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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.
Stipa gigantea is a fabulous plant and many people’s favourite grass. But do you know what it’s like in detail? I’ve taken a closer look to find out more.
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.
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.
Anemone nemorosa, the wood anemone, is a native plant that carpets woodland with its white flowers in March and April. But there’s a lot more to find out about this woodland gem.
This gorgeous blue Anemone blanda, a tiny spring jewel, has hidden depths. See what I found when I looked at the detail.
Are all snowdrops the same? Or, if we look very closely, can we see the small differences that make each variation unique?
Come on a virtual tour of the Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey to see beautiful, colourful, and interesting plants that brighten the dullest days.
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.