Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dark Purple' - One of the new breed of mophead hydranges, this one was chosen by us for the intensity of the flower colour. To get the best colour, you should apply hydrangea colourant at regular intervals, but even when grown in noraml or alkaline soils the flower colour will revert to a good shade of pinkish red. Long-flowering additions to the summer border, hydrangeas are one of the best-loved and hardest working of all the shrubs and therefore have become a…

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dark Purple' - One of the new breed of mophead hydranges, this one was chosen by us for the intensity of the flower colour. To get the best colour, you should apply hydrangea colourant at regular intervals, but even when grown in noraml or alkaline soils the flower colour will revert to a good shade of pinkish red. Long-flowering additions to the summer border, hydrangeas are one of the best-loved and hardest working of all the shrubs and therefore have become a…

You don't need flowers to add colour & texture to your garden - gorgeous red foliage

You don't need flowers to add colour & texture to your garden - gorgeous red foliage

Purple Smoke Bush | Hardy in Zones 4-9, Full Sun, 12-15' Tall. Great accent planting, with pruning can also be used as an ornamental tree.

Purple Smoke Bush | Hardy in Zones 4-9, Full Sun, 12-15' Tall. Great accent planting, with pruning can also be used as an ornamental tree.

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' | seen in Berkeley, CA PLEASE CHECK OU… | Flickr

Ceanothus 'Dark Star' | seen in Berkeley, CA PLEASE CHECK OU… | Flickr

Alan Titchmarsh's alliums - from his Secret Garden book which I read this weekend - absolutely engrossing.

Hilarious photos of misspelt tattoos

Alan Titchmarsh's alliums - from his Secret Garden book which I read this weekend - absolutely engrossing.

'Star Jasmine' flowers across summer, each one with simply stunning fragrance! Evergreen

'Star Jasmine' flowers across summer, each one with simply stunning fragrance! Evergreen

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