Houseleeks or Sempervivum (meaning live for ever) are succulent ornamental hardy plants that have been used in pleasure gardens since around the thirteenth century. Later during the Italian Renaissance these plants were adopted for use in planting schemes as a solid massed groundcover, which also included camomile, mint, tarragon and violets.
Often the trickiest area in most gardens is the bit where it is shady or dry, or both. Whether shaded by trees and shrubs or buildings, garages or sheds, most people wring their hands in despair when it comes to knowing what to do with these often dark and forlorn corners of the garden. However, […]
I am not very good with houseplants. Any green fingers I might have fail me at the door and I have managed to murder many spider plants, money plants and any plant best suited to living inside over the years. I have also fallen foul of the most abused houseplant of all, the Poinsettia. Sold […]