PLANT DESCRIPTIONS & PLANTING ADVICE

DWARF BOX [Buxus Sempervirens 'Nana', also known as Suffruticosa]  Very hardy and suited to almost any soil type (although the preference is for a well-drained site) or situation (full sun to full shade), having small rounded bright glossy evergreen leaves.  This form of Box is valued as an excellent formal edging/hedging plant, as well as being suited to topiary.  Although fairly slow growing, the plants should be pruned and clipped to encourage compact/dense growth, preferably twice a year between May and September.  A balanced general feed is recommended in the Spring, particularly if pot grown as specimens, or closely planted for hedging.  A Summer  feed to ensure good colour and health would also be beneficial, especially in poorer soils.  To calculate the number of plants needed for a border edging or a knot design please note that a suggested planting distance for Dwarf Box is15cm (6") apart


We sell plants that are a minimum of 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4") high

and they are sent out bare-rooted in spring and autumn.


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Please note that, ideally, the planting site should be prepared in advance. If necessary, garden compost, peat or spent mushroom compost could be worked into the soil to improve soil structure, with coarse grit added to improve drainage.  Well worked in bonemeal will assist plant establishment.  Bare rooted plants should be soaked before planting and then be well watered in.  Also ensure that the soil does not dry out during establishment. 

COTTON LAVENDER [Santolina Chamaecyparissus]

A fragrant hardy dwarf evergreen shrub which grows in low mounds, with silver-grey feathery foliage, bearing pale yellow "button" flowers in the summer.  It enjoys sunny well-drained sites and thrives on poor soil.  To keep plants in shape, trim after flowering, and if necessary in the spring after the danger of winter cold damage to fresh growth.  A recommended planting distance for hedging purposes is 30/35cm (12 to 14").  The plants can grow up to 60cm (24").


LAVENDER MUNSTEAD [Lavandula Angustifolia "Munstead"]


This variety of the hardy evergreen shrub is very popular as ornamental dwarf hedging as well as specimen plants, forming a compact bush up to 45cm (18") high.  The narrow, grey-green leaves and mauve flowers borne in summer, are both heavily scented.  The scent being renowned for its soothing qualities, as well as traditionally used for cleansing and flavouring.   The flowers are attractive to bees. 

Dwarf Box after one seasons growth, having been planted

as 4" high plants.

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Lavender Munstead in full flower in summer.

Cotton Lavender

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A well-drained, sunny site is preferable (a  wet site would not be acceptable, and care should be taken when establishing plants during a harsh winter).  It is advisable to cut back most of the current season's growth after flowering to keep the compact form, plants can be trimmed to shape again in the spring if necessary. The recommended planting distances for hedging are 30cm(12")

THYME, COMMON [Thymus Vulgaris] This well-known, aromatic, evergreen herb is used beneficially in cooking and teas, and has acknowledged antiseptic qualities.  An attractive traditional edging plant, being loved by bees, having scented pointed mid-green leaves and small pale pink flowers.  By virtue of its Mediterranean origins, the plants thrive in sunny, dry conditions, on poor but well-drained soils, growing to 40cm(15") in height.  To maintain a compact habit, prune often throughout the summer.

THYME "SILVER QUEEN"

[Thymus Citriodorus "Silver Queen"]

A lemon-scented cultivar, with silver splashed leaves and pale pink flowers and a bushy habit, growing to 30cm(12") in height.

Thyme Gold Queen in close up, showing the leaf colouring.

A patch of Thyme Silver Queen

in flower in summer.

THYME  "GOLD QUEEN" [Thyme Citriodorus "Gold Queen"] A lemon-scented cultivar, with gold-edged dark green leaves and a bushy habit, growing up to 30cm(12") in height.


Recommended planting distances for

all Thyme edging -  25cm(10").


WALL GERMANDER [Teucrium Chamaedrys]This hardy, evergreen perennial with aromatic glossy, dark green leaves is ideal for  edging and responds well to clipping, having been  used in knot gardens for  centuries.  Small pink flowers. Grows up to 45cm(18"), recommended spacing for use as edging 20cm(8").

A close up view of a Wall Germander flower spike.

OTHER HERBS FOR KNOTS -  NOT FOR SALE  from WILLOWS

SELECTED HERBS FOR AROMATIC HEDGING,

EDGING & KNOT GARDENS

"KNOT HERBS"

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