What to do in your garden in June

It’s June! Here are some gardening jobs you can be getting on with this month:- – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May’s plant of the month

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly known as Dicentra) is an herbaceous perennial forming a mound of divided, mid-green foliage. Commonly known as bleeding heart it has heart shaped, rose red and white flowers hanging from arching stems. It loves a sheltered spot in partial shade in moist soil. It grows to 1 metre tall and 1 metre […]

April’s plant of the month

Primula denticulata or the drumstick primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, with a rosette of simple leaves, with dense rounded head of flowers in pink, deep purple or white with a yellow eye on an erect stem. They like any aspect or soil and will grow in full sun or partial shade.   They are […]

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 […]

February’s plant of the month

February’s plant of the month is the humble Snowdrop. Snowdrop or Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green. They grow to approximately 20cm in height, with broad, grey-bloomed, dark green pleated leaves and solitary […]

What to do in your garden in January

It’s January and the start of a new gardening year. Despite the wintery weather here are some jobs you can be doing in your own garden this month:- Complete winter pruning of fruit trees; Prune wisteria shortening summer pruned shoots back to two or three buds from old wood; Remember to water planted containers in […]

November’s plant of the month

November’s plant of the month is the autumn flowering crocus or Crocus speciosus.  This is a small deciduous perennial which grows from a corm.  It has linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers which appear in autumn. Crocus speciosus has silvery lilac-blue flowers in autumn, with darker veins and […]

What to do in your garden in November

It’s November! Here are some gardening jobs for the month:- – Plant bare root roses, trees and hedging (much cheaper than their potted equivalent); – Plant strawberry runners in containers and baskets to overwinter for next year; – Sow micro salad leaves for germinating on the window sill; – Harvest autumn fruit raspberries; – November […]