Plant advice articles



These stalwarts of the grand herbaceous border offer structure and well-defined height. Although there are many named varieties....

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When is the best order to plants?

The majority of our perennials are grown in pots, which means they can be planted at any time of the year including winter and early spring. When you want to plant them is up to you as the plants ....

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Autumn Leaves on Peonies

Think of autumn and think of cool, misty mornings and tree leaves turning red. It is sometimes forgotten that the leaves of some perennials also change as they start the journey into winter. Among the most colourful perennials with autumn leaves are peonies.

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Echinacea (Coneflower)

Put Echinacea (Coneflower) into Google; and the few first pages list the plant's medical properties. But there is more to an Echinacea than a pill or powder.

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Echinops (Globe thistle)

Echinops, or Globe Thistles, are one of those plants that you either know or you don’t. Popular with gardeners who have space and big, deep herbaceous borders, they tend to be ignored by those who have smaller gardens. This is because most Echinops can be big. If this is a problem for you try Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ as it is ideal for smaller gardens.

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It’s difficult to say why, but I always feel a touch of joy when I spot an epimedium. These delightful spring flowering plants with delicate flowers and handsome leaves are neither glamorous nor showy.

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Geum (Avens)

Geums are colourful, cheerful and easy-to-grow. The flowers remind me of the strawberry plant; pretty and simply shaped, some produce dangling cup-shaped bells while others raise their heads revealing perfect rosettes.

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