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Plant of the Month

Our favourite plants from around the four RHS Gardens

These are our favourite plants each month, as picked by the gardeners at each RHS Garden.

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  • November plant of the month

    A colourful camellia provides a jolt of unexpected colour in Wisley's woodlands

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  • November plant of the month

    The paperbark maple, Acer griseum, brings delightful shades of red, copper and bronze

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  • November plant of the month

    Medlars make wonderful large shrubs or small trees with pretty spring blossom, great autumn col

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  • November plant of the month

    Well behaved and with a long season of interest, the paperbark maple makes an ideal tree for sm

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  • Plant of the month: New England aster

    Asters are a great group of perennials to use in the garden for late-season interest and vibran

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  • Plant of the month: Fairy Tails

    Super soft and fluffy, this ornamental grass just demands to be stroked

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  • Plant of the month: sweet gum

    Liquidambars put on a fabulous display in autumn with fiery oranges, reds and yellows lighting

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  • Plant of the month: crimson glory vine

    Vitis coignetiae, also known as the crimson glory vine, is a particularly showy member

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  • Plant of the month: Japanese anemone

    Delicate and airy yet tough and shade-tolerant, Japanese anemones light up shady borders

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  • Plant of the month: Sea holly

    A sea holly with a difference makes a splash in the autumn garden

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  • Plant of the month: Chinese plumbago

    This hardy plumbago brings fire and ice to the autumn garden

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  • Blue butterfly heaven by the Jellicoe Canal

    Late summer sees the beautiful broad-leaved chaste tree come into its own

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  • Some like it hot

    This red hot poker adds fiery tones to the borders

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  • On the trail of summer bedding

    The petunia-like blooms of calibrachoas are perfect for hanging baskets and containers over the

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  • South African beauty shines out

    The white bell-shaped flowers of the summer hyacinth stand tall in any border

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  • Mountain giant - the Himalayan lily

    It may be little known but the giant lily makes a huge addition to any garden

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  • Superb rose has a velvet touch

    The deep purple, scented flowers of Rosa ‘Tuscany Superb’ AGM have velvety

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  • Lime-green spurge adds some zest

    The bright lime-green Euphorbia cornigera adds contrast to darker plants

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  • Multi-coloured marvels

    One group of plants that encapsulates the very spirit of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, is the ‘

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  • Great-value geranium

    This geranium can flower until October, really earning its pace in the garden

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  • These pearly whites shine out in May

    This choisya's clusters of white stars put on a great show in late spring

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  • Pretty in pink

    This pink-leaved beauty stops visitors in their tracks

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  • True blue star steals the show

    The eye-catching Himalayan blue poppy has no problem standing out from the crowd in May

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  • Plant of the month: perennial wallflower

    Who doesn’t love a plant that is almost too easy?

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  • Plant of the month: Hupeh crab

    This Far-Eastern crab apple is one of the finest spring-flowering trees

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  • Plant of the month: Judas tree

    April is the time for spring flowers and lots of blossom and one plant that catches the eye at

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  • Plant of the month: bearded rhododendron

    This early-flowering rhododendron makes a beautiful plant with year-round interest

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  • Plant of the month: Star magnolia

    Easy to grow, beautiful and suitable even for small gardens, this magnolia is a star of the spr

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  • Plant of the month: flowering currant

    Reliable, long-flowering and great for bees and butterflies, this refined version of the flower

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  • Plant of the month: Stachyurus

    Unusual and eye-catching, this plant deserves to be more widely grown

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  • Plant of the month: holly-leaved hellebore

    A dependable evergreen steps into the limelight

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  • Plant of the month: Cyclamen-flowered daffodil

    This lovely little daffodil is one of the earliest flowering and brings a bit of sunshine to th

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  • Plant of the month: Japanese cornelian cherry

    As the garden emerges from its winter slumber, the bright yellow flowers of an unusual large sh

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  • Plant of the month: Paperbush

    From silky buds to fragrant balls of yellow

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  • Plant of the month: A sensational daffodil

    A super-early daffodil brings unseasonal cheer to bleak February days

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  • Plant of the month: an easy yet elegant snowdrop

    If you'd like to get going with snowdrops and you're not sure where to start, look no f

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  • Plant of the month - a shining silver birch

    So winter in the garden is boring, wet and grey, right? Wrong!

