Penstemons are easy to grow, providing reliable, late summer colour into autumn. Penstemons are popular plants for mixed borders, adding reliable colour right through to mid-autumn. Our favourites for this month include Electric Blue, with its compact habit and impressive blue flowers that last from June through to September and Garnet, a taller, reliable variety…

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Salvias provide long lasting colour, aromatic foliage and strong architectural shapes during the second half of summer. Salvias are popular plants for adding late summer colour in mixed borders and pots. They are a large and diverse group of plants that can be grown as annuals, perennials or even shrubs in the UK. With their…

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Ornamental Acers provide architectural interest and are grown for their graceful habit, autumn colour and beautiful foliage. Acers are a diverse group of deciduous trees that can provide interest all year round. Many types grow extremely slowly and are perfect in a smaller garden or grown in large containers. Growth is best in dappled shade…

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Also known as ‘Wallflowers’, Erysimums have narrow leaves with dense, colourful flower spikes of fragrant flowers. Erysimums, or ‘Wallflowers’, can be annuals, biennials or woody-based perennials. Our favourite for this month are the perennial types with their long lasting flowers in shades of mauve, apricot, yellow and red. Growth is best in a sunny spot…

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Also known as the Lenten Rose, Hellebores offer elegant flowers during the winter months. Coming back year after year, Hellebores are perfect for brightening up shady areas, especially in winter gardens. The Christmas flowering varieties tend to be white, with the purple, lime green and speckled flowering varieties flowering from the New Year into spring.…

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Add colour to your garden this season. These small, compact plants will flower all season long, adding colour to your garden through the winter. Ideal in pots or in the ground, they require very little care. Water plants regularly during dry weather and remove any leaves that fall onto the plants in autumn. Lightly prune…

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Also known as Christmas Box – an Evergreen shrub with fragrant flowers. Compact and sweetly scented, Sarcococca have delicate creamy-white flowers from December to March. Berries follow, varying in colour from black to purple and red. With simple dark green glossy leaves, this dense evergreen shrub is ideal for a shady border or woodland garden,…

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With an old fashion charm that is hard to resist, Hydrangeas are easy to cultivate, thrive in almost any soil and produce flowers right through to autumn. There is a Hydrangea for everyone with colours ranging from clear blues, vibrant pinks, frosty whites, luscious lavenders and even fresh lime greens. Our favourites for this month…

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