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Ornamental gardening


Many of us are familiar with the fashionable globe shaped alliums that are planted in autumn as bulbs and bloom in spring and early summer.  However, in recent years a newly bred type of allium has begun to become available which is treated more as a herbaceous perennial.  Will this become the future of Alliums?[…]

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  Here I would like to introduce you to some of the best Geraniums (strictly called Pelargoniums) that have been bred in recent years. They are a little bit special and differ from our traditional Zonal Geraniums. Below are some of the fantastic qualities I see in them:- Delightful bicoloured blooms repeatedly throughout summer when[…]

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White flowers add brightness to the dingiest of corners.  Whole borders and even gardens have been based around white flowers against a foliage background of green or grey.  The most famous perhaps is the White Garden created by Vita Sackville-West at her home, Sissinghurst Castle in the Weald of Kent in England. In this part[…]

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It gives me great pleasure to be able to market the latest and most extraordinary breeding from some of the world’s greatest experts, and these varieties are no exception. Growing plants for cut flowers has become all the rage in recent years with perfect examples in gardens such as Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill.  Roses of[…]

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Many of us will be familiar with Helleborus Niger, the Christmas Rose.  It’s English name however is a bit of a myth as it is rarely in flower before late winter in our gardens. Helleborus Niger Christmas Carol however can be in flower from Christmas through to mid spring. This evergreen, hardy perennial will provide[…]

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A long standing favourite winter flowering plant and an important one for early pollinators, the Hellebores produce their cheery blooms when the skies are at their greyest. There are single and double flowered varieties, some early flowering and some late flowering. The series I want to draw your attention to here are the wonderful Rodney[…]

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Gardening News

Dobies have been supplying flower and vegetable seeds direct to gardeners since 1894, starting in the Chester area, and for over fifty years now, to customers throughout the UK.  Dobies are proud to have been awarded the coveted “Best Buy” Seed Supplier by Which? Gardening with “an impressive 91% of seed producing healthy seedlings”. Dobies[…]

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Gardening News

Broadcaster and Chartered Horticulturist David Domoney says, ‘Don’t stop gardening!’ now summer is over. With the recently announced increased restrictions in Britain, David Domoney says the garden is essential in helping us with our physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening helped many to live through the social isolation that impacted many people through lockdown, and David[…]

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