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  • Plant of the month: mysterious hebe

    A strange and beautiful plant lurks on the Winter Walk, waiting to confuse and beguile visitors

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  • Plant of the month: A cracker of a cornus

    Winter is cool… sure. But it can be full of hot colours, too

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  • Winter jasmine – let the sun shine in

    Winter jasmine's bright yellow flowers bring a bit of sunshine to dreary winter days

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  • Colourful cornus

    Cornus bring fantastic, vibrant colour at this time of year and will be a main feature in the n

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  • Flaming Christmas – the Mexican flame leaf

    Some plants make us think of particular times of year, and when it comes to December, the poins

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  • Plant of the month: super skimmia

    Everyone likes a low-maintenance plant with a long season of interest and skimmias fit the bill

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  • November plant of the month

    Autumn colour has already been exceptional this year, and the sweet gum or liquidambar from the

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  • November plant of the month

    Handsome and bright, 'Handsworth New Silver' is the perfect holly to brighten up the wi

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  • November plant of the month

    Easy to grow, hardy and colourful, who doesn't like 'Red Wine'?

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  • November plant of the month

    An exquisite spindle that couldn't be easier to grow

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  • Plant of the month: ivy-leaf cyclamen

    Here’s the twist on spiralling stems as the woodland floors glam up for months

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  • Plant of the month: a shocking red spindle

    If you are looking for bright autumn colours, then you cannot go wrong with this lovely, undema

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  • Plant of the month: beautyberry

    Purple reigns with the aptly-named beautyberry

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  • October plant of the month: autumn ox-eye

    This lovely white daisy really stands out among the rich colours of autumn

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  • September plant of the month - zonal pelargonium

    Months of glorious colour from drought tolerant plants; what's not to like? Come down to Wi

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  • September plant of the month - a blue monk

    'Mönch' ('monk' in German) is a well-behaved Michaelmas daisy that looks good w

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  • September plant of the month - New England aster

    There's a last wave of colour as summer turns to autumn – and one of the best groups

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  • September plant of the month - a ravishing rudbeckia

    Rudbeckias are fantastic plants for delivering a long flowering display from late summer well i

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  • Plant of the month: Cosmos

    Frothy, bee-friendly, versatile and fun to grow. Sounds like a perfect garden filler...

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  • Plant of the month: rudbeckia

    Bring a giant ray of sunshine into your garden with this spectacular coneflower

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  • Plant of the month - a verbena by another name

    Gorgeous purple flowers over a long period mean that this tender gem is well worth growing

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  • Plant of the month: amazing 'Annabelle'

    If there was only one hydrangea to recommend for many situations, and to fit all tastes, the wi

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  • Plant of the month – agapanthus

    These blue and white stalwarts of summer displays give week upon week of colour. But how can yo

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  • Plant of the month - nemesia 'Wisley Vanilla'

    This wonderfully scented plant can be used in a variety of ways around the garden

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  • Plant of the month – the smoke bush

    This stunning shrub ticks all the right boxes – colourful foliage and an impressive flora

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  • Plant of the month – clematis 'Étoile Violette'

    Go for deep purple with this lovely climber; combine it with fragrant roses for must-have displ

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  • June Plant of the Month: Rosa gallica 'Versicolor' 

    If you're looking for an unusual rose with an interesting history, look no further

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  • June Plant of the Month: foxtail lily

    Rockets are blasting off in the garden borders: Eremurus robustus is in full spate

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  • June Plant of the Month: Geranium Rozanne

