it’s well worth considering for wet soils prone to being waterlogged
  • Willow (Salix capraea) – really good on the edge of water or very wet soils – deciduous with gorgeous catkins

If the soil is wet but not waterlogged, there’s a bit more choice including some evergreens

  •     Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
  •     Dogwood (Cornus alba, Cornus sibirica and Cornus stolonifera)
  •     Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
  •     Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
  •     Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  •     June Berry (Amelanchier lamarckii)
  •     Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – evergreen
  •     Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) – evergreen
  •     Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia) – evergreen
  •     Rowan (Sorbus acuparia)
  •     Western Red Cedar (Thuya or Thuja) –evergreen

 

March Plant of the Month

Choisya ternata AGM or Mexican Orange Blossom is our plant of the month for March. It is an evergreen shrub which hails from Mexico and prefers the warmest position in the garden.

See all Choisya listed in Shoot.
Add Choisya ternata to your Plants I want list
Read more about the plant of the month

Other cultivars to consider
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’: Brilliant golden yellow leaves
Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Pearl’: A more compact version of the type