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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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The Right Plants for the Right Place

The art of good gardening lies in knowing what to plant where. It’s quite easy to find out what individual plants need — for example sun or shade, damp or well drained soil — if you buy plants from a … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Brachycome: Swan River daisy

Height 15-30cm (6-12in) Planting distance 23cm (9in) Flowers early summer to early autumn Rich soil Sunny, sheltered site Half-hardy annual The little Swan River daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia) is smothered with sweetly scented daisy flowers throughout the summer and into early … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Begonia: wax begonia

Height 15-23cm (6-9in) Planting distance 20-25cm (8-10in) Flowers early summer to mid autumn or first frost Rich, moist, well-drained soil Sunny or lightly shaded site Half-hardy annual Wax begonia (Begonia semperflorens) and its varieties are grown as annuals for summer … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Atriplex: purple orach

Height 90cm-1.2m (3-4ft) Planting distance 40cm (16in) Foliage plant Well-drained good garden soil Open sunny site Hardy annual The varieties of Atriplex hortensis are grown for their fine foliage -deep crimson-purple leaves covered, when young, with fine glistening white powder. … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Asperula annual woodruff

Height 30cm (1ft) Planting distance 7.5-10cm (3-4in) Flowers in mid summer Ordinary moist soil Partial shade Hardy annual Annual woodruff (Asperula orientalis) is the only hardy annual in this genus of 200 species – all other woodruffs are perennials. Its … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Argemone:Prickly poppy

Height 60cm (2ft) Planting distance 30cm (1ft) Flowers early to late summer Light well-drained soil Sunny position Hardy annual The prickly poppy (Argemone mexicana) from Central America has majestic orange and yellow flowers from early to late summer. With their … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Arctotis: African daisy

Height 15-60cm (6-24in) Planting distance 30cm (12in) Flowers mid summer until the first frosts Ordinary garden soil Open sunny site Half-hardy annual Bold, brightly coloured daisy-like flowers and woolly silver-grey leaves make this a striking plant to grow in borders … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Antirrhinum snapdragon

Height 15cm-l.2m (6-48in) Planting distance 15-45cm (6-18in) Flowers midsummer until first frost Well-drained soil enriched with manure Full sun or light shade Hardy annual Snapdragons are one of our most ancient garden plants and, if they were not so susceptible … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Anchusa

Height 23-45cm (9-18in) Planting distance 23cm (9in) Flowers mid to late summer Ordinary garden soil Sunny open position Hardy annual The bright blue blooms of Anchusa capensis (the only annual in this genus of predominantly perennial species) are among the … Continue reading

21. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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