Plant Advice Blog

Hardy Geraniums
(Hardy geranium) Indispensable, easy to grow and often long-flowering, what more does any gardener want from a plant? We are, of course, talking about hardy geraniums as opposed to the brightly col...
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Heleniums are also known as Sneezeweed, a name that refers to the unfounded ability to cause hay fever. They seem to have been largely unknown as a garden plant before the end of the 19th century, ...
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This easy-to-grow, extremely tolerant group of plants produces lots of colourful flowers and for those who are just venturing into gardening or have little time Hemerocallis (Daylilies) require alm...
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(Bistort or Knotweed) Persicaria are handsome, carefree plants that can be divided into two - ones that are big and ones that are small.
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(Cinquefoil) Distinctly different to the popular shrubby potentillas, the flowers of herbaceous kinds (these are the none woody types) look very similar. Simple and pretty, unlike their shrubby cou...
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Hardy and easy to grow, Pulmonarias have been grown in gardens for centuries and as a result have many common names. The most familiar is ‘Lungwort’ which refers to an old assumption that it was a ...
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(Burnets) These are not the sort of plant that immediately leaps into the mind when considering plants for the garden, which is a shame because these tolerant, long-flowering hardy perennials marve...
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Salvias can be the most useful hardy plants to use in a border of mixed perennials. Loved by bees and all flying insects, they belong to a family more commonly known as Sage, to which the herb Rose...
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(Ice plant) Sedum, in my opinion, are amongst the most garden worthy perennials. I am referring to the big border types that tend to be the upright, not the little alpine sedums that form very shor...
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How To Grow Irises
Irises are beautiful, often flamboyant plants that are easy to grow given the right place. There are three types of irises; ones with beards, ones without beards and ones that grow from bulbs.
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About Bearded Irises
Bearded irises are the irises with large glamorous flowers that have a caterpillar of hairs on the falls (lower petals), and a large rhizome at the base of the leaves. All types of bearded irises h...
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Intermediate Bearded Irises
This group of delightful irises fills the flowering period and size gap between Dwarf Bearded and Tall Bearded irises...
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