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A perennial vegetable which is also a wonderfully architectural plant for a sunny border, Cynara scolymus is a statuesque, herbaceous perennial with an upright habit. The huge, jagged leaves are grey-green, at their best in spring and early summer. From May, the big, spiny buds can be cut, cooked and eaten. If left on the plant, ...
Compact growth and early bearing make Strawberry Loran perfect for growing in a hanging basket or a patio pot. ‘Loran’ doesn’t produce as many runners as some varieties so it’s a good choice for small garden spaces. This is an everbearing variety that will produce sweet fruits all season. Pick fruits as soon as they ripen since ...
American-bred, and adapted to colder, wetter climates, Prunus armeniaca Goldcot produces fairly large, golden-orange fruit which ripen in early August. Grown on a semi-dwarfing rootstock, it makes a small, deciduous tree which crops reliably and heavily if planted in a warm, sheltered position. Apricots flower early and blossom m...
Closely related to globe artichokes and once grown as a vegetable, Cynara cardunculus is a majestic, herbaceous perennial with a wonderfully architectural appearance. The huge leaves are a pale silver, jagged and thistle-like, at their best in spring and early summer, becoming greyer, if no less striking, in late summer. From late June, ...
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