Achillea Care Guide: How to Grow Achillea

Achillea is a summer-flowering herbaceous perennial that forms short-lived but colourful clumps in the border. A member of the daisy family, it has broad, packed …

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Agapanthus Care Guide: How to Grow Your African Lily

Agapanthus (the African lily) is an architectural, summer-flowering perennial with glossy, strap-like leaves and tall umbels of showy, funnel-shaped blooms that are good for cutting. …

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Alchemilla Care Guide: How to Grow Alchemilla

Alchemilla mollis, or lady’s mantle, is a herbaceous perennial that forms attractive, pale green clumps of leaves that are shaped like scallop shells. Being densely …

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Alstroemeria Care Guide: How to Grow Alstroemeria

The Alstroemeria, or Peruvian lily, is a long-lived, free-flowering perennial that originates from South America. They grow from tubers, and produce lots of colourful flowers …

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Amaryllis Care Guide: How to Grow Amaryllis

The glossy, strap-shaped leaves and striking trumpet flowers of Amaryllis bring welcome colour and brightness to the home in the depths of winter gloom. Provided …

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Aquilegia Care Guide: How to Grow Columbine

Aquilegia is an elegant flower that is easy to grow. It reaches around 60cms in height making it ideal for the middle of the border. …

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Astilbe Care Guide: How to Grow False Goat’s Beard

Astilbes are a gorgeous plant to bring colour and texture to darker areas of the garden as they are one of the few plants that …

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Bamboo Plant Care Guide: How to Grow Bamboo

Bamboo is grown for its striking architectural stems and foliage. These plants are members of the grass family and most have a very upright habit. …

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Begonia Care Guide: How to Grow Begonias

While not to everybody’s taste, Begonias are nevertheless popular and colourful bedding plants that find their way into many window boxes, containers and hanging baskets …

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Bougainvillea Care Guide: How to Grow Bougainvillea

For many people, the vibrancy of this evergreen climber tumbling from gateways, walls, balconies and roadside trees brings back memories of summer holidays in the …

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Buddleia Care Guide: How to Grow Butterfly Bush

With its abundant spires of honey-scented flowers, this plant is a must-have for the wildlife garden. Although it is not native to Britain, the nectar-rich …

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Camellia Care Guide: How to Grow Camellias

Camellias are one of the most popular evergreen early flowering garden shrubs, providing a short-lived but often intense splash of colour. As woodland plants, they …

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Campanula Care Guide: How to Grow Bellflowers

The delightful bell-shaped flowers of campanula make a lovely addition to the flower border. These plants come in cool shades of white and blue and …

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Californian Lilac

Ceanothus Care Guide: How to Grow Californian Lilac

Ceanothus is a shrub with abundant, flowers that are similar to those of lilac. They are mainly blue but vary in shade from lightest powder …

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Choisya Ternata Care Guide: How to Grow Choisya Ternata

This evergreen shrub is grown for its mass of beautiful, star-shaped white flowers, which have a delicate citrus fragrance, in late April through May. It …

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Chrysanthemum Care Guide: How to Grow Chrysanthemums

The cut chrysanthemum is a familiar flower in supermarkets and florists, and is grown commercially in huge quantities.  It is a traditional garden flower, and …

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Clematis Care Guide: How to Grow this Versatile Climber

Clematis is one of the most popular climbers for the garden. There are many types to choose from and they all produce an abundance of …

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Climbing Hydrangea Care Guide: How to Grow Climbing Hydrangeas

The climbing hydrangea is a deciduous vine from the woodlands of Japan, Korea and Siberia, where it grows up trees and across rock faces. It …

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Cordyline Care Guide: How to Grow Cordyline

Cordyline is an easy to grow plant that adds a tropical vibe to the garden. It looks equally good in city or coastal gardens and …

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Crocosmia Care Guide: How to Grow Them

