August’s plant of the month

August’s plant of the month is Crocosmia. Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer.  They are a perfect addition to the late summer border providing pops of hot colours in yellows, oranges and reds.  They like moist but well drained soil in full sun or […]

What to do in your garden in August

It’s late summer and there are still lots of jobs to do in your garden Flower beds Keep your hanging baskets looking good with regular dead heading, daily watering and weekly feeding. Give Camellias some TLC with regular watering as they’ll now be forming next year’s flower buds. Dead head sweet peas to maximise the […]

July’s plant of the month

It’s Lily season so July’s ‘Plant of the Month’ is Lilium ‘Forever Susan’.  Lily ‘Forever Susan’ _ is an Asiatic lily variety. It is a bulbous perennial with erect stems bearing narrowly ovate, spirally-arranged, glossy, dark green leaves and, in summer, large, outward-facing, orange flowers with large maroon marks on each petal. It will grow […]

What to do in your garden in July

To ensure your garden is in tip top condition during July here are my top tips:- Treat weeds in lawns and feed your lawn with a quick-acting summer feed before rain is due; Keep sowing lettuce, radish and other salad crops for fresh supplies; Spray roses to control black spot, mildew and aphids; Continue to […]

What to do in your garden in June

Some gardening jobs to be getting on with in June:- Plant out annual summer bedding plants in the garden, in containers and hanging baskets now the risk of frost has passed. If you have them growing on in a greenhouse move them outside to their final position. Continue to thin out drifts of hardy annuals […]

June’s plant of the month

June’s plant of the month is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’.  Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with  linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem. ‘Purple Sensation’ is a perennial to 90cm, with short basal leaves dying down by flowering time. Flowers are small, vivid rosy-purple, in crowded […]

May’s plant of the month

Syringa vulgaris 'Mrs Edward Harding'

May’s plant of the month is Syringa vulgaris or the common lilac. Syringa are deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple leaves and conical panicles of small, very fragrant,  tubular white, pink or purple flowers in late spring or early summer.  They like full sun, any aspect, in a sheltered or exposed situation.  They prefer well-drained soil. […]

What to do in your garden in May

Top 10 gardening jobs for May are:- Prune spring flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, after flowering to keep them compact; Plant out dahlia tubers and cannas after all risk of frost has passed; Tie in the new shoots of climbing plants, including clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, to their supports; Continue sowing annuals, such as California […]

April’s plant of the month

April’s ‘Plant of the Month’ is Narcissus ‘Jet Fire’.  Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ is a daffodil which grows to 20cm in height.  It has narrow, bright green leaves and flowers 7cm in width, with bright yellow, slightly reflexed petals and a bright orange trumpet.  It likes moist but well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. […]

What to do in your garden in April

Here are some jobs to do just now in the ornamental garden:- Scrape away a layer of old compost of permanently potted plants and top dress with fresh compost; Cut back perennials left with top growth over the winter; Divide overcrowded clumps of herbaceous perennials and replant them; Prepare ground for sowing a new lawn […]