Berries for wildlife

Aside from shrubs offering attractive foliage and flowers throughout the year, some offer berries that provide a valuable food source throughout the colder months. Virburnum tinus is an attractive shrub with dark, glossy leaves. it bears highly scented flowers from late winter through to spring. The berries come after the flowers so don’t dead head […]

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Healthy Growth

Often more than not your choice of shrubs will be performing as you expected them to but from time to time your garden may experience bouts of illness. A result of a Parasite, a Fungal Infection or a Virus.  It can often is exarcerbated by humidity and wet weather. Rot can set in if roots […]

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Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo can come in a variety of sizes, habits, makeup and be used for a wide range of purposes. Screening, windbreaks down to dwarf planting interspaced with ornamental grasses. While strictly speaking a Bamboo is a true grass (Poaceae family), we tend to class the ornamental varieties as such and Bamboo as a tree. Fargesia […]

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Effective Climbers

Climbers can take different forms. The growth is largely the same – they climb. How they develop, however, differs. Some need a training tool while other twine themselves by tendrils or root on the surface they will host. Ivy and Virginia Creeper both spread without any aid. Vines usually require support and weave through arbours, […]

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Laying turf

If a lawn needs to be instant, laying turf is not that complicated. There are steps to follow and rules to be observed, but generally the time-intensive work is in the preparation. The area needs to be measured and ideally converted to sqm. This will be approximately how many rolls of turf you’ll need. Always […]

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Turf v Sow

The decision of whether to turf or sow mainly lies with time and cost. The method of turfing will achieve a lawn instantly whereas sowing your seed may take considerably longer, the time of year will need to be considered but will cost a lot less. Either method is relatively straightforward as long as a […]

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Winter Colour 2

There are plants that are principally known for their Winter show and largely non descript at other times. The plant can often be decidious and the flowers or berries borne on bare stems. These plants may have foliage throughout the year but this is not what they’re recognised for. Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ (Chinese Witch Hazel) […]

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