Red Hot Pokers
Or in this case, Green Hot Pokers are grown mainly for their tall flower stems as they add height and interest to our garden beds. Topped with vivid bottlebrush-shaped heads of red, orange, yellow, cream, and sometimes green flowers, these plants are hardy and can handle the changes from cool to warm thus are perfect to any cooler climate garden. Red Hot Pokers can be found during Autumn, Winter and Spring.
If only for the colour in the wintery months, this tree is nothing shy of spectacular. Usually grown for their magnificent displays in autumn, they come in a huge range of leaf shapes, leaf colours, and varying growth forms.
One of my favourite colourful petaled flowers which generally bloom from midsummer to first frost. These flowers love the cooler weather and show most colour and bloom through autumn. When planting dahlias choose a site with full sun. Dahlias grow and bloom more with six to eight hours of direct sunlight. They love the morning sunlight best. Choose a location with a bit of protection from the wind.
Handy Tip – When picked cut the stem tip at an angle and when filling your vase add a spoonful of white sugar to the water. The flower arrangement will last longer.
Most hydrangeas are finished and gone by May, however we have planted woodland around our hydrangeas to protect them and they bloom until the start of June when we prune them back.
Handy Tip – If you cut the hydrangea just at the end of its prime time, place them in a vase with no water or create a bouquet and hang upside down. The flower will last as long as a year in dried formation.
These little old-fashioned daisy-like flowers only boom in the cooler months, and we see them in abundance during winter. Asters provide much floor covering, suppressing unwanted winter weeds. They come in a plethora of colours and work best in sunny ground areas with minimal shade. Asters look fabulous picked and placed in little vases around the home.
Chinese Lanterns, and every green hedging are also great for cooler climate gardens.