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Sage: Salvia officinalis

Salvia officinalis is a decorative sub-shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region and like many herbs it belongs to the Lamiaceae family. The young shoots and leaves of the strongly aromatic plant can be harvested throughout the summer and … Continue reading

07. September 2017 by admin
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Hen and chickens houseleek: Jovibarba globifera

The Jovibarba genus consists of evergreen, succulent perennials. It is closely related to the Sempervivum genus and, like them, is a member of the Crassulaceae family. They form rounded rosettes, sometimes tinged with red, depending on the species. Jovibarba globifera … Continue reading

07. September 2017 by admin
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Quaking grass: Briza media

The annual and perennial grasses in this genus that belongs to the Poaceae family are native to the temperate regions of Europe and south-west Asia. Briza media is a bushy ornamental grass with narrow, mid-green leaves, slightly hairy along the … Continue reading

07. September 2017 by admin
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Delphinium: Delphinium grandiflorum

Members of the Ranunculaceae family, delphiniums are are very popular garden plants because of their large, majestic spikes of intensely blue flowers. Delphinium grandiflorum (syn. D. chinense) is a short-lived herbaceous perennial that is usually grown as an annual in … Continue reading

07. September 2017 by admin
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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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