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Price reductions at Blooming Direct

by John - September 28th, 2017.
Filed under: Blooming Direct, Price Reductions.

Reduced lines at Blooming Direct

Lagerstroemia' Rhapsody In Pink' plant in 13cm pot

Lagerstroemia’ Rhapsody In Pink’ plant in 13cm pot was £9.99 now £7.99
If you have ever driven through Central France in Summer and seen wonderful trees plastered with pink or red flowers, chances are they are Crepe Myrtle, or Lagerstroemia. Now you can grow these amazing wonders over here too. Lagerstroemia have never flowered well in the UK in all but the very hottest Summer’s. They are perfectly hardy and tough over here, they just never got enough accumulated sunshine to flower reliably – until now! Following tests in the UK, the variety ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ flowers reliably in Summer into Autumn in the UK, thanks to the fact it appears to need much less sun to flower than other varieties. Added to that, it has sensational wine purple new leaves, and is smothered in soft pink flowers for long periods, it really is a breakthrough for UK gardeners. A reasonably vigorous grower, it will form a good sized shrub or small tree in a sunny spot, ideal for large pots or specimen plantings. Ensure Winter drainage is good too. A really easy to grow, yet dramatic new plant for British gardens, ‘Rhapsody In Pink’ really delivers.

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Tricolour pot 2L

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Tricolour pot 2L was £14.99 now £9.99
Everyone knows and loves a Buddleia for their shear flower power and magnetic allure for butterflies – hence their common name The Butterfly Bush. Here is a new twist on a much-loved favourite – 3 separate colours on one. Our clever growers have skilfully matched 3 different coloured plants – one white, one pink and one purple blue – and grown them close together in one pot. As the plant develops, the stems intermingle, creating a most intriguing mixed colour effect which will get the neighbours talking! Retaining their magical attraction to butterflies, you can look forward to peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies aplenty this Summer – and for years beyond. Buddleia is one of the most robust and easy care shrubs to grow requiring almost no maintenance – we suggest a simple hack back to about 30cm each Spring before new leaves appear, but hey, if you forget, it will be fine too! Very hardy, and disease free, grow in sunny spots or large pots too.

Pair of Fargesia 'Fountain' Bamboo plants in 2L pots 60cm tall

Pair of Fargesia ‘Fountain’ Bamboo plants in 2L pots 60cm tall was £29.99 now £19.99
Bamboos can often strike fear into the heart of gardeners, as some are invasive, but fear not, this little bamboo is a very well behaved garden guest. Fargesia is one of the best types, as it is short, and has many small canes, and a much more delicate appearance than more thuggish members of the family. In fact. it’s juicy new shoots are the stuff Pandas dream of!A relatively newly introduced dwarf bamboo, it produces masses of new culms (as the new shoots are called), which have a rusty tinge. They then green up, and unfurl masses of tiny thin green leaves, which are evergreen so last all year round. The canes are very slender and thin, so they gently arch over, hence it’s common name of ‘Fountain Bamboo’. They are spectacular in big pots on the patio, and an ideal bamboo for small gardens. They also form a neat, dense and easy-care non-trim hedge, reaching 2M and no more over many years. Just don’t let them dry out in hot, dry Summers that’s all, otherwise they require almost no care at all – what could be simpler? Plant them where the sun can shine through the canes, or where you can see or hear the breeze gently wafting and rustling through all year – a very sensual plant indeed!