Tag Archives: colourful

Who are flowers for?

Who are flowers for?   Flowers are for us to admire – right?   Well absolutely yes they are, but flowers aren’t just for us, many of today’s modern blooms however are created primarily to please the human eye – but are we forgetting who flowers are really for?   Let’s take you back a few hundreds of millions of

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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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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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Fabulous Front Gardens

Small Garden Design: What does your garden say about you?     What do visitors think when they wander up your drive?  Do they think what you would like them to think about you.   I bet you have really thought about the decoration in your home, what colour the walls are what furniture you have, but but the first

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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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Crocosmia

Crocosmias are really good at creating spectacular displays without requiring acres of space.   They have bright fresh green sword like leaves, which means they grow up, not outwards and as they don’t have twiggy bits you won’t scratch yourself if they go all the way down the path.    In summer you get tropical red, orange or yellow flowers held

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Pittosporum

All gardens need backbones, something reliable, attractive, dependable and colourful, with a little thought, you can have a better backbone than more usual ones, (conifers, privet, forsythia, laurel).    I think pittosporums are really good at this, I know wet cold soils can ‘do them in’ but even in colder gardens with a little protection from the weather by way

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Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non scripta)

Bluebells, the British Isles’ vision in spring, I don’t know anyone who does not say ‘oooh how lovely’ when they see a wood with its carpet of blue – well apart from my husband, but I’m sure he thinks it!  They can make wonderful garden plants too, but they do easily spread.   However, English bluebells (hyacinthoides non scripta) are

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Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

This is an annual plant, I absolutely love it because it has happy flowers; when forget me not flowers and you know the warm sunshine is just around the corner.   The other reason I love it is it seeds everywhere but doesn’t intimidate other plants, it just wriggles in-between them, filling up gaps with little happy blue smiles.  

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Linum Grandiflorum Rubrum

You won’t have heard of this plant, but trust me it falls into the ‘happy flower’ category, and we all need happy! They are annuals, so think sweet pea like foliage (loosely) treat them a bit like sweet peas, but let them set seed and pop up wherever they choose, I guarantee you will smile at the flowers!

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