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Matteuccia struthiopteris

A brilliant ostrich fern which grows in shady, damp areas, and looks especially good planted with alliums.

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As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

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Geum 'Tequila Sunrise'. Click image to add to your plants list and to get care reminders. Other names: Avens 'Tequila Sunrise', Geum 'Tequila Sunrise' (Cocktail Series) Genus: Geum Variety or cultivar: 'Tequila Sunrise' _ 'Tequila Sunrise' is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with pinnate, hairy, mid-green basal leaves and slender, dark reddish-purple stems bearing single to semi-double, red-flushed, yellow to apricot flowers from late spring into summer.

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Allium 'Pinball Wizard'. Click image to add to your plants list and to get care reminders each month. Other names: Allium 'Pinball Wizard' Genus: Allium Variety or cultivar: 'Pinball Wizard' _ 'Pinball Wizard' is a bulbous perennial with glossy, strap-shaped, mid-green basal leaves and, from late spring into summer, sturdy, erect stems bearing dense, rounded umbels of star-shaped, silvery, purple to purple-pink flowers.

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from Sarah Raven

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/verbena-bonariensis.html

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Verbena bonariensis (aka the plant with these gorgeous purple blooms) is ok for bumblebees, but really comes into its own when it comes to butterflies and hummingbird hawkmoths. It self seeds well and you can take cuttings in the autumn so it's the plant that keeps on giving! #homesfornature

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from POPSUGAR Home UK

This Trick Will Magically Turn the Shade of Your Hydrangeas

If you've ever admired a hydrangea bush blooming in all sorts of pastel shades, you'll be happy to know that the look is achieved by a simple science trick!

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