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Gardening tips: build a stumpery

A potted specimen Senecio candicans Angel Wings

Senecio ‘Angel Wings’: a great houseplant. Photograph: Alamy

Plant this The large, silvery leaves of Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ make a bold statement in a container in full sun. It’s hardy down to -5C but won’t like cold, wet conditions, so offer protection in winter, if necessary, or bring it inside as it also makes a great houseplant. Height and spread: 35cm x 35cm.

Try this Shady spots under trees can be tricky, but a stumpery transforms a dank corner into a cool verdant retreat. Improve the soil with leaf mould or compost, then arrange hardwood logs and stumps, planting ferns, hostas and spring bulbs such as snowdrops in the gaps between.

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