At Jam perennial plants we've been working hard all summer on phase one of installing overhead shade and an irrigation system. This caused quite a bit of disruption having a digger in on site - but the end justifies the means.
We are currently working on phase two of this development at the nursery. Well the weather's been a bit topsy-turvy through the summer with a relatively high rainfall in August and the hot weather we are enjoying in September. And long may it last. Making this autumn a perfect planting time for perennials in your garden. The weather conditions mean the soil will stay warmer for longer giving newly planted additions' a head-start to be really perform in your garden next year.

Star Performers.

Star Performers for late summer and through to the end of autumn. There are many perennials here in the nursery that have been flowering since early July that will keep going well into autumn if kept dead-headed, such as Helenium, Penstemon, Echinacea, Alstroemeria and of course good old reliable Dahlias to name but a few.

Also we have one or two newcomers to our range that are looking stunning right now. If you are a fan of Kniphofias you'll be used to them flowering in June and July, but Limelight holds off flowering until now. It's quite a short Kniphofia in comparison to others so is less prone to drooping under its own weight, growing in a distorted manner and snapping stems. The actual blooms are short and fat with the individual flowers closely packed together. We have a growing collection of Kniphofia here at the nursery and hope to have the new variety 'Mango Popsicle' available next year, she's a real stunner.

Another plant which is giving us much delight in the nursery at the moment is an Agapanthus, called Graskop, which alludes to its South African origins. Graskop is the deepest blue, a real showstopper. Agapanthus are on the tender side and would benefit from being grown in a pot and offered the protection of somewhere sheltered for the winter. Here at Jam we are going to trial some out in sheltered borders this winter to see if they can survive winters here in the ground. We'd love to hear from you if you grow any Agapanthus in the open ground.

At Jam we'd like to offer all customers coming into the nursery that spend 30€ or more a free young plant, either a Salvia African Skies, yes it's the colour of the sky on beautiful summers day and very floriferous with a or a Penstemon Blackberry Ice, that a has a deep purple hue. These two plants in fact make good colour companions, complementing each other perfectly.

As the weather is so fantastic at the moment we should all be making the most of it by getting out into the garden as much as possible, not just the gardening but relaxing a while. Because winter is just around the corner, have you noticed how the evening are drawing in already?

We loved this idea when we saw it - a temporary fun garden art installation. What do you think?

We open open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am through until 6pm. We're also more than happy to open any other day if the week if you let me know you're coming beforehand. Just make a quick call on 0647 25 77 97See Our Perennial Plant Site . Search for the right perennial plant by colour, soil type, leaf and much more .

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