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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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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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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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