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Plantation Once Again

John Manley
There's nothing new in trying to redress Ireland's aversion to trees but John Manley believes there's still some way to go.

Plant of the week - Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera)

THIS deliciously scented shrub is a must for the winter garden, particularly if it's planted near your patio or next to a pathway, where you can appreciate its fragrance as soon as you step outside.

The Casual Gardener: Gardens of distinction

John Manley
MY favourite garden in the whole world is my own. Not because I think it’s outstanding in any particular aspect but simply it’s where I’m happiest and most a home. 

BEST OF BUNCH: Ornamental Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)

THESE winter showstoppers provide gorgeous colour and blousy texture to containers, providing a focal point in small displays or adding rich foliage form to larger arrangements, planted with small conifers, heathers and feathery artemisia.

Gardening: Plant of the week – Fern

John Manley
THEY are perfect for shady spots and will grow in most soils, but dwarf ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium can also add texture and form to winter containers.

Plant of the week: Viburnum

THESE colourful, scented shrubs are invaluable over the winter and in spring, providing backdrops for other plants when they are in flower and seasonal interest of their own at other times.

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