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Best of the bunch – Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry)

A NATIVE of North America, the gaultheria procumbens, also known as wintergreen, is an uplifting shrub which provides spectacular colour and enjoyment all year round, producing white or pink bell-shaped flowers in spring and early summer, followed by beautiful scarlet berries as temperatures fall.

The Casual Gardener: Fruit to suit small spaces

John Manley
THE value of eating plenty of fruit is well known and what could be better than gathering some fresh from your own garden? Good for body and soul, fresh fruit packed with vitamins will feed your sense of well-being and reinforce your connection with nature in a way that shop-bought never could.

Gardening: Plant of the week – Rudbeckia

THESE bright and cheery yellow daisy-flowered showstoppers with chocolate centres come into their own in late summer through to October, complementing fiery displays matched by red hot pokers or crocosmias, or in containers with purple cordyline.

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