2018 Top Garden Picks

Favourite container annual: Mandevilla ‘Dundee Pink’

All star garden performers!

Even though gardening is my profession, it is also my passion and hobby! As we all know, gardening brings its fair share of challenges as well as triumphs and this year was no exception. The excessive heat and drought in July meant that this year I enjoyed my gardens from the end of a hose pipe, but in August, I was well rewarded for my labours! This year, I have decided to celebrate the plants that really stood out for me in my garden. I hope that you will share your own winners with us.

Favourite in ground annual: Torenia ‘Summer Wave Blue’

Favourite in ground annual: Torenia ‘Summer Wave Blue’

Favourite in ground annual: Torenia ‘Summer Wave Blue’– I was so impressed with the Torenia that I planted in ground this year. In part shade and well watered, these plants offer a change from the more common Begonias and Impatiens. Unusual bright blue flowers formed a happy low growing carpet of colour right by my front door. No deadheading required!

Favourite container annual: Mandevilla ‘Dundee Pink’

Favourite container annual: Mandevilla ‘Dundee Pink’

Favourite container annual: Mandevilla ‘Dundee Pink’ – As close to ‘No Care’ as you can get! This pot of Mandevilla was planted by my son on Mothers Day weekend and has been sitting on our coffee table on our deck all season. I only need to water once in a while – Mandevilla is amazingly drought tolerant and loved this summer’s heat. Simple, effective and casual bright hot pink colour.

Favourite perennial: Nepeta (Catmint) ‘Walkers Low’

Favourite perennial: Nepeta (Catmint) ‘Walkers Low’

Favourite perennial: Nepeta (Catmint) ‘Walkers Low’ – My staff like to tease me about my love for Catmint, but there’s no denying it, this plant is absolutely stunning! This year, my Walkers Low plants flowered for weeks and put on a terrific show. I have patches in sun and also part shade. The humming birds love it and it is such an easy, no fuss plant.

Favourite veggie: Cherry Tomato ‘Sungold’

Favourite veggie: Cherry Tomato ‘Sungold’

Favourite veggie: Cherry Tomato ‘Sungold’ – Highly productive orange cherry tomato. Yields were amazing this year! The sweetest and most flavourful tomato we have ever eaten.

Favourite shrub: Rose ‘Flower Carpet Scarlet’

Favourite shrub: Rose ‘Flower Carpet Scarlet’

Favourite shrub: Rose ‘Flower Carpet Scarlet’ – My patch of groundcover bright red roses was stunning this year. Despite a bad infestation of caterpillers early in the summer, plants rebounded to provide continuous colour from June on and are still going strong. The single red blooms are happy and cheery and bright.