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Desfontainia spinosa

Tubular bells

Desfontainia spinosa a native to Chile, Ecuador, Peru. The parent plant of this specimen was growing in the Alerce Andino National Park, Chile at a relatively low altitude…

Romneya coulteri

The great escape

The spectacular flowers of Romneya coulteri are to be seen in the Queen Mother Memorial Garden on the north boundary border. The large white pleated petals surround the…

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: AUGUST

Here is a list of jobs to do in the garden this month: Weed regularly to prevent weeds setting seed for next year. Water copiously if we have…

Clintonia andrewsiana

Clintonia andrewsiana

    Clintonia andrewsiana is sending out a mass of berries on a long stalk. The colour sets them out amongst other ground flora, a shiny lustre setting…

Delphinium consolidata 'Blue Spire'

A cottage garden favourite

Larkspur is an easily grown annual that repays the cost of a packet of seed many times over. Sow early spring under glass and transplant into moist soil…

Penstemon filiformis

Whisky Bill

In a sunny spot to the south of the rock garden are several plants of Penstemon filiformis. Revelling in this summer’s warmth and flowering profusely in response to…

Papaver rhoeas

Poppies for remembrance 4/8/2014

Today marks the 100 year anniversary since this date in August 1914 when Britain entered what was to become the First World War. As a tribute to all…

Poppies at the RBGE

Helianthum annus 'Mongolian Giant'. Photo by Tony Garn

Sunshine on a stalk

This is the time to appreciate the phenomenal growth of Sunflowers, Helianthus annuus and the large yellow head of flowers. Some, to celebrate their size, go by the…

Coreopsis verticilata 'Grandiflora' . Photo by Tony Garn

Visitors – welcome and unwelcome

In the herbaceous border a fine patch of Coreopsis verticillata ‘Grandiflora’ is attracting pollinating insects as well as the attention of visitors due to the clear bright yellow…

Plagianthus regius. Photo by Tony Garn

The eyes have it

The graceful small tree in the corner of the Queen Mothers Memorial Garden attracting much attention is a native to New Zealand, Plagianthus regius. Appreciate it now as…

Chicago Botanic Garden; Green Youth Farm

I’ve been in the privileged position to spend the last week with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm Programme. There are a handful of these farms located around…

Life in the Garden

With the Fringe here August is one of the busiest months of the year at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. With jammed packed events, I will be blogging…

Phlox paniculata. Photo by Tony Garn

Scented white Phlox

Healthy herbaceous Phlox maculata are a great addition to the border at this time of year. Clear fresh green foliage topped by large panicles of pure white flowers…

Dichroa febrifuga. Photo by Tony Garn

Look out for berries

Dichroa febrifuga is of borderline hardiness in Edinburgh. It requires a warm sheltered spot and protection through the worst of the winter to make a modest shrub ultimately…

Eucomis comosa. Photo by Tony Garn

A scent of languid honey

A bulb from Temperate South Africa; now growing in a sheltered situation within the confines of the glasshouse borders. Here Eucomis comosa has clumped up well. The foliage…

Cimicifuga japonica. Photo by Tony Garn

Drifting disinfectant

A mature clump of Cimicifuga japonica is in full flower on the edge of the conifer walk. The scent wafting down from the long plumes these past mild…

Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'. Photo by Tony Garn

Blood on the blade

Planted in the corner of the herbaceous border is Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’. The leaves; blood red in colour from the tip down. Plant where the sun will reflect…

Nemophila menziesii 'Pennie Black'. Photo by Tony Garn

Stamp collector?

Growing in the student plots is carpeting annual awash with flower. Nemophila menziesii ‘Pennie Black’; the true species being native to California where it is found in meadows…

Dierama drachomontanum

August 2012: Swaying in the wind

The Dierama collection growing at the Garden has this season been spectacular. Delicate and delightful images of arching fishing rods come to mind, a slight breeze causes the…