Plant Focus: Growing Violet Purple Daisies

Helpful tips and ideas for new additions to your garden: Violet purple daisies are usually associated with autumn, however, Erigeron ‘Dunkelste Aller’ can flower as early as May and can go on for six weeks given a warm, sunny position in the garden. Erigerons were highly popular years ago but their tendency to flower themselves … Continue reading “Plant Focus: Growing Violet Purple Daisies”

Expert Advice: Pests and Diseases that can Affect your Garden

SHARING OUR GARDENING EXPERTISE: Pests: Lily Beetles: These pests attack lilies. They are bright red in colour and are around 8mm long. Their orangey-brown excrement coated larvae devour both foliage and flowers. Lily beetles and their larvae can be removed from plants by hand. Gladioulus Thrips: These insects attack Gladioli and are around 2mm long … Continue reading “Expert Advice: Pests and Diseases that can Affect your Garden”

Plant Focus: Growing Phlomis – ‘Edward Bowles’

Helpful tips and ideas for new additions to your garden: Phlomis have been proven to be a delight in summer gardens, with the strong, square stems topped with a two-tone cream and pale yellow flowers adding structure and form. There are about 100 species of Phlomis. Shrubbier forms are found in countries bordering the Mediterranean, … Continue reading “Plant Focus: Growing Phlomis – ‘Edward Bowles’”

Things to Do in August

Gardening Jobs To Do In August  These are just some of the jobs we will be carrying out as we go around and maintain our customers’ gardens during the month of August:   Harvest garlic, onions, and shallots once the stems are brown and dry. Summer-prune established wisteria – it encourages the development of short-flowering … Continue reading “Things to Do in August”

Developing and Planting a New Border

8 Key Steps: 1. Marking Out Identify the location and size of the border that will best suit the range of plants you want to grow. TIP – Use your hosepipe to layout the position of the border’s front edge. 2. Clearing the Site Remove all existing growth – remove weeds like dandelions and bindweed … Continue reading “Developing and Planting a New Border”

Plant Focus: Growing Fruit

Helpful tips and ideas for new additions to your garden: Growing fruit involves some initial ground preparation but once established they require only a little maintenance such as pruning and feeding. Apples These are the easiest fruit to grow with a harvest season ranging from August through to the late season in December. Strawberries These … Continue reading “Plant Focus: Growing Fruit”

Plant Focus: Red Hot Pokers

Plant Focus: Red Hot Pokers Helpful tips and ideas for new additions to your garden: Kniphofias or Red Hot Pokers are a striking and unusual flower that you shouldn’t be put off from planting at this time of year. They are native to South Africa and range in colour from ivory and orange right through … Continue reading “Plant Focus: Red Hot Pokers”

Things to Do in July

 Gardening jobs to do in July: Keep plants fed, watered and dead-headed (especially roses). This helps to prolong their flowering.  Ensure fruit trees aren’t overcrowded so that you get larger, quality apples, plums, and pears.  If you are going on holiday, make sure you set up automatic irrigation for your containers. We always take care … Continue reading “Things to Do in July”

Pressure Washing Special Offer!

Pressure Washing Pressure washing can greatly improve the appearance of your paths, patios, and tarmac. It also makes them less slippery, which is important for health and safety reasons, particularly on steps and pathways. Our team have lots of experience in the process of pressure washing and have specialist heavy-duty equipment that enables them to … Continue reading “Pressure Washing Special Offer!”

Hedge Cutting

Hedge Cutting Hedge Cutting an ESSENTIAL PART OF GARDEN MAINTENANCE: Hedges such as privet, hawthorn, conifer (leylandii), beech, holly, yew, and laurel all need to be trimmed now. By cutting the hedges now you will keep them looking neat and tidy for a period of time at least. Hedges that are privet and conifer will need … Continue reading “Hedge Cutting”