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Pick a Plant – Poinsettias

There are few plants more associated with Christmas than the colourful poinsettia, which frequently doubles as a decoration and a gift. It’s not easy, but you can keep poinsettias for another year of colour.

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Many Bulbs Make Bright Work

If you want a good display of bulbs next Spring, here are a few ideas.

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Pick a Plant – Snowdrops

Here in the east of Scotland we are accustomed to long, cold winters. Snowdrops are often the first flowers we see after the turn of the year and they are always welcomed with great expectations that Spring isn’t so far away. 

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Magnolia – Pick a Plant

The magnolia family of plants is often unseen in many gardens until they burst forth with their elegant, showy blooms from early spring onwards. Magnolias embrace some of the most magnificent flowering trees, hardy in our temperate region.

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Cryptomeria – for autumn colour in the middle of winter!

At this time of year the rich autumn colours are spectacular, if short-lived. When thinking of plants which exhibit great autumn colour, one automatically thinks of deciduous trees and shrubs which turn lovely shades of gold, copper and scarlet in the months of September and October. However, come November the leaves are gone and all that is left are the bare branches. For something with a longer period of interest it is well worth considering some of the Cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) cultivars.

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Pick a Plant – Hydrangea

One of the most frequent groups of plants we are asked about is the Hydrangea family. The main ones grown and sold in this country are the Hortensias (the familiar mop-headed hydrangeas) and the Lacecaps which are a smaller group, producing flatter, large heads of fertile flowers around which are borne a ring of coloured ray florets.

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