#Shade Gardening - perennial ornamental grass Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' forms a vivid mound of bright yellow leaves with a few slender, green stripes.

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Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

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22HardToKillHousePlants Wow I am ashamed to say I have killed more than half of these -- the only ones I haven't killed are the ones I haven't owned! And I thought I was a good gardener!

22HardToKillHousePlants Wow I am ashamed to say I have killed more than half of these -- the only ones I haven't killed are the ones I haven't owned! And I thought I was a good gardener!

There's nothing quite like a vase of fresh flowers to lift and refresh the home. But unfortunately, most fresh cut flowers don't last very long. The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good for as long as possible is to minimise the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flowers would have gotten had they not been cut.

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sawn grey sandstone paving raised rendered beds hardwood screen painted stone fence london small garden design (3)

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