In 2013, I followed one of the late Geoff Hamilton's tips and visited a nursery or garden centre each month. As he advised, I purchased a plant in flower to ensure I had something blooming in the garden every month of the year.
The plant I chose in April 2013 was arabis Spring Charm. Unfortunately, like the pulmonaria I bought the month before, it's now nowhere to be seen. It's supposed to be easy to care for but it can't have liked my garden.
Although I don't like losing plants, it's given me an opportunity to make a new purchase. When I was looking round the plant shop at Harlow Carr, I couldn't help but be drawn to the mossy sagifrage Peter Pan so I popped it in my basket for added colour in April.
It forms a low cushion of bright green leaves and bears rose pink flowers in spring. It's good as a ground cover and has the added benefit of being perfect for pollinators, carrying the RHS bee symbol on the label. If you're not familiar with the RHS Perfect For Pollinators initiative, do take a look at the link.
I'm very pleased with this purchase, it's brightening up my border already.
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