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Cotinus Coggyria

  Cotinus Coggyria; Smoke Bush: This does sound a bit like an infectious disease of the digestion, but it is actually one of my favourite plants.  As anyone who reads my ramblings will know, I love plants that are not green, this one has plum coloured leaves, and if you can get the sun shining through the leaves, they really

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Colour enhanced flowers on plant labels

  So many of the images of flowers are clearly enhanced to give a false impression of the vibrancy and intensity of the colour of the flowers, many of the reds are so ‘beefed up’ there isn’t a shade of lipstick that would compare to them!     Now I understand that  growers want the images to stand out, but

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Agapanthus

  These apparently grow so prolifically in South Africa, many out there regard them as weeds – well I love this ‘weed’.  Agapanthus look really stunning if you get a good clump of them together, whether you put these in pots (which usually they do really well in) or whether you have them in the garden, sunshine, really well drained

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Mixed boxes of colourful planting

You have all seen these, little 6 packs of different conifers or a six pack of multi colours of pansies, or a six pack of little herbaceous plants. You get one of each plant, you buy it, go home and then what? By all means buy a 6 pack of the same variety of plant, that way you can get 

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Echinops

Gardens to me are about creating something that is interesting to look at, something that is made up of lots of different colours and textures and creates an enjoyable place to sit in.   Echinops is one plant that does tick a number of boxes in the ‘good garden plant’ category   Echinops is a really wonderful plant to use ,

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Canna

If you have not been lucky enough to spend a week in the Caribbean, but love dreaming about the possibility of going there, then a couple of these wonderful plants will certainly help your imagination along the way.     OK, they are not truly hardy in the UK, I live on the South Coast and mine pop up every

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Billy No Mates – The Pot!

OK perhaps I am being a little harsh, but it does look rather lonely. The drive is totally paved, which really only leaves the option of pots, but only one pot does look out of scale. So I think it would improve the whole frontage of the house to have a much larger planter.    Now the trouble with lots of

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Gaura

I know I am an advocate for self reliant fuss free plants, but I am also a sucker for romantic comedies – and this plant is definitely in the ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ category of flowers.   ‘Duckface’ was a beautiful woman, but a little highly strung and prone to an occasional strop but she was worth having around – just

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Hanging baskets!

  I can’t do them, so I no longer even try. You really need to invest in an automated dripfeed watering system, or the spectacular display will not impress!  I have really tried with them in the past, but I think the only plants that would withstand my care regime would be Cacti – and that wouldn’t be nice at eye level! I

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Dierama

Many of you will never have heard of these, but if I tell you their common name is ‘angels fishing rods’, I bet you get an instant mental image even without a picture!     These plants don’t fall into my truly self reliant category, but they are worth having a go.  The best one is the most easily available

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