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Plant of the week - Azalea

Simply Stunning! 

These amazing shrubs have some of the most wonderful colours and make an impact in the garden that is matched by few others. As 'acid loving' plants, they don't do quite so well if you have chalky soil - BUT they work superbly in pots and containers, as well as borders and beds.

Come and see our wonderful selection!

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What to do in the garden in April

This is one of the best and busiest times of the year, when it finally starts to get warmer and all the seeds seem to need sowing at once. Here's what you need to be getting on with in the garden this month:

General tasks:

  • Tackle bindweed as soon as it appears, training it up a cane before spraying with glyphosate-based weedkiller
  • Put slug defences in place: slug pubs, wildlife-friendly...
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Prune fig trees

Prune fig trees to keep them shapely and encourage lots of fat, luscious fruit by autumn. Not many people realise it's quite possible to fan-train a fig against a fence in much the same way as you would a cherry or plum tree, keeping its size manageable and allowing gardeners to grow them even in modest gardens.

You'll find good fruiting figs such as 'Brown Turkey' – bred to perform in cooler UK conditions - on sale in your favourite garden centre. Make sure...

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Bring orchids back into growth

Bring orchids back into growth following their rest period in winter, to encourage them to start putting out fresh leaves and flower spikes for the new year.

Tropical indoor orchids such as moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) and Cymbidium need a quiet time over winter to gather their reserves for the season to come. Move them to a cool but frost-free place and reduce water and feeding to a minimum.

Now though it's time to return watering back to normal, makin...

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Train climbing roses as they start to grow

Train climbing roses as they start to grow, so you end up with a lovely even screen of foliage and flowers across your wall.

Roses flower most prolifically when their stems are held horizontal, as that encourages them to send out lots of smaller flower-bearing sideshoots. So aim for a series of branches arching out on each side from the main stem, tied in to their supports at regular intervals up the wall.

If you're growing your roses up a pillar or ob...

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April's plant of the month is the lavender

April's plant of the month is the lavender, one of the best-known and best-loved of all the herbs. It's got it all: fragrant, well-behaved, and versatile enough to grow in borders, as a hedge or to edge a path in a romantic cottage garden. The beautifully scented violet-blue flowers, adored by bees, can be dried for pot pourris and scented lavender bags, or baked into fragrant cookies.

Most varieties grow to about 75cm tall, making bushy, evergreen shrubs wit...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! The biggest gardening weekend of the year is almost upon us, with an extra two whole days to unwrap the garden from its winter slumbers and spruce it up ready for the year ahead.

Here are our top five ideas for enjoying your garden this Bank Holiday weekend – and long afterwards, too.

  • Sow a mini veg garden: you'll find ready-made raised bed kits from your favourite garden centre which slot together in minutes and fi...
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Divide clumps of snowdrops

Divide clumps of snowdrops while they're still 'in the green'  that is, while they still have their leaves. It's by far the best time to do it as they're still growing actively, putting down roots before they die down for the summer.

Choose the place you're going to plant them carefully: they're woodlanders, so prefer dappled shade (they're happiest planted in carpets around the feet of trees or shrubs). Clear any weeds, and dig in a good few forkfuls of...

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Start sowing vegetables

Start sowing vegetables this week as long as the weather is good: it's the ideal time to get most hardy crops into the ground. If it's cold or the weather is wet, though, hold off another week: later sowings will catch up quickly, and it's better not to risk losing your seeds to damp or frost.

You'll find seed for lots of crops you can sow direct now in your favourite garden centre, including carrots, lettuce, beetroot and turnips. Look out for early varietie...

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Cut back dogwoods hard this week

Cut back dogwoods hard this week to encourage those wonderful brilliantly coloured young stems which shine out so beautifully in a winter border. If you haven't got them in your garden already, you'll find a great choice in your favourite garden centre: Cornus alba 'Sibirica' is the one to choose if you want the richest scarlets, or for a clear limey yellow go for Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'. The two make a lovely contrasting pair planted together.

Pruning th...

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The plant of the month for March is Vinca

The plant of the month for March is Vinca, better known as the periwinkle and a fantastic choice for covering the ground with a carpet of sky blue, star-shaped flowers from spring onwards. Even better, its attractive glossy foliage is evergreen, spreading into a handsome year-round backdrop for other plants and at the same time suppressing weeds and locking moisture in the ground.

There are two main types. Vinca major is a very vigorous, rapid-spreading groun...

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National Science Week starts this Friday

National Science Week starts on Friday so it's the perfect opportunity to get out into your garden to do a little experimenting. There are dozens of scientific projects you can join in with, and you don't need any special knowledge or equipment , just a burning interest in finding out about the natural world outside your back door.

You can join in with one of the many citizen science experiments happening all over the country right now. The Open Air Laborator...

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