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Your guide to top plants

My 10 favourite trees

Styrax japonicus (Japanese snowbell tree) Looking for a superb, moderate-growing, small tree for your garden, you can do no better than to pick the graceful snowbell tree. This exceptionally handsome deciduous tree is an excellent pick for a small- or medium-sized garden. It is relatively slow-growing, reaching only 25 to 30 feet (7.5 to 9 m) with a loosely rounded...

My 10 favourite perennials

Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s mantle) All the great cottage gardens of England have this old-fashioned favorite. It is loved for the way it displays raindrops like diamonds on its rough, hairy leaves. It is also valued for the lime green color and frothy texture of its effervescent sprays of flowers, which first appear in June and last for several weeks....

10 favourite shrubs

Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’ (butterfly bush) Walk into any garden and most of the plants you see come from other parts of the world. Buddleia, the butterfly bush, originates from the Sichuan and Hubei areas of China. It gets its name because it has the uncanny knack of attracting butterflies. ‘Black Knight’ is one of the most beautiful and reliable...

Six for success: Smart rules for gardeners.

Remember plants are living things. If you neglect them, don’t feed them, don’t care for them, force them to live in the dark when they need light or in the hot sun when they need shade, they will experience stress. They will either live out their life weak and failing, or get sick and die. First rule of good...

Six of the best vines

Actinidia kolomikta (super-hardy kiwi vine) The heart-shaped leaves of this vine are what make it so magical. In full sun the tips turn a strawberry pink or creamy white. Once the vine is well-established, the decorative effect of the variegated colour can be striking. Actinidia is a popular, useful, handsome climber and a lot more graceful and easy to accommodate...

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