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10 of the best poppy varieties that grow in all types of soil

When we talk about poppies we usually think of the scarlet poppies in a cornflower meadow or of the big, blousy oriental poppies in sunny borders, but there are poppies for many different garden situations, even damp woodlands. What almost all have in common is a set of delicate, crushed silk petals, colorful and beautiful …

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The best lilacs to plant for a frothy, fragrant spring

Hedges Lilacs naturalize easily and spring often inside these decorative renegades jostling among the feral hoi polloi of hazel and willow. In a garden setting, likewise, they can be added quite easily to a mixed hedge or used as a densely planted single variety screen; try the upright S. x chinensis ‘Saugeana’ (above), or ‘Prince …

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Top tips from the tulip festivals and where to see tulips at their best

In this organically principled garden, the head gardener Rosie Fyles uses bright Darwin hybrids in sunny borders, but subtler green-streaked viridifloras ‘Spring Green’ and ‘Night Rider’ in semi-shade (nationaltrust.org.uk; 020 8940 1950). Rosie’s tip Small species tulips jewel on the grass here, with crocus and muscari. The foliage is left for two months or more, …

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Claus Dalby, the Danish gardening guru: ‘I curate my flowers like a couture collection’

Claus Dalby, 58, is a Danish publisher, floral artist and celebrity gardener with an enviable sense of style. Often described as Scandinavia’s answer to Martha Stewart, Dalby has a worldwide fan base, with 33,500 subscribers to the English version of his YouTube channel and 428,000 followers on Instagram (where he is @clausdalby). A household name …

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How to create the perfect hanging basket, and the best flowers to plant in them

Having failed to persuade someone more adept to drill a hole in the floor above my old balcony, and yet to work out where to place one in the new garden, my hanging basket remains shed-bound. So I asked a couple of gardeners who have mastered the form for advice. Isabelle Palmer is the woman …

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Five of the best garden pots for winter plants

If you’re looking to get into gardening, you’ll definitely need to find the perfect pots for your plant babies. Arguably, the now daunting part of moving from a balcony to a garden was watching the former be packed into the back of a removal van. It was not my first rodeo: three years earlier I’d …

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Watters-Tips: Growing the Julep Mint Mint

Beltone brought it for you – a leader hearing health care. Ken Lain of the Watters Garden Center in Prescott, Arizona shared the seven-plant title last Friday. Here are the details of growing mint julep juniper! This updated Chinese juniper has bright mint green foliage that appears in an arcuate shape. One of the most …

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