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3 great “Workhorses” for your garden

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Ann’s choice – Euryops pectinatus, Erysimum “Bowles Mauve”, Coronilla valentina

If you are starting a new garden and need something to create impact quickly the following plants are wonderful. They make great fillers too for a newly planted shrub or mixed border.

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Euryops pectinatus

Euryops pectinatus is a very vigorous evergreen shrub with greyish leaves and bright yellow flowers. It grows to about 1 m in height and width and flowers continuously for much of the year starting in spring. In fact in some areas it is difficult to know when to prune it as it is always in flower. It’s a native of South Africa and is tender here. However, it thrives in a sunny sheltered location especially in areas with the moderating influence of the sea. When you cut it back do not go into the dead wood.

It is a marvellous partner for Erysimum cheiri “Bowles Mauve” the second plant on my list.

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Erysimum cheiri “Bowles Mauve”

The reason for that is that they have approximately the same flowering period and the colours are complimentary. As the name suggests the latter is mauve in colour. It is an evergreen sub-shrub and bears flowers from late winter to summer. It gives of itself so much that it is short-lived. So prune it back but not into the dead wood when it is finished flowering. It is a reasonably priced plant to replace in the garden or take cuttings of it while it is healthy and you will have a replacement for free!

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Coronilla valentina in Glasshouse No. 5 

The third plant on my list is also a plant that keeps on giving. It is hardly ever out of flower. Coronilla valentina is a member of the pea family thus making it a nitrogen-fixing plant for your garden. In addition, its lemon yellow flowers are fragrant. Grow it at the base of a sunny wall and allow it to tumble over it. If the plant becomes leggy cut it back to ground level in Spring. It is a native of Portugal and Spain.

All three plants are easily propagated from cuttings.

Images 1 and 2 from –

http://aboutgardendesign.com/plant-guide/item/euryops-pectinatus

http://www.cgf.net/plants.aspx?genus=ERYSIMUM

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We are volunteers who work at Fota House Frameyard in County Cork, Ireland.

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