Category Archives: Plants to Love

How to buy plants properly – 5 golden rules

How do you buy plants properly?   Well, the best way to explain how is with a sofa.   So you’ve just watched the Chelsea Flower Show all week and now you’re on a mission to do-up the garden. Gardening can be really expensive, buying plants certainly is – so how can you buy plants properly, so you don’t waste

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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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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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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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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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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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Lavender

Lavender serves many purposes in the garden, firstly it reminds you of summer holidays on the continent which is good, secondly it smells wonderful, which is also good, thirdly for the truly industrious amongst you, it provides flowers to dry, add to cooking, put in posies, put in bags to help you sleep etc, which is also good, but by

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Anemone Japonica

America has ‘Old Faithful’ the geyser that reliably pops up and ‘does it’s thing’ again and again – well this is the the plant world’s equivalent of ‘Old Faithful’.   It is a plant to tuck at the back, as the green of the leaves is quite a dark flat green, but the leaf shape is nice, the plant is not

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Verbena Bonariensis

What makes a good plant – well in my book,   ones that don’t get smothered with bugs,   one that has pretty, natural looking flowers,   one that grows up and doesn’t flop everywhere,   one that self seeds without becoming a pest,   one that I cut down only once a year and forget,   one that insects

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