When my eldest son Ric Glenn was head gardener on the Cadogan Estate in London I visited him at one of his gardens, Cadogan Place Garden, which was open to the public under the Squares of London Scheme.
'Mont Blanc' as you would expect is a scintillating pure white flowering form of garden mallow. If grown well it will flower from spring through the summer although it does need extra watering during dry periods. It will make a plant some 40cm tall by 30cm across.
This blend has a good mix of primrose, gold, orange, red, mahogany and more on moderately vigorous trailing plants. Can be used as a groundcover, a climber on a trellis, to trail on paths as in Giverny or in a hanging basket.
This small growing nasturtium makes a mound 40cm by 40cm and produces 5cm blooms in shades of red, pink, orange and yellow from late spring until frosts. The flowers can be used in salads and the edible leaves have a peppery flavour.
Moonlight wan, creamy flowers, the closest to white of any nasturtium, make a delightful contrast to deeper coloured varieties. A compact grower making 30cm tall by 50cm wide. Sow seeds in spring for a long summer and autumn display.
A new semi-trailling variety which carries dark red flowers held clear of the green streaked white variegated foliage for all of the warmer months. In frosty areas sow seed in early November is warmer areas sow as early as September. Height 30cm spread 100cm.
An Award of Garden Merit annual producing white flowers some 4-5cm across during spring and summer. The ornamental seed pods are great as a cut flower. Sow seeds during late winter and early spring. When established will self sow.
The yellow flowers stand proud above dark green ferny foliage on 50cm tall stems. The seed heads are ornamental and dry well for dried flower arrangements. Sow seed 1/2cm deep in situ during late winter and spring. Will self sow.
The flowers with shades of grey, purple, navy on a white base with intricate deep purple centres make excellent cut flowers as well as being a good garden subject. The unusual seed pods are useful both fresh and dried. Direct sow from mid-autumn until late spring.
This always causes excitement when it’s in flower. Possibly the most popular of all poppies. Broadcast seeds into the garden in late autumn, winter or very early spring for a mass spring early summer display.
A tried and true garden strain with all the colours, white, pink, lemon, red, yellow each as beautiful as the next. Easily grown in any sunny garden bed. Broadcast seeds in situ during late autumn and winter for flowering from late winter until early summer.
A unique and impressive new poppy strain, 'Pandora' blooms in surprising combinations of shades from the deepest burgundy red to pinkish red all with silver-grey stripes on the lower petals. Direct surface sow into their final garden position.
This is the strain that the Welsh artist Cedric Morris developed in his Suffolk garden ‘Benton End’. A mixture of soft smoky colours, grey, lilac, mauve, pink, soft orange and white. Many of the poppies are flecked and there are some picotees.
A luscious red variety with open double flowers and densely packed petals. If planted in good soil during autumn it will grow to nearly a metre tall & produce 3 or 4 flowers. In very poor soil it may have single flowers.