What I am talking about are are all the gorgeous Cottage Garden plants. The ones that can make great additions to a bouquet, add superb colour and structure and the butterflies and bees adore. Plants like Chrysanthemum, Echinacea, Salvia, Asters, Yarrow, Shasta daisies, Dahlias and others.All of these plants go into some form of dormancy during the Winter, Echinacea with its almost tuberous root system goes fully dormant , Dahlias which are tubers and are fully dormant, Salvias need a good trim back, as do Asters, Yarrow and Daisies.From now on is a great time to start planning what you’d like your garden to look like during late Spring through to Autumn. I will be dividing and potting on most of these listed plants over the next few weeks. I have just divided a gorgeous Yellow Kniphofia or Poker called ” Candlelight. ( native to Africa). I have a red hot poker variety that is flowering right now and another which flowers in late spring to summer.I have recently divided Purple and white Asters (see picture). I already have most of these plants for sale here on this site but will begin to list them individually for sale.All of these plants can be mailed across Australia except NT, WA and TAS.
Today I wanted to tell you all about the wonderful Perennial ( this means flowers years after year) flowering plants I have in my garden and make amazing cut flowers. These are all easy care flowers that clump up and send up stems of gorgeously different flowers. Yarrow, Chrysanthemums, Asters, Shasta daisies, Windflowers.
At the moment all these plants are semi dormant, so not flowering but they are sitting there ready to put forth the growth towards flowering from Spring onward. Now is the time to plant them in the ground!! Then they have mild weather to settle in and will be able to cope with dry or wet conditions
Yarrow also a useful herb, I grow white, pink and yellow of these. Feathery foliage and stems of clustered little flowers. Drought hardy once established and acts as a ground cover retaining moisture too.
Then there are Asters, I grow the white, purple and yellow and have new varieties settling in this year. These Asters all send up a spray of flowers, in the yellows case its feathery like wattle flower almost.
Chrysanthemums are doing the same thing, can be divided now like the other flowers I’ve been talking about here too. I grow full pettaled yellow, pink single, some of the green pompom style and have new varieties I have added this year into a new garden bed.
Windflowers are magical long stemmed stunners which some florists go gaga over very understandably. They inhabit a larger area than the other plants but are so worth growing. This year I’m adding pink and double pink to my white windflowers.
I would highly recommend adding these to your collection for a cottage style garden, for picking and to gaze upon with utter wonder.
I have fantastic value bundles of these plants for sale on my website. Normally most of these plants sell for from $12 each through other online nurseries.