Instant Valuation

Early June is a bit of a hiatus period in north Norfolk gardens, when the spring bulbs have faded: snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils have withered, and tulips have passed their blooming best, with only irises and lilies perhaps left to put on a show. It's the same with many shrubs: lilacs are fading, clematis montana are fading those magnificent magnolias are spent and that herald of spring: the lurid Forsythia has faded into an evergreen mass. 

The garden though is now receiving maximum light and will be until the end of June and it's a good time to plan ahead, whether you're planning to sell, let or stay put. 

One of our favourite shrubs at Pure North Norfolk is the humble Escallonia, with almost 40 sub species available, part from the ubiquitous Iveyi, Apple Blossom and Donard Seedling. They grow quickly to a manageable height of just 10 feet, don't mind pruning, and are resistant to coastal conditions and wind, perfect in fact for out north Norfolk climate. Most are hardy too. The flower scent is honey-like, they have arching glossy leaves and grow a foot per year - perfect when you're moving in for all round interest.

Another plant that does well locally is hemerocallis, or the day lily, often a common sight around Fakenham and the surrounding villages. The advantage of this lily is that it flowers repeatedly and has that heady scent. Blooms only last one day - hence its name - and they need to be snapped off when finished to keep them coming. Another recommended pairing in your north Norfolk garden is of Alliums and Agapanthus. Both have majestic structures and flower heads, with alliums, as a member of the onion family, have a distinctive aroma. Chives too are a smaller version, with the advantage of being able to eat stems and flowers on salads. 

Later, as summer stretches, you can plant asters, chrysanthemums and phlox to inject some late season pizazz into your borders. 

Later still you can read our next blog on autumn - though we won't mention the C word, Christmas, just yet!