Plant Combination Ideas

Plant Combination Ideas seen at RHS Chelsea. The Chelsea Flower Show is the perfect place for learning about plant combination ideas to copy in your own garden. When I first started visiting the RHS flower shows, plants were forced into flowering either early or late, so for example daffodils might be seen blooming in May, next to a display of … Read More

Tips for May Garden Care

When growing fruit and vegetables it’s vital to attract pollinating insects to increase the chances of a bumper harvest. The best way to do this is by growing some nectar-heavy flowering plants around the edibles. For example, sowing seeds of poached egg flowers directly under soft fruits will attract bees, hoverflies and other beneficial creatures. A good plant partnership is … Read More

Winter Pruning Jobs for the March Garden

purple buddleia flowers

Winter pruning can be completed in March. Dogwood, shrubby willows, and ornamental Rubus, grown for their winter-coloured stems, should be cut down hard. Prune to about one or two buds of last year’s growth to leave a stubby framework. Late flowering shrubs such as Buddlejas should be treated in the same way to give a better display in the autumn. … Read More

Tidying the March garden: Pruning tips

Rose pruning This is the best time of year to prune bush and shrub roses (not climbers or ramblers, which should have been done in the autumn). Remove all winter damage and don’t worry about pruning bush roses hard; it will help them produce really good growth and flowers in summer. By thinning overcrowded growth you’ll be letting in more … Read More

Things to Keep You Busy in the April Garden

The days are warming up, but nights can still be cold so be aware of sharp frosts. It’s tempting to put out tender young plants but be careful: don’t buy bedding plants until next month, unless you have a greenhouse. If your borders have ‘bare patches’, now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Good example are love-in-a-mist, … Read More

Spring Shrub and Tree Care Tips

Prune spring-flowering shrubs once they have finished flowering. Examples are things like Kerria Japonica, Forsythia, and Spirea. Also, if you have one, prune the glorious Clematis Montana after it has flowered. This beauty is a very fast-growing climber that can easily get out of hand unless pruned hard every year. It’s a good choice of plant if you have an … Read More

Spring has Sprung in the March Garden

spring daffodils

The first month of spring has arrived at last and gardens are really beginning to come alive after the long, wet winter we’ve had. But this can be a tricky month as far as the weather goes; it’s possible to get mild sunshine one day, only to be followed by a hard frost the next, so be sure to make … Read More

Spring Pruning Tips

Keep your garden looking gorgeous this Spring with these pruning tips Rose Pruning March is the best time of year to prune bush and shrub roses (not climbers or ramblers, which should have been done in the autumn.) Remove all winter damage and don’t worry about pruning bush roses hard; it will help them produce really good growth and flowers … Read More

Preparing your flower borders for a beautiful summer display

If your flower borders have ‘bare patches’ now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Examples are love-in-a-mist, nasturtium sunflowers, calendula, poppy, love-in-a-mist, larkspur, poached egg flowers, lavatera, alyssum, cornflower, night scented stock, and climbers like nasturtium and scented sweet pea. As a company that offers garden design Gloucestershire, we understand that there are lots to choose from and it’s a simple job of sowing … Read More

Other jobs to be doing in April

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Keep your garden looking gorgeous this April Sow flowers from seed If your borders have ‘bare patches’, now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Good example are love-in-a-mist, sunflowers, calendula, poppy, larkspur, poached egg flowers, lavatera, alyssum, cornflower, night scented stock, and climbers like nasturtium and scented sweet pea. There are lots to choose from and it’s a simple job of sowing them … Read More