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Purple toadflax: Linaria purpurea

This frost-hardy, herbaceous perennial grows up to 100 cm (39 in) high and is a member of the Scrophulariaceae family. Its mid-green leaves up to 6 cm long are arranged in a whorl at the base and alternately higher up … Continue reading

19. August 2017 by admin
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Musk mallow: Malva moschata

The genus has 30 species of herbaceous annuals, biennials and perennials that are native to Europe, north Africa and Asia. A member of the Malvaceae family, Malva moschata has a bushy habit and grows up to 80 cm (32 in) … Continue reading

19. August 2017 by admin
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Houttuynia

The genus Houttuyinia belongs to the Saururaceae family, and its only species which is native to east Asia. It is an excellent ground cover with spreading rhizomes. The oval to heart-shaped, bluish or grey-green leaves with red edges are a … Continue reading

19. August 2017 by admin
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Shrubby Veronica: Hebe

These shrubby, evergreen plants are members of the Scrophulariaceae family and native to New Zealand and Chile. The range of Hebe Andersonii hybrids with variegated leaves has greatly increased in recent times. For instance, Hebe buchananii and H. pinguifolia are … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Striped dead nettle: Lamium maculatum

The wild form of the perennial Lamium maculatum or spotted deadnettle has spread from Europe and western Asia to North America. This semi-evergreen, mat-forming perennial must cut back during the growing to restrict its vigorous spreading. The toothed, mid-green leaves … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Yellow archangel: Lamium galeobdolon

Most species of the evergreen Lamium genus, a member of the Labiatae family, can be found in Europe, north Africa and Asia. This dead nettle is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial that spreads rapidly by means of runners, thus forming a … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Dotted loosestrife: Lysimachia punctata

Lysimachia is native to central and southern Europe and Turkey and is somewhat surprisingly a member of the Primulaceae family. This extremely hardy, tuft-forming herbaceous perennial can reach 100 cm (39 in) in height with broad, bright green leaves with … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Trailing bellflower: Campanula poscharskyana

The trailing bellflower is native to Croatia like the wall harebell. It is better known than its relation but, like it, it has milky sap in its stems and leaves and spreads by means of runners. The lavender-blue, star-shaped flowers … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Wormwood: Artemisia

The Artemisia genus, a member of the Compositae family, includes 300 species of evergreen and deciduous herbaceous perennials, native to the northern hemisphere. Wormwood is cultivated mainly for its aromatic, silvery grey leaves, which also have a deterrent effect on … Continue reading

14. August 2017 by admin
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Goldband carex: Carex morrowii

The evergreen goldband carex is native to Japan where it grows in moist soils and humid marshland. Its narrow, pointed, mid-green leaves form a loose clump. In spring it bears rather inconspicuous, yellowish flowers. ‘Variegata’, which has dark green, white … Continue reading

10. July 2017 by admin
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