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Pincushion Flower, Tree Echium

10. April 2008

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Pincushion Flower, Tree Echium

Latin name: Echium pininana Description: Giant, imposing plants hailing from La Palma laurel forests in the Canary Islands. These triffids of the garden world are biennial or short lived perennials. They are stunning plants for a sheltered border providing a tropical touch to summer. In its first year Echium pininana forms a low rosette of […]

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Pseudopanax

10. April 2008

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Pseudopanax

Latin name: Pseudopanax lessonii ‘Gold Splash’ Description: Exceedingly handsome ornamental shrub with an erect, dense, bushy habit. ‘Gold Splash’ has thick, leathery, usually five palmate mid-green leaves with a strong golden yellow central variegation, making this an excellent addition to our range of garden shrubs. ‘Purpureus’ is another  beautiful form with  glossy, leathery, toothed bronze […]

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RHS highlights garden renaissance

5. August 2010

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Increasing numbers of people are joining their local garden and allotment clubs, says the Royal Horticultural Society in the lead up to its annual Dig Together Day on 4th and 5th September.http://www.rhs.org.uk/digtogetherday The gardening ‘renaissance’ was revealed by a recent survey of 100 of the Society’s affiliated gardening clubs – 73% of clubs saw their […]

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Rice-Paper Plant

10. April 2008

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Rice-Paper Plant

Latin name: Tetrapanax papyrifer Description: Ludicrously architectural plant that is literally jaw-dropping! It is a vigorous suckering shrub that is evergreen in mild areas. The huge, dark green, deeply lobed leaves, up to 1 meter across, are formed on long stalks giving a very dramatic appearance. The whole plant looks somewhat like a Fatsia on […]

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Seasonal food guide

2. September 2010

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Enjoy the freshest, most seasonal fruit and vegetables. Click an ingredient or month to find out what’s in season, plus quick serving ideas, storage tips and recipes. http://www.startuk.org/eat/seasonal-selector.aspx#url=/eat/seasonal-selector/plants/basil.aspx   .

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Silver Spear

10. April 2008

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Silver Spear

Latin name: Astelia chathamica Description: Often mistaken for a Phormium, this silver speared beauty is a must for its architectural shape and form. It is an evergreen (ever-silver) clump-forming perennial with graceful, arching, deeply furrowed leaves with a striking silver sheen. ‘Silver Spear’ is even more silvery. The flowers are insignificant, but the foliage really […]

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Snow scenes in the garden

18. December 2009

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Snow scenes in the garden

London and the South/East of England have woken to a Xmas postcard scene with a sprinkling of that magical white stuff. The leaves of cordyline and cycad create a wonderful tapestry for the snow.Their architectural leaves provide beautiful bold shapes in a traditional English winter garden. Look forward to sharing pictures and information about excellent […]

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Spanish Reed

10. April 2008

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Spanish Reed

Latin name: Arundo donax Description: This is an enormous grass somewhat redolent of the more tropical sugar cane and the most dramatic grass you can grow in our temperate climate. It is a perennial, clump-forming plant with canes up to 3cm thick and 4m tall. The blue-green leaves are long and narrow up to 60cm […]

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Spotted Laurel

10. April 2008

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Spotted Laurel

Latin name: Aucuba Description: Much used by the Victorians for its toughness and the fact that it looks somewhat like the more tropical Croton (Codiaeum). This is a tough, hardy, evergreen shrub with stout woody stems. ‘Crotonifolia’ has glossy dark green leaves that are heavily mottled and spattered with creamy yellow, giving it a very […]

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Toe-Toe NZ Pampas Grass

10. April 2008

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Toe-Toe NZ Pampas Grass

Latin name: Cortaderia richardii Description: Whether short or tall, grasses give height, stature and form to the garden, many with a strong architectural appearance. Cortaderia richardii is one of the many worth trying and is a good alternative to Pampas grass. It is a handsome, clump-forming grass from New Zealand, with linier, tough, pale olive […]

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