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Ah yes, the old jokes are the best! But at this time of year aloes really are better in threes, those thorny-leafed succulents whose wonderful flaming spears set the garden alight in winter ......

There are plenty of artistic considerations to be managed in the design of a garden – line and volume, texture and colour, negative space versus full shapes… It is easy to see that you will be...

While many may hanker after the lush greens and rolling pastures of the mild northern climes, I think it’s high time more fuss was made about the silvers. From soft sage to dove grey and silver to...

In simple terms, a “succulent” is a plant that has the ability to store water in specialised tissue for use if water becomes scarce at a later time. For most people this immediately conjures up...

This is a follow up to my previous article on this fantastic genus of garden plants. Let us have a look at those euphorbias that have been recommended for mediterranean climate gardens, never...

Natives, exotics and invaders

Without wishing to get too political, when it comes to invasions the British have a lot to answer for. I am not talking about the re-designing of frontiers on maps, but rather our grand tradition...

Euphorbia is a very varied genus of about 2,000 species, one of the largest genera in the plant world. There are annuals, perennials, shrubs and many succulents – all with the characteristic milky...

This year we held our fifth garden fair on Saturday, October 26 to take advantage of the extra hour of sunshine but we had a particular challenge - to hold our event and to comply with the recent...

Alternative lawns

I was fortunate to recently attend an inspirational talk by renowned plantsman Olivier Filippi about the huge variety of alternatives to the traditional lawn. Author of Alternatives au Gazon (...

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