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10/08/2007 at 18:59
Thank you all for your comments: I had a funny feeling that I might get someone disagreeing with me!
I understand the amenity value of some of the shrubs I mentioned and I by no means think that they are bad plants - just that I don't like them very much. Aucuba always reminds me of cheerless, dank shared front gardens full of dustbins and a bike with a buckled wheel.
My problem, I suppose, with many plants is that there are so many others that are so much better therefore why give up space in your valuable garden to anything that is mediocre?
Instead of variegated ground elder try Tiarella, Euphorbia robbiae, Geranium macrorrhizum or Asarum europaeum But I'm still not convinced by Heuchera Caramel and as for the Garden Monkey's Heuchera Peach Flambe? What an unutterably ghastly name. It is bad enough breeding things like that without burdening the poor unfortunates with names like that. It makes poor Tiramisu Andre (or whatever name it is that Peter and Jordan have chosen) seem very nearly classy.