Rachel de Thame's Top 100 Star Plants
In this book, Rachel de Thame selects the very best plants for specific gardening situations. There are 12 categories in all—everything from climbers for a sunny wall and winter flowering shrubs to plants for a tropical effect. Each section features a short introduction to the topic followed by Rachel's plant recommendations. This guide should appeal to beginners as well as more experienced gardeners, as Rachel combines fail-safe familiar choices with more unusual options, giving adventurous gardeners a fresh alternative.
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climbers for a shady wall
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airy appear arching attractive autumn colour backdrop beautiful beautifully blooms bronze buds Cerinthe major Purpurascens climber clump clusters combination COMMON NAME compact contrast Cosmos atrosanguineus Crataegus persimilis creamy create CULTIVATION Fertile CULTIVATION Moderately fertile Dahlia dark green deciduous decorative deep drained soil edges effect elegant evergreen fade favourite fragrance Full sun Fully hardy ZONE glowing golden green leaves grow growth Hakonechloa HARDINESS Frost hardy HARDINESS Fully hardy HEIGHT 60cm Helleborus x hybridus herbs hostas humus-rich intense Lavandula angustifolia look lovely mid-green moist but well-drained neighbouring plants orange pale panicles partial shade perennials petals pink flowers planting scheme pretty pruning purple Rosa rose scarlet scent seed shade-loving shady shape shrub small gardens specimen SPREAD 30cm 12in SPREAD 45cm 18in SPREAD 60cm 2ft subsp sun to partial sunny tall texture thrive throughout the summer tiny tree VARIETIES Verbena bonariensis wall well-drained soil white flowers winter yellow ZONE 5 HEIGHT