Stars of the show plant combination

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Buy Stars of the show plant combination: <br>This planting scheme was a big hit for Luciano Giubbilei when he used it in his Gold medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009. People loved both the mix of strong colours that the paeony, sage and masterwort provided, particularly when they were tempered with softness and tonal harmony of the bronze fennel.<br><br>Each collection contains one of each of the following plants, all supplied in 9cm pots.<br><br><li><b> Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle' </b>Prized for their blowsy, glamorous blooms and glossy, deeply cut foliage, peonies are held in deep affection by many gardeners, despite their short flowering season and vulnerability to peony wilt in damp weather. It's easy to see why. From the promise of early spring, when their red, mottled shoots push through bare earth and the handsome foliage unfurls, to early summer, when the huge flowers burst open from spherical red buds, peonies exert a fascination that few can resist. 'Buckeye Belle; has deep red semi-double flowers from early to mid summer and dark green leaves. Grows to 90cm.<br><br><li><b> Astrantia major 'Claret' </b>This is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty, too; deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated. Grows to 90cm.<br><br><li><b> Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' </b> A superb cultivar with glowing purple stems loaded with violet-blue flowers from June to October. The grey-green, aromatic foliage also makes an attractive accent in the summer border. A compact variety that is perfect for adding a splash of colour at the front of a well- drained herbaceous border or gravel garden. It thrives in a sunny spot and will become drought tolerant once established. The blooms are a magnet for butterflies and bees. Grows to 50cm.<br><br><li><b> Foeniculum vulare 'Giant Bronze' </b>Fine clouds of feathery, bronze-purple leaves are followed by flat-topped, sulphur-yellow flowerheads in mid to late summer and then by aromatic seeds. This giant fennel looks fantastic as a centrepiece for a sunny herb garden, or among tall perennials and grasses. The foliage acts as a delicate veil through which the flower heads of herbaceous plants and bulbs can be seen. Grows to 1.8m.<br><br><b>Planting tips:</b> Prepare the bed well by digging in lots of composted organic matter before you plant. For best results it is essential that the plants are kept well watered for the first year, particularly during warmer weather.<br><br></li></ul>

The plants in this collection will die right back in autumn, then fresh new growth will appear again in spring.


This planting scheme was a big hit for Luciano Giubbilei when he used it in his Gold medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009. People loved both the mix of strong colours that the paeony, sage and masterwort provided, particularly when they were tempered with softness and tonal harmony of the bronze fennel.

Each collection contains one of each of the following plants, all supplied in 9cm pots.

  • Paeonia 'Buckeye Belle' Prized for their blowsy, glamorous blooms and glossy, deeply cut foliage, peonies are held in deep affection by many gardeners, despite their short flowering season and vulnerability to peony wilt in damp weather. It's easy to see why. From the promise of early spring, when their red, mottled shoots push through bare earth and the handsome foliage unfurls, to early summer, when the huge flowers burst open from spherical red buds, peonies exert a fascination that few can resist. 'Buckeye Belle; has deep red semi-double flowers from early to mid summer and dark green leaves. Grows to 90cm.

  • Astrantia major 'Claret' This is one of the darkest-flowered astrantias, with deep, ruby red pincushion-like flowers with a ruff of longer bracts than many other varieties. The leaves are pretty, too; deeply lobed and dark green. Although it is an old cottage-garden favourite, this astrantia works equally well in contemporary-style plantings. Use towards the front of a sunny, yet moist border, where the flower colour can be fully appreciated. Grows to 90cm.

  • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' A superb cultivar with glowing purple stems loaded with violet-blue flowers from June to October. The grey-green, aromatic foliage also makes an attractive accent in the summer border. A compact variety that is perfect for adding a splash of colour at the front of a well- drained herbaceous border or gravel garden. It thrives in a sunny spot and will become drought tolerant once established. The blooms are a magnet for butterflies and bees. Grows to 50cm.

  • Foeniculum vulare 'Giant Bronze' Fine clouds of feathery, bronze-purple leaves are followed by flat-topped, sulphur-yellow flowerheads in mid to late summer and then by aromatic seeds. This giant fennel looks fantastic as a centrepiece for a sunny herb garden, or among tall perennials and grasses. The foliage acts as a delicate veil through which the flower heads of herbaceous plants and bulbs can be seen. Grows to 1.8m.

    Planting tips: Prepare the bed well by digging in lots of composted organic matter before you plant. For best results it is essential that the plants are kept well watered for the first year, particularly during warmer weather.

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    Cotswold gardener

    Hello, As these are all fully hardy pot-grown plants, they can be planted at any time of the year provided the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Traditionally however the best times for planting are considered to be autumn or spring.

    Helen

    Hello, As these are all fully hardy pot-grown plants, they can be planted at any time of the year provided the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Traditionally however the best times for planting are considered to be autumn or spring.

    Helen

    Hi, this display looks very attractive and the plants well priced. However as a novice gardener it would be useful for me if you offered some kind of border plan in order to get this effect and to see the number of plants required. Could you upload one?

    Kerry

    Hello there Unfortunately we don't have a planting plan of this border yet, but we will look at creating one.

    You sometimes read that fennel is harmful to other plants but you also often see it recommended in border combinations. I presume it's safe to plant among perennials?

    Jo

    Hello, I have heard that this plant may produce a chemical that some other plants do not like, however whether or not it does so in such a quantity to be effective is still very much in question. I personally have never seen it cause a problem here in the UK.

    helen

    Could you tell me how big the plants are when purchasing? i.e. 9cm pot, 2 litre pot. Thank you very much.

    GruenerDaumen

    Hello there All the plants in the Stars of the Show 'Plant Combination are in 9cm pots.

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