Berries for Wildlife

Aside from shrubs offering attractive foliage and flowers throughout the year, some offer berries that provide a valuable food source throughout the colder months. Virburnum tinus is an attractive shrub with dark, glossy leaves. it bears highly scented flowers from late winter through to spring. The berries come after the flowers so don’t dead head […]

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Healthy Growth

Often more than not your choice of shrubs will be performing as you expected them to but from time to time your garden may experience bouts of illness. A result of a Parasite, a Fungal Infection or a Virus.  It can often is exarcerbated by humidity and wet weather. Rot can set in if roots […]

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Drought Tolerant

In the summer, plants often suffer as a result of rising temperatures. Like us, they need adequate hydration. However, mediterranean plants usually cope well with little water – cistus / hebe and ornamental grasses. Miscanthus, some festcues and bamboo are resistant to these conditions. Those with fleshy leaves – succulents and alpines. In fact, these […]

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Top tips on storage organs

Above ground, plants usually grow within an upright habit or clump forming pattern. However, below ground, root structures vary immensely. Roots can be lateral or fiborous, but the organ that stores the goodness is intentionally underground as a safety measure from animals or environmental conditions. Corms are usually smaller but similar to bulbs. Montbretia / […]

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Shallow Roots

There are benefits to shallow rooted specimens if you have limited space/ the quality of the soil/the root zone depth is not sufficient. Most plants by their growth habit will penetrate their roots far below the surface. Some will have lateral (branching of from main stem) and some fiborous (fine, feathery roots). These are designed […]

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Medicinal Plants

Nearly all plants have some healing properties as they do dangerous. At some point in time, all plants have been used to mend, soothe, emit a sap that will sanitise a sting, burn or irritation. Chamomile (antitoxidant, antibacterial), rose hip (osteoarthritis, source of vitamin C) and ginger (anti -inflammatory, digestive) all used in teas too […]

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Marginal Plants

We have suggested the notion that most plants don’t like being saturated or sitting in moisture which is true although there are a handful who do. These plants were intended for water and need to be submerged in it. Often known as oxygenating plants, these plants keep unhealthy algae and weeds in abeyance. Certain plants […]

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