Give your home a touch of truly exotic beauty with some of the dozens of orchids that are easier to grow than you'd think, especially the Phalaenopsis (moth) orchids, and come in a dazzling array of colours: everything from white to palest yellow to magenta.
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Plant of the Week: Lavender
Lavender is everyone's favourite garden shrub, with its silvery foliage and soft blue perfumed flowers. They're looking at their very best this month, so visit us and load up with scent and colour for summer.
They're super-easy to grow, asking only a sunny spot and an annual tidy-up after flowering. Choose English lavender for the herb garden, and elegant French types (Lavandula stoechas) among ornamentals. Bees love the flowers, so wildlife-friendly gardeners are among lavender's biggest fans: and you can even clip the variety 'Hidcote' into a low hedge (look out for lavender hedging plants on sale).
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