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Collarette Dahlias – Impressively Collared Blooms

Collarette dahlias produce big, impressive blooms with a central ruffled collar, surrounded by large contrasting petals. Growing to a compact height of around 60cm, they’re a great choice if you have a small garden or just containers on a patio or balcony. With their striking blooms, they put on a great show of colour all on their own and will be a great highlight in any display.

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Mysteriously Elegant: Italian Elegance® Ranunculus

Farmer Gracy’s plant of the week this week is Italian Elegance® Ranunculus. They’re easy to grow and great for containers as well as borders. Plant them now and you can look forward to a brilliant display in a few months’ time. These stunning new Italian Elegance® Ranunculus are particularly special and this is a unique opportunity to get hold of them in the UK. Bred with precision to provide a long-lasting and full display of elegant, densely-petalled blooms on strong, healthy plants, each flower is an individual work of art. Ranunculus (or ranunculi) not only provide excellent garden performance, but they’re a well-known florists’ favourite as well, with long stems and an outstanding vase life. Each plant repeatedly produces multiple...

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Gloriosa – Gloriously Coloured Exotic Climber

Farmer Gracy’s plant of the week this week is Gloriosa superba Rothschildiana, also known as Glory Lily. Get this fantastic, exotic climber started off in a frost-free place this spring and it will reward you with glorious colour throughout summer. Gloriosa is a tender climber that thrives in a sunny position. It’s easy to grow and wonderful as a patio climber, quickly covering trellis, pergolas or arches in long, self-supporting stems with pretty clinging tendrils. The unusual flowers provide a tropical look, with yellow and red reflexed petals which sit among the lush, glossy green foliage. How to grow Gloriosa The best value way to buy gloriosa is as tubers and by starting them off yourself. You’ll need a light,...

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Best Plants for Small Gardens and Pots

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your patio for summer, turn a balcony or courtyard into a lush little oasis, or even just plant up a window box, there’s potential to create a beautiful, colourful display whether your outside space is big or small. Spring is the best time to plant summer-flowering bulbs and compact perennials in pots, giving them time to settle so that they establish into strong, healthy plants in summer.

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