Tips for Enjoying the Garden in September

September days are to be savoured. I find the richness of colour combined with the more slanting sunlight creates the best photographic opportunity in a mature garden. If you’ve managed to keep up with the deadheading, all the tender annual plants will still be filling your garden with bright, strong colour. Long, warm days are coming to an end for … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant of the Month: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ is a vigorous, deciduous shrub that does well in a shady spot. The large white conical heads flush pink with age and make a magnificent display. The flower heads can be used for drying and I think they look good all winter so don’t be in a hurry to prune.

Enjoying the August Garden

Golden August days in the garden are to be savoured. This is a month to enjoy the velvet richness of colours as the garden reaches maturity and to relax in the evening sun. But, as always, there is plenty to do in the August garden. Sweet peas are in full bloom now. To extend the season of flowering cut them … Read More

Tips for Keeping Your Summer Garden Weed-Free

Weeding is a perennial problem. Very simply, weeds are uninvited guests in the garden who can quickly take over at this time of year. It’s important to keep on top of them, as they compete for light, space and precious moisture in the garden. There are two main sorts of weed. Annuals are in many ways the easiest to deal … Read More