This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Phlox - Plant of the Month, Water Gardens and Conceptual Gardens

Phlox ‘Little Princess’

Phlox has been named Plant of the Month by the Dutch nursery industry. Phlox are a large group of frost-hardy perennials with a diverse range of cultural requirements. The majority, especially those that are widely grown in mixed plantings and known as Border Phlox, require a rich, moist, well-drained organic soil if they are to prosper. They are intolerant of drought and should be watered in dry spells, ideally early in the morning. Overhead watering must be avoided and a summer mulch that keeps the roots cool and moist is appreciated. Phlox prefer full sun and need good air circulation, so space the plants generously when planting and thin out over-crowded shoots early on in the season. Remove flower panicles as they fade in order to prolong flowering and prevent unwanted self-seeding. Cultivars do not come true from seed. The Dutch nursery industry make a number of recommendations for cultivars that have proved themselves over time and are widely available click here.

Water Gardens - Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The water gardens are a regular and well established feature at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This is a preview of the water garden features for the 2006 show which starts tomorrow. The descriptions are those provided by the exhibitors to the Ryal Horticultural Society. To visit click here.

Conceptual Gardens - Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Conceptual Gardens is a new category for 2006 and open to students and graduates of garden or landscape design. The exhibitors have been challenged to create innovative gardens which push the boundaries of design. All the Conceptual Gardens designers have been awarded a grant of £6,000 from the Royal Horticultural Society and must demonstrate that their design can be created within this capped budget. To visit click here.

Happy Gardening



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