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A Guide To Standard Roses

Standard Roses are rose bushes that are grafted onto a stem of 100cm, the bush then grows on top of the stem to make a flowering head.  They are a great way of adding height and drama to your garden border and create a beautiful display of cascading colour. They also...

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A Guide to Topiary

Topiary refers to shrubs and trees which have been trained or clipped into clearly defined, geometric or fanciful shapes such as balls, cubes, obelisks, pyramid cones, or tapering spirals. It has increasingly come back into fashion in recent years, generally using...

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Protecting your Plants from Frost

Snow and hard frost are naturally characteristic of the winter months. Despite their wonder and splendour and the fun they brings for children, they can be a major problem for your treasured garden plants, damaging new growth and killing tender and half hardy...

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Guide to Garden Shrubs

Shrubs are small to medium-sized woody plants distinguished from trees due to their multiple stems branching from the base and shorter height, although some plants can grow into either shrubs or trees depending on the growing conditions. They provide an array of...

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Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid teas are the most popular type of rose, referring to a category of roses that were originally created by cross-breeding Hybrid Perpetual and Tea roses. This means they are both hardy and typically repeat flower, producing large, shapely flowers that open from...

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How to grow Herbs

Growing herbs, or even creating a herb garden, is easier than you think. All you need is good light conditions in a free, well-drained soil or even on a windowsill. Herbs are an essential ingredient in a wide range of foods, so growing your own means a fresh supply of...

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Hedging Plants

Hedges are essentially living walls made up of plants which can serve a decorative or practical function, or both. You can find cheap and easy to plant hedging plants that generally take between 3 and 5 years to establish, or opt for larger, more mature plants which...

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Heathers

Heathers are low maintenance evergreen bushes producing urn-shaped flowers ranging from white to rose to deep purple, which are borne on spikes above a compact mass of low-growing or spreading foliage. When people refer to heathers they are technically talking about...

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Fruit Trees

Fruit trees include pome fruits (apples and pears), stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries), as well as nut-bearing fruit trees such as walnuts and almonds. You don’t need to have an orchard to enjoy home-grown fruit; in fact, by...

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Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are highly versatile, unfussy, easy to grow and pest and disease free, ranging from miniatures such as Stipa Pony Tails and Carex Evergold for the rockery to grand, architectural Cordylines, stately Yucca plants and towering giant bamboos. Grasses...

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Floribunda Roses

Floribundas are stiff, bushy, upright shrub roses characterised by clusters of flowers borne repeatedly from summer through autumn (as opposed to hybrid teas which typically produce flowers singly on each stem). Each flower is smaller than hybrid teas but their...

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