Archive | March, 2012

Save water in yr garden

31. March 2012

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Beat Drought in your garden  Discover new ways to save water in your garden. Watch this informative video from the National Trust http://www.vimeo.com/10868252

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Rain needed for gardens

31. March 2012

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Rain needed for gardens

        With the current drought seriously affecting UK gardens any drop of rain is like liquid gold. Rainwater harvesting in the UK has increased by approximately 300% in the last two years Rainharvesting can replace up to 50% of a household mains water consumption, and up to 85% on commercial installations Collecting […]

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Common Geranium

30. March 2012

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Common Geranium

Latin name: Pelargonium Description: Very well know summer bedding and window-sill plant, especially the Zonal types which are often referred to as geraniums, which they are not. There is a fantastic range of these magnificent plants, especially some of the variegated forms like the one pictured. If you desire scent, then there is nothing better […]

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Mullein

30. March 2012

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Mullein

Latin name: Verbascum Description: Beautiful, stately plants for a bright, sunny location. The cultivar ‘Gainsborough’ is the most commonly available and a superb plant that has tall spikes of pale yellow, saucer-shaped flowers bourne in summer high above a rosette of semi-evergreen, greyish-green leaves. There are several delicious Verbascum cultivars available with colours ranging from […]

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Nastertium

30. March 2012

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Nastertium

Latin name: Tropeolum majus Description: Very well known annual scrambling climber from Colombia and Bolivia, growing up to 3m in one season form seed, thus a useful, quick ground cover or climber. The leaves are mid-to-light green and almost round. The flowers are up to 5cm across with long spurs at the back, in shades […]

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Hosepipe ban – top plants for 2012

30. March 2012

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Hosepipe ban – top plants for 2012

2012 is definitely the year to think about sourcing plants that require less water in your garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/7885713/Top-10-plants-to-beat-a-hosepipe-ban.html                            

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Drought Plant for March: Flaming Euphorbia

30. March 2012

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Drought Plant for March: Flaming Euphorbia

Latin name: Euphorbia grifithii Description: A vigorous herbaceous perennial with erect stems that are reddish green when young turning yellow in the autumn. The leaves are linier with prominent red midribs from 9-15cm long. It is a marvellous species with dark foliage, with a strong coppery tint and dusky orange heads in summer. ‘Dixter’ is […]

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Lemon Tree

30. March 2012

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Lemon Tree

Latin name: Citrus limonia Description: Very well known shrubs grown in warmer countries for their edible fruit. Citrus is a must for the Mediterranean garden, and are excellent grown in tubs and containers. They are highly ornamental plants with their dark green, glossy leaves and deliciously scented star-like flowers.  The branches are green and often […]

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Aeonium

30. March 2012

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Aeonium

Latin name: Aeonium arboreum Description: Stunning and always popular succulents grown for their flesh, geometrically patterned foliage. A. ‘Schwarzkopf’ is the most sort after, with dark maroon stems that become woody at the base and at the tips tight whorls of thick, purple-black leaves, shimmer in hot sun. If the tip is pinched out they […]

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African Lily

30. March 2012

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African Lily

Latin name: Agapanthus Description: A superb semi-evergreen clump-forming perennial with mid-to-dark green strap-like arching leaves forming at the base. Majestic spherical heads of trumpet-shaped blue to white (depending on variety and species) flowers are bourne on lax-to-upright stems from May to August. Excellent in containers where they flower best when pot-bound. Hardiness: Deciduous varieties are […]

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