    Easy to grow with lush foliage and good-looking flowers, this geranium is so great it was selec

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  • June Plant of the Month: Choisya ternata

    A neat, easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub with flowers that look as beautiful as they smell

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  • May's plant of the month: Cytisus 

    A perfect shrub for difficult positions in the garden, easy to grow and low maintenance to

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  • May's plant of the month: Magnolia 'Daybreak'

    A pretty and prehistoric magnolia, but ‘Daybreak’ is no dinosaur

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  • May's plant of the month: Allium cristophii

    The month of May brings an explosion of colour and shape provided by alliums

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  • May's plant of the month: Perky pasque flowers

    The rich, colourful blooms of Pulsatilla are not the only alluring feature of this pla

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  • April's plant of the month: Ceanothus

    A Californian beauty gives brilliant blue clouds of flowers – perfect in the April shower

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  • April's plant of the month: Erythroniums

    Something to get your teeth into: Erythronium 'Pagoda', dog's-tooth violet

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  • April's plant of the month: Amelanchier

    New spring growth, full of promise, stands out in the garden this time of year. One plant in pa

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  • April's plant of the month: Fuji cherry

    It’s very easy to see how Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-Mai’ has been given

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  • March plant of the month

    It is not just the flowers of wintersweet that makes us want to grow this plant. You need to ta

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  • March plant of the month

    The bold, bright colours from euphorbias provide a fresh new feel to the gardening year

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  • March plant of the month

    Perky pulmonarias are such an amazing early spring plant, says horticulturist Russell Watkins

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  • March plant of the month

    A versatile small rhododendron brings a splash of colour to beds and borders

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  • February plant of the month

    Daphnes are well known for their heady scent and can be found flowering across all th

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  • February plant of the month 

    An exciting deciduous shrub for the colder months, winter jasmine brightens any border with its

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  • February plant of the month 

    If you are looking for a specimen shrub to perform during the winter months, then you can&rsquo

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  • February plant of the month

    Dainty little darlings make colourful carpets and potted displays

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  • February plant of the month

    If you are looking for a specimen shrub to perform during the winter months, then you can&rsquo

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  • January's plant of the month

    For those brave enough to venture out, the winter garden has its rewards, as some of nature'

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  • January's plant of the month

    Rich, glossy and fresh; the striking beauty of the Tibetan cherry bark comes to the fore in win

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  • January plant of the month

    Evergreen and with superbly scented flowers this shrub can fit in even the smallest garden

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  • The stinking hellebore

    Don't turn your nose up at this unfortunately-named plant

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  • December plant of the month is Christmas box

    Enjoying dry shade, with glossy evergreen leaves and scented winter flowers – what more c

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  • December plant of the month, the soft shield fern

    As the garden falls into its winter slumber, consider the soft shield fern to provide much need

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  • Beautiful Berries

    Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’ AGM is an unbeatable shrub for winter interest, pro

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  • December plant of the month

    Liven up your winter garden with the vibrant colour of dazzling dogwood stems

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  • November's Plant of the month

    The beauty of bark - the black birch

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  • November plant of the month is liquidambar 'Lane Roberts'

    Liquidambar is a treat for the senses as it bursts with colour and fills the air with sweet sce

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  • November plant of the month

    Consider compact conifers to enhance your garden planting schemes

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  • Extraordinary elaeagnus

    Elaeagnus has proved to be a shining star in the November garden

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  • A vivid vine vision

    At Harlow Carr, the crimson glory vine is showing us exactly why it is so aptly named

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  • Plant of the month October

    by Jove, a bi-generic hybrid…

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  • Autumn love hearts

    Plant an autumn fire to brighten dull days and warm up the darkest corners in the garden

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  • Plant of the month October

    Late summer rays trigger a burst of colour

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  • Autumn sunshine

    Bright golden flowers make this plant a ‘must have’ for the back of a wide bo

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  • Plant of the month for September

