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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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I recommend you be one of the first to grow this unique Japanese breeding breakthrough. Many of us are familiar with the stunning spring-flowering Camellias with their stunning, exotic blooms, whether we’ve seen them in the gardens of stately homes or grow them in our own gardens. This however is something even more special. This[…]

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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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