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Ornamental gardening


It is possible to have an absolute riot of colour in our gardens throughout May and June and then suddenly to have nothing but green. We all need to think about the blooms that are to come to provide late summer and autumn colour and create a continuously beautiful space to enjoy. Asters, better known[…]

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When I first saw this delightful new breeding in Pot Carnations I just knew I had to recommend them to my readers.  They are absolutely invaluable in our gardens.  Below I list 10 of the reasons why. Deliciously scented blooms just like carnations of times gone by. Larger double blooms than other Pot Carnations Slow[…]

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Many of us take great inspiration from the RHS Flower Shows, and perhaps from Chelsea more than any.  Unfortunately like many events the RHS Chelsea Flower Show had to be cancelled in 2020 due to lockdown.  However all is not lost. The RHS website is hosting a virtual flower show and we are able to[…]

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Penstemons have long been a favourite in our gardens with their stunning bell shaped flowers, particularly for those of us that garden in the cottage style.  They could however be a little temperamental.  The Pensham series of Penstemons were originally bred by the late renowned plant breeder Edward Wilson in Pensham in Worcestershire. He bred[…]

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The Buddleia Buzz series are a breakthrough in breeding.  We all know the giant Buddleias that were beautiful but thuggish  in our gardens.  They had to be hacked to the ground every spring to stop them getting out of control, and generously seeded themselves around as you may have seen alongside the tracks if you[…]

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Any among you that have visited the Mediterranean regions on your holidays will surely remember seeing these beautiful plants lapping up the sunshine. Oleanders (sometimes called Nerium Oleander) are a delightful shrub with willow-like leaves and single or double white, cream, pink or red flowers with fragrance. If you dream of bringing the Mediterranean look[…]

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  The top London florists charge a small fortune for a designer bouquet for gifts or for the home. Luckily gardener, cook, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven has used her astonishing talent to put together collections of seedlings that you can grow on in your prized plots to create your very own designer bouquets[…]

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  It is one thing to know how to grow a plant, but it is another to have an expert eye for amazing plant combinations.  This is a skill that gardener, cook, writer and television presenter Sarah Raven posesses in bucket loads. A visit to her stunning garden ‘Perch Hill’ in Sussex is proof of[…]

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  It is possible to design your basket and container displays by grabbing a basket full of plants you like the look of at the garden centre and shoving them in your chosen container, but don’t expect to achieve stunning results! It is often far more successful to purchase a collection of plants that have[…]

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