    Panicum 'Northwind' brings a breath of autumn with its delicate sprays of flower and co

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  • Super spires

    When it comes to foxgloves, you won’t find one that can beat the rusty foxglove - i

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  • Diverse dahlias

    From the demure to the dazzling – dahlias are a varied bunch

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  • ‘Agape’ at the beauty of the African lily

    Tall and stately… sometimes. Truly blue… mostly. Beautiful…always. The Afr

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  • All aflutter with butterfly bushes

    Buddleias conjure up images of waste ground and railway tracks, but many cultivars still have a

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  • Surviving summer with sedums

    Treat 'em mean and sedums will carry the garden into autumn

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  • Amazing alchemilla

    It seems that alchemilla is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. But whatever yo

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  • July's Plant of the Month

    A lovely versatile, deciduous hydrangea, producing spectacular, creamy white, spherical flowerh

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  • July's Plant of the Month

    A hardy, South African aloe is a permanent resident in the Dry Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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  • July's Plant of the month

    What looks like a small foxglove but has staying power all summer? What comes in a range of col

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  • July's Plant of the month

    A delightful, scented rose with rich colouring and a wonderful scent graces the borders at RHS

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  • June's Plant of the month

    It's no easy task choosing a favourite bloom for June, but this flower carpet of white rose

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  • June's Plant of the month

    If you thought speedwells were just weeds, think again. Grow a splash of blue with a saw-leaved

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  • June's Plant of the month

    For the first time in years, the towering blue spikes of majestic echiums are swaying in t

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  • June's Plant of the month

    I don’t think there is anything in nature that can rival the intense blue of a Himalayan

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  • May's Plant of the month

    It’s that time of year when one of the oldest parts of the garden begins to wake up and b

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  • May's Plant of the month

    Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward' is a fabulous plant for spilling over walls, dr

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  • May's Plant of the month

    A sea of blue – an ocean of cool, calm camassias – is the opening scene on Weather

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  • May's Plant of the month

    Gardens come alive in May with so many fresh colours brightening up our borders; a wonderful ex

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  • April's Plant of the month

    Pearly whites for an April bride: pearlbush ‘The Bride’

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  • April's Plant of the month

    Is this the ultimate flower-power hedge?

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  • April's Plant of the month

    A spring gem on a wiry stem

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  • April's plant of the month

    An early rhododendron gives bold and brilliant bursting buds

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  • March's plant of the month

    Go-faster daffodils in a rush to reach spring

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  • March's plant of the month

    Elegant fragrant flowers on a beatiful feature tree - a magnolia shines out of the shrubbery

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  • March's plant of the month

    The holly-leaved hellebore is a Mediterranean lime green beauty, perfect for spring...

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  • March's plant of the month

    There's been a beautiful outbreak of horticultural scarlet fever at Harlow Carr

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  • February's Plant of the month

    If there’s ever a plant to make you eager for February, the paperbush has got to be it

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  • February's plant of the month

    Enjoy a ray of late winter sunshine with Eranthis hyemalis, the winter aconite

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  • February's Plant of the month

    At Hyde Hall there's a scent of the unexpected, with whiffs of delight from a white ‘

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  • February's Plant of the month

    On the Winter Walk, an unassuming bush bursts forth with tassels straight from the twenties

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  • January's Plant of the Month

    The fascination of birch bark provides colourful interest during winter

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  • January's Plant of the Month

    This month, a ghostly winter willow...

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  • January's Plant of the Month

    There’s nothing better than a midwinter fire to keep the passion burning

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  • January's Plant of the Month

    Christmas box is a shrub every gardener should grow – preferably by a door or pathway so

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  • December's plant of the month

    Our choice this month has variously been described as 'cute conifer wearing dreadlocks'

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  • December's Plant of the month

    Grown for many a long year here at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Cornus alba 'Sibirica'

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  • December's Plant of the month

    Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Yelverton’ - a colourful winter willow

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  • December's Plant of the month

    There's plenty to like about this viburnum that flowers for two thirds of the year

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  • RHS Garden Wisley's Plant of the Month for November

    The flower we have chosen at Wisley for November is pure paradise...

