Low Risk Perennials

Good housekeeping of plants/sufficient air circulation can cut the risk of disease and fungal infections but some plants are naturally resilient. Perennials with this trait can be incorporated in the open space and have an impact on neighbouring varieties. While these are not free from problems, under the right conditions very easy to keep. Phlox […]

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Roses – Part 1

A time to start cutting these down. It will be to remove dead, damaged and diseased wood. In high winds, it ensures minimal damage to branches if it can move through the Rose. It will improve next years flowering – if there are no pointless branches the energy can move through to where it is […]

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Sufficient drainage

Other than plants intended for the pond, marginalised or oxygenating – species like to dip into moisture but not to sit in it. Lily of the valley, Daylilllies and Hibiscus can all tolerate more than enough moisture. It is worth understanding then why the area is wet or over saturated. An ill drained area can […]

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Shrubs in shade

Some plants never do well in shade but it is surprising how many will perform in these conditions. Often this can be a determining factor for poor growth, little flora and general sickness. Camellia’s can tolerate partial shade but the winter flowering variety sasanqua must have a full sun location to perform well. Found as […]

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Textural plants

Amazing results can be achieved by using textural elements of plants, either through the leaves or flowers. Usually perennials will give your border that extra zing when coupled with contrasting plants or as a cluster of the specimen. Echinops bannaticulus (blue globe thistle) these flower in summer and are best planted in a cluster. The […]

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