‘Golden Sunrise’ is a tomato cultivar that produces medium-sized, golden yellow salad (these are larger than cherry tomatoes, but smaller than beefsteaks) tomatoes. This variety is best grown as a cordon (intermediate) tomato, where the plant’s sideshoots are removed and the plant is strengthened by a strong and sturdy support system. When growing these types of tomatoes, it’s important that the cordon-trained tomato plant’s sideshoots are removed at regular intervals, so the plant’s energy is channeled towards producing more tomatoes and not just new stems and leaves.
‘Black Russian’ is a beefsteak tomato cultivar. Plants perform best when trained as a cordon (also known as an intermediate) tomato; this is easily achieved, simply by regularly removing the plant’s sideshoots and training the plant up a study support system.
Given its name, it won’t surprise you to know that ‘Black Russian’ originates from Russia, where this cultivar was reportedly grown by Russian monks.
Achillea millefolium is a herbaceous perennial that produces lovely ferny, scented foliage and large flat flower heads; each flower is made up of numerous individual florets. This is a wildflower of the UK, as well as many countries in Europe and Asia. Plants have spread further afield to colonise other countries and continents, after Achillea millefolium was used as an arable feed and escaped from gardens.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘White Supreme’ is a white flowered sweet pea that was bred by Bernard Jones and introduced in 1990. This variety is very popular with exhibition growers and is often seen in village horticultural society flower shows. A lovely sweet pea to have in the garden; Lathyrus odoratus ‘White Supreme’ plants produce white, scented flowers with a lovely perfume.
Plant Lathyrus odoratus ‘White Supreme’ in a bright and sunny position, in moist but well-drained fertile soil.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Wild Swan’ is a beautiful white flowered sweet pea that produces these very pretty frilly flowers. The blooms are large in size, with an attractive form and quite a nice scent. This is a good choice of cultivar if you desire sweet peas for cut flowers, or you’re growing for exhibition, or to enhance your summer garden.
Plant Lathyrus odoratus ‘Wild Swan’ in a sunny or partially shaded position, in any moist but well-drained soil.
Origanum onites is one of my favourite plants; its a pretty little thing with a long flowering period; plants bloom over the summer months. This is a superb plant for a wildlife garden. Origanum onites plants produce an abundance of these sweet, dainty flowers that are adored by bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and moths. Commonly known as marjoram, Origanum onites is a culinary and medicinal herb with aromatic leaves that will enhance a wide variety of culinary dishes.
Tanacetum parthenium is a useful herbaceous perennial. This is a really easy to grow, undemanding plant that flowers during the summer months. I cut my plants back heavily after their flowers fade. I usually cut my plants right back to the ground – don’t worry – this doesn’t harm the plants – they soon grow up and flower again! Plants bloom in cycles, from June until September.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Invicta’ is a Spencer sweet pea cultivar, which produces these gorgeous white coloured, frilly flowers. This sweet pea was raised by Phil Christmas, who lives near Tunbridge Wells, in Kent. Invicta is a latin word meaning undefeated, it’s the motto of Kent, a county in Southern England.
This sweet pea is a hardy, annual climber, which is easily grown and ideal for inclusion in a cut flower garden or grow Lathyrus odoratus ‘Invicta’ as a lovely decoration to enhance your summer garden.
Rosa Rhapsody in Blue = ‘Frantasia’ PBR is an award-winning rose that was bred by Frank Cowlishaw and released in 2003. This tall shrub rose produces clusters of these rather glamorous, semi-double mauve flowers; as each bloom ages, the ashy grey tones of the flowers’ petals become more prominent.
Insects can be forgotten by plant breeders, who tend to focus on double frilly flowers without any pollen; we need more roses with blooms that offer an abundance of pollen to reward our pollinators!
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Black Knight’ is an Old Fashioned sweet pea cultivar that was introduced by the renowned sweet pea breeder, Henry Eckford, in 1898. Plants produce rich maroon-purple coloured flowers. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Black Knight’ small sized flowers are borne on stems holding two, three, or four flowers; plants also produce some single flowered stems.
