My Life in Plants

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If you want some­thing dif­fer­ent for that pool­side lo­ca­tion or a damp spot in a shady bor­der, then these two should be front of the queue. Both are avail­able from www.pad­dock­plants.co.uk; tel: 023 8073 9912. Ch­elone obli­qua ‘Tiny Tor­tuga’ is a small ver­sion of the turtle­head plant. Clus­ters of pink, beak-like flow­ers are pro­duced from Au­gust on stems clothed in dark green leaves. H: 45cm (1½ft), S: 60cm (2ft). Price: £4. Filipen­dula ‘Red Um­brel­las’ is dis­tinc­tive. Each jagged-toothed leaf has a cen­tral red vein. Frothy pink flow­ers float over the fo­liage in mid-sum­mer. H/S: 60cm (2ft). Price: £5.

Ch­elone obli­qua ‘Tiny Tor­tuga’

Filipen­dula ‘Red Um­brel­las’

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