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Lots of all-white in the garden this summer




Petrea volubilis, commonly called sandpaper vine for its rough leaves, is best known as a lovely blue-flowered climber. ‘Snow Stars’ is the rare white form. Prune it to a dome or train it up a trellis, in which case it will cover 3 metres x 2 metres. Easily easily grown in most soil types. Grown by Proven Winners, sold by Planters Patch, available Collectors’ Plant Fair.



Frangipanis that are evergreen, rust-free and semi-dwarf - meet the new hybrid, Plumeria puditusa, (Plumeria obtusa X Plumeria pudica). ‘Sacred Love’ is the latest available, a beautiful 2m x 2m shrub for full sun, with fragrant, pure white flowers held in soccer-ball size bunches. Very cold tolerant. Exclusive to Sacred Garden Frangipanis available via mail-order.



Fatsia ‘Spider Web’ is a rare evergreen with white splashing and dotting on broad, palmate leaves. The variegation changes with the seasons and as the plant ages. Named by Mr. Hirose of Iwakuni, Japan; seen for sale recently at Honeysuckle Nurseries.




Of all the annual plants you can grow in your cutting garden, none are more productive per square foot than cosmos. The more you cut, the more they bloom. If you want a pure white, single-flowered variety, look no further than ‘Purity’. Available as seed from Mr Fothergills.



‘Rhapsody’ is a crystal-white daffodil, which grows on short stems to 30cm. Grow in a sunny spot in the garden and allow to naturalise or enjoy as mid-winter colour in a pot.Limited supply available from mid-February from Red Earth Bulbs.



Peperomias are a groundcover in tropical forests and love indirect light, warmth and high humidity - perfect bathroom plants. We found this ‘Watermelon’ peperomia at Collectors’ last year. Allow peperomia to dry out fully before watering. Place pots on a tray of pebbles to increase humidity and keep clear of cold windows or draughts in winter.



A native that’s as happy in cottage gardens, containers or hanging baskets as bush gardens (where it looks fab with flannel flowers and native daisies) this low-growing, long-flowering plant is best in full sun. Trim to shape whenever required and feed with slow-release native fertiliser.


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How’s your garden history?Try this quiz question:

Capability Brown is possibly the most influential garden designer of all time. He is also famous for another gardening feat in 1768. What was it?

a) Digging up a mature monkey puzzle tree in Chile and moving it to Spain

b) Being the first gardener to ripen a banana plant outdoors in Sussex

c) Planting a grapevine at Hampton Court, which is now the largest in the world

d) Creating the first saltwater lake in the UK in the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

The question is one of 100 garden history, botany and gardening puzzles in Gardener’s Quiz and Puzzle Book: 100 Brainteasers for Gardeners Who Know Their Onions (Exisle, $30) by English garden writer Simon Arkeroyd and puzzle master Dr Gareth Moore. Unscramble anagrams of Latin species names; match plants to their origins and the plant hunters who collected them, test your botanical knowledge and your disease diagnoses.Despite the authors’ England focus, which may impact your scores, the book still offers plenty of fun (and knowledge) for garden lovers up for a test.

And the answer? c)

Robin Powell


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Author: Linda Ross