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Persicaria

Persicaria

These excellent plants for the garden are long-flowering, vigorous and good for ground cover, says Miranda Kimberley.

Castanea

Castanea

Serrated leaves, twisted bark and tasty nuts make the sweet chestnut a highly prized tree, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Peperomia

Peperomia

This huge genus offers a wide range of interesting foliage, does well indoors and is easy to grow, says Miranda Kimberley.

Solidago

Solidago

These prairie plants are easy to grow in well-drained soil and will perform best in full sun, Miranda Kimberley advises.

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

An extended flowering season, luminous colours and robust stems all contribute to outstanding displays, says Kevin Line.

Acanthus

Acanthus

The most popular species, A. Mollis and A. Spinosus need plenty of space at the back of the border, Miranda Kimberley reports.