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12 Best Plants to Create a Cottage Garden Look

There’s nothing more quintessential and idyllic than a traditional chocolate box cottage garden, and creating one is easier than you might think. Whether you have large borders, a patio or even just balcony, you can get this popular look on a big or small scale by filling all plantable spaces with a great mix of floriferous varieties, planting them close and, above all, opting for lots and lots of colour.

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Top 10 Summer Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Spring

Summer-flowering bulbs provide some of the biggest, best and most exotic-looking blooms, and spring is the best time to plant them. Not only do they look fabulous growing in borders or containers, but many make wonderful cut flowers too, so you can also enjoy freshly-picked blooms in your home. You’ll often find these beauties ready-grown and in full bloom at the garden centre during summer, but this is the most expensive way to buy them. With a small amount of early planning you can easily grow them yourself, setting your garden up to be a colourful oasis at a fraction of the price. So, if you’re itching to get out in the garden or even just to start planning your...

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Growing Polianthes or Tuberose Bulbs for a Fragrant Garden

We usually associate the sweetest floral fragrances with spring, but summer can be just as fragrant. One of the best plants to achieve this is the regal Polianthes or Tuberose. It’s not to be confused with the Polyanthus Primula, but though the names may be similar, the growth habit and blooms are vastly different. The Tuberose is a tall, elegant bulbous plant with pink or white blooms. Its scent is reminiscent of Gardenias, and it was once widely used as a basis for perfumes. But its association with humankind goes back a long way. Historical facts make Tuberoses even more appealing Explorers brought the first Polianthes bulbs to Europe from Mexico, and we can only imagine how impressed they must...

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