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When I first saw this delightful new breeding in Pot Carnations I just new 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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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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Dahlias are so popular in our summer gardens. This wonderful new variety really caught my eye as soon as I saw it.  Dahlia Tropical Breeze is not one of the tall varieties that need staking, but rather a bedding variety that is ideal for our containers and front of border. Rather than having to wait[…]

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Some of the older readers may remember the Calceolaria from past times, but these wonderful Calynopsis varieties with their exotic, jewel-like blooms  are a real breakthrough.  The Calceolarias have been named things such as Slipper Flower, Pocketbook Plant, Pouch Flower and Slipperwort. Below I want to list some reasons why I think these new varieties[…]

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Lilies are a long standing favourite in our summer gardens, but what is so special about the Roselilies? Well there are some important advantages that I attempt to list below:- Stunning, double blooms which unfurl like roses.  A light and pleasant perfume which is not overpowering like the spicy scent of  some traditional Oriental hybrids.[…]

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    There are a great many varieties of Alstroemeria, some short, some tall, some bright and some in delicate pastel shades. The brand new Alstroemeria ‘Valley’ Collection (Summer Paradise Series) however have an attribute seldom held by other varieties.  That is that they are exceptionally winter hardy.  Many other Alstroemeria series have had the[…]

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Peonies have long been a great favourite of mine, and I am familiar with many varieties.  However I was quite taken aback to see this stunning new form which I believe may be one of the best herbaceous varieties. Below I have listed some of it’s many endearing attributes:- A very long lived, perennial garden[…]

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