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Turn up the colour

TOO many gardeners are afraid of colour; indeed, I confess to feeling guilty on occasion at my profligate use of it in the garden. We are conditioned, in this sophisticated world of ours, to revere tastefulness, and tastefulness most frequently involves restraint—pastel shades and subtle hues. Orange and yellow, scarlet and magenta are frequently reviled.

Over the past few months, anything that lifts our spirits has become prized; bright flowers fall into

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