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Plant of the Week: Japanese azalea

Plant of the Week: Japanese azalea

If you adore the exuberant, day-glo colours and handsome, glossy leaves of the rhododendron family, yet you haven't room for large shrubs in your garden – try Japanese azaleas.

They're every bit as colourful as their bigger cousins, but only grow to about a metre tall – perfect for smaller gardens and containers of ericaceous (lime-free) compost. The smaller, daintier flowers are quite charming: enjoy the ruffled white flowers of 'Niagara', blotched in green, or 'Irohayama', in pale lavender. The curious 'hose-in-hose' double flowers of 'Coral Bells' are pink, and scented too. Give them dappled shade and damp soil and they'll give you pleasure for years to come.

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Replacing pond pumps

Submersible pond pumps and aquatic lighting systems that were put into store before winter, can come out again now and be dusted off. Now that ponds are unlikely to freeze over for any length of time, these items can be installed back into the water. Check that everything is working all right. If it isn't check with an electrician rather than tamper with it yourself.

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