Bar­rie’s favourite plants in the Eil­don gar­den

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• Sil­ver birch (Be­tula pen­dula) – I re­ally love a grove of these trees. • Pur­ple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Ni­gra’) – the pur­ple fo­liage adds depth and con­trast to the gar­den. • Rosa ‘Duet’ – it thrives here; I like to plant it with ‘Bella Rosa’ in the fore­ground. • Hol­ly­hocks (Al­cea rosea) – an old-fash­ioned peren­nial that adds height, colour and im­pact to a mixed border. • ‘Ice­berg’ roses – for an abun­dance of white and green. • Box­wood (Buxus ‘Faulkner’) – per­fect as a small hedge; it grows slowly but al­ways looks neat.

• Vibur­num sinen­sis and Vibur­num ti­nus ‘Lu­cidum’ – both grow well as a hedge and pro­vide a lovely green back­drop for a flowerbed. • Irises pro­vide a mass of spring flow­ers; their strappy grey-green leaves look good all year round. • Helle­bores (Helle­borus spp.) – a shade-lov­ing plant with beau­ti­ful flow­ers in win­ter. • Spi­der­wort (Trades­cantia

vir­gini­ana) – a hardy plant for the edge of a bed which bears abun­dant deep blue flow­ers. Vis­i­tors to my gar­den re­quest this plant reg­u­larly – it is highly sought-af­ter!

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