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Clematis XI

Clematis¬†EDDA (syn. ‘Evipo074′) (Evison 2014) – This member of the Boulevard collection is ideal for growing in containers on patios or balconies. It features lavender-purple blooms highlighted with a raspberry bar that are produced on new wood from late May … Continue reading

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Mountain Laurel / Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia¬† ‘Olympic Fire’ – This native of the eastern United States is often mistaken for Rhododendron until it flowers – when the clusters of highly ribbed red buds open to structured five sided pale pink blooms. It flowers from … Continue reading

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Mophead Hydrangeas / Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nigra’ (syn. ‘Mandshurica’) – This Blackstem Bigleaf Hydrangea is a Chinese cultivar with dark purplish to near-black stems as its claim to fame. These are nicely contrasted by 6-8″ wide bright pink (may be bluish in acid soils) … Continue reading

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Catmint / Nepeta

Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’ – This 2005 introduction features a compact growth habit with dense branching. It bears hot pink clustered blooms from May to August, reaching to about 1′ high when in flower. It should be deadheaded or cut … Continue reading

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Impatiens walleriana / Busy Lizzie

Impatiens walleriana SUPER ELFIN ‘Bright Orange’ – These common summer flowers require no deadheading as they are self-cleaning. This SUPER ELFIN variety bears bright orange blooms from late spring through to frost and should not be over-fertilized as this causes … Continue reading

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Garden Lobelia / Lobelia erinus

Lobelia erinus ‘Riviera Midnight Blue’ – This common bedding plant is an upright form, with ball-shaped plants that are good for edging borders or using in mixed colour bowls. It bears deep blue flowers with contrasting white streaks throughout the … Continue reading

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Abutilon II / Flowering Maple

Abutilon x hybridum ‘Marion’ (syn. ‘Marian’, ‘Orange Marion’) – This Award of Garden Merit winner has green maple-like foliage and pendulous orange blooms with darker reddish veining from early summer through to autumn. Most flowering Maples are frost tender and … Continue reading

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