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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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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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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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Rudbeckia

Why do I like these so much, well I suppose I am a sucker for flowers that create a mood – and when these ones flower, my mood is happy.   I know the plant disappears in the winter, and is a little slow to re-emerge, but that’s because it flowers in late summer, and the one I have ‘Goldstrum’

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Papaver

Papaver or Oriental Poppies are a bit like the Oscars.   Anticipation then an over exuberance of intense activity that looks fab for a few days, then having partied hard – flop down for a rest till next year. However life would be very dull without the Oscars, and we all love a drama queen (usually), so I do think they are worth

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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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