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Climate Change Gardening plants

2. June 2012

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Climate Change Gardening plants

Climate Change Gardening aims to inspire anyone who grows their plants in a garden, patio, window box, grow-bag or even a pot to think about how plants are challenged by climate change. The Plant Lists on the Home Page provide suggestions of over 100  plants that survive well in our changing climate and offer a […]

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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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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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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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Belladonna Lilly, Jerssey Lily, Naked Lady

30. March 2012

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Belladonna Lilly, Jerssey Lily, Naked Lady

Latin name: Amaryllis beladona Description: Attractive stout dark purple stems toped with loose heads of six or more scented funnelled-shaped rich pink flowers. The fleshy strap-shaped leaves appear after flowering and into the winter. This delectable plant is dormant during the summer months, flowering from September to October. Hardiness: Hardy down to -5C with a […]

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Argentinian Verbena

30. March 2012

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Argentinian Verbena

Latin name: Verbina benariensis Description: Semi-evergreen perennial with dark green strap shaped leaves forming at the base and spherical heads of tubular mid-blue, majestic flowerson upright stems from May-August Hardiness: need to be mulched well in winter or brought indoors if planted in pots Height: 0.45m Position: full sun and sheltered Soil: tolerates all soil […]

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

13. February 2012

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New Zealand Flax, Coastal Flax, Flax Lily

Here is a great plant that will cope with hotter summers and colder winters that the UK now experiences. Latin name: Phormium tenax Description: Very tough and dramatic architectural plants that need little maintenance, in a range of sizes to suit every garden. P. tenax is a clump forming perennial with dark green, rigid, upright, […]

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Kew Gardens sunshine on cloudy day

8. February 2012

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Kew Gardens sunshine on cloudy day

 How to brighten a grey day? Visit the Tropical Extravaganza at Kew Gardens Be transported to a tropical rain forest with a visual delight of exotic plants and flowers Listen to wonderful recordings of exotic birds and animals that transport you overseas   http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/tropical-extravaganza-2012/

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Mild weather and winter cuttings

8. November 2011

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It continues to be really mild  in the South of England and many gardeners have not yet bedded down tender tropical and exotic plants for the winter . Temperatures of 15c are forecast for this weekend which is amazing for November. Apparently it is warmer than it was in May this year. Another sign of our confused weather patterns? http://theweatheroutlook.com/ Now is a […]

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Clocks back ready for brrrr winter

29. October 2011

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We might get an extra hour in bed tonight but it will be getting darker earlier tomorrow and possibly much, much colder. Weather forecasters are warning that the UK may suffer from the coldest Winter in decades. Here are some suggestions from the RHS on how to prepare your garden for the next few dark and frosty months.: […]

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