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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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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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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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