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The only drawback to this juicy green and practically white flower is the name.  Schizostylis coccinea ‘Pink Marge’. It has never grown well for me  but looks dreamy right now in a customer’s free-draining garden.   Cohabiting with the black grass Ophiopogon planascapus ‘Nigrescens’ and a shimmery grass Molinia caerulea ‘Edith Dudszus‘. Please do follow…

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Geranium psiliostemon is shocking magenta with a black eye.  The colour looks particularly good in a little bit of dappled shade.  It is tall – over a metre and arching, curving around in a wirey way with no need for staking.  I cut mine back in mid summer and it has come back and will…

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Sanguisorba officinalis Arnhem is tall and see-through so that you can peer out from behind  a clump as if looking  through a gauzy curtain.  It likes difficult clay soils and  spreads surely but not  in a thuggish manner.    It doesn’t need staking and adds colour through late summer into autumn with blood red flower-heads….

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Rosa x odorata ‘Viridiflora’.  This rose would go well with either pistachio ice-cream or a dark red flowering clematis such as Ville de Lyons or Niobe. It is truly green, climbs in a moderate way and has no petals but sepals instead.  Some say it is ugly.  I don’t agree. Please do follow us!

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I am in love with hollyhocks.  At the height of their magnificence right now,  they appear to peer down at shorties like me in a concerned old aunt kind of way. Truly at home in Suffolk outside thatched cottages,  but I think they originally come from the himalayas. Please do follow us!

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Stipa tenuissima with Knautia macedonica and pale cranesbill, possibly Geranium Mrs Kendall Clarke.  Backlit by sun and running in the breeze.  Evergreen, free seeding, loved by puppies to nest in.  Be prepared to replant every three of so years. Please do follow us!

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Camera has stolen a little of its soul.  Trollius chinensis ‘Golden Queen’ is more orange than you can imagine.   Searingly, eye-ball-rollingly so.  Looks fabulous with Campanula ‘Sorastro’ quink ink dark blue. Please do follow us!

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Sputnik plant has come to live with us.  Bought from a charming Frenchman who nurtures bonsai trees. Sputnik plant looks fake, likes to live indoors and those little ball flower heads really are golden. Said Bonsai expert told me it was called  Mikado syngonanthes chrysanthes.  Shuffled the three parts of it in the Plant Finder…

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I am almost heading for the weird and wild lands with the genus Arisaema, known as Cobra lilies.   They are such strange plants, but now that I have joined the Blotanical network,  no doubt someone will post me with the message that the cat scratches its back on them by the kitchen door. The…

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This is Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Jenny’, related to hedgerow Ragged Robin.  Yes, I know it was all-over Chelsea Flower Show but there it was, sitting on a stand in a grassy Floral Marquee @Suffolkshow and I had to have it.   Beware the plant-breeders rights thing.  Legalities to one side, it looks like a shell pink…