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Go Bananas in Summer 2009

5. May 2009

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Go Bananas in Summer 2009

Last April I bought a small banana plant from a leading supermarket. This Musa Basjoo cost just £5 and had about two leaves.Having fed and watered it indoors over the coldest of winters, it is now sitting on my terrace, complete with four beautiful leaves, ready for the summer heatwave and downpours we are promised […]

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Introduction to Architectural Plants

11. April 2009

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Architectural describes plants that will make a statement in your garden .They are impressive plants with big personalities and will inspire bold and ambitious planting. Many are evergreen providing year round interest and once established they are often easy to look after – always a bonus. They are ideal for planting with native species in […]

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Forum for Architectural Plants

11. April 2009

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The Palm Centre in Ham, Surrey has  a forum that you can use to find out more about these amazing plants . http://www.palmcentre.co.uk/Forum.aspx Everything from thinning bamboo to growing your own palm tree from seeds – fascinating reading!

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Falling in love with exotics

10. April 2009

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English gardeners have been fascinated with exotics since the Victorian times. These unusual plants from far away places seem to have hypnotic qualities which makes exotic gardening extremely rewarding. What exactly is an exotic plant? To find out, read these enthusiastic words from Will Giles, the guru of exotic gardening : “In my view, for […]

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Amazing Agapanthus

7. April 2009

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Amazing Agapanthus

I have just spent a happy day re-potting my favourite Mediterranean plants – Agapanthus. I love these plants as they have wonderful large strap-like leaves from which enormous flower spikes emerge in a range of brilliant colours ranging from virgin white, peacock blue to a deep velevet mauve. With continual sunshine, Agapanthus can grow to […]

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Mediterranean Scene

12. April 2008

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Mediterranean Scene

Here are just a few flower pictures from my trip to Calabria in Italy. The pink messembryanthemum are particularly good for underplanting. In the right hand picture they are used beneath some impressive architectural Agave plants – the dramatic spiky green leaves of the Agave provide a sharp contrast to the bright flowers .This is […]

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Arum Lily, Calla Lily

10. April 2008

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Arum Lily, Calla Lily

Latin name: Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Green Goddess’ Description: Highly attractive lily with large, lush, lustrous green arrow-shaped leaves. The flowers appear at the top of tall stalks from spring into early summer and are in the form of a modified leaf called a spathe, enfolding a fleshy yellow spike. ‘Green Goddess’ is a very desirable cultivar […]

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Wandering Jew, Inch Plant

10. April 2008

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Wandering Jew, Inch Plant

Latin name: Tradescantia fluminensis Description: Ludicrously tropical house-plant that is well worth trying in your garden. These wonderful trailing houseplants come in a dazzling range of colours and variegations, so the world is your Oyster. Plant out after the last frosts, usually in May. Hardiness: Although considered ludicrously tender, they don’t seem to know that! […]

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Star Jasmin

10. April 2008

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Star Jasmin

Latin name: Trachelospermum jasminoides Description: Hailing from China, this fine evergreen climber is much tougher than you might think. The dense foliage is composed of rich, dark, glossy privet like leaves up to 5cm long. In summer loose clusters of windmill shaped, jasmine-like, sweetly scented, creamy white flowers are produced in abundance from early to […]

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Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower

10. April 2008

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Bird of Paradise, Crane Flower

Latin name: Strelitzia reginae Description: This must be one of the best known plants in the world, so why not try one in your garden! It is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial with long stalked, tough, leathery, blue-green leaves. The large beak-like flowers have three brilliant orange sepals and three vivid purple-blue petals in boat-shaped red-edged […]

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