Tag Archives: orange

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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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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Wrong tree, wrong place

This must be a real pain to mow around, low wide branches at the base that will prickle anyone who ventures near with the Flymo! The needles and shade created will eventually cause the grass to perish underneath.    It may look lovely in December with fairy lights on it, but is it worth having the tree there all year

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Curves

Small Garden Design: Curves in the garden make it look wider   The basic idea here is to show you that with only very few plants you can make your garden appear wider. In the image below, the garden is dominated by the view of the fence and there are a few plants around the edges. So what do you see?

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Standing out from the crowd!

 Small Garden Design: Be Bold        These are lovely palm trees, healthy, tall and a really nice group, but is the best being made of them. They undeniably stand out and demand to be looked at, but does the ‘background scenery’ enhance or diminish their impact?  To me, they appear out of place, palm trees don’t really grow

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Libertia Peregrinans

I bet you never thought you could get a plant which is stripy, well you can and this one is lovely. Libertia Peregrinans is an orange and green stripy grass like plant – but not ‘just about’ orange coloured leaves, it has really really orange leaves; excellent with purple plants, blue plants and black plants. It’s not too tall and would look rubbish

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