Crocosmia is a stunning plant that adds striking shape and a splash of hot colour to the garden. It has sword-shaped leaves and funnel-like flowers …

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Cyclamen Care Guide: How to Grow Hardy Cyclamen in Your Garden

Many people grow cyclamen as houseplants, but there are hardy varieties of these plants that look wonderful in the garden. They provide a splash of …

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Daffodils Care Guide: How to Grow Daffodils

In 1802, the English poet William Wordsworth was ‘wandering as lonely as a cloud’ when he came across a sight that brought him such joy …

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Dahlia Care Guide: How to Grow Dahlias

The dahlia was first brought to Europe from Aztec Mexico by the Spanish in 1789, not for the beauty of its flowers, but as a …

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Delphinium Care Guide: How to Grow Larkspur

The delphinium has been a very popular cottage garden perennial for over a century, having been brought to the UK from France in 1859. It …

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Escallonia Care Guide: How to Grow Red Claws

The genus Escallonia includes approximately 40 species of flowering shrubs from South America. Several types are grown as garden shrubs in the south and west …

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Euonymus Care Guide: How to Grow Spindle Tree

This shrub comes in many varieties and is largely grown for its foliage. The cultivar fortunei is an evergreen variety and the most common cultivar …

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Fatsia Japonica Care Guide: How to Grow Japanese Aralia

This hardy evergreen with its large shiny leaves is a great addition to the garden adding a lovely tropical vibe. As an added bonus, it …

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Hellebore Care Guide: How to Grow Christmas Roses

The hellebore or Christmas rose family consists of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen woodland perennials, many of which have become popular garden plants …

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Hemerocallis Care Guide: How to Grow Daylilies

Daylilies are clump forming, herbaceous perennials with exotic-looking, trumpet-shaped flowers.  Hemerocallis means ‘beautiful for a day’, a name that describes the plant’s flowers that open …

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Honeysuckle Care Guide: How to Grow Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

Honeysuckles are a much-loved garden plant valued for their pretty, sweet-scented flowers. The climbing varieties are useful for covering fences, walls and pergolas. There are …

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Hyacinth Care Guide: How to Grow Hyacinth

Hyacinths are a delightful plant to grow for a burst of spring colour and fragrance. They can be grown in pots, window boxes and borders …

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Hydrangea Care Guide: How to Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are deciduous plants known for their large heads of long-lasting blooms. Perhaps most of us know the type that has blue flowers when planted …

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Hypericum Care Guide: How to Grow Hypericum

Hypericum, also known as Rose of Sharon or St John’s Wort, is grown for its profusion of golden- yellow flowers from July to October. Many …

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Lavatera Care Guide: How to Grow Tree Mallows

Lavatera is an easy to grow, upright shrubby plant with attractive green foliage and large flowers which range in colour from white to deepest rose. …

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Lavender Care Guide: How to Grow Lavandula Angustifolia

English lavender is a short-lived perennial herb that is as popular for its wonderful fragrance as for its colourful flowers. As might be expected from …

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lily of the valley

Lily of the Valley Care Guide: How to Grow Convallaria Majalis

Lily of the Valley is grown for its delicate, white flowers and delicious scent. These lovely plants come up year after year and flower in …

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Mahonia Care Guide: How to Grow Mahonia

Mahonias are evergreen shrubs with leathery and often spiny, dark green leaves. In the autumn and winter they produce long-stalked clusters of slightly scented yellow …

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Mistletoe Care Guide: How to Grow Mistletoe

Mistletoe is an ancient plant that has intrigued us for centuries. It was often thought to have magical properties and right up to modern times, …

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Nandina Domestica Care Guide: How to Grow Heavenly Bamboo

Heavenly bamboos are slow-growing perennials with upright or gently arching stems that give the plants a similar appearance to bamboo. In the garden, they will …

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Osteospermum Care Guide: How to Grow Cape Daisy

The colourful daisy-like flowers of osteospermum brighten up the border or patio with their cheerful blooms that open with the sun and close as evening …

