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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.

Rare plants saved in The Glens of Antrim

Valerie Robinson
THE Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust is pioneering a scheme along with local communities and agencies to save two locally endangered plants.

John Manley: Flowers and flavour can coexist

John Manley
IT'S said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore who is to say what a beautiful garden looks like and whether beds and borders brimming with perennials are more attractive than an expanse of lawn or even a vegetable patch?

Plant of the week: Summer flower power with Bacopa

THIS effective trailing perennial, often grown as an annual in this country, combines well with almost any colour scheme, its tiny white flowers draped over window boxes or spilling out of containers and cascading over hanging baskets.

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Perennial lobelia for garden colour

UNLIKE the annual blue bedding lobelia which is commonly used to fill in gaps in summer containers or cascades from hanging baskets, perennial lobelias are tall, elegant, striking plants with flowers in pink, red or purple.

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