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Sow next year's spring display

Sow next year's spring display of wallflowers, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks and foxgloves – all of which are biennials, meaning they flower in their second year. Start them now and by autumn they'll be fat clumps of leaves, ready to throw up flower spikes to brighten up your garden next April and May.

You'll find dozens of varieties on sale in your favourite garden centre right now as seed. Hollyhocks come in single or exotic-looking double blooms; and there's a huge cho...

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Prune pyracanthas

Prune pyracanthas to keep them looking beautiful and show off their spectacularly colourful berries. These easy-to-grow evergreen shrubs look good all year round, with frothy white flowers in spring followed by masses of berries in traffic-light colours: look out for different varieties in our garden centre, from buttery yellow 'Soleil d'Or' to tangerine-coloured 'Orange Glow' and the best of the reds, 'Saphyr Rouge'.

They look particularly gorgeous trained flat against a wall in ...

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Plant of the Week: Lavender

Lavender is everyone's favourite garden shrub, with its silvery foliage and soft blue perfumed flowers. They're looking at their very best this month, so visit us and load up with scent and colour for summer.

They're super-easy to grow, asking only a sunny spot and an annual tidy-up after flowering. Choose English lavender for the herb garden, and elegant French types (Lavandula stoechas) among ornamentals. Bees love the flowers, so wildlife-fri...

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It's Father's Day this weekend

It's Father's Day this weekend so treat the gardening Dad in your life to a feast of green-fingered fun.

A trip to your favourite garden centre makes a great day out: enjoy a slap-up lunch at the café, then take him to choose that plant or garden gadget he's always wanted. You'll find some great offers on everything from power tools to secateurs and knee pads. Many garden centres are celebrating Father's Day with local food tastings, beer samples and competitions: check websites for de...

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Stake taller plants

Stake taller plants before they get too big and flop over sideways, ruining your display and possibly flattening nearby flowers too. Delphiniums, peonies, dahlias and oriental poppies are all prone to toppling over sideways, especially after heavy wind and rain and sometimes under the weight of their own flowers.

Earlier is always better, as with supports in place before they get too tall plants happily grow out and around to cover unsightly posts. Strapping a plant up...

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Plant of the week - Hypericum

Hypericum Hidcote is a very useful and attractive shrub in the garden.  It is tolerant of most position, and is particularly useful as a ground cover shrub, forming ultimately quite a large bush. 

It is semi-evergreen, with a lovely yellow flower throughout the summer which attracts bees.  It has quite a tradtional feel, and will cope well in most soil types.

Come and have a look at our selection!

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Gardeners' World Live

Two of the biggest names in gardening join forces this week as BBC Gardeners' World and the Royal Horticultural Society host one of the most popular gardening shows of the year.

BBC Gardeners' World Live, held at the NEC Birmingham from Wednesday till Sunday, is celebrating its 21st birthday this year, and you can look forward to some cracking new features. There's a whole new category of show garden, with Outdoor Living Gardens showing you what you can do even in the smallest of space...

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What to do in the garden in June

What to do in the garden in June:

There's no better place to be in June than in your garden. The veg garden is packed to overflowing: your flowers are a riot of colour and perfume. Keep the show dazzling with this month's key jobs.

General tasks:
Top up mulches to keep weeds under control: a 5cm layer of well-rotted stable manure feeds your plants as it rots.

Remove s...

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Plant of the week - Clematis

Clematis are one of the most spectacular climbing plants available.  They come in a wide variety of colours, and look absolutely stunning at this time of year. 

There are quite a few gardening tips we can give you to make sure you get the very best from them, and we have a fantastic selection to choose from.  Some will flower ealry, others much later, and with many you can encourage further flushes of flowering to extend the season.

Clematis grow succesfully up fe...

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June's plant of the month is the rose

June's plant of the month is the rose, and this elegant and much-loved beauty needs little introduction: it's well known for being Britain's favourite flower, and 49% of our gardens have at least one.

What's less widely known is how versatile they can be. There's a rose for every situation and every type of garden. If you like gardening for wildlife, there are simple, natural-looking roses like Rosa spinosissima or the sweetbriars like Eglanteria.

Roses mix beautifully with othe...

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Planning the Winter Vegetable Garden

Canny vegetable gardeners start thinking about what to grow next winter as soon as the last one is finished. Take time out from the spring rush to think about what you'll grow in the coldest months of the year and you'll reap the rewards in fat cabbages, nutty Brussels sprouts and kale when there's little else around to pick.

The range of veg you can enjoy in winter is extraordinary, and from late spring onwards you'll find a huge variety on sal...

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Give your perennials the Chelsea chop

Give your perennials the Chelsea chop this week to double their flower power and help them grow stocky and strong.

This handy technique gets its name from the timing: it's traditionally carried out in the week after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It works on any clump-forming perennial, but you'll find it's particularly useful on those which are otherwise a little prone to flopping, like Sedum spectabile, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' and Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'.

Take a sharp pair of s...

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