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gardens: Best of the bunch.


These spreading, tuberous perennials with daisy-like flowers give a splash of colour in spring in a range of colours.

The first to flower is A. blanda, producing narrow petalled blue, white or pink blooms, which can be planted in full sun or I dappled shade, growing to around 6ins. They look lovely in rockeries or in drifts in grassland. Varieties include A. blanda Violet Star, which produces clear amethyst flowers with a white reverse to the petals, or A. blanda White Splendour, which spreads into drifts. Another type, A.

1 apennina, I blooms later I and also looks good in rockeries I or ground cover. A. blanda corms I should be I soaked for 24 hours before planting 6cm deep and 3cm apart in groups of 10-20 corms. They like well-drained, humus-rich soil.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2009
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