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Many people have wonderful late spring and early summer displays in their gardens, followed by a rather drab time when all the earlier blooms have faded. The amazing Echibeckia ‘Summerina’ Series plug this gap by continually blooming through to the first frosts. Many of us will be familiar with Echinaceas (Coneflowers) in our gardens. You[…]

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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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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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  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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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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The alluring flowers of this delightful new breeding caught my eye the moment  I saw them. The flower shape is completely unique in Begonias. Ideal for patio containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, the cascading stems will cover the edges of baskets and containers providing a glamorous summer long display. For years the growers have[…]

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  As soon as I saw this plant in the catalogue I fell in love with it.  Busy Lizzie ‘Wild Romance’ is in my opinion the best double flowered Busy Lizzie on the market.  But what is different about it? We have had double flowered  Busy Lizzies available for many years.  Well this one is[…]

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