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There are hundreds, if not thousands of climbing plants, but when you are looking for fast growing climbing plants to cover a wall or trellis, climb up the side of a home or hide unsightly views as well as many other situations you may have, it can be hard choosing one that is suitable for what you want it for.Whether you are looking for a fast growing evergreen climber, or summer flowering deciduous climbers, there should be one on our…

Fast Growing Shrubs If you are looking for quick growing plants, then chances are you are trying to create some form of privacy screen, wind break or informal hedge. Alternatively, you simply want a faster growing shrub to fill in a gap or hide an unsightly view. It is important to take a few pointers into consideration when deciding which types of fast growing bushes to plant. If you want to form a screen or similar, as…

How to prune lavender Lavender (Lavendula) which is commonly used in cooking recipes is a popular evergreen shrub that is often sold as a herb plant. They make beautiful plants for creating low formal hedges as the blue flowers give the appearance of a sea of blue and are often seen in many country estates where they have been growing for over 20 years. They are drought tolerant and grow well in drier, poorer areas…

Pruning French / Spanish Lavender French and Spanish Lavender is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants and is also known as the Lavandula stoechas. It is more tender and less hardy than the more common English Lavender (Lavandula angustifola) which is often planted as low growing hedging. French Lavender are best grown in pots where they can be moved into sheltered positions for the winter. This more tender type of Lavender is often easily identified by…

Hanging baskets plants Using the best plants for hanging baskets can help transform you outdoor space and add tranquility to an outside area but with so many different basket plants to choose from, which are really right for you?. Hanging baskets planted in summer are usually planted with upright plants in the centre with trailing plants around the edge trailing over. Further more, you might want something with beautiful foliage to trailer over the back of the…

Pyracantha rogersiana (Asian Firethorn) Originating from Western China, Pyracantha rogersiana is a drought resistant, evergreen and bushy shrub that is ideal for forming a hedge or as a border/wall shrub. The arching branches produce creamy-white flowers in spring followed by orange/red berries in autumn which provide food for many species of wildlife and birds. This evergreen shrub has oblong leaves which are around 4cm long and spiky branches, so it often makes a good deterrent…

Pruning Camellias Many gardeners think that Camellias are difficult plants to grow but this could not be further from the truth. In fact they will grow in most areas, except for places where the soil is chalky or limestone as this creates an alkaline soil and Camellia plants need acidic soil. However they can be successfully grown in pots using ericaceous compost. They are available in many colours and there are hundreds of varieties to choose from.…

Fast growing hedges Quick growing hedges are typically planted to mark out your property boundary or perhaps you would like to form a fast growing privacy hedge to stop prying neighbours looking into your garden. Hedges can also help to reduce road traffic noise as well as sheltering your garden and property from prevailing winds. Evergreen hedging is usually better for achieving these results, which include leylandii conifers and common laurel as they form thick, dense hedges.…

Growing Buddleia alternifolia (Butterfly Bush) Most of us could quickly identify the hugely common, but extremely popular Buddleia davidii and some may have seen the new dwarf buddleia varieties but most will not recognise or even heard of a Buddleia alternifolia (also known as alternate-leaved butterfly bush). Originating from China, this large deciduous shrub or small tree has arching branches that nearly touch the floor and produces clusters of sweetly scented purple-lilac flowers along it’s weeping branches.…

Growing Dwarf Buddleias Buddleia are one of the most loved garden plants admired by gardeners, birds, bees and insects alike and there is no mistaking the sweetly scented, fragrant flowers that are so attractive to butterflies. This is where the name ‘Butterfly bush’ arises from. Most Buddleia varieties grow to over 7ft (210cm) tall, not always making them ideal for smaller gardens. There are now new breeds of ‘true’ dwarf Buddleias that will only grow to…