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Indispensable Elephant’s ears, bergenia
Indispensable Elephant’s ears, bergenia

Elephant’s ears, bergenia are one of the most indispensable and widely used evergreen plants here. Unfortunately, the genus does suffer from the fact that many people consider them untidy, rather boring and a perfect home for slugs and snails.

Very often seen in large sprawling mats of creeping rhizomes and fitting of this such bad press perfectly is...

8th March 2017 IN Advice
Spring-cleaning grasses
Spring-cleaning grasses

We have ornamental grasses growing in every area of the garden, and it’s possible to find one suitable for every type of condition, from shade to sun, damp loving to drought tolerant. 

Here at Beth Chatto, we tend to use them as single specimens so that their full shape and habit can be appreciated, something that is often lost in mass plantings.

In the last two years, timing when to trim grasses has been the trickiest issue, because the winters have been so mild...

23rd February 2017 IN Advice
Hellebores in winter
Hellebores in winter

A welcome sight in late winter and early spring, the hellebore provides a feast for the eye.  Christmas rose or Lenten rose as they are commonly known come in hundreds of different varieties and providing you have a part-shaded or fully shaded spot with a humus rich soil and good drainage, then growing hellebores is easy.

11th January 2017 IN Advice
Potted dwarf bulbs and why we prefer to plant bulbs in the Spring
Potted dwarf bulbs and why we prefer to plant bulbs in the Spring

Although autumn is the best time to buy and plant spring-flowering dry bulbs, from the usual such as daffodils, tulips, crocus to the less common and slightly trickier to establish woodlanders such as trilliums and wood anemones. it’s not the ideal time for deciding exactly where to place them...

10th January 2017 IN Advice
Easy shrubs for exquisite winter fragrance
Easy shrubs for exquisite winter fragrance

Commonly known as Christmas or sweet box, the delicate creamy-white flowers of sarcococca appear from December to March.  Their scent never fails to lift the spirits even on the dullest of mid-winter days...

1st January 2017 IN Advice