Category Archives: Plants to Love

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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Frittileria Meleagris

There must be a word that describes bulb lovers, but really bulbs are some of the best, most effective and easy plants in the garden, and as such more is definitely never enough in my book.   So what are these ones, well they are fritillaries, slender nodding bell shaped flowers, but Nature has managed to ensure they have a

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Primula Vulgaris

Primula Vulgaris   Don’t be put off by the name, the ‘vulgar’ suffix really is latin speak for common, but that undermines it’s beauty too. The word we should use is native primrose, pale lemon yellow with matching yellow hues on the leaves, which positively glow in dappled shade.   Why go for artificially bred colours, they are not as

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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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Ophiopogon

It took me years to remember how to spell this  – what sort of name is that, it takes two read throughs to get you teeth around it! I pronounce it ‘off-eye-oh-po-gone’, but it’s probably wrong.   Anyway, why bother with it, well it’s black, and you don’t get black normally but this has really really black leaves, and as the

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Phormium

Most of you will have seen these plants, usually they are the enormous Ternax variety, which is a bronze coloured plant with huge strap like leaves that look like giant toothpicks.    These are nice plants, but generally they are too big for the average garden and they tend to swamp anything near.    However, phormiums are tough and trouble

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Miscanthus

Miscanthus are grasses, but don’t think these are little things that the mower should run over, there are over 50 varieties of this beautiful plant.   They generally grow at least 4ft (1.5m) tall, a few are shorter and some can easily get to 10ft (3m) tall. The range of colours is immense, green, yellow, stripy, one with pink tassels,

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Elymus Majellicus

I have always loved grasses in the garden, I know they can look untidy sometimes, but like my own hair, a quick comb through and all is good again.   The absolute best thing about this grass is – it’s blue, and the more sun it has, the more blue it is!  OK it’s not royal or french blue, but

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Geum Mrs Bradshaw

I am a little unusual in that I am the only person on the planet (I think) who doesn’t like the smell of sweet peas, however I haven’t yet met anyone who doesn’t like geums, especially the red one, Mrs Bradshaw.    This little innocuous plant, just sits in the ground, looking frankly, a bit run of the mill, but

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Hellebores

Hellebores: These are definitely garden essentials, they are ‘Royal Marines’ tough, not much likes to eat them, they don’t take over or swamp other plants, they are good for shaded, hard to grow anything in areas and then they flower in the winter when nothing else does! You probably know them as Christmas Roses, and the white one is lovely,

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