Favourite Garden Plants

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View from kitchen window © Marie Robson
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What's growing in my garden.

These are photos of some of my favourite garden plants in situ (north County Durham UK).
I rarely grow annuals; 99% of my plants are perennials. They have to be really tough to earn a place here.  We are often battered by westerly winds; in winter the North Easterlies can freeze your ears off!
My garden was not blessed with the best soil. Some clever chap apparently removed 2 feet of topsoil about 25 years ago. We'll never know why.
What was left when we moved here was a patch of grass - or "weeds cut short" - and some wild cherry trees. The soil was almost sub-soil and what soil there was was heavy clay.
The ground was also blessed with a profusion of horse tail, Equisetum arvense, a pernicious and prehistoric weed. It still sprouts up every year, although I now manage to keep it well under control.
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Gunnera at the bottom of the garden © Marie Robson
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Gunnera manicata

Giant rhubarb (not edible!), a wonderful architectural plant.
It struggled for the first few years as I always neglected to protect the crown over the winter.
It's been moved around several times. This year it has thrived and the leaves are nearly tall enough to stand under.
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Miscanthus giganteus © Marie Robson
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Miscanthus x giganteus

Giant miscanthus grass gets up to 12 feet tall (3.6 metres).
Gives a 'jungle' feel to the garden and I love the sound it makes on a breezy day.
Tough as iron, it has survived sub-zero temperatures, flooding/freezing in the winter and drought in the summer.
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Campanula glomerata © Marie Robson
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Campanula glomerata

An old garden favourite, this perennial campanula stands the test of time.
Another tough plant with wonderfully vivid, deep blue flowers.
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Campanula glomerata © Marie Robson
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Clematis viticella Prince Charles © Marie Robson
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Viticella Prince Charles

If I had to pick just one clematis this would be it.
Performing year after year without fail.
A waterfall of cascading flowers so solid you can barely see a leaf!
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Clematis viticella Prince Charles © Marie Robson
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