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Foxgloves

Foxgloves are essential for that real cottage garden look. Some are perennial but they are usually grown as bi-annuals. They do not flower in the first year that they are grown from seed but come into their own in year two. Foxgloves are easily grown and they also self-seed very well, an example of buy one get lots free! Foxgloves grow to 1.5 metres (5 ft.) which means they are very good for the back of borders. Tall plants have a place even in the smallest of gardens because they give structur
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Forsythia

This magnificent plant is a favourite spring shrub. Profuse rather than elegant, it flowers generously in March and even when it is in bud, you can cut some branches, bring them into the warm house and you will see those delightful yellow flowers open before they do outside. Forsythia is deservedly one of the most popular spring shrubs bursting forth with clouds of yellow blossom every year without fail. A number of species are available. The most spectacular is probably Forsythia Lynwood. Thi
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How to Take Cuttings of Tender Perennials

Ever since the time that mankind stopped hunting and gathering and started farming, generation after generation has enjoyed the satisfaction of propagating plants. August is a good time of year to take cuttings of many tender perennials. Pelargoniums and tender Geraniums (Zonal Pelargoniums to give them their correct title) respond particularly well to this form of propagation. Of course these plants can be over wintered in a frost-free environment. However the result of taking cuttings is a fre
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How to Grow Bulbs for Indoor Flowering

A good autumn project is planting bulbs to flower indoors in time for Christmas. Time is of the essence. Prepared Hyacinths have been specially treated to promote early flowering indoors and should be planted as soon as possible after purchase. There are also several varieties of Narcissi and Tulips which do very well inside. Check the packet for suitable varieties such as the Narcissi, Paper White and Sir Winston Churchill and the Tulip, Red Riding Hood. Choose a container with drainage holes
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How to Grow and Prune Wisteria

Wisteria are large, very beautiful climbers. They have long racemes of flowers in mauve, blue, pink or white and flower in late spring or early summer. There are two main species of Wisteria. Japanese Wisteria which is called Wisteria floribunda. The variety macrobotrys is widely available and has fantastically long racemes of flowers. Apparently the record for a raceme is 6ft although 3ft is fairly common. Japanese Wisteria twine clockwise. Chinese Wisteria is known as Wisteria sinensis. Alt
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