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Flowering perennials to light up the garden throughout spring

What’s the best thing about spring, other than the longer days and the shorter nights? Well, we think it’s the colour; more specifically the beautiful colours of the garden border. If you’re looking to add colour to your garden this spring then Ladybrook Nursery would definitely recommend the iris, hydrangea, erysimum, Bergenia and helleborus.  Not only will they add luscious colour to your beds and borders, but they’ll also give you a spectacular floral display throughout the course of spring and into early summer

Helleborus Orientalis

Evergreen perennial producing erect sprays of open, saucer-shaped flowers that range from plain white to deep maroon to pink. Commonly known as the Lenten Rose, these plants are fully hardy and very easy to grow. Prefers good well-drained soil.


Height: 45cm

Foliage: dark green

Flower colour: saucer-like white or greenish-cream

Flowering: February to April

Aspect: full sun

Erysimum Bowles’ mauve

Erysimum Bowles’ mauve is a long-flowering, bushy, vigorous wallflower which produces long spires of deep mauve flowers from late winter to summer (sometimes even into autumn), above narrow, grey-green leaves. It is a short-lived plant, but it makes a vivid display for many months in a sunny border. Easy to grow in most soils, but protect from early spring frosts


Height: 75cm

Foliage: grey-green

Flower colour: deep mauve

Flowering: February to July

Aspect: full sun

Bergenia ‘Abendglut’

Also known as Elephant ears ‘Abendglut’ or Bergenia ‘Evening Glow’ the Bergenia ‘Abendglut’ forms a large clump of rounded deep-green leaves tinted red. In spring, it produces vivid pink flowers in erect clusters growing on supporting red stems. It is fully hardy and will grows in most moist well-drained soils.


Height: 30cm

Foliage: dark green with red tint

Flower colour: red/magenta

Flowering: spring

Iris pallida ‘Argentea’

Iris pallida ‘Argentea Variegata’, or the Zebra iris, is a perennial, rhizomatous bearded Iris with semi-evergreen, upright, sword-like foliage that is blue-green striped with cream and white. In early summer it produces fragrant, soft blue flowers. Plant in full sun in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid, loamy soil. Will need staking in windy situations.


Height: 1m

Foliage: grey-green edged white

Flower colour: light blue-purple, fragrant

Flowering: spring

Aspect: full sun or partial shade

Hydrangea Petiolaris

The climbing hydrangea petiolaris will thrive in even the most shady, inhospitable areas of the garden. Although slow to establish, it will eventually spread along a wall or fence, clinging by aerial roots. Its heart-shaped, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn, and masses of showy, lacy, white flower heads are produced in late spring and early summer. Plant in moist, fertile soil and do not allow the soil to dry out while the plant is getting established. It should be noted that the hydrangea flowers on the previous season’s wood, so if you need to prune it back, do so in late autumn or early spring, and avoid drastic pruning as this may restrict flowering in the following year.


Height: 15m

Foliage: dark green heart-shaped turning yellow in autumn

Flower colour: lacy white flower heads

Flowering: May to June

Aspect: full sun to partial shade

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