Astrantia 'Roma'. Photo: Getty Images.

Carol Klein’s favourite fuss-free flowers

Carol Klein reveals her favourite plants to fill your garden with flowers, year after year.

For many people, colour in the garden means one thing – bedding plants.

Bedding plants deliver a spectacular show from June until the first frosts, but after this they’re pulled up and thrown on the compost heap, to be replaced with a new set of plants the following year. On top of this, their carbon footprint is huge. It takes massive amounts of resources – energy for heat and transportation, water and fertilisers – to produce the millions of bedding plants the UK grows every year.

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