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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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Lamium orvala – a plant for dry shade

Lamium orvala – a plant for dry shade

I think Lamium orvala is a fabulous plant. Every plant has its moment in the sun, or, in this case, shade, and now is that time for Lamium orvala. But I don’t remember seeing it in gardens very often or reading about it in gardening or botanical literature. I got to wondering why.

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