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Bolivian Sage (Salvia)

Victorian gardeners had many varieties of Salvia to choose from. Most could be struck from existing plants and potted on to provide summer colour in the garden. The specimen figured here,¬†Salvia Boliviana, was a native of Bolivia, introduced to Europe…

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The Blue Sage

The Blue Sage, or salvia, was in declining popularity by the late Victorian age. According to Hibberd it needed to be grown in the glasshouse or hotbed, which may have contributed to its decline as gardeners looked for more easily…

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The Begonia

The introduction of the begonia (in the form of Begonia Boliviensis, rosaflora and Pearcei among others) caused a small storm in the Victorian gardening world. They became instantly popular, and more varieties were imported or created. By 1880 some 150…

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Avens

The scarlet avens was to be found generally in the Victorian country cottage garden rather than the town or more formal garden. The avens was a rosaceous plant, and Victorian England had two 'wildings' of the tribe - the common…

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The Almond

During Victorian times the almost tree was grown in gardens less for its fruit than for its delightful flowers and greenery. It as so easy to grow that Hibberd felt in no need to elaborate further.   Information and image…

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