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Trachelospermum jasminoides

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Trachelospermum jasminoides or star jasmine is the most gorgeous climbing shrub, furnishing walls with beautiful evergreen foliage all year and then filling the garden with wonderful perfume for a full two months in the summer.
But, look a little closer. Take the time to really appreciate the exquisite buds and then find out lots more.
It also has some surprising relatives.

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Euphorbia portlandica

Euphorbia portlandica

Euphorbia portlandica is a very small plant, native to parts of Britain and named after the Isle of Portland, which juts out into the English Channel to the south of Weymouth with the 18 miles of Chesil Beach stretching away to the west. What a glorious place to call home.

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Choisya – Mexican orange blossom

Choisya – Mexican orange blossom

Choisya is a genus of shrubs, some of which have become very popular in the UK because of their ease of culture, their evergreen foliage, and their attractive, perfumed, white flowers in the spring. When a plant is as popular as choisya, it tends to become ubiquitous and then dismissed as too ordinary.

But I wanted to know more – why that name, where’s it from, what do those little flowers look like, and where does the perfume come from?

Here’s what I found.

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Pseudofumaria alba – Corydalis ochroleuca

Pseudofumaria alba – Corydalis ochroleuca

Pseudofumaria alba, the plant formerly known as Corydalis ochroleuca, is a beautiful, but unassuming, little plant, which surprises you when it pops up unexpectedly in just the right place. But I have found some very interesting information about what is hidden in the tiny flowers.

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Beautiful Bergenias

Beautiful Bergenias

Take a close look at bergenias, the species and some beautiful cultivars. Find out what excellent plants they can be and why they should be in every garden.

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