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  • RHS Garden Rosemoor's Plant of the Month for November

    This is one of those plants, that, once you have it in your garden, you cannot imagine being wi

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  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall's Plant of the Month for November

    Mahonias are an extremely useful and versatile plant...

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  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr's Plant of the Month for November

    Enjoy a compact, yet elegant, Japanese cedar to brighten an autumn view...

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  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall's plant of the month for October

    There are a wide variety of crab apples to choose from but this one is a particularly attractiv

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  • RHS Garden Wisley's plant of the month for October

    The mountain witch alder is floral and fragrant in spring, and a bright and beautiful delight i

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  • Harlow Carr's plant of the month for October

    This small but extremely delightful alpine plant will light up the garden with its electric-blu

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  • RHS Garden Rosemoor's plant of the month for October

    'Beautyberry', a medium-sized deciduous shrub, has to be seen to be believed...

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  • Wisley's plant of the month for September

    A cultivated variety of our native spindle tree brings shocking colours to the garden

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  • Rosemoor's plant of the month for September

    Rooper's red hot poker is one of the late flowering stars of the Hot Garden, giving off war

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  • Hyde Hall's plant of the month for September

    The hardy plumbago enlivens autumn gardens with its sky blue flowers and dainty leaves

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  • Harlow Carr's plant of the month for September

    Montbretia 'Solfatare' is a true autumnal star in the borders at Harlow Carr

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  • August's Plant of the Month - bergamot 'Gardenview Scarlet'

    This glowing, red-flowered bergamot flourishes in the moist, rich soil on the Main Borders at H

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  • Plant of the month - a cracking crepe myrtle

    If there’s any such thing as a prominent corner, then here’s just the thing for it

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  • Jolts of blue from a Russian sage

    The gardeners at Rosemoor love this small shrub because it can be used in so many planting comb

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  • A spectacular perennial sage for the summer months

    Bog sage, despite its uninspiring name, is wonderfully versatile plant which can be used as a f

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  • A stunning salvia - 'Caradonna'

    What a great garden plant! This salvia flowers with spikes of violet-purple atop glowing, purpl

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  • A sneezeweed sets things ablaze in Rosemoor's Hot Garden

    Plant of the Month for July is the exuberant Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer&

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  • Plant of the Month for July - lamb's ears with a difference!

    Hyde Hall's plant of the Month for July is a little-known but very beautiful relative of Read more

  • Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’ fills the garden with its heady scent during July

    Plant of the Month for July is a rose bred and named by David Austin, in honour of Harlow Carr

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  • Plant of the month for June: an early-flowering cornus

    Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘China Girl’ is a great tree for a sm

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  • Plant of the month for June: Rosa 'Grace' (Auskeppy)

    June is THE month for roses and one of our favourites in the Modern Rose Garden is Rosa Read more

  • Plant of the month for June: Harlow Car hybrid primulas

    With blooms of acid-bright yellow, mauve, orange and pink, no one could call the Harlow Car hyb

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  • Plant of the month for June - English Lavender

    June is the month to enjoy the fabulous aromatic fragrance of Lavender - and at Wisley we

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  • Plant of the Month for May: Chilean lantern tree

    For the people who look after the garden, it is true to say our hearts belong at Wisley. As far

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  • Plant of the Month for May: a magnificent hardy cranesbill

    Since way before Rosemoor became an RHS Garden, this special plant was already an established g

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  • Plant of the Month for May: Allium 'Globemaster'

    Beautiful big drumsticks of purple – now there’s something to catch your eye in the

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  • Plant of the month for May: shuttlecock fern

    If you were asked to choose a plant for the month of May, which would you pick?  After muc

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