Window displays Silver pot Dusty Miller Lavender Arum italicum Dead nettle
Lungwort Astelia Spiky Astelia (centre left) creates a stunning display with borders of agapanthus (in foreground), hydrangea, oleander, bacopa, and thyme 'Snowdrift'
In fall or winter, plants like catmint, dead nettle
, and diascia may look ragged.
White dead nettle
, green alkanet and even star of Bethlehem are now blooming, but I could only find one cuckoo flower in flower on Sunday.
Cover any bare soil, especially around the edge of the bed, with a frill of ground-hugging dead nettle
Lamium White Nancy and Euphorbia myrsinites.
GEOFF SMITH sawa brimstone butterfly in his Eccleston garden last month, while Jim Brady observed several big patches of Danish scurvy grass in bloom along the East Lancs Road, and flowering wood anemone, marshmarigold and white dead nettle
- I noticed the latter too this week, at Marshside.
TUCK in dainty daffodil bulbs such as Tete a Tete between ground cover plants like variegated dead nettle
, periwinkle or Lamium maculatum "White Nancy".
Green alkanet, white dead nettle
, vetches and crucifers are blooming away too in many locations now that the weather is warming up.
Here add the vibrant variety Dazzler or Bronze Baby and allow them to bust through a carpet of gold leaves like those provided by the golden dead nettle
, Lamium Aureum.
Jim also watched a carder bee queen feeding on red dead nettle
at Martin Mere, where white dead nettle
is also flowering.
The many cultivars of dead nettle
(Lamium maculatum) are the ground covers of choice for shady situations.
Try it with the ground-hugging, golden-leaved dead nettle
for a long- term weed-free display, or with the Poached-egg flower (Limnanthes Douglasii) which can be sown now, for a carpet of colour this summer.
ADRIENNE SAYS: Try the trailing Dead Nettle
, Lamium Galeobdolon, Pachysandra and the sweet-scented Sarcococca, or a strong-growing, plainleaved ivy.