This is a tall, climbing sweet pea variety that grows up to around 2.4m (8ft) tall.
Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020. David Austin traditionally unveil their new rose introductions at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May, but the show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.
This is a repeat flowering rose with pastel pink coloured flowers.
Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020. David Austin traditionally launch their new rose introductions in May, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but this show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.
This rose produces pretty flowers in a lovely golden pastel shade of yellow; as the blooms age they fade in colour and gently pass through every shade of pale yellow, until the blooms have turned a pure snow white.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘April in Paris’ is a Modern Grandiflora sweet pea cultivar that produces ivory-cream coloured flowers, which feature a gently wavering narrow picotee edge of a mauve-pink colouration and become more suffused with the same tone of mauve as the blooms age.
This is a hardy annual. Lathyrus odoratus ‘April in Paris’ is an easy to grow climber, which will provide you with cut flowers and will bring both charm and scent to your garden.
Spring onions are easy to grow vegetables that can be sown outdoors, over a long growing season. In the UK, seeds can be sown from March to September. Choose a sunny or partially shaded site and sow your seeds directly in the soil, where you want your spring onion plants to grow. There’s no need to sow spring onion seeds in seed trays or pots – unless your soil suffers with Onion White Rot – in which case growing onions in containers or on another site are your best options.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Wretham Pink’ is an Old Fashioned sweet pea cultivar that produces gorgeous pale sugar pink coloured flowers.
This is a fragrant sweet pea cultivar that forms tall, climbing plants that will grow up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall. Plants are self-clinging; these sweet peas will need a tall, sturdy support frame – a wigwam or trellis is ideal. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Wretham Pink’ plants produce many tendrils to attach themselves as they climb.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ is often referred to as the original sweet pea, as its appearance is very similar indeed to the sweet pea form that was discovered by a Sicilian monk named Francis Cupani, back in the 1690s. Modern sweet pea cultivars descend from this old, but very special and much loved sweet pea.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ produces slightly smaller sized blooms than the similar looking Lathyrus odoratus ‘Matucana’.
Tomato ‘Purple Ukraine’ is a tomato plant that produces large sized plum tomatoes that ripen to a chocolate-burgundy colour. These tomatoes can be eaten fresh in sandwiches or salads, or cooked to produce tomato sauces, ketchup, soup, salsa, and more.
In the UK, ‘Purple Ukraine’ tomatoes need to be started off in the warmth, under cover. Sow your tomato seeds in pots or seed trays, filled with peat free compost; place your seed trays or containers inside a glasshouse or polytunnel.
‘Orange Banana’ is a plum tomato that produces orange coloured, plum tomatoes with a pointed tip. This is a sweet tasting, full flavoured plum tomato. Fruits can be eaten fresh from the plant, juiced, canned, dried, or used in a wide range of cooked dishes, including ketchup, sauces, paste, and soup. ‘Orange Banana’ tomato skins are really easy to remove, making this a great tomato for cooking.
Tomato ‘White Cherry’ is a tomato cultivar that produces medium sized, cream coloured tomatoes. When Tomato ‘White Cherry’ plants are exposed to a higher intensity of sunlight they will produce fruit that are a little more yellow in colour – with fruits that eventually ripen to a soft, pastel yellow. While, Tomato ‘White Cherry’ plants that are grown in a shadier spot will produce tomatoes that are closer to a paler cream colour when ripe.
If you’re thinking of growing tomatoes, there are so many different coloured tomatoes you could grow other than the traditionally seen red tomatoes. Tomato ‘Blue Fire’ produces eye catching fruit, that begin life as you’d expect – as greenish coloured tomatoes. These tomatoes soon darken to a deep violet-blue-black colour; the fruit finally ripen to a burnished copper red colour, which is striped with a violet blue hue and enhanced with incredibly beautiful, gold coloured streaks and splashes.