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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 (...

The potted garden

Since becoming a professional gardener, I have only ever lived in apartments, so my own gardens have been limited to what will grow well in pots. I had always seen this as a misfortune, forever...

By Marilyn Medina Ribeiro

Colour, whether subtle or shouting, is fundamental to successful design and the mood of a garden. When you look at the colours...

When I think of the colour orange, I think happy. I can’t really explain why. I know the Hindus think of it as a happy colour – orange silks and a gold thread for weddings and saris. But what...

By Marilyn Medina Ribeiro

If you saw the column at the beginning of August, starting a mini-series about how to keep cool in the garden, you may recall that one of the key elements invoked...

By Marilyn Medina Ribeiro

Autumn in mediterranean regions is a magical time of year. Following the long summer hibernation, the plant world is coming to life. Shorter daylight hours,...

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