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Houseleek

30. March 2012

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Houseleek

Latin name: Sempervivum Description: These delightful hardy evergreen succulents are grown for their dense mats of fleshy often highly coloured foliage and are more often associated with rock gardens. They will grow in any dryish situation including on your house roof as they need little food. They consist of a whorl of tightly packed succulent […]

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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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Mediterranean Agapanthas

1. July 2009

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Mediterranean Agapanthas

Just returned from Portugal to this amazing tropical weather that has brought into flower one of my favourite low maintenance plants – the majestic agapanthas. Agapanthas grow in great big clumps of fabulous showy flowers all over Portugal. If summer temperatures continue to be this high, then the future could see SE England offering similar […]

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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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Oleander

30. March 2012

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Oleander

Latin name: Nerium oleander Description: Everyone who has had a holiday in the Mediterranean or California will know this plant well, as it is often used to line the sides of roads and highways as it is exceedingly drought tolerant. It is a shrub with stiff, leathery leaves up to15cm long with a prominent midrib […]

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Ornamental Onion

30. March 2012

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Ornamental Onion

Latin name: Alium Description: There are many highly ornamental allium species, which are grown for their often large flower heads held high on stiff, erect stems. The larger forms make excellent border plants, while others are suited to raised beds. Allium is a genus of great diversity, Fine grassy leaves give some species a delicate […]

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Rock Rose, Sun Rose

30. March 2012

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Rock Rose, Sun Rose

Latin name: Cistus Description: Evergreen shrubs, native to the Mediterranean region that will lighten up any summer garden with their gloriously vibrant flowers and occasionally aromatic foliage. They can be fairly small plants to quite large ones, so there will always be one that fits your garden style. The leaves are oval to lance-shaped from […]

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Rosemary

30. March 2012

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Rosemary

Latin name: Rosmarinus officinalis Description: An absolutely essential Mediterranean shrub, grown for its dense, strongly aromatic, evergreen foliage, and of course as an indispensable herb for cooking. A woody stemmed shrub that has dark green needle-like leaves which are white felted below. Dainty mauve and dark-blue tubular flowers are bourne from mid-spring to early summer […]

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Sage

30. March 2012

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Sage

Latin name: Salvia officinalis Description: This deliciously aromatic evergreen sub-shrub is widely cultivated for its ornamental foliage as well as being widely used as a culinary herb. It is a fairly compact shrub with rough, greyish-green, oblong pointed leaves. The flowers are in shades of blue and purple on short spikes intermittently throughout the summer. […]

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