Ace of Spades

Articles by Ace of Spades:

Shrub Roses

Many old roses, sold as Old, English, Shrub or Moss roses are true old roses of early European origin. Their exquisite scent, abundance of flowers and long flowering season are almost unrivalled in the plant world.

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The Lucky Rowan

In this article I am going to write about the Rowan tree, better known to horticulturalists as Sorbus. It is one of Scotland’s most famous trees, sung about by countless generations of Scots both at home and overseas and regarded by many as a talisman to ward off evil spirits.

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Hamamelis

One of the first plant species that came to my mind for this article was that wonderful group of plants under the Hamamelidaceae family – Hamamelis, commonly known as witch hazel.

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Euonymus

The popularity of the euonymus in all areas of the Lothians is probably due largely to its undemanding nature. All varieties are fully hardy, most tolerate some shade and most are evergreen and so good value for money all year round. They are not normally troubled by pests or diseases, just occasionally by mildew.

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Vibrant Viburnums

The Viburnum family contains a number of easily cultivated, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, including several of the choicest woody plants for a shrub border or a woodland garden.

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Cotinus

This month’s featured plant is Cotinus, a genus of two species. The other species is the Rhus plant, now a separate plant listed botanically.They are often commonly referred to by their other name of ‘Smoke Trees’ in recognition of their attractive dark smoky purple blue foliage in late summer. One of the most attractive of the larger flowering shrubs, many of the varieties have rich autumn tints on their leaves.

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