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Garden Week A splash of colour: 10 plants that will brighten up your garden

It takes less time than you think to add real colour to your outdoor space. Diarmuid Gavin has some top tips for flowers, shrubs and trees that will thrive out the back

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Top choices: Diarmuid Gavin pictured in his garden at his home at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

Top choices: Diarmuid Gavin pictured in his garden at his home at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Climber

Climber

Lavatera/Tree mallow

Lavatera/Tree mallow

Lillies

Lillies

gladioli

gladioli

Radishes

Radishes

Geum

Geum

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Top choices: Diarmuid Gavin pictured in his garden at his home at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

Lots of readers have discovered gardening for the first time during lockdown and some my feel that it can take an age - years even - to achieve results. It's so not true.

We live on a magnificent island for growing plants and with a little thought about the choice of plants to use, almost instantaneous results can be achieved.