Favourites in the Bel­mont gar­den

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Ria says it’s dif­fi­cult to choose her favourites but these are a few she couldn’t do with­out:

• Roses are like my chil­dren. My favourites are ‘Duft­wolke’, ‘Roberto Ca­pucci’, ‘Dik­gang Moseneke’, ‘Lit­tle Red Hedge’, ‘My Granny’ and ‘Blos­som Magic’. • Pe­onies (Paeo­nia hy­brids) are so gor­geous when they come back again each spring. • Hy­drangeas re­mind me of my mom, who loves them so much. • Arum lily (Zant­edeschia aethiopica) is an ex­cel­lent cut flower and I have sev­eral kinds in my gar­den – from the well-known white ones to ‘Green God­dess’ with its green-tipped petals. • False heather (Cuphea) self-seeds so it comes up all over the gar­den. I like to use it as an edg­ing plant be­cause it al­ways looks neat and never be­comes over­grown. False heather also does well in

pots and pro­vides lovely flow­ers through­out sum­mer. • Mar­guerites (Ar­gy­ran­the­mum hy­brids) be­cause they flower for a long time and helle­bores (Helle­borus spp.) be­cause they pro­vide colour in win­ter – both are in­dis­pens­able! • Sil­ver birch (Be­tula pen­dula) trees look fan­tas­tic grouped to­gether and their white trunks show up beau­ti­fully in the late af­ter­noon light. • Blue spruce (Picea pun­gens) pro­vides a fo­cal point in the gar­den with its unique colour and growth habit. • Clivia mini­ata is breath­tak­ing when it flow­ers en masse. • All my cy­cads, tree ferns and queen palms. The dif­fer­ent shapes of the cy­cads make the gar­den in­ter­est­ing and the palms cre­ate a trop­i­cal feel.

An old bi­cy­cle is home to bas­kets of pretty petu­nias!

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