Plant Portraits

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Wisteria Plant Profile

One of spring’s most beautiful sights, a profusion of fragrant, pea-like flowers

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Hardy Chrysanthemums in Autumn

A profile of Hardy Chrysanthemums and Andrew Ward, joint holder of the National Collection

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Peony Plant Profile

Flowering from spring into summer, peonies and the Itoh varieties, have many admirers

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Combining Roses with June Perennials

Roses flower from spring, through summer, into autumn, with a wide range of planting companions

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An Apple A Day

Apples are flavour of the month, not only as a superfood, but also as a fresh fruit of great variety

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Seedheads for Winter Interest

As autumn deepens, ornamental seedheads emerge, as food for birds and structures for frost to dust

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Romancing The Rose

Few plants have such a long flowering season as roses, stretching from May until first frosts

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Daylily Plant Profile in July

Daylilies are a mainstay of summer herbaceous planting and, despite their name, their charms endure

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Plant Profile – Perennial Violas

With their smiling faces, violas are a sweet-natured perennial that no garden should be without

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Snowdrop Plant Profile

As one of winter’s most enduring flowers, snowdrops unfurl as early as January, with later cultivars in February and March

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Flowering Trees in April and May

There’s no surer sign that spring is in the air than blossom and blooms on boughs and branches

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Scent From Heaven

The scents in a garden can have as profound an effect as the beauty of the flowers

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Clematis All Year Round

Small, dainty, big or blowsy, clematis come in such a range as to suit any garden, flowering in every month

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Hellebore Plant Profile

Hellebores, with their exquisite winter flowers and long flowering season, have enchanted generations of gardeners

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Snowdrops – What’s in a Name?

As intriguing as these enchanting flowers, many a snowdrop’s name has much more to it than first appears

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Midwinter Colour and Fragrance

Pared down, a winter garden’s interest lies in texture, shape, perfume, structure and flowers of a rare delicacy

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Bewitching Witch Hazels

A hard January frost is sure to awaken the fragrant, spidery flowers on witch hazels to glow in the brittle winter sunshine

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Daffodil Plant Profile

There’s a wide range of daffodils, with different varieties flowering from January until April, in pots, drifts, borders or beds

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Tough Winter Flowers

Come winter, and look out for a select group of doughty flowers that, surviving snow and frost, lift the spirits

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Lily Plant Portrait

Lilies are spring and summer bulbs with stunning lily flowers in white, pink, orange, cream, deep red or yellow

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Hitchin Lavender

Fragrant and purple in the summer sun, Hitchin Lavender fields peak in August with long rows of flowers to pick

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Dial Park in Winter

In a country garden, winter brings hellebores, crocus and snowdrops in light woodland filled with February flowers

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Bulbs for every month of the year

There are different bulbs to flower in winter, spring, summer and autumn, naturalised or in borders, beds or pots

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Autumn Colour

Autumn colour comes in the fall, not only in foliage tints or maple leaf colours, but also in late flowers, shrubs, berries and hips

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Aster Plant Profile

New England asters and Michaelmas daisies add late colour and striking plant associations in autumn borders

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Allium Plant Profile

Allium, ornamental onions, flower from spring, through summer until autumn, varying from pink to purple, yellow or white