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how to be a gardener - The complete online guide

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Think of your garden as a theatrical production. It's all right - you don't need any artistic training. You are aiming for a variety show that lasts a long time, offers year-round interest and alleviates boredom.

The way to achieve this is to use a wide range of plants: from trees and shrubs to climbers, perennials, annuals and bulbs. What's the difference between them, and what can each of them bring to your garden?

Here's where you can find out, and you can also discover why we use Latin names, and just what they mean.

Alan Titchmarsh

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