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How to grow bugles | Alys Fowler | Life and style

Photograph: 11/Compulsory Credit: GAP Photos/J S Sira

I have fallen for a very ordinary sort of plant; the small woodlander, Ajuga reptans, or bugle.It’s a native that’s fond of damp forest floors, where it creates a dense carpet of small blue flowers that are delightful: not showy or spectacular, just rather lovely and flowering right through to early summer.
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Gardening tips: plant cowslips | Life and style

Then read a handy guide and make holes to let hedgehogs in

Cowslips’ buttery blooms add sparkle to damp lawns.Photograph: Paul Starosta/Getty Images

Plant this Cowslips (Primula veris) will colonise ground around ponds or add sparkle to damp lawns, sending up spikes of buttery blooms in April and May that provide pollen and nectar for bees.