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Passion Flower Care Guide: How to Grow Passion Flowers

The passion flower belongs to a group of approximately 450 species of predominantly evergreen, woody climbers that grow in tropical woodland in North, Central and …

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Pelargoniums (Geraniums) Care Guide: How to Grow These Colourful Perennials

Pelargoniums, or storksbills, are popular bedding and pot plants because they are very easy to grow and give abundant colour to the garden and patio …

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Penstemon Care Guide: How to Grow This Late Summer Beauty

Penstemon is a tall, spired perennial, that will give you plenty of bell-shaped blooms from June right up until the first frosts. These wonderful flowers …

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Peony Care Guide: How to Grow Peonies

Peonies are popular perennials that take pride of place in many traditional English country cottage gardens and mixed herbaceous borders. Their longevity, stunning blooms and …

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Philadelphus Care Guide: How to grow Mock Orange

Philadelphus is a large evergreen shrub that is usually grown for its abundant white fragranced flowers. The shrub gets its common name, Mock Orange because …

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Phlox Care Guide: How to Grow Phlox

The Phlox genus encompasses nearly 70 species, and includes annuals, perennials and shrubs. Most of the perennial varieties are upright, but a few species are …

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Photinia Care Guide: How to Grow Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Photinia ‘Red Robin’ is a popular garden shrub or small tree with shiny, evergreen leaves. Provided it is not pruned the previous autumn, it will …

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Pieris Care Guide: How to Grow Forest Flame

Pieris are compact evergreen slow-growing shrubs. The young leaves are pink to red, turning cream and then green as they mature. The shrub also features …

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Poinsettia Care Guide: How to Grow Poinsettia

Poinsettia has become the archetypal Christmas house plant. Its cheery red flowers are a common festive season sight in homes, garden centres and supermarkets across …

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Pyracantha Care Guide: How to Grow Firethorn

It is easy to see how pyracantha got its common name, Firethorn. This shrub blazes with fiery berries in autumn and has very sharp thorns. …

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Rhododendron Care Guide: How to Grow This Spring-Flowering Shrub

Rhododendrons are usually grown for their spectacular springtime blooms. There are many varies available, from large shrubs suitable for a woodland garden to dwarf alpine …

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Rose Care Guide: How to Grow Roses

Roses are one of the most popular plants in the garden. They are beloved for their beautiful flowers and intoxicating scent. There are many types …

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Rudbeckia Care Guide: How to Grow Black Eyed Susans

The common names black-eyed Susan and coneflower echo the contrast between Rudbeckia’s colourful, generally yellow petals and the prominent dark brown or black cone that …

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Sedum Care Guide: How to Grow Ice Plants and Stonecrops

The Sedums form a diverse group of nearly 500 species and many have been developed to produce hardy and undemanding succulent perennial plants for the …

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Verbena Bonariensis Care Guide: How to Grow Tall Verbena

Verbena Bonariensis is a perennial plant that flowers in late summer to mid-autumn. It has tall, architectural stems with sparse leaves, crowned by flattish heads …

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Viburnum Care Guide: How to Grow This Colourful Shrub

Viburnum is a shrub that provides plenty of colour and interest in the garden. It has attractive foliage, delicate flowers, stunning autumn colour and clusters …

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Weigela Care Guide: How to Grow Weigela

Weigela is a late spring flowering shrub that has abundant trumpet-shaped flowers. This delightful old-fashioned favourite has been enjoying something of a renaissance, as new …

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Wisteria Care Guide: How to Grow These Beautiful Climbers

Wisterias are twining climbers that have large, drooping clusters of scented flowers. The flowers come in shades of white, blue, purple and pink. This climber …

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Witch Hazel Care Guide: How to Grow Hamamelis

The witch hazel is an unusual deciduous shrub or small tree.  Although not closely related to the true hazels, there are some superficial similarities, including …

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