Any plant that flowers during the dank grey month of November has to be worth a place in the garden. Add in the fact that it must be beneficial to insects as well and you wonder if there is such a plant. Well, there is. Fatsia japonica is a native of Japan and South Korea, where […]

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Second Wind

Several spring flowering shrubs often carry a few blooms in the autumn, especially if the summer has been hot. Roses may also have a second flush before settling down for the winter. But did you know there is a ceanothus that flowers twice? And not in a half-hearted way either, but in a full-blooded look-at-me […]

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A Knock At The Door

Early one evening a few years ago, there was a knock at the front door. A smartly dressed lady was standing on the doorstep. “I hope you don’t mind,” she said. “But I often pass your garden and you are obviously a plantsman. Can you tell me what the shrub is with the pink leaves?” The […]

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