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Garden Design: How do You Enjoy Plants?

Well ordered rows of pelargoniums and salvias or elegant drifts of lavender or exuberant muddles of poppies and peonies? There are no rules, but remember plants can enhance a good design or emphasize a bad one. They look best when … Continue reading

20. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Black Bamboo | Phyllostachys nigra

Black bamboo is native to China and a member of the Poaceae family. When grown in a container, it can reach a height of 3 m (10 ft). It is particularly popular for the striking colours of the jointed stems, … Continue reading

04. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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New Zealand flax | Phormium

These evergreen shrubs, members of the Phormiaceae, are native to New Zealand. Their robust, sword-shaped leaves grow in tufts. The tubular flowers are borne in summer in panicles on leafless stems. There are also varieties with variegated leaves, green and … Continue reading

03. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Date Palm | Phoenix

These evergreen palms with their attractive divided foliage are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The Canary Island date palm (P. canarensis), the elegant and more tender P. roebelinii and the date palm P. dactylifera … Continue reading

01. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Passionflower | Passiflora

This tropical climber which is a member of the Passifloraceae family is famous for its exotic, fragrant flowers with stalked ovaries and striking corona of filaments. These filaments are often arranged in bands of different colours. The yellowish fruits are … Continue reading

29. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Osmanthus | Osmanthus

Most species of this genus, a member of the Oleacea family are native to south and east Asia where they grow as evergreen trees or shrubs 2-4 m (6-13 ft) high. The white or yellowish flowers borne in clusters are … Continue reading

27. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Olive tree | Olea europea

The olive tree (Oleaceae) is an evergreen native to the eastern Mediterranean. This gnarled tree with attractive green-green lanceolate leaves can grow up 12 m (40 ft) high. In spring it can be trimmed to the desired shape and size. … Continue reading

25. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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New Zealand Christmas tree | Metrosideros excelsa

The New Zealand Christmas tree, a member of the Myrtaceae family, is as the name suggests native to New Zealand where it flowers in December. The genus includes trees, shrubs and climbers. Container-grown specimens grow up to 2 in (6 … Continue reading

24. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Southern magnolia | Magnolia grandiflora

This evergreen tree of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) is native to North America where it grows up to 25 m (80 ft) high or more. The large, glossy, dark green leaves are reddish-brown underneath. They contrast beautifully with the cup-shaped, … Continue reading

22. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Blue potato bush | Lycianthes rantonnetti

This member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) is still known to many gardeners under its previous name Solatium rantonetti. It is native to South America where it grows as a shrub or standard with arching branches. The striking violet-blue flowers … Continue reading

19. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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