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  There are varieties of Cyclamen such as Cyclamen Coum and Cyclamen Neapolitanum which are fully hardy in the garden. These are very beautiful in there own way but not as showy as their less hardy relatives.  The plants we cover here are Cyclamen Persicum and its many hybrids which are available from September through[…]

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  Prairie gardens, originally modelled on the great grasslands of North America, have been championed in Europe by Dutch, award winning landscape designer Piet Oudolf.  Piet is an integral part of the “new perennial movement”.  These perennial meadows peak in late summer when the beauty of many other garden styles has faded. Grasses are a[…]

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These are plants, generally trees or shrubs, that are chosen to occupy significant positions or focal points. They might be placed opposite a window, on the curve or entrance to a path. They are intended to ‘catch one’s eye’ so that the natural inclination is to walk towards them, so they can guide your route[…]

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Permanently potted   Evergreen plants that you retain in pots can provide a solid framework for the transient plants that are grown for the summer as well as giving interest in winter. Good examples of such plants include the shiny solid evergreen Skimmia, for example Skimmia japonica subsp. Reevesiana with its red autumnal berries, though[…]

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  The majestic flowers of Hyacinths can fill an entire room with their glorious scent.  This is even more desirable when these bulbs can be made to flower during our Christmas festivities or just brightening the gloomiest winter day with the promise of spring to come. To force Hyacinths it is essential to buy bulbs[…]

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The magnificent displays in our spring and early summer gardens often come to an abrupt end in late summer as earlier blooms fade.  This is a great shame, especially as this is a period when we often most frequent our cherished plots to dine alfresco, soak up some rays or just to take a well[…]

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After the stresses and tension of the day, taking time to relax, even contemplate, is soothing and beneficial. Taking time out to simply sit in one’s garden can regenerate one’s being and may introduce a new dimension to your life. The evening garden is stripped of the babble of bright colour – everything is simplified,[…]

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  Sweet Peas are a mainstay of the quintessential British garden, particularly held dear by the cottage gardener.  They are prized for their exquisite blooms which come in a myriad of colours, many varieties exuding a delicious fragrance.  A vase of cut Sweet Peas is something that should never be deficient from the summer home. […]

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Deep clear red flowers have a distinction and quality all their own. There are surprisingly few flowers that have an unadulterated red hue. Red shades vary from the delectable purple and plum hues to the ‘in your face’ vermilion hues that have a touch of yellow in their make-up. The clear reds are best in[…]

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