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Pansy 6 Pack - Pansies provide a splash of color in the cooler months, specifically bred for winter blooming. They are extremely tolerant of the cold and wet, and withstand chill winds well. Ideal for climates that receive little snow where the landscape remains visible throughout the winter months, winter pansies brighten dull winter landscapes. Regular dead-heading helps give their very best, so as soon as the flowers fade, nip them off.
The Dahlia is perfect for bedding, pots or small containers that will flowers from July until November. Dahlias prefer fertile, well-drained soil and full to partial sun. In the winter, lift and store the tubers indoors and replant them in spring when the soil has warmed. Dahlias are heavy feeders. In general, they benefit from a high-nitrogen liquid fertilizing every week in early summer and then a high-potassium liquid fertilizing every week from midsummer to early autumn.
Crocosmia Babylon - Crocosmias, grow in dense clumps of upright iris-like foliage. Babylon' produces branched spikes of downward-facing flowers of bright orange that open wider than some of the more traditional varieties to give an attractive star-like appearance.Ideal for growing in borders. The flowers are excellent for cutting.
Hydrangea Macrophylla Mix 2 For €30 - This hydrangea is one of the best blue, flowering varieties in mid-and late summer, with the flowers nicely set against the shiny green leaves. The type of soil affects almost all macrophyllas to a certain degree, with acid soil giving a colour swing to lilac, and alkaline producing pink, with only the whites staying white.
Astible Erika 7.5L - Astilbes are long-blooming, plume-like flowers in soft shades of white, pink and red. The flowers are held on tall, stiff stalks, above the airy leaves. Astilbes are one of the easiest perennial flowers to grow, but they give a high return. Virtually pest free, they can light up the shade garden or soften a sunny spot. ‘Erika’ is a tall hybrid cultivar which features open, narrow spears of light heather pink flowers on upright stems.
Echinacea purpurea Little Magnus 2L - The Little Magnus Coneflower features dainty and delightful lightly-scented pink daisy flowers with orange eyes at the ends of the stems. It will bloom from mid summer to the first frosts - ideal for adding some much needed colour in the latter half of the summer season. Perfect in your borders or beds the flowers are ideal for cutting.
Osteospermum Astra Yellow 10.5cm - Osteospermum, or African Daisy, is a very popular and attractive bedding plant. It is ideal due to the fact that it offers an early and longer flowering season. It is resistant to bad weather conditions. It has large bright daisy like flowers which will add colour to any flower bed or planter.
Passiflora Lavender Lady 3 Cane - Lavender Lady is a stunning passion flower with vibrant violet petals that seem to almost glow. It will flower abundantly during the summer months and its large fragrant flowers are attractive to both butterflies and bees. Passionflowers are evergreen vines, and grow best in sunny areas. Protect from frost and cold winds. Prune in Spring if necessary.
Cyclamen will add some well needed colour to your garden over the Autumn winter period as this is their flowering season. Cyclamen are very low maintenance and being a winter hardy perennial will brighten your garden for years to come. Plant in cool shady areas and in soil well supplied with peat or leaf mould.
Crocosmia Lucifer - Crocosmias grow in dense clumps of upright iris-like foliage. Lucifer produces masses of branched spikes of downward-facing flowers of vibrent firey red - hence its name.The individual blooms themselves are not as big or showy as other crocosmias.However the smaller flowered varieties are hardier - making them a better choice for Ireland's colder climates. Ideal for growing in borders to provide height and visual interest.
Hydrangea Blueberry Cheesecake. These stunning hydrangeas are especially selected for hardiness; so a harsh Irish winter is no problem! The sweet coloured flowers will attract the attention. They also have the unique quality that they flower every year for the whole summer on the new and the existing branches - meaning the require little or no pruning. The striking and unusual purple blue flowers have the colour of lovely blueberries and will flower the whole summer, from June till October.
Chocolate Cosmos is a tender Mexican perennial which is now a fashionable late summer highlight in warm borders, as much for its warm and comforting scent of vanilla and hot chocolate as for the striking dusky brownish-red blooms. As with most cosmos varieties, the blooms resemble small single dahlias, and its culture is similar too...
Heather is a dwarf or low-growing hardy perennial shrub growing to a maximum height of about 12 inches. Calluna will grow and flower best in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. They will need annual pruning to prevent them from becoming straggly looking. They will grow best in well drained soil and can provide a wonderful ground cover.