Expert Advice: Stalwarts of Winter Structure

  SHARING OUR GARDENING EXPERTISE: Winters are long in the UK, so as flowers are in short supply you need to preserve barks, berries, seedheads and evergreens. Evergreens are the greatest asset to a garden as they give colour, substance, depth and shadow and are a great counterbalance to a world of brown in those … Continue reading “Expert Advice: Stalwarts of Winter Structure”

Plant Focus: Growing Sunflowers

Plant Focus: Growing Sunflowers Helpful tips and ideas for new additions to your garden: We have found that September and October are the best months to grow your sunflowers. Sunflowers are for all gardeners with their shades of white, yellow, amber, brown, orange and red. When planting sunflowers mix them with perennials rather than shrubs. … Continue reading “Plant Focus: Growing Sunflowers”

Things to Do in September

Things to Do in September 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 September: Divide herbaceous perennials including Astrantia, Pulmonaria, and Ophiopogon. Pick autumn fruiting raspberries regularly to keep them cropping. Pruning Tips: Wait until mid to late … Continue reading “Things to Do in September”

Expert Advice: Plants for Your Garden this Autumn

Expert Advice: Plants for Your Garden this Autumn SHARING OUR GARDENING EXPERTISE: When gardening this late summer why not plant some of the autumn flowering bulbs & corms which can inject a spring-like quality into tired beds and borders in your garden? Acis Autumnalis This charming and variable snowflake-like flower grows in rocky places or … Continue reading “Expert Advice: Plants for Your Garden this Autumn”

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”