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The delphinium has been a very popular cottage garden perennial for over a century, having been brought to the UK from France in 1859. It is grown for its tall spikes of colourful flowers that create prominent towers in all shades of pink, mauve, blue and white.  It is particularly useful for providing a vertical […]

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Hydrangeas are deciduous plants known for their large heads of long-lasting blooms. Perhaps most of us know the type that has blue flowers when planted in acid soil and pink when in soil that is more alkaline. However, there are many other types of hydrangea from big snowball like white blooms to delicate lacy varieties. […]

The post Hydrangea Care Guide: How to Grow Hydrangeas appeared first on DIY Garden.

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Philadelphus is a large evergreen shrub that is usually grown for its abundant white fragranced flowers. The shrub gets its common name, Mock Orange because its flowers and scent are similar to an orange tree in blossom. In fact, the scent is sweeter and even more intense. This shrub can fill your garden with its […]

The post Philadelphus Care Guide: How to grow Mock Orange appeared first on DIY Garden.

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The dahlia was first brought to Europe from Aztec Mexico by the Spanish in 1789, not for the beauty of its flowers, but as a potential new food plant. While the tubers never did make it to the Sunday dinner table, keen gardeners saw opportunities in the 2m high plant with rather boring yellow flowers. […]

The post Dahlia Care Guide: How to Grow Dahlias appeared first on DIY Garden.

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As the foundation of almost every project from home décor and crafty endeavours to larger scale renovation plans, drilling is a skill that you can’t afford not to learn. For a DIY amateur, a drill is the most versatile tool you can own, and a decent model will take you far. Drilling sounds relatively straightforward, […]

The post The Ultimate Guide on How to Drill into Absolutely Anything! appeared first on DIY Garden.

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This shrub comes in many varieties and is largely grown for its foliage. The cultivar fortunei is an evergreen variety and the most common cultivar of this plant to be found in gardens. It has strongly coloured foliage. The common name, spindle tree, arose because the wood of this shrub was often used to make […]

The post Euonymus Care Guide – How to Grow Spindle Tree appeared first on DIY Garden.

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Astilbes are a gorgeous plant to bring colour and texture to darker areas of the garden as they are one of the few plants that bloom brightly in shade. They also like moist soil conditions which makes them suitable for waterside areas or boggy conditions. The feathery plumes of flowers come in a range of […]

The post Astilbe Care Guide: How to Grow False Goat’s Beard appeared first on DIY Garden.

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Mahonias are evergreen shrubs with leathery and often spiny, dark green leaves. In the autumn and winter they produce long-stalked clusters of slightly scented yellow flowers that are followed by dark purplish berries. The plant’s common name is Oregon grape, reflecting the passing similarity of the berries to bunches of black grapes and its adoption […]

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The genus Escallonia includes approximately 40 species of flowering shrubs from South America. Several types are grown as garden shrubs in the south and west of the UK, especially near the coast.  They are relatively fast growing and make unusual evergreen hedges because they bear a profusion of attractive and often honey-scented pink, crimson or […]

The post Escallonia Care Guide – How to Grow Red Claws appeared first on DIY Garden.

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Pieris are compact evergreen slow-growing shrubs. The young leaves are pink to red, turning cream and then green as they mature. The shrub also features clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers in spring. These look a little like Lily of the Valley, which is how the shrub gets its common name—Lily of the Valley bush. […]

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